Midweek Time-killer

Ugh, you guys…this really is one of my lesser posts. I had blogging on my to-do list today & I’m feeling a little bounce in my step due to getting some of items checked off, so here we are. The husband & I have been packing & slowly filling out rooms with boxes & boxes, both packed & unpacked. Which tends to get you in the mindset of getting stuff done & is ultimately a good thing. The extreme of that though is pure laziness that sets in once you consider the overwhelming amount of stuff to be done and/or emotional states.

But, I’m going to try to be positive & say that while my physical life is in disarray, I’ve gotten some cleaning done in my digital life. I finally finally got my writing group resources all cleaned up & organized, ready for my writers if they need them. It helps clear the way for any future compilations I want to put together & serves as a nice foundation to work from if I ever make up my mind about helping writers as a full-time job. On top of that, I also got my email inboxes under control & set up with rules & filters. I know, I know, that all probably sounds deeply boring, but as someone who is frequently anxious, the small victories of control & preparedness makes the inner crisis planner quiet down.

I’m going to have to pack my craft supplies soon. The things that I do with my hands to calm me down…it’s hard to picture. We’ve just about packed up all the books, & I’ve had to remind myself that I can still check out stuff & I’ve got my tablet so I won’t run out of things to read. But not being able to have something at hand to work on & focus…I’ll have to use writing more as my quieting habit.

Ok, well, not really sure how to end this but it feels like the end. Fingers crossed that I can keep the balance of action & relaxing in the next few weeks.


Off the Shelf: Library Wars, issue #7

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 7 (Library Wars: Love & War, #7)Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 7 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A librarian trainee that writes harsh, opinionated book reviews is only the start of the Library Defense Force’s troubles. After both Kasahara & Tezuka separately confront trainee Sunagawa, the troublemaker reveals that he is a sympathizer for the pro-censorship cause. This faction growing within the library supports’ ranks is led by Tezuka’s older brother Satoshi, who believes that giving into the MBC now will end the war & pay off in more autonomy for the library later. But as the Defense Force finds out, Sunagawa’s nasty reviews are just the tip of the iceberg. Shibazaki gets a tip that Sunagawa’s been burning books & when he’s called before a review board, he names Kasahara as an accomplice!

Trouble! Intrigue! Yelling at jerks who don’t take responsibility for their actions! While this issue does have all of that, I joke about my excitement. (Kasahara putting Sunagawa in his place is very satisfying though.) The relationships that readers began exploring in issue #6 deepen here. With the arrival of Tezuka’s brother, I thought for sure that Tezuka himself would start to isolate and begin to break off from the group, especially since pride is such a large part of his characterization. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I had guessed wrong: the team pulls together in different ways from Kasahara trying to draw him out to all of them brainstorming to figure out what Sunagawa is up to to Tezuka coming clean about his estrangement from his brother.

This new sense of belonging for Tezuka is well-contrasted with Kasahara’s isolation during her inquiry before the review board. Her teammates support her just as whole-heartedly as before but her ostracization among the other recruits is painful, especially with her determination to bear it without complaint. In short, the author zigged when I thought she’d zag & the story was definitely more satisfying as a result. I’m curious now if the original novel is as good as the manga series.

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Food, Thoughts

The Food Critic’s Wife

I keep bouncing this idea for a story around in my head: one about the relationship between an English professor and his lower class wife.  He is cultured, published in academic journals & attending fêtes where he & his colleagues discuss the latest encroachment of new media studies on “traditional” literature courses.  She is mostly high school educated (possibly her husband’s former student), has a thick accent, secretly reads popular genre fiction & eats mayonnaise by the spoonful when he is away.

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Checking In For the Day

My last post was awhile ago, so I thought I should write something as part of my daily (writing) practice.  Class at WriterHouse has been satisfying.  Even though it takes me an hour and a half to two hours to get to Charlottesville, my classmates are equally eager to be there as I am.  Part of our ritual is that after we all exchange hellos, someone asks me about my drive down.  Once I tell them which route I took this time & how the scenery looked, we get down to the wordy business.

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