Happy Endings!

Dara, I can’t speak to your Ohio libraries, but the Philadelphia library system is safe. For now. Halleluia! (And no, I’m not in Philly.)

Plots Within Plots

Yeah, right now all I’ve got is a timeline. It looks like a train wreck in the way plotlines should. That is, this person’s life is destined for serious screw-uppage. The problem is, there are no sidekicks. There are no other characters who go with my mc throughout his life or even parallel him. So now I get to make one up.

I suspect it won’t happen until Nanowrimo. That appears to be one of my best methods for creating believable characters: write them. Sigh. I would have liked a little bit clearer of a plot. Well, I’ve still got a month and a half to go, right?

I’ll break out the Nanowrimo book tonight and keep plugging stuff in as I can. Maybe I’ll find someone.

How sad is this?

All Free Library of Philadelphia Branch, Regional and Central Libraries Closed Effective Close of Business October 2, 2009
All Free Library of Philadelphia Customers,
We deeply regret to inform you that without the necessary budgetary legislation by the State Legislature in Harrisburg, the City of Philadelphia will not have the funds to operate our neighborhood branch libraries, regional libraries, or the Parkway Central Library after October 2, 2009.
Specifically, the following will take effect after the close of business, October 2, 2009:
All branch and regional library programs, including programs for children and teens, after school programs, computer classes, and programs for adults, will be cancelled
All Parkway Central Library programs, including children programs, programs to support small businesses and job seekers, computer classes and after school programs, will be cancelled. We are exploring the possibility of relocating the Philadelphia Author Series programs to other non-library facilities.
All library visits to schools, day care centers, senior centers and other community centers will cease.
All community meetings at our branch and regional libraries, and the Parkway Central Library, will be cancelled.
All GED, ABE and ESL programs held at Free Library branches will be discontinued, students should contact their teacher to see if other arrangements are being made.
In addition, all library materials will be due on October 1, 2009. This will result in a diminishing borrowing period for books and other library materials, beginning September 11, 2009. No library materials will be able to be borrowed after September 30, 2009.
Even as we remain hopeful that the State Legislature will act and pass the enabling funding legislation, we wanted to notify all of our customers of this very possible outcome. If you have any questions about impacts to Free Library services, call 215-686-5322, or visit the Free Library of Philadelphia website at www.freelibrary.org. If you have questions about changes to City services, or if you want to be kept informed about this situation, we encourage you to contact Philly 311 by calling 3-1-1 between the hours of 8am and 8 pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-5pm Saturdays, e-mail philly311@phila.gov, or visit the City of Philadelphia website at http://www.phila.gov.

There’s more info at the freelibrary website, if you want to read more. Are the huns about to invade America or what?

New Zealand Speculative Fiction Blogging Week

Check out the link in the title – especially if you’ve got a link to New Zealand. And hey, who hasn’t? We’ve all seen “Lord of the Rings,” right? LOL.

First Chinese Feedback!

YEAH! I’ve had some great feedback from a friend of mine who is Chinese. He gave me some wonderful suggestions as far as making the book feel more authentic for Chinese readers, but also told me he’s really enjoyed the read so far.

He’s amazed a nice girl like me can write such bloody battle scenes. LOL! But he really feels like he’s in the middle of the action, which makes me feel awesome.

It’s been a great day and my anniversary, to boot. 🙂