Susan yet lives.
In fact, she's staring at me right now, just hanging out on the substrate, as loaches do.
I'm actually beginning to have hope that maybe, just maybe the 30 gallon tank could have LIFE again. Plus, damnit, Susan just has SO MUCH personality. Check her out:
Yes, she's "standing" on her fins in this picture, mugging it for the camera. She does that. I always used to wonder about that evolutionary moment of the fish crawling out onto land because I never realized JUST HOW MANY fish actually use their front fins this way. Answer: a lot. Loaches do it all the time. There are others, too, who seem to prefer this method of locomotion.
I had no idea.
In other news, you may have heard that Minnesota got hit with "a little" snow. I don't know what the final tally was, but they'd predicted 10 inches. I'd believe we got close to that, because trying to get the car over to the other side of the street (for plowing), I managed to get so stuck around the roundabout, that I think I brought the entire neighborhood together to push me back out.
Also, who was the idiot who decided it was a good idea to try to go to work last night? That's right: Moon-Moon, aka. me. Getting there wasn't too bad. The roads were mostly slushy at 4:30 pm. But, by 9 pm? There were winds that gave me moments of intense white-out, particularly when I drove past the fairgrounds. Worse, when we were doing "pros and cons" of ima calling in "sick," Mason "helpfully" calculated that, after taxes, I make about $30 a NIGHT. As I was driving through the blizzard, I thought, "What? This for a measly $30??"
What was even stranger to me? HOW MANY people looked out the window and said to themselves, "You know, I should go to the library right now and play some Grand Theft Auto on their computers." Seriously, when I was shelving upstairs I saw easily a dozen people doing their library things, and I thought: "Really, your copy of Nora Roberts couldn't wait for a day when you might not DIE driving home???"
On the other hand, the bosses were happy to see me. I think they expected a lot of people to bail. I hope I get some brownie points for it, because my training days are over. I now have to rely on need. So I'm going to have a LOT FEWER hours coming March!
It's funny because that's already a good deal/bad deal. I have to say it's easy to get used to the income. Since staying home to write and take care of Mason, Shawn and I have always lived... tightly. We have savings, but we've had to dip into it a lot recently, and with the little extra, we haven't That makes life a lot less tense, because money is just one of those things, you know?
Plus, I actually secretly ADORE the work I do at the library. None of it is particularly hard and I actually like helping people get library cards, renew books, and all the stuff I do at the front desk. I also love getting a chance to see what people request, when I'm filing those, and browse through the non-fiction when I'm shelving that... I mean, I've come home with such a broad variety of books thanks to this job. And libraries, like the university jobs I've had in the past, attract a very interesting crowd. My colleagues are all smart and interesting and READERS. Chatting with them is a highlight as well.
But, of course, not working means more writing... so... yeah.
They cancelled school today, which is no trauma for us, because Mason is still off school and will be for another week. Hopefully, with all this snow, we'll get some more chances at sledding. We also have movies to watch and games to play. I've been working evening hours, so my days have been free.
I think that's all the news... oh, no wait. I wanted to point people to this lovely review of Resurrection Code: http://booksfantastic.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/resurrection-code-angelink-universe-by-lyda-morehouse-mad-norwegian-press-paperback-isbn-9781935234098-14-95/
And to point out that, alas, Norwegian Press has put this book out of print. So, if you want one, you'll have to contact me (best way? email@example.com).
Also, I have a lot of up-coming appearances. Here's the list from my web site:
On Wednesday, March 26 from 6:30 to 7:45 pm, I will be the Speculations readers at Dreamhaven Books and Comics. Dreamhaven is located at 2301 E. 38th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406. You can get more information about the event by calling 612-823-6161 or visiting: http://dreamhavenbooks.com
On Saturday, April 19 from 1:00-2:00 pm I'll be the Loft's "First Pages" instructor for "Read to Write" a program for teens at the Chanhassen Library. The library is located at 7711 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen, Minnesota.
The program description reads: Can reading The Hunger Games teach you to be a writer? You bet it can! By reading as much fiction as you can get your hands on, available right here at your public library, you can become the writer youâ€™ve always wanted to be! Come learn what Harry Potter can teach you about world building in fiction; what Neil Gaiman can teach you about creating memorable characters; and what Veronica Rothâ€™s Divergent series can teach you about plot! After this 90 minute session youâ€™ll be inspired to write your own mind blowing fiction.
For more information call (952) 227-1500 or visit:https://www.carverlib.org/SitePages/chanhassen.aspx
On Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 2:00-3:30 pm I'll once again be the Loft's "First Pages" instructor for te "Read to Write" program. This time it will be a little closer ot home at the Roseville Library (where I work as a page!). The library is located at 2180 Hamline Avenue in St. Paul, MN. The program description is the same as for Chanhassen. For more information call (651) 724-6001 or check out: http://www.rclreads.org.
If students sign up, I'll also be teaching a course called "More Than the Zombie Apocalypse: Writing the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novel" for 15-17 year olds as part of the Loft's Young Writer's Program. The class is currently scheduled forJune 16 - June 20, 2014, from 1:00-2:00 pm.
The course description reads: What do Hunger Games and Dr. Who have in common? They're both science fiction! Did you love fantasy novels like Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief or How to Train Your Dragon? If writing stories with zombies, robots, vampires, fairies, (or even unicorns!) is your thing, then this might be the class for you. Weâ€™ll discuss the difference between science fiction and fantasy, learn how to build believable worlds, and make readers rip through the pages of your short story or novel. We will play story games and have idea prompts with a science fiction/fantasy edge. If one of your goals is to break in and get professionally published, we will also discuss strategies that can make that happen!
For more information check out:https://www.loft.org/classes/about_youth_classes_6-17/!