Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NERD!VERSE!

I am one lucky lady. And just in case I ever forget that, I only have to look at the below list of friends and family to remind me. As a lot of you know, I am currently raising funds to self publish my book of nerd poetry called NERD!VERSE. Due to my unique style of poetry, which tends to be a mix of classic verse form and Shel Silverstein rhyme (and strong language), traditional publishers have perpetually decided against printing my book. So, in the spirit of today's crowd-funding trend, I turned to Indiegogo and the generosity of the people I know to help me in my quest for self-publication. So far I have raised more than half of my goal, with more than a month to go.

To those people who have donated and shared my campaign with others, I am humbled by your confidence in me and my writing ability. Thank you so much for your support. <3

Below is a list of people who are helping me make my self-publishing dreams come true. Because so many of these people are talented in their own right, I have tried to include links to their websites whenever applicable. If I do not have a link for you, please message me or leave a comment and I will add it to the list.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A response to the recent events in the Wizard Rock community

This will not be long. I have taken the time to read everything that has been written so far about the recent abuse cases brought to light in the Wizard Rock and YouTube community. The victims, event planners, YouTubers, other wrockers, and fans, have all eloquently said everything that I’ve felt over the past few days. Shock. Anger. Disbelief. Doubt. Worry. Defiance. Strength. Will.

I have been a part of the Potter Fandom for seven years now. It has been both a home and a haven to me. Starting as a shy lurking fangirl, and then becoming a wizard rocker, was ALL because of the nurturing and safe community of our fandom. It breaks my heart to know that some people have tried to ruin that for the rest of us. It breaks my heart that I called one of these people my friend. While I was not a victim of this recent abuse, I still share the feelings of abject hurt and betrayal of our community. 

I hope that our wizard family can talk about what has happened, learn from it, and use it to cultivate a new safe haven for ourselves as well as new members to our community. Let’s talk. 

The Weapon We Have Is Love. Always.

Monday, February 10, 2014

2014 YALSA HUB READING CHALLENGE

This year I will be participating in YALSA The Hub Reading Challenge. This means that I will endeavor to read 25 YALSA award and honor books between February 3rd and June 22nd.

I will update my progress periodically on this page. Join me! Tell me what you've read in the comments. Are you planning on taking the challenge? What's next on your list?



February 10th UPDATE - I have completed 3 books, and have started the 4th.
February 24th UPDATE - I have completed 6 books and have started the 7th.
March 10th UPDATE - I have completed 10 books and have started the 11th.
March 24th UPDATE - I have completed 12 books and have started the 13th.
April 10th UPDATE - I have completed 18 books and have started the 19th.

Check out my list after the jump.

Monday, January 27, 2014

ALA Midwinter Meeting 2014

While my alarm went off this morning at 6:00am, I had actually been awake for a few minutes, convinced that I'd overslept and I'd missed the morning's festivities. These moments of horror had been occurring roughly once an hour since I had fallen asleep around six hours earlier. What could have caused this restless sleep? For those of you book professionals out there, you know exactly what I am talking about: The Youth Media Awards. For those of you unfamiliar with the librarian/bookseller/publishing world, I'll give you an idea. The YMAs are essentially the Academy Awards for books, and I was determined to get a front row seat.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

RainBow Garland - Free Knitting Pattern


RainBow Garland
Whether you’re throwing a party, or decorating your home, a garland is a wonderful addition to your decor. In soft rainbow colors, these linked bows will look perfect wherever you put them. This is a great stash buster.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Your Nerdy Guide to 2014

Was 2013 not nerdy enough for you? Was your New Year's Resolution to be nerdier? Have  your friends challenged you to out-nerd yourself? (Challenge accepted!) This list can help! 

Here are some upcoming nerdy events in 2014. Hope to see you there!

If your favorite nerdy event is not listed, let me (and other nerds) know in the comments!

Friday, December 6, 2013

6 Words That Will Change The Way You Walk Down A Corridor*

*Taken from The Meaning of Liff

I don't know about you guys, but I work in an office. My office has long and narrow corridors. My company is also quite small. Therefore, when walking through these corridors, I am often faced with the awkward situations that generally come when you spot a casual acquaintance walking toward you from the other end. 

After several years of making stupid faces, feigning blindness, and blatantly ignoring people, I finally turned to Douglas Adams and John Lloyd's essential guide to The Meaning of Liff. This little book has helped me through many a rough patch, by allowing me to see that I am not alone in life. This awkward corridor syndrome that I seem to have, is not only my problem. It seems, by the presence of the following six words in Adams' and Lloyd's book, to be lots of people's problems. 

Perhaps, by sharing these words, as well as the book's corresponding website with you, I can bring comfort and confidence into the your lives, and the lives of others as well. 

Read on for the authors' mission statement, as well as the six words that will change the way you walk down a corridor.