Monthly Archives: April 2011

I love my job!

I got the opportunity this week to play with an iPad from work. Right now I’m even typing up this entry on it. I do have to say that this has been a great learning experience. Within just a few hours of playing around with it I knew that I wasn’t going to be buying an iPad, at least not first a gen one.

While the iPad has a lot of things I thought I would really like, I’m finding that the keyboard is just too hard for me to get used to, so I would probably really only use the iPad for reading ebooks and with Kindle coming to libraries in the near future, my options are really starting to open up as far as ereaders go. Also, my netbook can do a lot of the other things I would use an iPad for like writing or surfing on the Internet.

I also found that a lot of the games you can get are a real distraction to the point that one of the main things I wanted to do this week was to read a book on the iPad. And I have yet to read more than a few lines and that is what I did while I was on break at work. And while I enjoy games as much as anyone, I dont have them installed on my netbook for a reason. It means that I won’t get any of the work I’m planning on doing done.

So while I’m having a lot of fun playing with this iPad, I’m glad that I’ve gotten this week to play with it. And I’m really looking forward to playing with the Nook and Kindle we also have. Maybe someday patrons will even be able to check them out at the library as well, but until then I’ll have fun exploring these devices so that I can help patrons when they are having trouble downloading and using our ebooks on their own devices.

Have you gotten a chance to explore any of the ereaders out there?

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Story Ideas

I love when I wake up in the morning and mull over random thoughts that pass through my brain and realize that there is a story there. Sometimes the story is related to my dreams, though I haven’t had many of those in the past few months. But more often then not, the story is related to things I’ve been talking about, reading and even listening to lately.

So, what have I been doing the last few days? At work I was working on a weeding project where I was pulling books from a collection that was from one of our former libraries. Because it was a different library which got consumed by the current branch, it’s pretty easy to spot the books because the stamps on them have to do with the old library name. One of the books I ended up pulling was a Colorado Trivia book. The book itself is now just shy of 20 years old and being not from Colorado I was curious about what kind of trivia it had inside. Not surprisingly I only knew answers to a few of the questions I perused because they had to do with Leadville, Colorado or people from Leadville in the late 1800s.

This led me to think about some of the information I had come across in doing research for my werewolf novel which, for those of you who may not know, is set in the above place and time. This was soon followed by another thought, courtesy of The Functional Nerds.

Somehow in the last couple weeks I managed to skip over their 52nd episode in my Google Reader and I went back and listened to it earlier in the week. They talked with Steve and Andy Scearce who have each had a short story published in different anthologies. One of those being Rigor Amortis. And while I won’t be writing zombie erotica, the zombie idea got lodged in my brain.

Now I have, what I think, is a pretty humorous story rolling around in my head dealing with zombies and a historical event. Which will likely be influenced by other humorous zombie related things I’ve read and watched in the last year.

Right now I have no idea if this will just end up as a short story, or if something bigger might be there, but I do know that I’ll have a lot of fun with it. And I’m pretty sure I’ll have trouble not working on it while I work on finishing Script Frenzy this month.

Do you ever get story ideas that you are so excited about that you just want to start working on them right away?

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Library Appreciation Week

Library Appreciation Week is coming to a close on Saturday. So if you haven’t stopped by your local library and let them know how much you appreciate them, do so!

Libraries have a special place in my heart, and not because I work in one, but because they have been a part of my life since before I could even walk. Even though my mother has always bought books constantly, she also borrowed many books from the various local libraries in the cities we lived in. It is her actions when I was a child that have lead me to work where I do and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

At a young age I gained a love of reading because of the weekly and sometimes even daily visits to the library. Whether it be just to go to story time, or to check out another dozen books, the library was always there when I was a kid. As I got older, my love for reading never faded.

In junior high I used to walk down to the public library everyday after school to do homework with friends till my father got off work. During those two years, I ended up reading nearly every book in the teen collection in our small town. And though someday in the, hopefully, near future that library will be moving to a new building I will and do miss going downstairs to the kids section of the library where I sat at the long low table. However, I am glad that they will be able to have room to expand their collection.

If I could have, I probably would have continued to spend my afternoons at the library when I was in high school, but being dependent on either an 8 mile bus ride home from school or my sister’s car, it left me with few choices when the library was no longer in walking distance. Thankfully, our school library had a good collection of books to keep me reading in my spare time, though I only got to visit it during lunch or class.

And though my visits to the library decreased while I was in college, they never completely stopped and my reading definitely didn’t either. Of course, now I’m in a one on a nearly daily basis and I take full advantage of the many services and programs they offer.

I hope that some day I will have the opportunity to work in the library where I spent most of my life, though it probably won’t be in the same building anymore by the time they have a position open, but it is a library that will always be in the front of my mind when I think about my life and where I’m going. It is a library I love and appreciate and I can’t wait to see the things they will be able to do when they get their new building.

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Cold Medicine

I’m sick, if the title isn’t indication enough. I’ve been going through the cold medicine that has accumulated over various colds. A lot of times I’ll only take cold medicine for a day or two out of the whole time that I’m sick, but this time it’s been a bit different.

This could has seriously knocked me off my feet. I’ve spent two days in the last week in a haze, barely able to move or do much of anything. Of those days, I only actually took cold medicine on one of them, but that day I had a very frustrating experience with the cold medicine I had on hand.

I have to say, as long as I remember this in the future, I will never buy capsule style cold medicine ever, EVER, ever again. Why? Have you ever tried to rip those little packages open? With their super thick foil backing and just a little tab notched in to the square? I couldn’t manage to gather up the strength to tear that notch much less cut it enough with scissors to get the two stupid capsules out. Talk about frustrating!

I think I’m going to stick to the liquid and drink mixes from now on.

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April Fools?

The last week has been a roller coaster for me emotionally. As I mentioned in the last post, I was going to be moving in April and moving is my least favorite thing to do in the whole world. However, it turns out that I may not be moving after all. The house I’ve been living in was sold, but word came back today that the buyers financing fell through, even though they had been told they had it before they made the offer on the house. I’m seriously hoping and praying that this is not someone’s sick April Fools joke on the buyers, which in turn would be on the current owner of the house. And then, of course, down on to me, the lowly renter.

The bad news is that I already canceled my gym membership yesterday, because I was going to move to San Antonio, Texas and they don’t have a branch there. The good news is, that it means that if I like my friend’s gym here in town, I could switch and still get a decent work out, even if it’s a different style of working out. It just means that if I want to go running, I’m going to have to bite the bullet and do it outside.

Some other good news is that it gives me more time to find more employment in the area so I can find another place to live in during the near future so that I won’t have to deal with all this stress of having to move all over again with only a months notice. And of course, in related news, I haven’t actually put in my two weeks notice at work, so that is one less thing I’ll have to scramble to try and undo.

And the best news of all, it means I can actually make a real attempt at ScriptFrenzy this month! I haven’t actually done any writing yet today, but I’ll being going to a kick-off party this afternoon in which I’m going to be pounding away at the keyboard to try and get in my first 3.33 pages in.

I, of course, am going to keep going through with my Spring Cleaning/Moving events throughout the month, so that if another offer is made on the house before I find a new place to live, I will have most things taken care of and it means I can head can trade in more books at the Tattered Cover for store credit!

So now I’m going to go take a deep breath, draw up a bath and relax for half an hour while I let the stress from the last week fade away.

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