rhoda_rants: (rey)
Stuff I did on my mini working vacation:

  • Introduced myself to the college library staff and let them know I applied for the full-time job there, so they know my face now.

  • Met many dogs! So many dogs!

  • Hung out with [personal profile] orangerful! We had lunch and she showed me *her* library, and I am jealous of her rad desk space.

  • Got up to 20k in my WIP, have gotten through the copying/pasting/editing part, and on to the transcribing from my notebook part. Progress!

  • Started my letter writing project, the impetus for which will be made clear in my fangirl-heavy Doom Patrol review which I haven't posted yet. (It'll make sense eventually.)

  • Visited many bookstores, record stores, and ice cream shops, and picked up Mother Panic. Very nearly picked up The Black Parade on vinyl as well, despite the fact that I really can't afford it right now and already have THREE separate copies of the same album. (The original, the collector's box set, and the 10 year anniversary edition, if you're wondering.)


ANYWAY. Had a most excellent trip. The first couple days were hard though. Way more social interaction than I prepared for. Pro-tip: if someone is taking a five hour drive to come see you, don't force them to meet a house full of brand new people on the first day. Jesus. (On the upside: dogs. Many dogs in this house full of people. Which means many opportunities to hide in corners and cuddle them.)

Downside: I got a call from the IT department while I was there, and I didn't get that job. Sigh. I just don't have enough experience with the specific programs they're using. Which isn't as soul-crushing as it could be, since this other job is higher on my list anyway.

It'll be much easier going up next time if I need to. Fingers crossed! I'm totally qualified for this one. Please, let me get this job and relocate.
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Hey gang!

I'm going out of town this weekend to pursue a full time job opportunity and I'm SUPER excited about it. Don't want to say too much because I don't want to jinx it, but it is another library, for a college, in Maryland, and I have *connections* there and a place to stay, at least for this weekend. So fingers crossed!! The reason I'm bringing this up here is I'm going dark on Internet while I'm away, just to focus and try to get some things done. I might watch Spider-Man: Homecoming while I'm there. (If anyone in the area knows about local theaters/would like to join me, let me know!)

Also--my review for Gerard Way's Doom Patrol is up! Link!! IT IS SO GOOD YOU GUYS!! I tried to keep this one professional, because it was for the library, but I'm writing another one to post on [personal profile] glitter_n_gore so I can gush properly, so stay tuned for that. But yeah, you need to read this comic. Exceeded all my expectations, it did.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Hi! A lot's been happening! And I wrote some stuff! Have a buncha links!!!

My Werewolf Pride series over at [personal profile] glitter_n_gore is . . . gonna go over Pride Month, actually, but screw it these things never work out how I expect them to. Here's the one on Lupin, and here's the one on Ethan Chandler from Penny Dreadful.

At the library, I wrote a thing about Wonder Woman and another thing about American Gods.

I also wrote a thing for the paper about Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, which I'm NOT linking elseweb because it's got a huge picture of my damn FACE. I'm cool with you guys seeing it, but what the hell. I dunno who took over their web master duties, but guest reviewer photos go on the BOTTOM. And are very small. The header should be an image of the actual book. Like, nobody knows who I am, that image is going to draw in zero readers. Also I dunno why some editors somehow make the grammar and spelling WORSE but I assure any mistakes you see in this article aren't mine this time. Pfft. /rant

Other things I did not write include: WAYWARD SISTERS!!! THAT LADY-CENTERED SUPERNATURAL SPINOFF THE FANDOM HAS BEEN BEGGING FOR!!!! IT IS HAPPENING!!!!!!!! Here is one of many "OMG FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL (pleasedontfuckitup)" speculation/wishlist think pieces out there so I don't have to write one myself.

But I do have a few provisos to add to it. Putting these under a cut so they don't take up too much space....

Rhoda's Personal Wayward Sisters Wishlist )

MOVING ON:

Sense8, while still cancelled, is not ending on a cliffhanger as folks feared when the cancellation was announced. Lana Wachowski released this open letter describing a two-hour wrap up finale/followup type thing that will satisfy viewers' curiosity and give them some closure. It's not quite like bringing back the show altogether, but it's better than nothing. More importantly, this, along with the Wayward Sisters spinoff, proves that fans can get shit done. Network heads don't entirely ignore us and that's important to remember. I....just wish I actually *liked* Sense8 so I could share in this victory with you. I'm very happy for fans of the series that this is happening, but I uh, still haven't watched Season 2. (There are reasons for this, but seeing as this is a Happy Joy Yay Good Things time for the fandom, I'm not going to talk about them today.) I will say that announcing the cancellation of the most unapologetically queer show on Netflix at the beginning of Pride Month was a shit thing to do, so I'm glad they "fixed" it (sort of) while we're still in June. It's a small favor, but still.
rhoda_rants: (holtzmann)
Library Patron: I need to print this thing!

Me: Okay, we can do that! It's [price] per page, do you have any money on your library card, or do you need to add some?

LP: Uhhhhhhhhh....

Me: Let's start over: How many pages do you need?

LP: Uhhhhhhhhh....

Me: Y'know what, let's walk over to this computer together and get you started.

[some minutes later]

LP: I typed in my email and it gave me this error message!

Me: Ah. See, this is the search bar for the library catalog. Not for the internet. To get to your email, you need to type in the address bar *points* here.

LP: Ooooooooh.

[some minutes later]

LP: I can't remember my password!

Me: For your account?

LP: No, for my email! When I do email on my phone it's just there and I never need a password. My son/daughter/nephew/neighbor's kid set it up for me!

Me: Okay. There's usually a "Forgot my password" link on the login page. *looks* There it is! Click on that and it'll pull up a security question or send a code to your phone or something.

[some minutes later]

LP: But where is it? Where's the thing I need to print?

Me: *trying not to faint at the 1,000+ unread emails in the inbox* Well, do you know who it's from?

LP: *tells me who it's from*

Me: *scanning similar-looking names with attachments on* Okay, is it this one? This one? What about this one?

[some minutes later]

LP: Hey, why does it say I owe money? I don't owe money--I returned those books last week!

Me: No no, that's the amount of money you just added for printing. It's not a fine, I promise. If you did have a fine that would be *points* here.

LP: Ooooooooh.

[some minutes later]

LP: Yay, the thing I needed to print! Thank you so much for all your help!

Me: You are so welcome--have a great day!

LP: You too! *logs off the network somehow instead of logging out of account so I need to restart the computer*

Repeat at least 3x daily. I do love my job, but it requires....patience.
rhoda_rants: (eleven)
ETA: This entry is now public, temporarily, because something's gone wrong with my layout and I need the tech folks to look at it and help it work out what the crap happened.

Yep, my internet's still a touch wonky. Restarting helps, but I don't want to do that every day if I can avoid it. Hm. Maybe the universe is telling me to get offline a bit more? I dunno.

Also, my iPod is throwing one of its semi-monthly hissy fits by not playing when I hit "play." It's a Shuffle, and not that fancy, so I don't know if it's just old or what, but I really don't want to buy a new one. I need my running mix, man!

sorcery

Stupid machines. . .

SO! If you haven't heard about this ALS Ice Bucket Challenge business, my library has done it--not comfortable posting videos of Real Life people who aren't me, but trust me, it was hilarious. Here's the deal: in order to raise awareness, you A) make a donation and tell people about it, 2) dump a bucket of ice water on yourself WHILE FILMING, and "nominate" three others to take the challenge, 3) both. Some celebrities have gotten in on it too, including Matt Damon, George Takei, and Matt Smith. The thing is going viral on a Real Life and Fandom level for me, which is all kinds of awesome.

Speaking of awesome: At the library yesterday, this poor girl was trying oh-so-discreetly to ask me if we had any albums for One Direction and another boy band I've already forgotten the name of. (5 Something? I dunno--we didn't have it, still waiting on an order I think.) But she was all shy and worried about her "reputation" going down because of listening to this music instead of . . . whatever the kids think is ~Cool these days, I don't know. And I had the pleasure of saying, "Listen: I have five Backstreet Boys CDs in my car right now. You have nothing to be ashamed of." Maybe it's a leap to hope she'll assume that I'm awesome and worth listening to, but librarians are generally better thought of than, say, teachers or parents, at least from what I remember. I also remember how much shit I put up with back in the 90s when I was in high school, and how little any of that matters now. As an aside, all the One Directioners I've encountered have been consistently groovy and sweet. I'll probably never be a fan, but they must be doing something right, because their fans are such good kids.

Speaking of fandom: Yes, I've seen the Series 8 premiere of Doctor Who, and yes, I have a Thing to say about it. When I finish organizing my thoughts. I'll just leave you with this: What if my dream had come true and they HAD cast Emma Watson as Twelve? Just let your imagination run with that a bit. You're welcome! ^_^
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So, I was out of town this weekend for my cousin's baby shower, and on the drive back, Mom mentioned library science as a possible career path for me. I hate my job right now (bakery cashier, blah-de-blah, boring, blah), I have a BA in English, and I don't want to be a teacher. (I can tolerate kids. Sometimes. If I'm in a good enough mood. But not their crazy parents or the beaurocratic nonsense that goes with teaching.) So, libaries! I like libraries. It's an idea.

Commence Phase 1 of getting Rhoda a new job: I search various internet databases for colleges nearby that offer such a program for college graduates. So far, I have one possibility, but it focuses on libraries WITHIN the local high school system (thank you, no) and the current adminstrator for said program has 'retired.' So who am I supposed to contact? No frickin' idea.

In conjuction with Phase 1 is my hunt for a new shitty job that will pay better and not destroy my soul as much as the bakery cashier thing. Possible candidates: bookstores, waitressing, and Starbucks. Because I do have experience with barista-ing, and rumor has it that (unlike my current workplace) they actually get to take tips. (Also, if I hit up Starbucks, I might get to work with Pretty Eyes. Pretty Eyes is a bakery regular that I totally fell in love with the second he first showed up, about two years ago. He works at Starbucks. And he has shoulder-length reddish-brown hair and eyes like Jackson Rathbone. No, really.)

So now, having hit a roadblock with the college hunting, I'm off to fill out applications at various bookstores and coffee shops until it's time to go back to work. Wish me luck!

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