Me

“Son,” the old guy says, “no matter how far you travel, or how smart you get, always remember this: someday, somewhere,” he says, “a guy is going to come to you, and show you a nice brand-new set of cards on which the seal is never broken, and this guy is going to offer to bet you that a jack of spades will jump out of the deck and squirt cider in your ear. But son,” the old guy says, “do not bet him, for as sure as you do you are going to get an earful of cider.”

—“The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown,” Damon Runyon, 1933

In interchangeable order, depending on the day:

I’m a Mommy — Responsible for the well-being and table manners of a fourteen year-old YouTube junkie and a ten year-old blend of Kara Zor-El and a Philadelphia lawyer.

I’m a Reader — I average . . . I have no idea how many books per week.  I read anything that doesn’t move too fast and if I’m moving too fast, I read it along the way (peripheral vision is key).   And sometimes I share the stuff I like (type Book Review in the search window in the sidebar, there).

I’m a Writer — Biographer of notable local dead people (not your local, my local), rehasher of  history, keeper of half-written shipwrecks, completer of three drawer novels, and currently querying Pigeons, and WIPping up a couple of new projects.

I’m a Spouse — Twenty-four years, still on my first husband.  I guess we both lost track of time, or something.

I’m a Librarian at heart, if not currently in employ—

“I really didn’t realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group. . . You think they’re just sitting at the desk, all quiet and everything. They’re like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn’t mess with them. ”   — Michael Moore (BuzzFlash interview, 13 March 2002)

20 thoughts on “Me

  1. So glad you commented on my blog so I could find yours. You are hilarious. I think you should start your next novel with: I’m a Librarian — “I really didn’t realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group. … You think they’re just sitting at the desk, all quiet and everything. They’re like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn’t mess with them. ” (Michael won’t mind.) I for one can’t wait to read it……

    • Wow—that means so much coming from you! Thank you!

      That quote was partial inspiration for my first practice novel—it takes place several decades after the ‘Paradigm Revolution,’ during which librarians seized control of all legitimate informational sources, became independantly funded, and armed themselves to the teeth. That was one, ah, cathartic story . . .

  2. For another quote you might like, here’s one from Terry Pratchett’s “Guards, Guards!”

    “They thought the Library was a dangerous place because of all the magical books, which was true enough, but what made it really one of the most dangerous places there could ever be was the simple fact that it was a library.”

  3. Howdy Sarah,

    I just found your blog today and I love it! Hope you don’t mind me “stalking” around here. Love that Micheal Moore quote.

    My fantasy novel project includes a group of people called the Delineators. They are a group of Librarian/scribes/information brokers and of course they have a power position in this fantastical world because of their control of knowledge and history, not unlike your premise mentioned above. I swear I didn’t steal the idea … lol. I’m just taken by how similar it is and I’m intrigued by the prospect that another kindred writer spirit in the world had the same notion.

    It is a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to getting to know your work.

  4. Librarians are awesome–they help support my book habit!

    Have you ever seen/read Library Wars? It’s an anime/manga where the government decided book-censorship would be carried out by force, so the libraries created the Library Forces–armed, combat-trained librarians, who protect the books for the readers.

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