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March 2014 Recap

2014 03-28 Copy Editor's DreamMarch both flew by and felt like it took forever. I’m not sure why, but it’s done and I can’t believe we’re moving on to April. Two of the weeks at work were SUPER busy with phonathon at work and a day-long conference this past Friday and finally getting my butt back into the gym this past week.

Two small book things made me happy this month, the first is the copy-edit miss to the right. I took a copy-editing course a few years ago and know how hard it is, but it still makes me happy when I find a mistake in a published novel! My all time favorite is still the Darby instead of Darcy in my copy of Pride and Prejudice, but this one was incredibly noticeable as it was the last line of a chapter.

2014 03-03 Old School Library CardOne of the highlights this month was activating my library card at work and discovering that the library at work still uses old-fashioned stamps and cards (right) for their due-dates! I’ve had to mostly rely on Interlibrary Loan as the library is specific for our students, but I’ve had shortened loan periods. (If it were from our library I’d get it for three months) However, just the fact that the library keeps this nostalgic tradition alive made me so incredibly happy that week!

Now for the Books and the Bookish
I spent most of the month struggling to get through Winter’s Tale and was smart in reading other books interspersed to make it go by a little faster, but even then it took three weeks! This month, I read three library books and two galleys, all of which are fiction, and the last two of which will post on Wednesday and Friday of this week.

Recent Acquisitions
2014 03-24 Library PurchaseThis month I only purchased ONE book and picked up two galleys. I picked up a copy of Philomena at the library for $1.00! I didn’t even have the money on me and my friend Caroline had to scrounge up change so I could get it and it was worth it as there were hundreds of people on the wait list for the library copies. I haven’t seen the movie, but the story sounded fascinating so I’m definitely looking forward to it. The two books I read were, of course, gay romance novels and I thoroughly enjoyed both: It’s All Geek to Me and Playing by the Book (to be published later this week).

What’s Next?
2014 03-27 Sharpies to Organize My Life
Right now I’m in the process of organizing my life. As part of my Willpower Project and my recently launched 30 x 30 project I’ve realized how hectic my hobby life is getting! My best friend, from growing up, and I are launching a new blog this coming week called Now Entering Adulthood: We’re Adults Now Right? and I’m in the depths of a new book-based project that’ll have a soft launch in June and then kick off on my fourth blogoversery! So keep an eye out for ALL of these. And the reason I included this photo is that I’m trying to at least keep my Moleskine organized so that when I go into look for notes I’ve taken (outside of my amazingly organized Google Drive) I’m able to at least differentiate when I start switching between projects and blogs and personal diatribes. Even if I don’t actually keep to the colors I chose the differentiation and the new pens will make me happy.

I’ve just started reading Who Murdered Chaucer? after finishing A Burnable Book and am looking forward to an upcoming re-read of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m still looking forward to getting more of my recommended books read, but I keep putting them off which is totally okay as it’s my year of reading whatever I want!

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7 thoughts on “March 2014 Recap”

  1. Wow! I can’t believe that library still uses the stamps and cards system. That makes me happy too! Sounds like you have A LOT of things going on, but you seem like a very organized person so I’m sure you’ll manage it! The new blog looks great. 🙂

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    1. It was and the weirdest part is it was a sort of hybrid system like they couldn’t decide which to use! thanks, we’re having fun with it, although I think Alie wants to throttle me already – I’m very particular about posts and what not.

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