Monthly Archives: June 2013

Inspiration Playlist Volume 2, Track 6 “Success”

Confession time: “Great Expectations” (1998) is one of my favorite films of all time and has one of the best soundtracks. For reals. There are a million gems on there including this Iggy Pop song. Good luck getting it out of your head as success comes rolling in.


Here comes success (here comes success)
Over my hill (over my hill)
Here comes success (here comes success)
Here comes my car (here comes my car)
Here comes my chinese rug (here comes my chinese rug)
Here comes success (here comes success)

In the last ditch (in the last ditch)
I’ll think of you (I’ll think of you)
In the last ditch (in the last ditch)
I will be true (I will be true)



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Bad Poetry Friday

Own Little World c 1994

In her own little world

she is safe and secure

Nothing bad could ever hurt her

She dreams and thinks and lives in her mind

Memories and laughter

forever after entwine


She doesn’t eat or sleep or [lay

and doesn’t see that her body is wasting away

Until she can’t move from her bed

so she lives the last few hours in her head



An early anorexia poem, though the majority won’t get written until 1997 and 1998

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Day in the Life of a Librarian

Because my day has been nothing but eventful here’s a snapshot of my day job:

Noon: Arrive to work for the closing shift after switching with coworker

Noonish-2 p.m. answer emails, doing boring stuff. Update my teen book displays

He doesn't shut up!

He doesn’t shut up!

  2:15: Take photos of new coworker

 2:20: Log onto Twitter

 2:29: Contemplate going on an emergency sushi and Diet Dr. Pepper run to ward off hunger pains.

 2:30: Go on an emergency sushi and Diet Dr. Pepper run

 3:00: Man the reference desk. Sign kids up for summer reading. Request people books. Load paper into the printers. Answer email.

4:00 Dinner break while trying to finish reading “Amity and Sorrow. 

5:00: Go back on reference desk and find patron waiting for me. It was an angry woman I helped last week when her e-reader wouldn’t work with the software. She came to apologize and bring me flowers for being so mean. Turns out it was a software glitch. It’s the first time in 10 years that anyone has apologized for being rude or brought me flowers.

5:40: Print out information for a patron. 

5:50: Teach a woman how to download e-books. Teach another woman how to look for DVDs we just purchased.

6:15: Catch up on my professional reading with 3 week old issues of Publisher’s Weekly

6:20: Phone reference with an old guy trying to find the manufacturer for a salt-free seasoning his wife bought a long time ago.

6:50: Order audiobooks for my favorite blind patron

7:00: Read Lemony Snicket’s “The Dark.” Contemplate using it for the first book pick in my Pretentious Picture Book Club

7:10: Update Goodreads and discover I’m 6 books behind schedule.Picture books count, right?

7:35: Chat with a mom of a teen about our digital scavenger hunt program

7:45: Check Twitter

8:00: Blog

8:20: Weed the large print collection while manning the ref desk

8:45: finish ALA prep

8:59: Kick everyone out of the library

9:00: Lock the doors and go home.

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Mortification Monday

Today’s entry is not quite as heartbreaking as last week’s entry was. And I ask myself, “Am I boy-crazy?”


Oct 22 1994

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Bad Poetry Friday

Help c 1993


Help, I’ve fallen for you

Jesus, this love can’t be true

I can’t be doing this

but I want your sweet kiss

 Your You’re just a bad boy

and I’m teacher’s pet

but I felt the sparks fly

when we first met.



I can’t stop laughing at this.

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Money or Art?

Today I posed a question that’s been haunting me all week: do I follow the money or the art?

This was in regards to cutting down my dedicated writing hours (I average 12-15 a week) in favor of working more hours at a job that pays me with real money. 

I was torn. I don’t NEED the money, but I WANTED that extra cash to fund things like my pink hair and books and meals that I don’t cook. But I also didn’t want to sacrifice my glorious write dates with my writing boyfriend AR Kahler or time spent watching The Wire with my girls. I knew that bumping up my hours at work would mean cutting into my writing hours. I know plenty of people who write and work full time, but frankly I’m not waking up before dawn to squeeze an hour of writing in.

Then Alex reminded me: 

@DanielleDregerB ah. Do both?

@DanielleDregerB then no. Art. You are making a career of writing, you have to foster it


This was EXACTLY what I needed to hear/ be reminded of. Art first.


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The most despressing Mortification Monday ever

I’m serious folks, this entry is full of the sads. Forget boy drama, I’m heartbroken over losing another pet and being dumped by a friend. The makings of a middle grade novel, perhaps?


Harry the Hamster


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Inspiration Playlist Volume 2, Track 5 “Dare You To Move”

Confession: I have a weakness for Nicolas Sparks books turned into films. It used to be that I had a weakness for Nicholas Sparks books until about 2002 or 2003 when they all started sounding the same. But those early books turned into some fabulous films: “The Notebook,” “Message in a Bottle,” and of course “A Walk to Remember.” I also happen to adore Mandy Moore, which is not quite as embarrassing as watching “The Lucky One” or “Safe Haven” in the theater by myself.


I also absolutely love Switchfoot’s “Dare You to Move,” because it reminds me of the film and gives me all of the feels.  It’s also a pretty motivational song:

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone’s here
Everyone’s here
Everybody’s watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next
What happens next

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before


I’m going to stop now before I confess anything else embarrassing like how I still sleep with a baby blanket most nights or that I remembered wetting the bed until I was about eight  or that I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books (or seen the films).

So with that I leave with you some videos:


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Inspiration Playlist Volume 2, Track 4 “Don’t Stop Believin'”

You can’t get any more inspirational than Journey.

Strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night
Streetlights people, living just to find emotion
Hiding, somewhere in the night.

Working hard to get my fill,
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin’ anything to roll the dice,
Just one more time
Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

Don’t stop believin’ 
Hold on to the feelin’
Streetlights people




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Bad Poetry Friday

Untitled c. 1994


Mama told me I had what it took

Daddy said I’d break hearts

They were certain I’d be alright

I guess their expectations played the part


I grey up but never was happy

my soul was black and blue

Like my body it was beaten

for a love that wasn’t true


I just pretended til the day he was gone

and I journeyed out into the sun

No book could have taught what I needed to learn


When you’re playing with fire

you’re bound to get burned.

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