Starting Summer Semester

Now that finals are over and I’ve finished moving into summer housing, I’ll be starting up the summer semester and my second semester overall as a library science graduate. I’d like to keep the blog regularly updated during the summer, with more posts on physics and books and library science, as well as more flash fiction. I’m also taking two classes and have a part-time job, so sometimes blogging will be lower on my priority list, but it will never be fully forgotten.

Anyway, until then, I’m totally obsessed with Carly Rae Jepsen’s EMOTION album, so enjoy the title track below:

I Just Entered The Adventure Zone

For those who haven’t heard of it, it is the Dungeons and Dragons-based podcast run by the McElroy Brothers of My Brother, My Brother and Me fame, only now including their father. It is quite delightful and I would readily recommend it for tabletop/roleplaying fans and MBMBaM fans overall. And you can listen to them on YouTube and iTunes among other sites; the first episode is below!

I had not shared a new favorite in a long time, so I hope people who haven’t found TAZ yet enjoy this first episode of a series that I believe is now 60+ episodes in.

Where You Can Find Me

Still have some proper posts cooking in the pot, including some book reviews and thoughts on board games and library science, maybe even a PAIGI. Until then, I thought I’d let you know what places on the Internet I haunt these days.

On Twitter, you can find me @theseventhl.

On Steam (which I haven’t started yet but it’s still there!), you can find me at gunsandships1776.

On BoardGameGeek, you can find me at lafayetteouioui (see a theme between those two?).

On Pogo, you can find me at PinkStarsFalling (although I currently do not have a Club Pogo membership).

On Kitsu.io, you can find me at theseventhl (this is the anime/manga cataloging site I’ve switched to after abandoning MyAnimeList).

I am also on Goodreads and LibraryThing. I use Goodreads and LibraryThing to both catalog what I’ve read; Goodreads is also where I keep my actual reviews and do my yearly reading challenge, while LibraryThing is where I connect with librarian groups and mess around with beginner cataloging.

If there’s anything I’ve forgotten, it’s probably not worth mentioning (and yes, that includes Facebook). Look out for an actual blog post soon!

 

Shaking The Tip Jar

Quick update as we head into the new semester: eagle eyed visitors will notice the Ko-Fi button on the right side of the screen. I’ll also include it below, in case it does not show up on mobile.

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

Grad school definitely isn’t cheap, and everybody needs help now and then making it through the week. I don’t expect Ko-Fi to pay the bills but if you’ve enjoyed my writing or just feel a bit generous, maybe drop a few bucks in the bucket for the occasional coffee or study snack? I’d be forever grateful for any donations anyone can spare.

We Are Number One

2016 has been a raging dumpster fire of a year, but today I really just need to remind myself of how well I have succeeded over the past 12 months. I have graduated from UMSL with a BA in English, a member of the honors college, and as magna cum laude, during which I had work published in both Litmag (the spring college mag) and Bellerive (the honors college’s fall mag). I am now going to UIUC for my masters in library and information science, after spending 2 years working in the Thomas Jefferson Library, which ultimately cemented my decision to shift from English to LIS. I also got out of the house more, met a lot of amazing people, read a lot of great stuff, did some great writing, and established some wonderful relationships with my professors and supervisors that I hope continue in 2017 and beyond.

So, yeah. You know what? Wasn’t all bad. Positivity still survives somewhere in the world, even if sometimes I forget that it exists. We are number one. We got this. Bring it on, 2017. We are the heroes now.

Rest in peace, Mr. Rickman

BBC: Actor Alan Rickman dies aged 69, of cancer.

  1. Fuck cancer.
  2. I didn’t realize until today how many of my favorite films Alan Rickman was in – the Harry Potter series, Dogma, Galaxy Quest, Die Hard… It’s an overwhelmingly stellar film list and a testament to his ability and skill as an actor.
  3. When I next re-read the Harry Potter series, his voice will always be my Professor Snape. He is Severus Snape for me. I will never lose that, his performance was so powerful.
  4. 2016 is awful. First David Bowie, now Alan Rickman — and earlier this year, Natalie Cole passed away too.
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