The Artist Librarian Writes FanFiction (and an Update) - March 2016 Recap

Just a quick update to why I haven't been blogging a lot this month --"Real life" has been crazy-busy, mostly having to do with my last semester of #libraryschool.

Earlier this month, I was studying for Orals.  For our program, in order to graduate, you have to take a hour long oral exam in front of two faculty members where you talk about topics such as your professional philosophy of librarianship, ethical issues such as intellectual freedom and access to library resources, programming and outreach, and digital library collections.  The biggest hurdle is that there were no notes allowed (which totally freaked me out) but I passed!  So, as long as I get passing grades in all my classes this semester, I will be graduating with my MLIS degree in mid-May.  ^_^

And then, I've most recently come back from a spring break trip, in which my family was able to visit my grandparents for the first time in several years.  They don't have internet, so it was nice to relax, take a break from school, spend time reconnecting with my grandparents and other family members, and to be "unplugged" for a bit ...

1. Hakari Mikagami
Finally, I haven't posted about creating costumes a lot, but one of my good friends commissioned me to sew a Hakari Mikagami cosplay for a upcoming anime convention --I'm hoping to have that done next week.  I've never played the video game this gorgeous prosecutor is from (Ace Attorney a.k.a. Gyakuten Saiban) but her outfit is really awesome-looking and I'm excited that I've gotten my very first cosplay commission.

I've seen other bloggers do monthly "wrap up" or recap posts, so I thought I'd try it out this month ... because it sort of fits with my topic today. =)

In March, by participating in several blog tours (two which included book giveaways), I was able to interview Dani Pettrey (one of my fave romantic suspense authors), Ruth Logan Herne (my Seekerville friend and prolific author), and reviewed Rachelle Dekker's latest dystopian, The Calling.

So while I didn't really post a lot this month, I have a backlog of book reviews that I'll be working on writing up --including part two of Jill Williamson's epic new fantasy novel!

Finally, the reason for the title of this post.  Some of you may remember last year when I reviewed J.L. Mbewe's fantasy novel, Hidden Secrets.  Well, Jennette is running a birthday bash on her blog and had a story contest where she asked her readers to write out a scene in which you remove Desmond, "the other half" to protagonist Ayianna's upcoming arranged marriage.  So, I've written my first fanfiction drabble and decided to eliminate Desmond from the story ... Project Runway style. ;-)  You can take a look here and please vote for my story (before Friday) if you like it.  The winner gets an ARC of the sequel Darkened Hope, which released later this year and I really want to find out what happens next!  ^_^

Do you like or read monthly recap posts?  Do you have a favorite blog that does recaps or month-in-review posts?  How do you feel about FanFiction? How has March been for you?

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  1. Congratulations on passing your oral exam! I'm so glad we don't have to do that for my program. I'd be a nervous wreck. We have to do a portfolio that includes assignments that reflect six core competencies and our reflections on them.

    1. Thank you Brittany! Yeah, it's not fun at all. I locked myself in a study room and spent six hours talking to myself--er, practicing. =P

      Our program's actually thinking of switching over to a portfolio capstone --I'm part of the curriculum committee at the moment, but it will be a year or two to get it all approved if they move in that direction.

      I personally think a portfolio would be more beneficial to students/graduates. ;-)

  2. I love monthly wrap-ups! I like Fictionally's month wrap ups... hers are mainly bookish :)

    1. I'll have to check her out, Sierra --thanks! I'm currently looking around at other bloggers and seeing what format I like the best to make up my own ...

      Mine would definitely be book-related, probably with some fandom and costuming/sewing/crafts too. =)


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