Blog June, Day Eleven: For the love of fanfiction

I have often heard people talk about “quality literature”. It is the idea that some written works have more value than others. Certainly some books are more interesting, have better written characters, or have cultural significance, but some texts are completely disregarded based on their subject matter. An example of this includes any Mills & Boon paperback, most romance novels, erotica and other such texts. No one takes a Mills & Boon seriously, no matter the quality of character development, setting or plot. Another type of “trashy literature” is fanfiction.

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Blog June, Day One!

So, for some unknown reason, I have signed up to participate in Blog June. God only knows why. Just take a look back through my blogging history, and you will know I am hardly a regular poster. But I have put my name up for it, so I might as well stick with it.

A while back I posted about the difficulty in trying to devise a costumes for PAX Australia that is wheelchair friendly. In the end, Sam and I decided on generic steampunk for the both of us (that way we can reuse components from both our costumes for future expos and conventions). I have just ordered this amazing jacket from the Steampunk Emporium, and intend to match it with some white leggings and some black combat boots.

Black military jacket

Black military jacket

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The best part of getting a new job

If you have been reading my last few blog posts, you will know that I have been job hunting for the last five months or so. The uncertainty of my coming financial situation has been weighing down on me for a while, and as a result, I have been pretty stressed. Well, this week I finally got a new job. I am now the librarian at the Mental Health Law Centre WA, and have been charged with the task of turning a whole pile of boxed donations into a functional library. Not many librarians ever get the chance to start a library from scratch, so it is pretty huge that I have been given this task before I have even graduated. Sure it is only a six month contract, but that will bring me close to the end of the year, and by that time I will have the piece of paper that says I am qualified, and I will be able to start applying for all those lovely jobs only available to New Grads.

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The power of a diagnosis

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have mobility issues, and regularly use a combination of crutches, a cane, or a wheelchair to get around. This is because if I was on my feet for more than a few minutes, my hips, knees, feet and lower back would start complaining, and then start screaming at me. In other words, it is painful for me to stand for more than a few minutes at a time. And the worst part of it was? I didn’t know why. Every GP and orthopedic specialist I had seen could not explain why. I even once had this doctor insinuate I was faking it, just so I could use a wheelchair.

This week, after months on a waiting list, I saw a rheumatologist. Nice lady too. And within 15 minutes she gave me a diagnosis. Benign Joint Hypermobility, also known as Hypermobility Syndrome.

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PLWA Conference, 2013

On the 8th of March, I attended the biannual Public Libraries WA Conference for the second time. Not only do I find it very interesting, it was also a good opportunity for me to schmooze with some of the library managers (after all, when my contract at FPWA ends in two months, I will be once again out of work).

The day started with a lovely surprise, when I saw my old manager from, Kalgoorlie, Debra Hodges. Debra has known me as a child, as I used to spend many hours reading (and sleeping) on the library sofa as I was growing up. When I was a teenager, she employed me as a library shelver, which I worked after school while I completed my TEE studies. I left town after graduating, but regularly go back to visit the staff there. The last few times though, Deb hadn’t been there, so it was quite a surprise for her to see me with my wheelchair!

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Corporate records and Uni Prac

So for the last two and a bit weeks I have been doing my practicum placement for my degree at Curtin University. Although I am a librarian, my degree is in Information Management. That umbrella term includes libraries, as well as historical archives, and corporate records management. Archives is pretty fun, (what can I say, I am a history buff), but corporate records bores me to tears.

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