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Kimberly Hirsh

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  1. The trick is to find an Archive of Our Own user with similar tastes to yours, and go down the rabbit hole of their bookmarks.
  2. I tried reading Fire and Blood, George R. R. Martin's history of the Targaryens, but abandoned it after 50 pages because it was written as a history should be, and that's not what I want from my fiction. (I've been trying to figure out the best number of pages to give a book before giving up on it. I read somewhere - probably in Austin Kleon's blog - that librarian and expert reader's advisor Nancy Pearl says 50 pages of your 50 or younger, otherwise subtract your age from 100 and use that number.) Every once in a while something cool would happen, but no dialogue or internal monologue killed it for me. I was thinking that maybe I should find some dystopian books where the good guys win, but instead decided to get back to hopepunk. So now I'm reading Alexandra Rowland's A Conspiracy of Truths and loving it. Rowland coined the term hopepunk, but I'm not sure if Rowland's own books are hopepunk.
  3. That makes me want to tell you about the time my friend created a whole class for me called Holy Butterfly Valkyrie. (I came up with the name, but he actually made rules to go with it.)
  4. That's amazing. I think it's only LARPING if you're running around and stuff. But I've never LARPed, so I'm not sure.
  5. Six of Crows has been on my figurative TBR pile (literal bookshelf) for years. Because I am this kind of person, I wanted to read all of the trilogy that is set in the same world first, as it was published first, even though they aren't dependent on each other. I "recently" finished The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. It's some kind of fantasy, very beautiful. After that, I tried His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik. I was super into it when it was all about a ship captain bonding with a precocious dragon, but once it moved into dragon adolescence and dragon military maneuvers, I checked out and set it aside. (The basic conceit is, what if everybody had dragons during the Napoleonic Wars?) Now I'm reading Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols. It's a fascinating book that uses neuroscience to explore the connection between people and water. Perfect for a bath read. If you're a nerd. Which I am. I may pick up my copy of Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera. I think it is probably the most Kimberly book ever to have existed.
  6. Y'all are just one small step away from LARPing. Adorable! I have a book of literary knits, but given that I have to re-learn how to knit every time I do it (Liz Lemon-style), I haven't made anything from it. But I'm now seeking out literary crochet patterns and may take some of those on. I did recently find super cute Frog and Toad patterns and might make those for M.
  7. Hi folks! Every once in a while, I go on a streak of daily blogging. I've gotten away from it, and am trying to get back into it. For thoughts on why it's valuable, see this Austin Kleon post and everything it links to. You can find my blog at kimberlyhirsh.com. It's a mix of personal and professional stuff, and I like it that way. (Astrology says this is because my Midheaven is in Pisces. Astrology may be bunk, but the fact that I have a hard time separating personal and professional stuff is not bunk. Also, astrology is fun for me, regardless of what anyone else thinks.) Thanks for getting through that digression. Anyway, if you want to participate, I'd love to have you with me. Here are the rules: 1. Blog every day that you can. 2. If you miss a day, blog the next day. Some corollaries: 1. Microblogging totally counts, so if you can only write a sentence or a quick bon mot, do it. 2. It would be cool though if you do it on your own blog, whether it's a short post or a long one. 3. But if you prefer to do it via social media, okay. 4. Photos count, too. This is real loosey goosey with no check-ins or hashtags or anything. Just me looking for companionship on this road I'm on. And also looking for more fun blogs to read. Here's my favorite blog post about how to fix the Internet.
  8. Finished my literature review at the end of last month and am making good progress on my dissertation proposal!
  9. Thanks! She's really focused on university makerspaces, but I'll keep that in mind! (And maybe it will be helpful in my own work someday!)
  10. I'm kinda trying to do that. I have childcare weekday mornings, and it's easy to lose time to administrivia. Instead, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, I'm going to do a quick glance at my Bullet Journal to see what my next step is for my writing, and then jump in. It's worth noting that technically all of these tasks count as writing for me: - literature search - reading - note-taking - writing summaries - concept mapping - outlining - actually writing Tuesday and Thursday are devoted to my research assistantship, which right now kind of also involves writing. And will continue to do so. I'm working with a professor who's studying makerspaces!
  11. Rediscovered the BE A MERMAID section in my Bullet Journal today when migrating to a new notebook. Planning to finish moving the kid back into his own room this weekend and repurposing his current playroom as a family creative space: music, art, craft, writing. Once that's done, I may be ready to get some paper to make a tail pattern...
  12. Yes, kind of. I'm working on my comprehensive literature review, which is the last thing I have to do before writing my dissertation proposal.
  13. When I do buttons, I use a matchstick like that to make the shank a little longer so it's easier to button.
  14. It hasn't much yet. This week has been consumed with prep for a road trip to Atlanta.
  15. Okay, everybody. You're my accountabilibuddies. I want to get into mermaiding. I have a monofin and I'm going to just practice swimming with it for a while, but the whole point is to get to the place where I can have a mermaid tail and swim in it. This is going to involve sewing. I've got a great machine and a ton of resources at my disposal; the only missing pieces are space, time, and supplies. Current plan is to rearrange our house a bit this summer and turn what's currently our playroom into a family office/studio, I think, so that's step 1 to create the space. Anyway, I'm announcing it here so I'll have a place where people can check in and be like "Hey how's that mermaid thing going?" There's also MerNetwork but I don't think I want to announce anything over there until I've actually got supplies.
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