Return of the Librarian

InternetSlowdown_DayHello, is this thing on? Remember me? I’m your resident Fantastical Librarian and I’m back or at least I’m on my way back. Last October live sort of exploded and I had to take a bit of a break. I got burned out due to stuff, mostly my wanting to do three full-time jobs at once — being a mum, my actual job as an information specialist, and a book reviewer — and as it turns out, that isn’t a healthy ambition, for me at least. I had to take a breather and since I can’t stop being a mum  and I can’t just not do my job, the blog became the thing that was put on the back burner for a month or two. 

So what did I do in those two months? Not much reading, I read a total of 2 books (Kate Elliott’s Black Wolves and Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown) and two novellas (Zen Cho’s The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo and T Frohock Without Light or Guide) *falls over from shock* but I listened to a ton of podcasts and watched a lot of TV. And I got into crocheting (I blame Alisa for that), which combined well with the tv and podcasts. What kind of podcasts did I listen to? Topics were all over the place, from Serial-related podcasts such as Undisclosed, Crime Writers On…, and Truth and Justice, to a podcast on the golden age of Hollywood called You Must Remember This, to true crime podcasts, to non-fiction things such as Reply All, Mystery Show and The Memory Palace. I also listened to a bunch of more speculative podcasts that I thought many of my readers might like, namely LoreTANISThe Black Tapes, and The Message. And of course I have my regular podcasts I already listened to (I need to update that post!).

As for TV, I mined the Netflix subscription I got for my birthday. I filled in a geek gap by watching Sherlock, which means I finally get the thing with Benedict Cumberbatch. I completely fell in love with Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which is just perfect. I watched a lot of other crime shows, such as River, Luther, Top of The Lake, Suits and Crossing Lines. I also binged on Making a Murderer. I watched a ton of documentaries and watched some films, such as Big Hero Six and Guardians of the Galaxy. And of course I watched Jessica Jones (it was so good), which led to me a Wiebe watching Daredevil, though we have some eps to go on that. And I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the theatre; after all these years, I finally get why everyone is so gaga for Star Wars! Thus a lot of culture consumed, just not in literary form.

And now I’m trying to get back to writing regular content for the blog. It’s proving challenging, since I need to find a new routine. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of writing an hour every night after the kids are in bad, but for the week I’ve been trying that, it only worked twice. This coming week I’m going to try out spreading it over the weekend, in more of a binge-type working situation. I’m also hoping that once Cat goes to school in March, the fact that I can spend my entire Monday from 9AM to 2.30PM on working on the blog that might also help in the productive writing department. But overall it is still a bit of finding my way back again and more importantly finding a new balance between all the things I want to do with the limited time (and spoons) I have. So bear with me while I find my feet and a rhythm and hopefully I’ll find a regular schedule that works for me soon.

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  • Happy New Year! Did you like Big Hero 6? I went to see it in theaters with some friends, and we were all — not expecting it to be quite as sad as it was. We liked it but we cried a lot. At one point in the movie the kid behind us (probably five or six?) whispered to his mother, “But Mom, he’s already lost so much!”

    • I really liked it and that last bit in the film where I think the kid was talking about, I wanted to bawl, but I was watching it with my youngest and I didn’t want to freak her out, so I didn’t. It is definitely far sadder than I expected, but I loved the origin story nature of it and the found family feeling it incorporated.

  • Wow, looks like you’re having a busy life right now! It can be hard to fit in any hobby on top of parenting and a career, much less a hobby that you share with other people (like blogging about reading). Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll figure out something that works well for you.