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Technical Difficulties

Aanii, Carrot Ranchers!

I’m looking for the light within the technical tunnel that is Word Press. After system-wide updates, I can no longer access your stories in a formatted form. Think, 99-word run-ons! Oh, my!

I contacted the Happiness Engineers, who are light workers, indeed. However, they are puzzled because they didn’t know this edit feature existed, let alone that I rely upon it to gather stories from the hopper. I assured them the edit feature has existed since 2014.

Right now, the Oh, My Collection is incomplete because the change happened midway through. I will likely have to figure out a new system unless Word Press offers a fix. I do know of a workaround but I deleted emails before I realized I would need them. Please be patient with me as I sort it out. I’m aiming for Saturday to post but it depends on the follow-up the Happiness Engineers promised me tomorrow.

Wherever you are in the world right now, be a light. We all need kindness and grace to get through. Stay centered in your integrity. Uplift others and take care of yourselves.

And be sure to play the slots at the Cowsino, tomorrow! It’s a great writing game to play with the story spine concept. D. Avery is a good buckaroo and makes the Saloon a fun and engaging place. Let your characters come out and play.

Peace & Happiness!

Charli, a buckaroo in search of a stone or a story


  1. Liz H says:

    “Happiness Engineer”: Fiddlesticks!
    If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck…these are definitely not my monkeys, but they may well be my wooly longjohns!
    Yeah, I noticed I lost the ability to change font color in my WordPress posts, like 2 weeks ago. I liked that formatting feature…
    And with these words of wisdom, I bid you a peaceful Good Night!

    • Charli Mills says:

      Ha, ha — I’m going to send our monkeys after the Happiness Engineers, Liz. Actually, they are working on it. It’s gone up the ranks so I’m waiting for answers still. Thanks for making me laugh!

      • Liz H says:

        Fingers crossed. May they engineer happiness for you, without too many monkey bites being administered! Poor monkeys!

  2. Aw, shift, that’s right, the Cowsino! I will have to round up Kid and Pal, that’s their gig, but it’s way past their bed time just now.
    Good luck with everything Charli.

  3. HI Charli, nothing is every easy in life. I am sure you will resolve this problem. Have a lovely Friday.

  4. Sadje says:

    I hope the issue gets resolved. We can always post our links in your original post?

  5. Norah says:

    Breathe. It’s not the end of the world. Yet.

    • Charli Mills says:

      Ha! Warn me when it is the end of the world, Norah because you are ahead of my time zone! But not yet!

      • Norah says:

        We’ll have to make sure to not rely on the Happiness Engineers to warn us, eh?
        There are a few things I’m ready for the end of at the moment, but the world isn’t one of them. I do hope the HEs get this frustration sorted soon. We’ve got issues with our (I’ll say cause I can’t think what it’s called) streaming service at the moment. Hub’s had many phonecalls about it. Now the tech guy is coming out on Wednesday. I think we’ve been without the service for almost a month now. It doesn’t affect me much but it does affect Hub. Frustrating, but not the worst problem in the world. Have a great week!

  6. Anne Goodwin says:

    Don’t sweat it Charli. You are always the light, even when we can’t see you πŸ™‚

  7. Good luck with those engineers, in my experience they never seem to understand my problems…

  8. beth says:

    every time the wp gremlins touch something, it seems to get worse

  9. Charli, just a thought, but I wonder if it has anything to do with the WordPress theme you are using? I don’t think it has ever changed since I’ve been doing the 99-word flash fiction challenge, and I know that many of the old themes have been retired and are no longer supported. It may be worth asking the WP Happiness Engineers the question. I had a problem with a previous theme and was told the theme had been retired. When I changed the WordPress theme of my blog, hey-presto, everything worked great.

    • Charli Mills says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience with an outdated theme, Hugh. That is a good follow-up question. It’s in the dashboard, though so I’m not sure it’s theme-related. I’m rebuilding Carrot Ranch in DiviBuilder but it won’t be completed until March. If the theme is the problem, I hope it can hold on!

      • Good to hear you are rebuilding the site, Charli. Let me know if I can be of any help.
        And god to hear the Happiness Engineers have escalated the problem. In my experience, they’ve always been excellent and happy to help when I contact them.

  10. Okay, Kid and Pal have pulled the lever and have a prompt at the Cowsino. I suggest we all head over to the Saddle Up Saloon to weather this WP storm, try our hands at the story spine prompt until Charli herds the collection through.

  11. Charli, this theme has been retired and isn’t compatible with the new fangled WP… seriously. Every update from them, and I have issues as well. It may be time to change the theme. Huge hugs to you. I’m here if you need help. πŸ’œ

  12. Jules says:

    My other question to them is why retire themes that work? Just don’t make them available to new folks. For a while I had some odd spam issues… Then another blogger told me of resently being inundated with hundreds of spam per day.

    It still amazes me that WP keeps messing with what works and not fixing what isn’t working.
    Good luck and don’t worry. What ever happens happens. (((Hugs)))

    • Charli Mills says:

      That’s a big complicated question, Jules. Let’s say it’s a negative attribute of capitalism, driving consumers to continually re-purchase when one quality, working purchase would do. Thanks!

  13. Happiness Engineers sounds like a euphemism. That would make a good prompt: Write a story about Happiness Engineers and what you think they do…

  14. Jennie says:

    I find it easy to be light and find kindness and grace…except when technology is involved.

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