Random Thursday: Writerly Soaps and Struggles (and Shakespeare)

Random Thursday (ˈrandəm ˈTHərzdā): the day on which Sarah plunks down all the odd bits and pieces she’s been sent by friends or has otherwise stumbled upon this week in an effort to avoid writing a real post, the assembly of which usually ends up taking twice as much time as sitting down and creating actual content.

The readers in my life were happy this week.

The writers, not so much.

Some of them are the same people . . .


What Time is It?

Time for Book

 Our Reference Department is now in charge of reshelving the New Book section,
so we can assist patrons in finding the latest titles
and also help keep an eye on titles that should be moved to the regular collection
to make room for new releases.

Since we’ve started doing this,
our circulation stats have skyrocketed.

Because anyone who shelves New Books
goes home with at least two of ’em.
From each cart . . .

(thanks, caitlin!)


 I could teach these . . .

Writers WorkshopClick the images and follow Mr. Gauld on Twitter.

You will be well rewarded.

(thanks, Dee!)


Shakespeare’s Swag

 I can’t tell you how tickled I am that
one of my favorite playwrights is responsible
for naming one of my favorite cookies.

Two great obsessions that go great together, they are.


Yes, the Book is Going Very Well . . .

Creative Process Timeline

  . . . could you please pass the tissues?


I’m surprised it isn’t fifty shades of sparkling gray

The Whiskey River Soap Company
heard that writers can get into a real lather if they get blocked.

And someone said, “Hey!”

writer's block soap

According to the website, it smells like cheap whiskey.

if you want to get fancy,
Fitzgerald and Hemingway.

If that scent doesn’t bring all the plotbunnies to your yard,
browse through their soaps and candles
for something that’s more . . . you
and check out their About Us page
and see how creativity is done.

(Thanks, caitlin!)


That is the Question

“Yeah, it is.”

Part Two of Brian Cox’s Masterclass with Theo is here.

You know you want to
(for a minute or two to two).


Random Thursday: Life, the Universe, and Whatever’s Left Over

The first Random Thursday of 2013, and you can’t say it doesn’t live up to its name . . . 



This is a trailer for a new BBC show hosted by Brian Cox—the physicist, not the actor*—who is all kinds of smart, but the important part is the song:


House Baggins

The brilliant Miguel Lokia has created several Game of Thrones house sigils for pop culture figures.  The mottos are perfect—and sometimes hilarious.

Go look at his others—I’m hoping that with enough encouragement, he’ll offer them for sale!


The Universe

I just can’t seem to get the Higgs Boson particle out of my mind.

That’s not a pun, that’s the truth.  I even already had a tag for the sucker.

This video doesn’t exactly help, but it’s pretty cool—and look, there’s Brian Cox again:


House Tolkien

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Watson and I have started watching the extended versions of LOTR.  Today we saw Sean Bean die and started The Two Towers.

We have approximately—because I’m too lazy to walk across the room and check— eight discs to go, and while I can see why some things were cut, I’m all for as much Ent footage as possible, so it all evens out.

Also, I’m wondering why all White Wizards appear to be issued hair irons . . .


Other Bits and Pieces

A significant portion of the world starts an exercise regime on January first, full of all the determination, vigor, non-refundable memberships, and adrenaline-inducing playlists necessary for the long haul.

But it’s already January third—where does the time go?—and some of us may be in need of some extra inspiration.

Here’s help:

Ah.  Feel the burn.


*Though Brian Cox the physicist also played keyboard in a ’90s British pop band, which is acting of sorts, and hosts a wide range of programs for the BBC.  And it’s entirely possible that Brian Cox the actor, of whom I am very fond, has a vast knowledge of the hard sciences—I’m certain if he doesn’t, he could win BAFTA faking it.