Weekly links & wrap-up (Mar. 16, 2014)


Happy Sunday! How was your week? Mine was pretty freakin’ great: I’m officially hired at the library! I start tomorrow as a library aide! YAY!

I also got a bike! It is big and purple and I have named it Imelda so it’s now a she. Luckily I haven’t forgotten how to ride a bike (so that saying is true!) but I HAVE forgotten how to keep from wobbling like a drunk across the sidewalk. I’ve been taking Imelda out for little rides this week and I think I’m getting better, though I’m scared of actually going on the road. With the cars. And the TRUCKS. Ugh. (I’ll work up to it.)

In blogging news, I managed to get posts scheduled at least one day before they were to be posted. Woohoo! But now, of course, I’ve backslide and have no posts scheduled and tons left to write. Ugh. Today will be a day of post writing, for sure.

It’s official! I will be going to ALA Annual in June! I’ve even got a roommate and a hotel all picked out; I still need to buy my bus tickets and figure out what tourist things I want to do, and I am VERY EXCITED. The nice thing about living in SoCal is that Las Vegas is RIGHT there and also relatively cheap, so I don’t have to cram a ton of sightseeing into a few days for fear that I’ll miss something and won’t be able to get back. If I don’t see everything this trip, I can always go on another one later!

This’ll be the fourth book conference I’ve attended, and this time around I’d really like to focus more on the people (authors/publishers/bloggers/librarians) than the ARCs. In fact, I’d kinda like to NOT bring home a millions ARCs with me this time. I read very few of them and then I have to get rid of them somehow and it’s just a pain in the rear.

Are any of you going to ALA Annual? I’d love to meet up!

Books read:

  1. The Fifth Elephant – Terry Pratchett
  2. Conrad’s Fate – Diana Wynne Jones
  3. Enchanted Glass – Diana Wynne Jones
  4. The Lost Conspiracy – Frances Hardinge

Books reviewed:

Posts posted:

TBR notes

Started with 313 books on the pile (not counting audiobooks)
+1 added (The Other Typist (review))
-2 read (The Fifth Elephant, Enchanted Glass)
312 TOTAL TBR

Yay! I met my goal of two TBR books read this week. It’s kinda tough to keep reading TBR books when all I want to do is reread old favorites, but I’d like to read two more books from my TBR pile this week.

Interesting links

The New French Hacker-Artist Underground:

Thirty years ago, in the dead of night, a group of six Parisian teenagers pulled off what would prove to be a fateful theft. They met up at a small café near the Eiffel Tower to review their plans—again—before heading out into the dark. Lifting a grate from the street, they descended a ladder to a tunnel, an unlit concrete passageway carrying a cable off into the void. They followed the cable to its source: the basement of the ministry of telecommunications. Horizontal bars blocked their way, but the skinny teens all managed to wedge themselves through and ascend to the building’s ground floor. There they found three key rings in the security office and a logbook indicating that the guards were on their rounds.

But the guards were nowhere to be seen. The six interlopers combed the building for hours, encountering no one, until they found what they were looking for at the bottom of a desk drawer—maps of the ministry’s citywide network of tunnels. They took one copy of each map, then returned the keys to the security office. Heaving the ministry’s grand front door ajar, they peeked outside; no police, no passersby, no problem. They exited onto the empty Avenue de Ségur and walked home as the sun rose. The mission had been so easy that one of the youths, Natacha, seriously asked herself if she had dreamed it. No, she concluded: “In a dream, it would have been more complicated.”

Some art for the new Sailor Moon anime was leaked! And it looks AMAZING.

You know those series books that aren’t ever marketed as a series, nor do they have ANY indication anywhere in the book or on the cover that they’re part of a series, even if it’s necessary to have read the previous books in order to properly understand the plot? Here’s an old post from author Sarah Monette– who by the way has a WONDERFUL BOOK coming out in April called The Goblin Emperor— about why that happens. Apparently, it’s the bookstores’ fault. Now, that post was written in 2009. Things are different here in 2014. Maybe we could stop worrying about what bookstores like so much, and worry MORE about annoying/alienating potential readers who don’t like feeling like they’ve been tricked into reading book 3 of a trilogy before they’ve read books 1 and 2.

Over at xoJane, an audiobook narrator writes about how she got started in her job and how it’s kinda awkward to tell people she mostly narrates erotica.

Protip for publishers: Don’t spend your authors’ royalties on personal stuff and then start a fundraising campaign to get other people to pay your authors’ royalties. Just don’t.

Since getting my bike a few days ago, I’ve read approximately 500 articles about bicycling and commuting and urban biking and whatnot. Here’s some of my favorites:
Dispelling “Cycle Ladies” Myths @ Bike Commuters
Commuting 101: Cleaning up your act @ Commute by Bike

Bike Commuting 101 Part 1 and Part 2 @ Campmor

(I’m not actually going to commute to work, as it’d be a 40 mile round trip, but now I’m prepared if I ever DO.)

This Sherlock parody has actually made me like Sherlock again (at least a little bit):

4 thoughts on “Weekly links & wrap-up (Mar. 16, 2014)”

  1. Congratulations on the new job! That will be so fun for you. 🙂 And I’ve been thinking about getting back on my bike more lately but we live in a super hilly area so it’s going to be an uphill climb (pun intended). I’m going to have to do it little by little.

    Have a great week!

    1. Thank you! And yes, I abhor hills and am thankful that my neighborhood is relatively flat.

      The important thing is to keep at it! I have a hard time motivating myself to keep getting back on the bike, because I am lazy. But I will do it, because once I GET on the bike I have a lot of fun! Yay!

  2. Congrats on the new job! I hope you love it! And also on the new bike — I had a similar experience a few years ago of riding a bike again after several years not, and the wobbling convinced me the saying was a filthy sham. I didn’t fall off, but I definitely needed to kind of relearn it.

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