Thank you all so very much for your suggestions, condolences, etc. I feel shipwrecked, honestly.
I'm headed back to Smalltown tomorrow and hope to be back to e-mail and the blog by Monday midday. The laptop is completely kaput, but I hope the hard drive can still be saved.
I'll be in touch soon with a late weekend reviews roundup and reviews of A Drowned Maiden's Hair, Hattie Big Sky and Mail Order Ninja. I'll also answer each and every e-mail in the inbox.
Don't forget the 10th Carnival of Children's Literature (too limited, connection-wise, to link...)! Submissions are due Jan 10.