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Handwriting on the wall

June 10, 2016 Leave a comment

and everywhere else!

I knew it! I knew handwritten was important! this lovely article explains the link between handwriting notes and typing away on your machine.

Of course, it does not explain how to read my writing but that is another story…


Shhh, habitual reading

June 6, 2013 Leave a comment

Oh Laurel, you always make me think! With Reading Habits of Professionals, you did it again.  I love to see people reading – reading anything at all. Even if I don’t like that author or genre or series, the person is reading. You can’t judge a book by its cover. You can’t judge a reader by the reading.

I do not exactly hide my books or reading materials but…well, they are not in full view to the casual visitor. I’m not ashamed of my reading, I rather like my mysteries and occasional Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I’ve been known to indulge in romance and dip my reading glasses into non-fiction areas too. I just don’t have any bookcases in “public” areas of the abode.

When I fancied I might actually write books, I collected a lovely set of reference materials. My family may have been a bit concerned about the “how to” books on poison, guns, and other disposal methodology. I joyfully recall the look on the face of the clerk at the bookstore as I piled up the Big Stack of Potential Mayhem with big grin and hand full of cash; I often wonder if his call to the FBI was taken seriously.

Keep on reading. Romance. Urban Fantasy. Western. Biography. Cookery. Heavy tomes of desert dry text. Read it. Enjoy it. Flaunt it.

Romance and Story Telling

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment

This is really an extension of the last post, Mystery Day! Here are more ALA-Midwinter author events on the exhibit floor:

Sunday January 22 is Romance Day – Each Panel will be followed by a book signing.

  • 10:00 am – 10:45 am Historical Romance: From Dukes to Spies and Everything in Between. Featuring: Elizabeth Essex and Lorraine Heath
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm From Sweet to Sexy: What’s Happening in Contemporary Romance. Featuring: Jane Graves, Emily March, Francis Ray, and Lori Wilde
  • 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Wild about YA Romance. Featuring: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Trinity Faegen, and Rachel Hawthorne
  • 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Spotlight on Romantic Suspense. Featuring: Jo Davis, Diane Kelly, and Kay Thomas
  • 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm A Closer Look at Paranormal Romance. Featuring: Shayla Black, Candace Havens, Kerrelyn Sparks, and J.D. Tyler

Monday January 23 is Story Telling hosted by the National Storytelling Network with the schedule To Be Announced.

Mystery Day!

November 11, 2011 3 comments

No, today is not mysterious…I learned that Saturday, January 21, 2012 will be MYSTERY DAY on the exhibit floor at ALA Mid-winter in Dallas. I’m so excited – happily I live in Dallas and can easily be in the convention center on The Day…of course, I will likely be working on the exhibit floor but I will definitely be dropping by the Pop Top Stage as often as possible. Other days will likely have even more author-like events. YAY!!!!

Check it out:

Mystery Day at ALA in Dallas on Sat, January 21, 2012

Dallas Convention Center – Exhibit Hall at PopTop Stage

Each panel is 45 minutes long with a 15 min. signing to follow

  • 9:00-9:45  Don’t Mess With Texas: Local authors Rachel Brady,  Robin Allen, Deborah Crombie, Laura Elvebak, moderator Harry Hunsickel
  • 10:00-10:45  Remember the Alibi: Traditional mysteries, a roundtable chat with the Women of Jungle Red,  Hank Phillippi Ryan, Lucy Burdette, Deborah Crombie and Rosemary Harris
  • 11:00-11:45 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys…and P.I.s and ex-cops and reporters…Denise Hamilton,  Cara Black, Martin Limon, Laura Elvebak, moderator Bill Crider
  • 12:00- 12:45 Well, Slap My Knee : What’s so funny about murder?  Joanna Slan, Rachel Brady, Maria Hudgins, Rosemary Harris , moderator Lucy Burdette
  • 1:00-1:45 Brownbag Interview with Charles (Caroline) Todd with Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • 2:15-3:00  Don’t Fence Me In: Mysteries set in foreign countries  Cara Black, Deborah Crombie, Martin Limon,  Charles (Caroline) Todd, moderator  Maria Hudgins
  • 3:15-4:00  Big Roundup: How to find out more about what’s happening in the mystery genre, blogs, websites, conferences  Joanna Slan, Robin Allen, Harry Hunsicker, Denise Hamilton,  Bill Crider, moderator Hank Phillippi Ryan

Speaking of books…

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Have you heard of  Book Reviewers?  No, not the ones who write for Publisher’s Weekly or Booklist. Book reviewers who go to community centers or libraries and speak about a book.  It’s sort of a cliff notes version of a book club – that is, a book club that reads books. Remember those?

Apparently this has been around for a while in community centers and some public libraries.  I had never heard of it until I met one, a book reviewer/speaker who runs Novel Chatter. She contracts with various groups to go in and speak about a book. She offers several different books (fiction, non-fiction, etc.) to the group and tries to tailor the talk to the group. She also reviews books on her website.

I want that gig. I do. I could totally do it. Or so I think.  I mean, being a librarian I read all the time (haha, librarians out there – that joke is for you!) and I do love to talk (and this one is for the catalogers) so I would be a natural! Seriously though, I think this could be fun but is likely more work than I am anticipating.  A good reviewer/speaker will relate the book to the time period, other books/movies and do a deeper analysis of the material. This means I’d have to do homework and not just read the book. Hmm. I’d probably have to go seek the speaking gigs too. And be “proactive” in selling it. Hmm. Maybe not for me after all.

What other fantastic jobs are out there just waiting to be discovered? Maybe Mike Rowe  could start a show on fun ways ways people make a living (creating crossword puzzles, taste testing ice cream, and reviewing/speaking of books).

A question for the ages

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

AutoCat (yes, I still lurk about), recently chatted about author birth dates in the authority file and then into the MARC Bibliographic 100 tag, subfield d. You can read the conversation by going to the AutoCat archives for the 4th week of September and looking at the string “Objection to author’s birth year” (I think you will need to register for AutoCat to read it).

I have found the thread fascinating. I can understand the author not wishing easy access to information that could be used in identity theft. Heck, as I accumulate years I really understand not wanting my age readily known (but still want birthday presents, thanks).

The, ahem, “discussion” began with a request from an author to remove her birth information from the files. The individual receiving the request could not do it and thus asked on the list. Then it began. “Everything is already out on the ‘net”. “Information is needed to differentiate names”. For each statement, a counterpoint is posted. OK, actually many, many counter points (we catalogers are not silent…on list servs).

I like Mary Mastraccio’s remarks and the idea of using perhaps “active” date instead. That is, the dates in which the author was most prolific. When I’m looking for other works by an author, I usually am searching for the author, genre, and within the same basic time frame (that is, not 20+ years apart – Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City excepted, of course).

Someone else noted using a pseudonym would “solve” the problem. Uhm, not really. Not only are current ‘anonymous’ authors outed regularly.  Then there was the Diana episode of History Detectives in which the solution was found at the Library of Congress card catalog (am I the only one who’d like to go spend a day roaming thru those cards?).

What is going to happen as we have more robust Authority Files? Gender? Physical Address? Family Information and more – look at the new RDA enhanced fields. Is Occupation needed in all cases? My friend, the brilliant Lucy A. Snyder, is a award winning author but her day job is really not relevant to her writing.  Is it useful to the user? Or should we do as some suggest, record it but use it only in the background to link to authorized versions of the name?

If authority files only worked like they are supposed to…but I’ve nattered about that plenty already.