Status Update

April 5, 2012 at 8:46 PM (General) (, )

Hello lovely followers!

If you’re still out there, I wanted to pop in and give an update.  Well, since my last post, my mom went into the hospital.  So I’d appreciate any good thoughts or prayers you could send her way.  She really needs them.

I am almost done with a complete draft of my thesis, which is exciting!  Except I had to start a full-time job in order to cope with my family situation.  Writing is on hold while I adjust, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about my characters!  It just means I have to be extra careful about making time to write.  Which is the essential dilemma of the writer’s life, I suppose.

On the bright side, I now have my own desk and phone and best of all…

I became a Library Assistant!  Yup, I work in the library of a major company now.  (Trust me, you’ve heard of it.)  I’m not quite a librarian, but I’m pretty close in rank.  You could say I’ve been initiated as a squire, I suppose.  I guess my new name will have to be The Library Squire.  ;)  What do you all think?

My life hasn’t been completely devoid of book-loving, though.  I did find the time to squeeze in some WonderCon action… Check out what I got:

Those would be the signatures of one Mr. Ransom Riggs and one Ms. Kami Garcia!

And I met Gretchen McNeil too!  She’s so gorgeous!
And I scored an ARC of Ten!  Wonder what I could do with that… ;)

Just think, now I’ll be able to afford more books than ever before!  I just have to find the time to enjoy them now that I work more than 40 hours a week.  Yikes!  I don’t know how some bloggers do it.  But I’ll work something out.

If you’re reading this, thanks for sticking with me.  I hope I have more for your enjoyment soon.

Until next time,
Clara aka The Library Squire (?)

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Hiatus-Type Thing

January 31, 2012 at 9:44 PM (General) ()

Hi all!

Sorry for the absence, but blog posting is going to be on and off for a while.

In addition to trying to finish up my thesis for graduation, my mom’s health has been deteriorating, and I’m dealing with other family issues.

It’s hard to focus on much else right now, but I don’t intend to quit the blog completely.  Not at all.  Let’s just call this a sort-of hiatus.  I still want to drool over books with you all and write about libraries and other things.  So I’ll be here.  Just not as much.  ;)

And I still have that great news to share with you!  Coming up soon.

Thanks to you all for following the blog.  Here’s to another half-year on the web!

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Dipping my toe into the water: an introduction.

June 10, 2011 at 2:55 AM (General, Introduction) (, , , , , , , , , )

Well, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a blog about being a graduate student for a couple of months.  I know there are so many blogs out there that are pretty much writing about writing, but I’m hoping my academic experiences, library shenanigans, and book reviews will keep things interesting around here.  I was also partially inspired by the Clarion Write-A-Thon to create a blog to track my my writing throughout the summer.

I started a new novel on Sunday (five days ago), and I intend to finish it in the coming months.  I know I am capable of writing 50,000 words in three weeks if I am inspired, so here’s hoping that kind of inspiration magically appears again.  At the very least, I’m aiming for an average of five pages a day.  It’s doable.  Rough, but doable.

There is another novel I started in December 2010.  I’m a couple hundred pages into it, but stopped working on it when school got started again after the winter break.  I’ve submitted excerpts to workshops and have gotten some very insightful comments, some of which I will use to inspire blog posts.  This novel also needs to be completed before the summer ends.  Mostly because I’m not sure which of the two is going to become my thesis.  But more on my thesis woes in another post.

When I’m not going on about writing and graduate school experiences, I’m pretty sure my main source material will be my vow to read at least one book each week until school starts up again.  I’m currently more than halfway through book the first, and I’m really enjoying it, so I’m excited to write my first review as soon as I finish it.  I’ve never really written a full-fledged book review before, so I’m very eager to try on this new genre of writing.

One thing you have to know about me before we proceed: I may be in a MFA program, but I write fantasy stories.  The level of fantasy varies.  One of my screenplays is about stage magicians and the other was described by someone as “Inception meets The NeverEnding Story meets Tron.”  Some stories of mine feature angels and ghosts, a couple of novels are epic fantasies.  You can imagine what I like to read.  A lot of it lately has been YA fantasy, because that’s what tickles my imagination.  But, sure, I like adult stories, too.  I love Neil Gaiman, Aimee Bender, and Tim Pratt.  I also like Caleb Carr, Banana Yoshimoto, and James Baldwin.  I’ve got great book recs from my professors, and I’m always open to more.

So don’t expect drivel from me, but don’t expect me to quote Kafka either.

Well, it’s quite late (or early) here, and I’ve got a graduation ceremony to attend tomorrow.  I’ll end by posting an article on the contention over the privatization of libraries here in CA.  It’s a very concerning issue, and may require a whole post in the future.  We’ll see.

Thank you for reading.  It’s a pleasure to meet you.

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