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It's sadly official. Borders is closing. No, I am really upset about this. I ADORE going to Borders and found the entire shopping experience much better than Barnes and Nobel, and Borders was the only place I knew of where I could purchase Paperchase products on clearance or with a coupon. It was also my go to store for comics and manga.

Briefly, I considered finally making the switch to an e-reader. On the rare occasion I actually purchase a book, it's a paperback. These are becoming few and far between, seeing as how I work in a library which gives me inside info on when my favorite books are coming out and I can read them for free. I don't even mind waiting. It gives me time to read other books. :p

But comics are not available on your average mainstream e-reader without jumping through a thousand hoops to get the jpeg files to display. And if you've ever seen my Shelfari list, I read A LOT of comics.

What concerns me most about Borders closing is, as a graphic novel fan and a librarian, I see kids sitting in stores AND in the library reading their favorite series because they simply can't afford to buy them. In my years as a fan, I've seen volumes go from $5.99-$7.99 to $9.99-$24.99 for your average collected book. Kids (and parents) just can't afford to keep up when some series can go as high as 30 volumes. That's $750 or more per series. And don't even get me started on having space for all these things!!

This calls to mind the last time I went to my local Borders where a man working there scolded the kids for standing around and reading the books. The kids complained the libraries don't have "cool books like these." The hell you say! I told them flat out "Not only do we have cool books but the one you have in your hand I just ordered for the library!"

They didn't believe me.

I feel for these kids because they can't afford to buy them, can't stand in a Borders and read (cause Borders is gone), and don't KNOW these books are in a library! This is really sad and troubling to me.

As to why I was considering an e-reader, I will need space in my house for all the comics I will now HAVE to purchase from Amazon (some comics I get are not appropriate for a library... Not all of them are yaoi so shaddap... XD) so if I want novels, I'd like to save the space and use an e-reader. I mean, if I'm going to spend the money, I might as well save the space, right?

Eh, screw it. I'll just use the desktop applications for now. I'll need to save that money for comics. XD

But alas, Borders will still be gone. Some of my best memories are of going to the bookstore with my Ma and I looked forward to sharing that with my daughter. It's amazing what she will come to know as normal concerning her reading as opposed to what I knew at her age. Is this really farewell to brick and mortar bookstores? This librarian hopes not. :(

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Today's find? A cucumber. Bear in mind, we've been closed for two days.

Ew.
atthequillsmercy: (Hypatia of Alexandria)
Aside for needing to just update more (prepare to hear more complaints about my kid and the general joys of being a working mother who scrapes for time to be creative), I have been thinking about how to make this a bit more lucrative. I have sold a couple more books and more people have been coming to my site, but at the same time I am becoming more aware of how I spend my time.

In order to make "extra" money, I've been taking as much overtime at work as I can get. And it doesn't seem to matter because no matter how much "extra" money I get, I either break even or am slightly less behind than before. My kid is literally BEGGING me for my attention and acting up because I'm not around. I'm always working. I'm working so much that on my days off I am so freaking tired, I can't play with her.

Though I love my mother to Reece's Pieces, that was one mistake she made with me. As a single mom, she worked two jobs to make sure I had not only everything I needed but extra: Dance lessons, Saturday enrichment classes, instrument lessons... I was a very busy child. In addition, on her days off she had to take care of the yard and house. We didn't pay for landscapers; she mowed our HUGE lawn and tended all our bushes herself. And cleaned. Didn't cook, though. Ma can't cook for shit. XD All this made it so at the end of the day, she was too tired even for a game of Chinese Checkers.

Since I don't want to make that mistake, I will be taking less OT in the future. However, there is still a mortgage to be paid and my kid will always be better served if kept warm and fed whether I'm around or not. :p And since both me and the husband work full time, it couldn't hurt if I explored some other avenues of income. That short story that got rejected? Rather than post it for free, I'll make it available on Kindle on the cheap. As soon as I figure out how the formatting works. @_@ Everything that's on my site now for free will remain as such but in the future, my short stories will go up on Kindle with previews on the site. As much as I want to be the cool author chick who gives her awesome stories away for free for all you lovely people to enjoy to your hearts content but, Lenni needs to keep her house. And eat. Food is great! :D Oh!! And clothes! Trust me, it's to everyone's benefit that I walk around with clothing on. XD

To that end, I'm back to my 5 page a day goal. And my journal doesn't count. Neither does the blog. Five pages a day of pure creative genius. I'll get there. ;)

WOOHOO!!

Feb. 15th, 2011 03:44 pm
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I am FINALLY well enough to be upright and working again without the aid of Dayquil. I didn't like the way Dayquil made me feel so I just stayed home one more day (yesterday) and slept till I felt better. The antibiotics make me a little dizzy but since I don't drive, I can deal with that.

This also means I have a weeks worth of writing to catch up on. I did try to write while I was sick only to go cross-eyed and feel like I was going to vomit. And that's only if my hand would stop shaking long enough to put pen to paper in the first place. 9_9 But there's nothing stopping me now and I owe you all an update!

Library story of the day: There was a wayward zombie DVD up at the circulation desk that obviously didn't belong to us and nobody could tell who it was reserved for. So naturally, they assume it belonged to me. It didn't. But whatever reputation I seem to have at my job, I like it. XD

That's all I have for today, kids. Stay well!
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And now begins the three week period of accidentally writing 2010 on everything. :p

I've started out this year strong with my food diary and several stories to work on. :) I'm also trying to be less of a lurker in the 50 or so blogs I read. Granted, if I say nothing I don't sound like an ass but I suppose on occasion, it's ok to sound like an ass. ^_^ So be prepared to see my link popping up on your pages, kids.

Also, I'll be adding my erotica section soon. The only thing holding it back is the typing of the story I've written so far. I also have an update for Go Away Girls pending and I'm DYIN to work on this library themed dystopian fantasy that's been kicking around in my head. But let us get the unfinished projects finished first, shall we?

And I'll be posting more nonsensical crap for you all to enjoy. Can't forget about that. :p I enjoy nonsensical crap. ^_^
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Been awhile, eh? Well, here we go! >D This is the intro to a silly little story I'm writing called "Winter Boot." It was inspired by a statue of a frog riding a hare that my neighbor gave me as a new baby/housewarming gift. No, I don't quite know what she was thinking.

It was warm the day my father died. It's been winter ever since.
I knew Daddy had magic. He chased away the monsters under my bed, flipped pancakes, and reached high shelves to get treats for me. But I didn't think he held back the snow.


Dun, dun DUUUUUNNNNN!!!

Yes, I have the mentality of a child. What the hell of it? XD

And another friendly note from your favorite librarian (and of course that's me): Do not snidely say how helpful I was when I can't pull a copy of the latest best seller out of my ass and cannot mathematically predict when you will get your copy. That's the wonder of sharing books with every person in your town, somebody else might wanna read it, too.

/rant
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If you see something in your local library that you enjoy? Tell. Your. Librarian. I really can't stress that enough.

Today I had a very nice man ask me how many graphic novels he could check out and my answer was simply "As many as you can carry." XD He'd come from several towns away because he saw online that our collection was so good. I take a bit of personal credit for this because it was my idea to have a graphic novel collection in adult in the first place.

But seriously, circulation statistics are not the only way we gauge if a collection is working or not. Tell the staff when you love something so they can do it more. And so they can smile, because we get yelled at a lot, too.

In other news, the nice men came to knock down the top of our house today. I haven't seen how far they've gotten yet. 0.0

My writing experiment is going well so far. I've got one story mere lines from completion, one 3/4 of the way done, and one I'm just beginning. The genres are all over the place so nothing ever gets boring! :D

And of course, I get a ton if ideas for my two main novels as I work on this experiment. Just lovely. But my muse has always been an attention whore. He likes to mess with my head.

Watch, he'll give me 2 weeks of writer's block for that.
atthequillsmercy: (Hypatia of Alexandria)
If a book is so disgusting you cringe to touch it to put it in a bag? Don't bother to donate it to a library. Please. Your friendly neighborhood librarian is tired of getting rashes from old, dirty, moldy books. I know you feel bad throwing them away, I understand that feeling, but if you can barely touch it, how is anybody else supposed to read it?

And I'm tired of getting rashes from these things. It's just gross.

Signed,

Lenni the Librarian.

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