Monday, July 21, 2014

Seven Years Since Book Seven

Today marks seven years since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I remember sitting and reading, silently crying as I mourned the loss of my favorite characters, as well as the closing of the most magical story I had ever read. But even though the books are over, the gifts that Jo Rowling gave to me are still coming. Harry Potter changed my life. I have friends that I call my family.

I have The Group That Shall Not Be Named to fill my calendar with the most awesome events every month, I have Kelly Zepha Owen and her wonderful family who are so dear to me, it's as if we were blood, I have Adam Rothstein, my partner in all things... and while we didn't meet at a convention, pretty much the only reason we made it past round one of Jewish Speed Dating is because he mentioned the two words that touched my heart (Harry Potter), and I have everyone else in this wonderful fandom family. I am so grateful for all of you. You are all a gift to me every day.

And let's face it. It's been seven years since the end of an era... but the wonderful thing about books is that you can start all over again.

Monday, July 14, 2014

At Home on a Monday Morning

It's 10:00 on Monday morning and I am at home. I just woke up. Usually at this time, I am prepping for meetings, hankering for lunch, or sifting through the many emails that came in over the weekend. I should be at my desk, in my office, with one of my many pashminas draped over my shoulders, because no matter what season it is, it's always freezing in my cubicle. But I am not. I am home. Last month I was laid off.

You may think that I was angry, but I wasn't.  My relationship with my job was a long and committed one. I had almost 10 years of a mostly healthy, mutually beneficial, and comfortable relationship with my employing company. I was surrounded by like-minded and kind people who became much more to me than the faces I saw each day. We cared about each other's lives, professionally, and personally. I attended their weddings, performances, and relatives' funerals. When my grandfather passed away, my boss gave everyone the afternoon off to pay my family a shiva call out on Long Island. My tiny department at our not-for-profit company was a family.  But despite my comfort and happiness, there was no future with my career besides more of the same. I was cared for, and appreciated, but there was never any hope of growth. Perhaps this is the reason for my lack of anger. Perhaps I've known for quite some time, that my professional life required more out of my place of employment. That I deserved to receive as much as I gave out. And now, finally, (though it was not planned) I have the motivation and resources I need to move forward toward a healthier and happier relationship with a successful career.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

NERD!VERSE Update!

Do you like Shel Silverstein? Are you in a fandom? Would you like to read PG-13 nerdy verse written by yours truly? Well...my NERD!VERSE campaign ends in just a couple weeks. I am 2/3 of the way to my goal of $600. There are still some good perks left! For a small donation, you could receive:

  • A signed copy of the book with your name in the acknowledgments!
  • A hand made minimal (read tiny adorable animal)!
  • A poem of YOUR choosing about the fandom and person of YOUR choice!
  • Virtual hugs, thanks, and a plug from me (priceless, I know)!
If I hit my goal, my stretch is to raise $750 so I can hire fellow fandom friend, Hufflepuff, and graphic designer extraordinaire, Jennifer Drucker to design my cover art! 

Come on! Only 1/3 to go before I reach my goal! 

Your help is much appreciated.

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.
April 24th UPDATE - I have completed 22 books and have started the 23rd.
May 5th UPDATE - I have completed 25 books and the 2014 Hub Challenge! I thought I might try to share my favorites, but I just can't decide!

Check out my list after the jump. You can also check out my GoodReads.

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.