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25 February 2011 @ 03:21 pm
I know librarians, like bookshop clerks, have way more to do than sit around reading all the books on the premises. However, you cannot deny that librarians get to be quiet. Libraries have a 'No Talking' rule. My working life consists of people endless dictating to me, ordering me about, asking me insane or pointless questions, and generally expecting me to amuse or inform them. (You're funny for other people's sake. In a vacuum, that effort is not required.) Oh, I would enjoy a job that entails very little conversation.

(I would also like to catch that plane I can see out of the library window. I would like to have saved more, instead of spending so much on a frenzy of miserable defiance - 'my life may be shit, but I can buy five dresses from Warehouse in one go!' My friend managed to save 16,000 euro in eight months. If I'd done that I wouldn't need to work next year. SELF, YOU SUCK.)

Is it just me, and my miasma of overwhelming self-pity, or has the blogosphere become quieter of late? My flist seems to have veered away from fannish content, and even people who posted about personal stuff don't, so much. I know I have about six or seven books to review but, idk, I'm not sure this is the right forum any more, or if it's worthwhile.

On a lighter note - has everyone seen that picture of James Franco NAPPING WITH KITTENS? Stupid work computer won't let me save pics, but google 'James Franco NAPPING WITH KITTENS'. Your life, it will be enriched.
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Ria: cup of teakessie on February 25th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
I've noticed things have become a bit quieter. I don't know if it's an indication of something greater happening, or that my flist isn't as fannish as it used to be. (I also think part of my flist migrated to Dreamwidth and don't update LJ anymore.) I'd like to improve at updating, as I can hardly remember what I've done on days that I haven't updated. I mean, it's probably boring, but I could try to spin it in an amusing fashion or something.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: mirror comicscoradh on February 25th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
I think it's a decline in fandom/s, and also that blogging in general has reached and passed critical mass. EVERYONE was blogging, no one could keep up, so we stopped trying, and ... here we are.

I only seem to update when I'm cranky, and only then because everyone IRL is sick of hearing it. Which is not pleasant of me, I know.
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OkyDokyokydoky on February 25th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
omg. james franco napping with kittens? best thing ever? i think so!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fooish: rainbow umbrellascoradh on February 25th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
The way they're just hanging out on his legs! And he was reading a book/script and fell asleep, even though they were 'helping' him lots! Just, kittens and James Franco in the same vicinity. ♥________♥
My imaginary friend thinks I'm brilliant.lanitha on February 25th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Could it be most of your f-list is getting older and therefore much more into Real Life Stuff than fannish things? (Not by choice, but that their lives are taking more out of them than they'd like, like you? Poor thing, btw! I hope you will find something that gives you great joy some time soon. Your job woes are ridonculous, and I can imagine you just don't want to deal with it anymore!!)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Quotey: save a lifescoradh on February 25th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
My greatest fantasy these days does not involve pretty boys or sunshine or anything, really, except walking past my current destination, out the exit and not coming back. :/

Your icon! I love that vid A LOT. :D
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: anumberonme true lovescoradh on February 25th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
It was totally manic back in those days; you had to fight for a bit of recognition. I know in the fandoms I still follow - bandom, Inception, TSN, even HP to an extent - a new fic is an Event, now. And there's far less stuff to generate hype, like new books or films or interviews. I wonder was HP the prototype fandom, causing spin-off and replica fandoms that are still copying HP in dying off?

My mother keeps saying that wrt my not wanting to work in medicine any longer, ie, I'll end up with no job. But the point of wishing is that you wish for something you want, not something that's 100% sensible and correct.
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a kid on the lookout for transcendenceextemporally on February 25th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
It's not just you, things are quietening down on my end, too! It's kind of boring, I guess all the cool kids are hanging out over at Inception (although I guess that's died down a lot since it first came out) fandom. I would love to see more posts, even more RL stuff, on my flist, really. :(
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: In ur bedscoradh on February 25th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Same! I still read my flist every day, but I find very little to comment on - not much squee, not much 'yay life!' stuff. Time was I could make a post like this and expect 20-30 replies - of course I was at peak interaction then, too - but in general everyone's got quieter.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Bollywoodscoradh on February 25th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
"They"? You mean fandom peeps? But there used to be so many fests even for this time of year, spring ones or Valentine's ones or whatever.

I've been reading a lot of book reviews on goodreads, because they are 100% less insane than Amazon - but there's no real discussion, no one picks up something someone else says and challenges it, which is the point of putting them out there in the first place, imo.

I hadn't even thought of that, as I assumed it required qualifications I don't have. Plus, the health system here has a ban on recruitment, so I don't think I could get a job anyway?

I've been trying! My feeling is - and I don't know if it's accurate, it's just a habit of thinking I grew up with - is that for a different job, I'd need different qualifications. For different qualifications, I'd need to go back to university. And I can't afford it. I could take out loans on the back of possibly getting a job after, but medicine is one of the few degrees that offers any job security, and having gone through undergrad debt free I'm disinclined to load up with debt now, at a point where I'd be even less able to pay it off.

I'm just Moaning Minnie, really. I want someone to give me a winning lottery ticket or something.
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Evalangui'sreadingz on February 25th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Well, I still read your book reviews, you hate or feel very "meh" about most of them, which is reassuring in a world of squee XD. It doesn't always work out once I try the books, truth be told, I got bored of Possession (does it pick up? I stopped at the part when he first discovers the letter to the mysterious woman) but they are interesting none the less :) Fandom has been quiet, although there's always nice surprises (there was that Merlin/Pendragon fic and I found "The Captive Prince" a few weeks ago).

I was just checking your end of 2010 bookglomp post and may I point you to Judith Thurman? I'm really enjoying her biography of Colette (lots of debauchery, sexual ambiguity and the like), even though, as usual with non-fic, it's a bit slower than fiction. Speaking of which, did you check out Larbalestier's Liar? I think it was my favourite book from last year (totally haven't done *my* end of the year post <.<) and seem to remember you wanting good YA.

I love the idea of working in a library as well, always have, but taking a librarian course seemed kind of dry so I never went for it. Maybe you could do it if you did save some money in the future? It does seem awfully unfair that you have to work a crazy amount of hours and not get paid for it, thing is, if your contract says 39 hours and you show up for 39 hours they can't really *do* anything to you, can't fire you because you're fullfilling your contract (and can't think of anything worse they can do than work you to death). I would ask somebody (not the union, somebody like a lawyer) to investigate the possibilities for me. Sometimes it's more of a matter of believing oneself trapped than actually being so, you know?

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: realityscoradh on February 28th, 2011 09:52 am (UTC)
lol, doesn't he discover those letter on like page five? :P I went into it with very low expectations, reading it only because it won a Booker, so I was prepared for a long, boring slog. I was pleasantly surprised when that changed fairly quickly. There's still a lot of exposition but the narrative is fairly linear and the changes in time/place fit very neatly.

I've heard about Liar. I've not pursued it because, well, it's called Liar and it's about a liar. Way not to sell me a book? If I was really into reading the Important YA Titles I'd look it up, but I'm not there yet (still trying to get through Important Adult Titles). I just want some good, nice YA. It appears to be a tall order.

No, they can't fire me, but yes, they can refuse to give me a reference. Ireland's medical world is a very, very small fishbowl. That's why they are free to fuck us over like this, because we're all too afraid of our career prospects to stand up to it. I say we, though I mean they - but it's extremely hard for an individual to assert herself in this context. However, if I can make solid plans to escape I might be less afraid.

Sereniaserenia on February 25th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted to be a librarian. Originally it stemmed from a desire to scan barcodes when I was a kid!

I still read LJ every day, but I have less time to post now, and I haven't been able to watch anime, so my fandom has suffered.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: tattooscoradh on February 28th, 2011 09:52 am (UTC)
I always thought that was the best part of the job, too! :D
mesurexit on February 26th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
I just want to send a ♥ your way, it all seems to suck at the moment. :(
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: owlsscoradh on February 28th, 2011 09:53 am (UTC)
Thank you. ♥ In fairness, it's not like I'm in Christchurch or the Sudan.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Japanese bluescoradh on February 28th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)

I think it's a trend in the blogging world as a whole. Nathan Brantford mentioned it, and the editor blogs I follow periodically garner way less comments than they did historically.

Nah, I'm just quieter than of yore! And more whiny.
Blindmouse: runawayblindmouse on February 26th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
I ran into a librarian acquaintance in the street a couple of days ago, miserable and trying to get out of his high school library job. Just, you know. If you wanted something to balance some of the envy :)

Maybe you could be a copywriter! That takes writing skills without any of the idealistic starving in a garret, most of the people I've met who do copywriting don't seem to have any kind of specifically-related degree, and specialist medical knowledge could be really valued!

I guess I'm just saying, there are a lot of viable fields that only require intelligence, decent interviewing skills and good general knowledge, rather than a vocational training certification. If you're really that miserable, and you don't see any likelihood of improvement, I really would love to see you break away, if it's at all possible.

(As far as fandom/LJ goes ... I think there are certainly fandoms that are much more active than bandom, but it would make sense for the LJ side of things to be fading? Nothing stays cool forever, and fandom has been largely LJ-focused for a pretty long time now. And I don't think LJ was ever a particularly respected venue for non-fannish blogging, so most of the good non-fannish blogging takes place Not Here?)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: hot air of balloonsscoradh on February 28th, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
I really would love to see you break away, if it's at all possible.

I would too, man, believe me. However, I wonder if perhaps I should stick it out a while longer just to save money and then try and do something I really want - like a creative writing MA or whatever - instead of facing the same situation a few years down the line. Perhaps I should fix the cause and not the symptoms. Perhaps I'm just too lazy and scared to leave what I know. I DON'T KNOW.

I don't feel what I do is 'proper' blogging; lj has always been a more personal space. I just wonder where fandom has gone if it's left lj. Is it disappearing entirely? And is there anything more meta than discussing the demise of lj fandom on a fandom lj? :P
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Kat: [libgirl] gerard + bookskyasuriin on February 27th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)

ahahahahah I hope you're joking about the librarian thing. All I DO is answer inane questions and entertain people. The library is definitely NOT a quiet place, or at least the public library isn't... maybe a law library might be? But they still have to answer stupid questions, so... no win. :(
(that being said, I often enjoy answering stupid questions, so there's that going for me)

thanks for the tip about james franco napping with kittens! SO MUCH LOVE :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: anumberonme true lovescoradh on February 28th, 2011 09:59 am (UTC)
This was written at four pm on a Friday, so the librarians weren't being bothered. I have seen them be asked about books that are in the university campus and vice versa, how to turn on a computer etc, so I realise it's not a peaceful job. I was just pretending I had one for an hour. :D