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{June 27, 2011}   Books, books, books

First things first: I snagged a new audio book, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, off audible.com’s free trial offer. Note to self, cancel the subscription soon so you don’t get charged money you don’t have for a service you probably won’t use enough.

I moved this weekend. It’s the biggest reminder that the Institute is coming up soon. I’m still up in my old apartment, haven’t fully moved out yet, because I still can work a couple extra days so I get a little extra money. My apartment is ridiculously empty, though, and I’m sleeping on the floor with a blanket and a sleeping bag. Good thing I’m still young, my mom said.

I’ve been thinking for the last few days that it might be super-awesome to work in a bookstore when I get out of the Institute. The more I read about it through these publishing newsletters my boss recommended I sign up for (Shelf Awareness, Publisher’s Weekly), the more it sounds like a fantastic job. Stand around and help people find amazing books all day? Sure! Read the newest books before anyone else so you can recommend them to people? Absolutely! Take books home to read for an ‘assignment’? Sign me up!

What I’m coming to realize, I think, is that just about any job that entails working with books is going to make me happy. Obviously, the closer I am to the book, the happier I’ll be. This is a good realization because it means that just about any job I could get in the publishing institute will make me happy at least some of the time. And that’s what’s really important in a job, right?



{June 23, 2011}   A startling realization

Today, dear reader (and by reader I mean me because I’m the only one reading this right now), I discovered something that, quite frankly, saddens me and I’m not quite sure what to do about it.

I discovered that…I can’t go to the library for at least a week. I’m almost done with the final book in Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series, listening to it, actually, because I can actually get through a book that way. Driving to and from work, to and from the boyfriend who lives an hour away, it makes more sense to listen to a book instead of reading it. That and with all the advance assignments for the Publishing Institute, if I’m reading, it’s one of the manuscripts for that.

Back on track: once I’m done with my current listening book, I need another. Or would like another, rather. The unfortunate thing about this situation is that I’m moving in a week. I can’t check out a book from the library where I’m moving to because, well, I’m not there yet. I can’t check out one from one of the libraries where I am now because (unbelievably) I don’t have a library card for this district (I blame the fact that I had my university library for the last four years) and I don’t think I can check out books from the university library anymore since I graduated.

All of this means that I won’t have a book to listen to for a week before I move. I don’t know what to do.

Options include getting a library card for this district for a week (which I’m considering), trying to check out a book from the university library, buying a book from audible.com, and just living without a book for a week. I’m not sure what I’ll do, but I’ll have to figure something out tomorrow since I’m sure I’ll finish the book either today or tomorrow.



{June 15, 2011}  

I needed a WordPress account in order to be added as a user to the blog I set up for the press I work at. So I decided, why not, I’ll create my own blog. Maybe I’ll even use it, too. I’ve never kept up with a blog for very long, unless it was a journal-type blog where I ranted about feelings and opinions for pages.

An English blog felt new, different, something that would be unique and thus worth continuing. I’ve looked through numerous book blogs over the course of my employment with this small press, and they all look about the same, reviewing books sent them by publishers (me included) and talking of bookish things.

I don’t know much about the publishing industry, the industry I would absolutely love to spend the rest of my life slumming around in. It worries me sometimes, worries me because what if I am completely unprepared to float in a large publishing company? What if I don’t know what I need to know?

This blog is my way of chronicling new English oddities I learn. Maybe other people are as clueless as I am about some of these particularities. I’d like this blog to become a public forum of sorts, a place for people to discuss the English language. I want to research into the English language, find out why English is as strange as it is and let people know. I majored in English, so if I don’t know, it’s likely others don’t as well. I work with a publishing company, and escapades with that will be related through the blog as well.

In general, this will be an English space, a place for anything relating to the language of English or the industry of publishing.

I’m excited. Let’s go.



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