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( Jun. 27th, 2008 05:16 pm)
Today has been insane. IN-SANE. I've been running around this library all day with no time for myself. I had to use my lunch break to buy Jumbo Crayons from the supply store for the Mommy & Me classes.

When will there be time for ME????? ACK! I can't wait until my last day. July 31st never sounded so sweet.

Today was supposed to be my day to finish off my chapter so I can submit it to my group. I'm hoping I can rush home, have a breather, and get started on it right away because I've got to work tomorrow.

Can I cry now? No? Not yet? Okay. :o(

I need motivation for tonight. What's my motivation?

A. A stop at Starbucks after leaving work
B. A stop at Torrance Bakery for some sweet treats to eat at home while I write
C. Ax that! You just need to crack the whip and focus.
scififanatic: (Books)
( May. 31st, 2008 08:48 am)
Somehow, I made it into work today. But I am a zombie. A zombie who has to train 2 people today from 9:30 to 12: 30.

Since I feel like a zombie, I wonder if I can just bite them both on the arm and have them mysteriously turn into office drones who instinctively know what to do without instruction.

That would be awesome!

Okay, seriously--pray that I don't throw myself over the stairs before the day is over.

On another note--I got lots of good materials at BEA for my job, which I hauled in today. Yay, super me. I am a super zombie!
scififanatic: (Books)
( May. 14th, 2008 11:35 am)
Maybe we don't see this debate in adult literature or even YA but when it comes to children's books (PB, MG, etc.), it seems like there's a fine line between a gimmick and hook.

Some editors describe gimmicks as "an attention-getting element that does little more than get attention. It is a contrivance that seems to add value without actually adding value. It distracts the consumer from the question of whether she really wants the product in her hands."

I bring all of this up because since I've registered to attend Book Expo of America in Los Angeles, I've been getting all kinds of postcards from publishers begging me to visit their booths. A few days ago, I got a shiny red and white card for a book about a dog who smells a color.

I didn't think much of it until I came to the line that says, "What makes [this] book series so unique is its Press-2-Sniff technology that enables readers to actually smell what [the dog] smells. Cleverly embedded within the pages of the book, it's innovative scent-dispensing packets are good for 50,000 sniffs and contain safe, non-toxic scents that truly mimic real life smells like a fresh-picked rose or juicy strawberries."

This may be a fun book to buy for your children at home but the library where I work gets a headache when books like this are released.

It isn't just a matter of finding the money in our budget to buy the book. We'd have to think long term and find out the cost of purchasing extra scent packets. Technical Services would have the task of figuring out how to bind and package such a product to display on our shelves. Circulation Services would want to know if the packets sustain heavy weight and damage in the book drop bins. Parents would want to know is this really safe? The library's Focus Group and Public Relations committee would want to weigh in on the positives and negatives of adding such a book to the library's collection. The Library Board would probably revise the library's Collection Development Policy to include books that "dispense scents" and the list goes on...

Suffice it to say, I don't know whether or not a book like this is a gimmick or a hook but this much I can say--my library steers clear from books like this. We're just getting on board with felt/board books for the 0-2 age group! Sad to say but it's true.

Too bad...maybe next year our library will be on board with the Press-2-Sniff technology. In the meantime, if you've got a kid who loves scratch-n-sniff stickers, this book may provide reading and smelling enjoyment.
scififanatic: (purple flower--black woman)
( Apr. 28th, 2008 12:10 pm)
Today, I read my horoscope and it states:

Your dreams are important to you and right now you are frustrated because these dreams seem to be standing still. They may even be moving backward. Don't get down on yourself for this. Realize that this backward movement is part of the process.

This couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. I thought I'd spend my two days off writing but I didn't. I read a lot (reread Toni Morrison's Beloved) but I didn't write a single word of fiction. For some reasons, I couldn't get the thoughts to flow. It was like my characters were bottled up and so my fingers just couldn't type.

Last night, I was dismayed because I knew I blew my only two days off and this week I will be tossed into work work work that will distract me not only at the office but at home as well.

I've started drafting a new grant proposal for Mattel. I'm hoping the library can get at least $25,000 out of it. (Fingers crossed.) In some ways, grant writing is formulaic and in other ways, it's completely time consuming and frustrating. There's always something that can be made clearer. There's always this power/ego struggle when you're working with a "grant writing team." There's always the waking up in the middle of the night because you just remembered something you could have and should have said but it's too late because you've already sent off the proposal by FedEx overnight shipping and there's no getting it back and if the proposal is met with a big fat NO you automatically think that it's your fault for not doing the best you could and suddenly the weight of more than 50,000 city residents is on your shoulders because after all, your efforts will either enhance or detract from the services they receive (and some so desperately need).

I had a talk with my boss last week about my frustrations with the work that I'm doing and the hours I put into my job. Her response: "But you're so good at what you do!" I'm good at eating lots of food but that doesn't mean I should actually do it all day long. "Well, if you don't like your hour commute, maybe you should think about moving to Monterey Park." Oh, thanks. I'd love to move and basically write myself into not only a job but also a lease for a year. Doesn't she get it--I don't plan on staying much longer so there's no incentive for me to put make roots here.

In the fall, I will start teaching a 3-unit class at a junior college in the Los Angeles Community College District (I don't have my specific assignment yet--I'm hoping it will be a M/W or Sat class). My wish is that this short term post will lead to a full time job with one of the district's campuses.

In the meantime, my dreams are going backwards or rather--my dreams are taking a backseat to my career. That's just how it has to be right now, no matter how hard I try to fight it.
scififanatic: (Fishy Wishy Activity)
( Jan. 25th, 2008 03:27 pm)
Today's conversation at work went something like this:

Me: "I can't use the whiteboards because the cleanser is leaving a film when I write. I called the company and they said a non chemical water based solution, like alcohol and water or soap and water, should be used to keep them clean."

Her: "Really? That sounds like a lot of work."


I'm completely annoyed.


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