Friday, May 18, 2007

This Ain't No Disco ...

Through Critters I've made the acquaintance of Meika Loofs Samorzewski. Take a look and make your own conclusions. For my part, I'll tell you what I said to him upon reading his stuff. It was like having the top of my head flipped up and my brains mixed around. Good stuff.

#4 - No Library Books.

That is, no more library books. I've got five out at the moment. I need to type up notes and finish off the rest. I don't have time for magazines or new releases or anything else. No more this month.

The penalty? Jeez, no library books? Isn't that enough? :-)

Progress Report: Doing well. In-box is sparkling clean but staying firm on the other items.


Blogger Steve Buchheit said...

This ain't no foolin' around?

No library books? Nooooo!

Well, you're burning through books faster than I. And I've got a couple of boxes at home of books I haven't read yet (I usually read two or three at a time, but then that also slows down how fast I consume them). But the library is my friend, and the best way to try an author out before committing to purchasing the books.

May 18, 2007 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I know that guy! He's whack!

Ah, no library books...I'm forced into it at the moment. My library is closed for the rest of the month for renovations. But I just got a shipment of seven books, and looking forward to digging in to the Nag Hammadi Scriptures.

Plus, I've got a lot of writing to do. It's another nice day, going to enjoy these 70's temps while they last. Next month should be nice and hot and humid and yucky.

May 18, 2007 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Todd Wheeler said...

Steve: Some of these measures are temporary. Remains to be seen which ones will stick after this experiment. The library ban is certainly of short duration.

Cheryl: What kind of renovations? The trend up north here is to re-make libraries into more of a multi-media social center (e.g. DVD/Music rentals, lecture type programming, coffee friendly areas, free wi-fi, etc.)

Just curious if that is happening down south as well.

May 18, 2007 at 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not really sure! I know it's doubling in size, but I doubt they're doing anything as cool as adding a coffee area. It already has tons of computers available, large music section, a couple of meeting rooms...I'm excited to see what they've done.

May 20, 2007 at 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember when libraries used to be rickety, old, musty buildings overflowing with books, especially thrilling ones you discovered by writers you'd never heard of? I lost myself in my imagination for many hot summer days and cold winter nights in places like that.

In like, Southern California now, like all the new, and remodeled libraries are like spacious, airy, light-filled video/computer/books-on-tape rental emporia that like, look like the open air malls, and like, books are like the stuff mucking the aisles between the DVDs and CDs.

While I confess that I check out an occasional video too, (mostly for research on story, I swear, and usually I find I'm so busy reading and writing, I hardly ever get to see the whole movie before the due date), some part of me thinks that using public monies to circulate 27 copies of "Dumb and Dumber" is well, dumb and dumber, and might account partially for our less literate modern society.

Here endeth the rant.

When I read the original post, I thought you were being a little too hard on yourself, but five books from the public library can last a couple of weeks.

I only have six out now: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Windows on the World, two screenplays, and two about working with difficult people.

I love the books in my city library. I just wish the local branch had more books.

May 21, 2007 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Todd Wheeler said...

Remember when libraries used to be rickety, old, musty buildings overflowing with books, especially thrilling ones you discovered by writers you'd never heard of?

Oh yeah, the one that had no air conditioning and was 125° in the summer and had a faulty boiler and was 135° in the winter and had lots of books from 70's, the 50's, and the 20's but nothing current because their budget was less than your paper-route earnings and the stacks were so close together you'd bruise your ribs on oversized folios trying to turn around and you got suspicious looks from the librarians because they knew, just knew you were going to need shushing.

Yeah, good times. ;-)

I just wish the local branch had more books.

Interlibrary loan. I have cards in two different library networks and borrowing privileges in over 40 towns.

May 21, 2007 at 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got into my library today! I was disappointed to find that they've split the 808 section between two aisles...


they expanded it! Woot! Picked up four books I haven't read yet.

May 23, 2007 at 7:14 PM  

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