(A friend of mine recently invited me to join her writing critique group. In addition to reading chapters of what people are working on, we take 20 minutes to write flash fiction based on a prompt and then read what we came up with out loud. Tonight was my first time there, and the prompt was “penny on the sidewalk”. I liked the result so I figured I might as well post it.)
I compiled some personal tactics and crowd sourced DIY remedies for the sads (clinical term) into a mini comic! Enjoy xoxo
Harry Crewe and Aerin-sol. Watercolor and colored pencil, 2013.
A few months ago I got inspired by the Ladies of Literature project and did these. Seeing all of the wonderful art inspired by female characters in books made me wish I was participating, so I drew two of my favorite characters by one of my favorite authors. Robin McKinley’s books are amazing, and I have lost count of how many times I’ve read The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown. Aerin and Harry are inspiring, and not because they manage to do everything right. They don’t feel like they fit into society the way they should, are well aware of their flaws, and seem to stumble onto their destinies by accident. In spite of all of that, both of them step up to fight for what they care about. Even though the people they care about have not always cared for them. Even though they have little hope of success. Even though their enemies are so powerful that defying them could mean death, both of these heroes take a stand.
A while ago I came upon hardcover copies of both of these books at the Creative Re-use store. They’re in fine condition except for the chunk of the dust jackets that seem to have had library barcodes cut out of them. Even though I already owned paperback copies, I snapped them up because I didn’t want them to turn into someone’s up-cycled book project. Someday I’m going to see about making prints of these paintings and incorporating them into replacement dust jackets, because I think that would be pretty cool.
(I might do a different one for Harry at some point because she looks a little too serene, but I love the way Aerin turned out.)
Painted Bunting. Acrylic on canvas, 2013.
When I was working on the bird paintings for my parents’ Christmas present, I joked to my housemates that I was just going to paint bird tiles for everyone since I didn’t know what to get them. One of my housemates has already received a bird painting from me in the past (I got her a Legend of Zelda hoodie instead) but the other housemate was enthusiastic about the prospect of a painting. Since she has not professed to having a favorite kind of bird, I did a painted bunting because they have awesome bright colors going on.
(Don’t read past the break if you don’t want to read a rant about how one of my favorite authors let me down by ending a trilogy with lots of unanswered questions) Dang it. I am up way past my bedtime because I got sucked into the book that I was reading…
Pretty sure this series is still going …. The Collegium Chronicles Foundation (2008) Intrigues (2010) Changes (2011) Redoubt (2012) Bastion (2013)
Haha, yeah, I wrote this rant a few years ago when I had just finished reading the third book and didn’t understand that the author was breaking her trilogy mold. I’ve read the other two and still wasn’t terribly impressed with them, but they do answer a lot of the questions I brought up. (And I keep reading them, so I guess that says something for my overall enjoyment of the series, heh.)
Anyway, thank you for taking the time to reblog this to make sure I knew about the other books! I appreciate it. (Also I’m going to follow you now because I like your taste in literature.)
"I thought being a librarian was going to be about reading stories, reader’s advisory, and helping people. Instead it’s hearing depressing stories from patrons, dealing with government bureaucracy, and a pointless MLIS degree….
It’s hard, but not impossible. Getting a job as an actual librarian without a degree is pretty much impossible (and from what I hear, it’s super hard even once you have the degree). I imagine the difficulty varies depending on where you are and how financially secure your local library system is. In my personal experience, it is possible to get a job if you have experience with similar work (see: customer service) and just keep applying for anything that opens up. I started as a part-time page (basically just shelving and helping with whatever else needed to be done) and when my city passed a referendum to put some tax dollars towards the libraries, my branch was open more hours and I got a full-time clerk job. Does it pay well? No. Do I spend my whole day reveling in a utopia of books? No. As the original post said, it can be rough.
I spend a significant amount of time every day listening to people talk about their crazy lives, trying to assist computer-illiterate folks who need to print important documents, and giving instructions on how to get to (and into) the bathroom. That is not to say I don’t get to talk about books…I have definitely had enthusiastic conversations with patrons who share my taste in reading materials. More often I make vague, polite remarks about the vast quantities of bestsellers that cross my desk and avoid telling people my real opinion of James Patterson’s writing. The phrase “no, I haven’t seen that one yet” is now my go-to line when people ask about the movies on display. (Unless it’s one of the few I have seen, in which case I will talk their ear off about how the movie made way more sense if you read the book first).
For those who are considering a library degree or trying to get a library job I have one piece of advice: take a job in any kind of customer service. If you are waiting on people, you are gaining valuable experience that will look good on your resume and give you amusing anecdotes to share at an interview. Good customer service skills are probably the most essential qualities of a library clerk, though if you can learn your local library’s catalog system (Either Dewey or Library of Congress, probably) to figure out how to shelve things, you will be ahead of the curve. Hanging out at the library and being on friendly terms with the employees isn’t a bad idea either.
Anyway, I don’t want to pretend to be some kind of expert…I have no experience with the whole library degree thing. But I do strongly agree that people who want to work in libraries should really try to get a sense of what that is like before committing to a costly and time-consuming program. You don’t want to find out you hate it after you get the degree.
This is to prove to SOME people that we girls can love it too and it is not just designed for boys!!
Umm…yeah. Are there really people who actually think girls don’t like these things? I wonder what it is like to live in such a strange place. Hopefully they are enjoying spending time with the people who think girls don’t play video games.
Anyway, I thought this would be a good opportunity to show off my cobbled together Halloween costume from this past October…Femme Frodo. It’s amazing what you can come up with at midnight by just pulling all of your weirdest clothes out of the closet…and discovering a Gollum bookmark with a replica of the one ring attached to it. We went to three Halloween parties and people generally caught on to who I was pretty quickly. We also went to one non-Halloween hipster party (it was on the same night as one of the Halloween things) and people didn’t realize I was wearing a costume. I’m not sure what this implies about how I normally dress…
It was the one Halloween costume…TO RULE THEM ALL!