spindizzy: She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. (Book turned brain)
Okay, guys, help. I'm trying to pick out my reading goal for next year, and it's proving DIFFICULT.

  • According to GoodReads, I read 178 books this year (actual number may fluctuate because not everything I read is GoodReads), which is a bit higher than my goal of 150?

  • (I hit 150 in August, and then pretty much aggressively slacked off for the rest of the year because I was so behind on Eight Book Minimum. TAKE NOTES AS YOU READ, KIDS, BE BETTER THAN YOUR DISREPUTABLE AUNTIE SUSAN.)

  • If I am committing to Eight Book Minimum again, which was fun when it wasn't a bin fire of me being bad at regular posts and was a good way to cover books that I wasn't going to talk about in depth ever, that translates to... Okay, basic maths says it's about 208? Round it to 210 because I dislike unrounded numbers. That would be a CHALLENGE, but it would probably be doable?
    • Q: Oh my god Susan ARE YOU HIGH

    • ... I might be high, that still sounds like a lot of books

  • Part of my problem is that I wanted to up my challenge rating by having at least a third of what I read be prose for a change. No restrictions on fiction or non-fiction, just... Definitely has to be prose. That's not a terrible goal, right?

  • (Q: Susan, how do you think you're going to manage this?
    A: I have all of Pluto to read on New Year's Day, and I'm going to reread literally all of the Skip Beat omnibi before I read the one that comes out in January. That's twenty books right there. ... Also I need to read all of my library books that I've been ignoring, oops. That's like forty prose books right there, so.)

  • So, my options: I could keep the same overall goal (150), and count the level-up as having more prose? I could just go for 210 books and let anarchy reign? I could go for 210 and make 70 of them prose? I take one and have the other as a stretch goal? I DON'T KNOW.
spindizzy: She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. (Book turned brain)
Was working at new!library today (the one I'm going to when my new hours start, as opposed to current!library.), and IT WAS GREAT.

  • There was like a three-week period where every time this one library manager phoned to talk to someone else, it was always "Oh, Susan, while I've got you on the line - you've been short listed for a job interview!" Pretty great, as you can imagine, and I was happy with this. Today, she's in the library, zooming past on her way to talk to someone else - and then she stops and goes "Oh, Susan, while you're here - we got your last reference in yesterday, and we're proceeding to the next stage with your application. We'll contact your line manager about a start date." YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!


    • SO.

    • EXCITED.

  • Today, some guy came in to get a new library card, which was going as normal until he went "I'm really sorry, but the only proof of address I have on me is my bail paperwork..."


  • I am so excited about so many things while I'm working! Like, I can ASK QUESTIONS and GET ANSWERS, because it's a smaller team so people are more likely to know the answer! Or I'm allowed to look things up and find the answer myself!
    • Q: Oh my god this is so frustrating, why do all of the Polish books show up as [RENTAL BOOK] instead of an actual title or author?
      A: Because we don't actually have a permanent stock of Polish books, we rent them from a third party and just recycle the barcode numbers. Here's where to find the current list of titles we have available if anyone asks.

    • Q: Do you think anyone would show me how to work the microfilm reader if I asked?
      A: Sure, if it's quiet next time you're in then I'll show you.

    • Q (from customer): Okay, my kid is at Reading Level 2 in the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, do you have anything equivalent?
      A (found by me): Yes, because Essex is amazing and has a chart for that.

    • Q: Can kids with a visual impairment take part in the Summer Reading Challenge?
      A: Yes! We have to go through through Living Paintings, but we can get special books in for them, and they get a free 3D painting for taking part, which is REALLY COOL.

  • One of the ladies at new!library is really impressed and taken aback with my... Well, she calls it enthusiasm? Like, I'm always really excited about finding out NEW THINGS that help me to DO MY JOB BETTER! And we were quiet at work, so I started shelf-tidying because I couldn't think of anything better to do! And she was just like "I am so old and jaded and you keep making me want to not be. Can we skip to the point where you're jaded and don't care either?" and "Just be careful, people might try to take advantage because you're so enthusiastic, and you need to know that you don't have to do everything!" and it's really sweet that she's concerned!

  • "Where's Susan gone?" "I'm down here! *waves from floor where I'm sitting to better shelf-tidy like a bastard*

  • PROTIP: the graphic novel section at my library WAS a disgrace and then I sorted it out so that it's better. And had a kid in a Spiderman costume explain to me how Batman vs the Joker ended in New 52. It was kinda cute.

  • Picked up a copy The Authority volume one from the library today, partly because I remember enjoying it, and partly because I was trying to make a point about something and was like "And the firs thing they did once Warren Ellis left The Authority was have one of the gay characters raped because WHAT THE FUCK GUYS... Actually, do I have my sequence of events the right way round?" and now I'm checking.

  • (The point I was trying to make was that in my experience, the more canonical gay characters in a canon there are that haven't been raped or sexually abused, the more likely fandom is to be like WE CAN FIX THAT and have lots of rape/sexual assault/childhood trauma as an excuse for comfort sex. NO FANDOM, FUCKING STOP THAT. And then "Oh, no, wait, I've seen that happen in canon as well after a writer switch-over.")

  • Q: Susan, did you manage to get from OH MY GOD NEW JOB! to OH MY GOD FANDOM NO! in the space of one entry?
    A: Don't I always?
spindizzy: She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. (Book turned brain)
[personal profile] renay accidentally reminded me that I hadn't told the internet this story yet, so I should really fix that.

So, I went into work on Saturday! All is normal, I breeze into work, sign in, say good morning to all of the other early birds - and the duty manager nabs me. "Susan," she says to me. "You're going to need to move your reservations, they're a hazard." And at this point I'm just like "Okay? Sure? What?" because I'd been in on Wednesday and I'd had two reservations tucked away safely in my tray - all staff members have a tray with their name on for things like internal post and reservations, they're on a bookcase in the staff room.

So, I go upstairs, still confused, walk into the staff room - oh. There are books in my tray, in the tray above me, on the shelf below me - books, everywhere, all with labels saying that they were for me!

... Yeah, it seems during the two days that I was off, I ended up getting SEVENTEEN reservations in at once. And at that point I'd still not only maxed out my library card, but overridden some of the limits so that I could try to clear the decks from earlier in the week.

... I might have a problem, guys.

(This is part of why I've been reading like a bastard this last fortnight - to clear space on my library card for all of the OTHER library books I want. Oh god what is my life.)
spindizzy: The ordinary are so frequently oblivious to the extraordinary. (Hard at work)
  • Lex and I are engaged! FLSDGEODIFGHDLFGKHL!!!LSLH;G;SDG;!!!!!!!!

  • Went to a friend's funeral. (I hope he gets Doctor Who in whatever afterlife he's gone to.)
  • Lex got a new job!

  • I found out I'd got to the interview stage of getting a job as a library assistant - the week after we found out we were moving to Manchester. (*facepalm*)

  • I quite my soul crushing office job.

  • We moved to a nice house in Manchester for a month (basically housesitting for a month, but paying for the privelege.).

  • Our geekery? Reduced to playing Magic. A lot. And going to the official Friday Night Magic events at our Friendly Local Gaming Store which was both friendly and KINDA WIN.)

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  • I started volunteering at a local community centre/library and ended up accidentally reshelving... All of it. Literally. I'm not even joking.

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  • We moved into a house share for two months with a passive-aggressive controlling bitch of a landlady who kept snooping around our rooms.
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  • Did a month-long training course in Customer Service, in a vain attempt to get a job!

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  • (I'd like it noted, I have had job interviews! It's just no one ever wants to hire me after they've... Actually spoken to me. I'm trying not to take that personally.)

  • We moved in with my family! It was nice, I got to hang out with Lex AND my sister AND my Mum AND my nieces, it was kinda fun.

  • I went back to university part-time - I've started a Masters in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield, which is... Hm. I think it's GOING to be interesting, but the teachers we've had have been... Not that interesting? :\

  • Lex finished his training course and has been sent out to work in Birmingham... So we moved to Nottingham as an acceptable mid-point between Sheffield and Birmingham! (Getting between Sheffield and Birmingham is a pain. I've tried.)
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(This post has been sitting in the draft function of DW for since March. I. I don't even. I'm so sorry.)
spindizzy: She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. (Book turned brain)
  • I WENT HOME LAST WEEKEND AND GOT MY LAPTOP! I AM A HAPPY SUSAN! And I saw my little nieces, it was awesome. Mainly because we went to see Becky and Bridget and Aurora with Rihanna (who is one of my little nieces). Rihanna looked SO CONFUSED! Like "OMG, there are people the same size as me! WHAT DO I DO!?" (Hide on your Auntie Susan's lap until they follow you there with balloons to play with. :Db)
  • You know what I like about the Cassandra Kresnov series (written by an australian dude called Joel Shepherd! Look it up!) is that yes, the main character is a robot created to kill shit in the face and admits really that she loves having sex - but there isn't a single graphic sex scene. WIN. Also, dude gets points for having the main character's best friend be a bisexual-who-prefers-girls and NOT making them have sex!
  • Also, I read Coraline last night (someone gave me a big bag of books for the scifi library, and I started to read another books but DUDE IT IS SIGNED AND IN PRISTINE CONDITION GETITAWAYFROMME, I need to find this woman and give it her back. If she doesn't want it, she can SELL it and get a fortune, don't give me something that shiny PLEASE.) and I admit that bits of it freaked me out. And my first reaction to those bits were "Oh god who would give that to a kid?!" before I remembered "Oh for god's sake, when I was a kid I would've loved those bits!"
  • I found this on Notalwaysright.com, and I am quite seriously considering encouraging this behaviour in Scifi soc. >D

    (I’m sitting at the reference desk when a lady walks in with a beautiful bouquet in one hand, a bag full of freshly-baked loaves of bread in the other, and a ferocious scowl on her face. She comes to the desk and slams down the flowers.)

    Lady: *growls* “Flowers for librarians!”

    (She slams down the bread, then growls again.)

    Lady: “Bread for librarians!”

    (She then puts both hands on the desk and leans forward.)

    Lady: *snarling* “Now find me a book!”

  • I AM FULFILLING MY LIBRARIANLY DUTIES AND GODDAMMIT I AM AWESOME. I am buying two hundred and seventy quid's worth of books! Thus far I have spent £180! I am petrified because this is mine and my mum's money because they work on a re-imbursal system which is RIDICULOUS, especially because I'm not 100% sure they'll accept the proof-of-purchase I've given them (ORDERING BOOKS ONLINE = DON'T IMMEDIATELY HAVE THE RECEIPTS, SORRY.)
  • The interview went okay! It was basically "Here is a list of questions. Go explore the shop and talk to the people who already work here (WHO ARE MY SPIES, THEY'LL BE REPORTING BACK TO ME ON EVERYTHING YOU SAY AND/OR DO!) and fill in the questionaire," and then the lady gave me an interview in which I babbled in a very panicked manner for about a minute and then the next nine were here telling me "Basically I only need you for 6-8 weeks, but if you work REALLY HARD we might keep you on after Christmas." PLEASE LET ME GET THIS JOB, I REALLY NEED MONEY! I've got £20 to last me till whenever I go home or my deposit on this place comes back!
  • Yesterday was Can't Stop The Serenity - it's a big event around Joss Whedon's birthday where people host screenings of Serenity (and Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog) and donate any money they raise to Equality Now and a woman's charity that I can't remember the name of. Scifi soc hosted it - we've never done anything like it before, so eeeeeeek. There were LOTS OF PEOPLE. PEOPLE WHO WEREN'T MEMBERS OF SCIFI AND RPG. This is because we whored it out like NOTHING ELSE, got the women's rights society in on it and the film societies! And we raffled AWESOME STUFF like signed posters and pretty jewellery and tea that looked like weed and places in the global raffle. And sold LOTS AND LOTS OF CHOCOLATE and that was my job, but Mike was there in his awesome purple velvet smoking jacket and green hair, everyone was MAGNETICALLY DRAWN to his side of the table. DUDE WE MADE THREE HUNDRED QUID FOR CHARITY, EASY. IT WAS AWESOME. And and and I always forget how much I like Serenity - Firefly itself I can take or leave, but Serenity I love - and Wash always makes me cry at the end. Although the end itself is AWESOME. And so is most of the one liners. THERE MAY HAVE BEEN APPLAUSE. IT MAY HAVE STARTED IN THE CORNER ME AND MY FRIENDS WERE SAT IN. And when we watched Doctor Horrible, you may have been able to hear one voice singing EVERY SONG and that may or may not have been Lex and his Doctor Horrible addiction. :D TWAS FUN.
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... Also I told [livejournal.com profile] nobodyelsewill about there apparently being one where Batman is female ninja and now I have to find it for her. OR ELSE.

But yes, according to Mike (who is awesome and PLIED ME WITH A FUCKLOAD OF THE TRIGUN MANGA!) there is a Batman Elseworlds where Batman is a pirate called Leatherwing! Apparently it's in this book that Book Depository doesn't actually sell! Sob.

IN RELATED NEWS, me and [livejournal.com profile] nobodyelsewill spent yesterday afternoon digging through one of the cupboards of books that makes up the scifi library. I WAS GOOD, I only stole like. Four. (The first two volumes of the awesomeness that is Y: The Last Man, Jim Butcher's The Furies of Calderon because it's Jim Butcher and I want to see if that's really how he writes or if he's just making Harry look like a dick, and The Dracula Caper which apparently has SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE TEAMING UP WITH H.G. WELLS WITH COMMANDOS FROM THE FUTURE AGAINST GENETICALLY MODIFIED MONSTERS WHO ARE MASQUERADING AS VAMPIRES!) WE ALSO HAVE A BOX FULL OF CARDS THAT HAVE SPACES FOR TITLES AND DATES AND THE NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO'VE BORROWED THE BOOKS AND I WANT TO PLAY WITH THESE LIKE NOTHING ELSE. I think I should steal some and just sit around with our (Half updated! Which was the whole purpose of spending an afternoon digging through the cupboards!) list of books-we-own (that I will put up on Googledocs at some point) and fill them in because doing so would make me very happy. :D

Anyway. Yes. I haven't actually spend for more than five hours for like two days, so I'm knackered, so I'm going to eat delicious things to keep me awake and read lots and lots of shiny delicious books! And by lots I mean I HAVE THIRTY FOUR BOOKS THAT I'VE BORROWED OFF PEOPLE! THAT HAVE TO BE GIVEN BACK AT SOME POINT! fkdsjghs.fkjgndfkg.
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You know, considering that I got about two hours sleep this morning (UP TILL SEVEN FINISHING COURSEWORK, BUT AT LEAST THE DAMN THING'S DEAD! :D), today has been a surprisingly good day!

  • I woke up on time and was bouncy and happy instead of AUGH MUST SLEEP FOREVER like I usually am. I think it may be due to the fact that there was, y'know, actual daylight around when I got up.
  • I had a lecture on Roman sexuality and porn. I... Don't think there's anything I can say about it right at the moment except that I have never in my life heard a grown woman say the work "fuck" that many times in an hour. It was interesting for the discussion of sex being basically an excuse for power trips, but I just. MY LECTURE HANDOUT HAS PORNOGRAPHIC POETRY ON IT AND A TABLE WITH THE LATIN FOR FUCKING VARIOUS ORIFICES, I JUST. I. WHAT.
  • BLACKWELL IS HIRING! I NEED TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS AND THEN I CAN WORK IN A BOOKSHOP! *flails* (Like I told the boyfriend, this isn't as much of a bad plan as you think - even if I get a staff discount, I couldn't afford Blackwell prices!)
  • Speaking of the boyfriend, I acquired a Lex around lunchtime! [personal profile] glitterbats - yes, he's looking after me. I was quite happy to sit around in the pub and babble and be sleep deprived but he decided step one would be to get caffiene into me (yaaaay coke!) and step two would be to get me food. Pointing out that I ate LOADS yesterday is apparently not the way to convince my boyfriend not to buy me lunch! Nor is admitting that I kinda forgot to eat between eleven o'clock last night and something-past-one this afternoon. I WAS BUSY AND NOT HUNGRY AND KINDA BUZZY, FOOD WAS IRRELEVANT.
  • Watched the second half of Alexander, and. Well. HERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE SECOND HALF OF THE FILM!

    ALEXANDER: *says something stupid*
    HEPHAISTION: *mentally facepalms*
    ALEXANDER: *does something stupid*
    HEPHAISTION: *saves the day!*

  • I got the library to let me get the books I hadn't finished out again! YAY! :D This means my pile of books I've borrowed from places is currently steady at 25! :D Right now I'm reading Feast of Souls by Celia Friedman, which is... I don't know. I seem to be finding a lot of books this month that are giving me brain-itch trying to decide if I have a problem with the way the authors are writing the women or not. The Painted Man was the other, but I know I DEFINITELY have a problem with that (DEAR AUTHORS: WHEN YOU HAVE RANDOM "OH YOU SHOULD GO OFF AND LOSE THAT PESKY VIRGINITY OF YOURS" CONVERSATIONS FOR NO REASON AND ONLY ABOUT YOUR (ONLY) FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER, THEN WE MIGHT NEED TO TALK.)
  • I've added everyone on DW back who's added me, at some point I'll go rooting through recent posts and finding anyone else who's got a Dreamwidth account, kay? Then I'll do things like TIDY THIS AND GIVE IT A PRETTY LAYOUT (... OKAY I WON'T MAKE IT THE BRIGHT ORANGE ONE. >_>) and upload icons and figure out whether I want to spread myself out into communities like I have on LJ or take advantage of the fresh start and just keep everything on the spindizzy account. Hmmmm...
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