Showing posts from July, 2019

RWA's Literacy Signing!

This year, Romance Writers of America had their annual conference in New York City! And the coolest thing is, every year, RWA does a massive author signing, open to the public and the book sales benefit literacy programs!

Last time RWA had their conference in NYC, I hadn't branched out in my romance reading--I was only reading a few specific authors here and there and didn't totally own my romance geekiness.
This year, I went. And my friend Jess met me there (she reads romance sometimes; when we decided to go to the signing, Jess downloaded several romance novel samples on her Kindle). She asked me to make a list of the authors I *really* wanted to meet so we could make a game plan because there were a TON of authors scheduled to sign.

I was sure there would be lines and omg, how early should I get there, how big would the crowd be, how does this thing work, I hate crowds, I'm awkward... I sent an email to Smart Bitch Sarah from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and not only di…

A Field Trip to New York Public Library's Performing Arts Library

Emerging out of a nightmare heatwave this past weekend--it was so unbearably humid, guys, plus there were a lot of power outages around--Monday has brought more humidity and now rain, storms, and flooding.

But today, my Archives class took a field trip--to the New York Public Library's Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center! I've been to Lincoln Center a few times in my life, but never to the Performing Arts branch.

This library is divided into different divisions: Dance, Music, Theatre. Our class met with an archivist in the Music division and she showed us where the circulating collection was--books that can be taken out by patrons--as well as the research floor, where patrons can come and ask for specific recordings (which are played by technicians downstairs, so as to minimize wear and tear on record albums and CDs). In the Theatre division, people come to watch recorded Broadway shows (only a certain number of Broadway shows are recorded, btw). Still other researchers…

Alternate History

Sometimes, history sucks. Or it's not interesting. Or it's enormously interesting, but Writer Brain is like, "But what if it happened this way instead?"

According to Wikipedia, alternate history is basically speculative fiction, because the writer is speculating on a "what if?" idea and changing real, documented history into something else. Also, sometimes, time slip and time travel is involved.

The FrankenIdea has strong alternate history elements and while I'm barely into writing this thing--hello, unfinished Chapter One!--I'm working out how the alternate history parts work. It's different from making up fictional historical people (hi, definitely doing that, too) or a fictional country (possibly) because in this instance, at least, I am keeping some people who are definitely dead alive, so I've been thinking about what their lives would have been like had they lived longer. What their being alive means for political situations or for rea…

Bodyguard + When They See Us

As usual, I was late to these Netflix series--I watched Bodyguard first, because Richard Madden.

I saw him play a total bastard in Rocketman, remembered that he'd won a Golden Globe for Bodyguard, and my friend had already watched it and told me it was good, so I watched it.

Hooked from the first scene, guys. It's a tense thriller sort of thing, where David Budd, an ex-British Army solider who served in Afghanistan, is suffering from PTSD. He works for the Metropolitan police force in their Royalty and Special Protection branch and he is assigned to be the personal protection officer for the war-hawk Home Secretary. So good. There are a lot of twists and turns and episode six had me on the edge of my seat, mouth wide open, and I literally forgot that I was watching Richard Madden in a TV show--it was just crying David Budd and I was freaking out along with him.

When They See Us, written and directed by Ava DuVernay, was released in May and I watched it last weekend. I can't…

Classification Systems

This June, I've been taking an online course for my library science degree--Introduction to Classification, which covers the tedious world of library classification systems aka how they keep track of all the books.

I'm most familiar with Dewey--it's the most widely used system. It's numbers based. So first, you have to figure out which class the discipline of the book best corresponds to.

000 Computer science, information, library science
100 Philosophy and psychology
200 Religion
300 Social sciences
400 Language
500 Science
600 Technology
700 Arts and recreation
800 Literature
900 History and geography

Once you've figured out the class your book belongs to, say the 800s, then you move to the second digit. 810 is American literature in English. 813 is American fiction in English. Then you can add a decimal point after 813 and continue on to the Tables, which have Standard Subdivisions, divisions for geography, divisions for works by individual authors, languages, e…