amused + capers + irate

seventeen chapters through, and the doorbell goes off: almost irate now.   tall stack of books by the bed keep you amused at any time of day.   various capers run through the pages, until the book is closed; done.

carry (400)

the books are heavy, stacked awkwardly into her arms and balanced somewhere at mid-neck. she holds them stiffly, balancing her body into tiny steps and if she moves her arm she's sure her elbow will crack. she carries a tote bag that once had been looped over her shoulder, though the straps gave up the fight… Continue reading carry (400)

Interlude: Faux Landlords, Studying the Universe

The books began arriving in late May, for no apparent reason. They were always hand-delivered, as far as I could tell - there was nothing to indicate that they had been shipped, and every one of them was wrapped in plastic bags, plastic boxing. Anything, it seemed, to protect them from the elements while they… Continue reading Interlude: Faux Landlords, Studying the Universe

Progress, Part 2

If yesterday's job hunt was a slow hike up a rocky mountain in the rain, then today the rain has stopped. It's a breezy day, enough to ruffle clothes hung out to dry, and there's a dim hazy sunlight peering through the clouds. Also, the rockiness has smoothed out into a field-type of area and it's… Continue reading Progress, Part 2

Progress, Of a Sort

Well, you guys, the job applications have been marching on. Or, I don't know about marching, but I've been finding things and applying for them, so... I guess they're sort of limping? Or they're walking up a mountain, but it's a bit rocky and it's rained recently, so it's a bit slow-going. (And I wish it… Continue reading Progress, Of a Sort

The Library Chronicles

Today was my first day of library work. First up, I got the tour of the library. This is to say, the official You Are Working Here tour. It was cool. I haunt that library a lot to begin with, so it was familiar territory. Oh, one librarian looked at me and recognized me -… Continue reading The Library Chronicles

The Placement

So, you guys know I've been doing this course that helps you get a job? I received a call from one of the mentors, that I've already been found a work-experience placement. Two weeks of work. The placement is close to home: I can walk it in twenty minutes. Twenty-five if I really take my time, fifteen… Continue reading The Placement

Literary Rain

Me, a reading dry spell? Good luck with that. You see, I basically read every day. Even if it's just a trashy novel, or a skinny paperback that I won't remember two years from now - I read. You'd probably do better to ask what book I read yesterday (or today, actually, time is plentiful at… Continue reading Literary Rain

Secrets of a Library

So, today I was browsing the library shelves, as I am wont to do. It's generally a pretty pleasant experience - that is, when there aren't small children treating it as a playground. I grew up on libraries being Quiet Places, where you sit and read and browse. You don't go running and shrieking around.… Continue reading Secrets of a Library

The Reading Corner

Okay, time for a confession. I buy loads of books, and haven't read them all. I have a bookcase crammed with the A to Z of classics: Aristophanes to Woolf. Most of them have gone unread. This is primarily due to the fact that while studying I didn't have a lot of time for reading. When… Continue reading The Reading Corner