Sunday, May 17, 2015

Florida Library Association Conference 2015

I attended this past week, learning a few new things about the advocacy of 3D printing and makerspace planning for libraries.

I also attended as part of the Standards committee, where we presented the first draft of the revisions.  We are re-designing the guidelines to focus as much on outcomes as anything, and thinking of how the Public Library Association's planned revisions in 2017 will affect the various states (including our own).  I'd love to add a link to the first draft if I can find it... knew I should have written it down somewhere.

And if anyone's got pictures of the Standards presentation on Friday morning, please pass along.

Oh, and Ellen, I still owe you for the hot-spot Internet usage.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day to Ocean the Wiggle Cat

Looking back at the big moment for Ocean:

To all the hoomans who adopted River, Inara, Zoe, Jayne and Simon: let the kittehs know Mama Ocean is doing okay and misses them!

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Librarian-Jedi-Writer-Pirate-Geek Looks Back at 45

It's one of those round-to-five birth years again.  And another day of waking up, going to work, and regretting just a few of the things I still haven't gotten around to doing in life.

Not to say I should focus only on the regrets.  There's a few things I've gotten done with my writings and a few things I've done in my life worth doing.  I may miss my old friends, I do miss Tehya and Page my kittehs... but I don't regret having met new friends, and I don't regret having Ocean and Mal wiggle their way into my life.

So here I am at 45 years of age.
There's still a lot left to do.

Monday, May 4, 2015

I Feel a Disturbance in the Fourth, As Though Millions of Fans Were Blogging And Were Suddenly Geeked Out

It's May the 4th.

As in, May The Fourth Be With You.

And this is a good year to be a Star Wars geek as this is happening:

Chewie, we're home...
And yes, with The Force Awakens movie coming out December, we are indeed home...
I want that toy.  I really wanted a Falcon since I was kid, but the models were too big for the bookshelves in my room so I held back.  NO MORE.  I may be turning 45 this month, but with this series I am STILL that seven-year-old sitting in the Clearwater Bijou (sadly so long gone) watching the first movie A New Hope again and again...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Local Authors Event, May 30

(Update: I just want to ask again for everyone who likes to read to swing by this coming Saturday, say hello to me and my fellow local authors, and take a look to see if there's anything you like.  Thank you!)

I've been invited back to the Barnes & Noble store at the Shops At Wiregrass mall in Wesley Chapel, FL (just north of New Tampa).

It's on Saturday May 30th (sadly not Memorial Day weekend tho) from 2 PM to 4 PM.  Location is:
28152 Paseo Dr
Suite 100
Wesley Chapel FL 33543
(it's at the corner facing the major intersection of SR 56 and Bruce B Downs Blvd)

I've got a link at Goodreads where you can tag if you'll attend, please and thank you.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Importance Of Titles

A science fiction editor, Neil Clarke for Clarkeworld and/or Forever magazines, recently took about 50,000 short story submission titles and fed them into a Wordle generator to see what the most common story title words were used.

Came up with a doozy of a list.

Upon further examination, I have used some of these words.

I'd have to re-read my short story anthology to verify.

On the bright side, I don't see the words Grapefruit, Welcome, Snipe (or Hunt), Hero, Cleanup, Protocol, or Banging.  So I *am* making serious efforts to be original with the naming conventions.

But let's be fair.  Science fiction relies on specific imagery, specific tropes, and because of that the title(s) of stories/novels have to convey as close as possible what the point of the story will be.  I guarantee you a word count of mystery/thriller titles will have Shadow, Dead, Night, Fatal, or other menacing noir-ish words in play.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Free Comic Book Day 2015 - At Bartow Library

While the Free Comic Book Day website doesn't show Bartow Public Library offering itself as a place to collect the free issues available this first Saturday of May - May 2nd - I do want to ensure people that yes we will have select free titles to hand out!

Just a reminder we're at
2150 S. Broadway Ave
Bartow FL 33830
and we're open on Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

We are carrying just a few titles though, so the giveaway is limited.