This week I didn’t do much writing. Instead I focussed on getting through Walkable City by Jeff Speck because I wanted to review it today on Sustainably North. I’ve planned a few posts for that blog about transit and I wanted to be able to point to Speck’s book for those posts.
Oh, I also wrote a short article for next month’s The Walleye on the upcoming Toronto International Festival of Authors Lit on Tour event that will be happening here in Thunder Bay.
So this week I’m hoping to get those Sustainably North posts about transit written and posted. I’m also hoping to edit the short story I wrote earlier this summer (and in a perfect world, submit it to a market!) We’ll see how it all goes. 🙂
This weekend, my 25th article was published! It’s my 24th @ Your Library Article (formerly Library Detective) article. Back in January, the library changed both the name of the newspaper column and its function: rather than just writing about whatever we want to, each month, where possible, there should be one article on a library collection, one on a service, one on a program or event, and one on a patron’s feedback.
For this article, I decided to write about TBPL‘s partnership with Ohm Base, a local hackerspace which was losing its space. I was actually hanging out with friends who are part of Ohm Base when they were talking about losing their space; this was around the same time that the library was beginning to look for partnerships with local organizations, so the timing ended up perfect for everyone! Over half a year later, the makerspace is open but still a work in progress. Ohm Base ran their first program at the end of April, so now seemed like an excellent time to talk about them for @ Your Library.
Now, typically I’ve been writing @ Your Library articles like an essay, using the structure of “tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you told them.” That works really well when talking about books, like I’ve normally been doing. Or when highlighting TBPL Off the Shelf (my 23rd article, which was the first one I wrote when we switched to @ Your Library) and our March Break programs (my 24th article). But for this article, I wanted to do something differently: I wanted to write it as a legitimate newspaper article, complete with quotes from the people who are setting everything up. To my knowledge, this is the first time anyone has done this in the column, so I thought that was really cool (although it’s not the first time I’ve tried something new in the column – I failed to write about it here, but I’m also the first one to publish an article in two parts.)
So if you have a chance, give my “makerspace” article a read (and let me know how well I did, writing it using the newspaper article format!)
My 21st Library Detective article was published last Sunday. Because Christmas is coming, I decided to write about the origins of Santa Claus. I was originally hoping to write about Krampus, but wasn’t able to find enough material on him. But not to worry: I wrote a book review on Brom’s book Krampus: the Yule Lord, which will hopefully be in this Sunday’s paper!
Today my 19th Library Detective article was published in the Chronicle Journal (my local newspaper). While this is may be my 19th Library Detective article, it’s also my 20th published article (not counting book reviews)!
This time I wrote about all the books and eBooks on game design the Thunder Bay Public Library has available. If you don’t have access to the Chronicle Journal but would still like to read it, you can find it here.
Since I haven’t really blogged about them all, I should also mention that there are links to my other Library Detective articles here. I’ve written about a diverse range of topics since “A Renewed Interest in Archery,” including zombies, procrastination, screenwriting, and the Tudors (which ended up the library’s first and only two-part article).
Today my eighth Library Detective article was published in the Chronicle Journal. With the popularity of Katniss Everdeen and The Hunger Games, I thought that exploring archery would make an interesting topic. I’d heard that the books have inspired many people (particularly younger girls) to give the sport a try, so I tried to highlight some of the library’s resources for experts and beginners alike.
If you’re interested in giving my article a read you can find it here on the Thunder Bay Public Library’s Library Detective Blog.
My seventh Library Detective column was published today in the Chronicle Journal under the title “Picture-perfect photography books.” This time I decided to talk about my photography hobby, linking photography with spring because there are so many amazing things to photograph this time of year. But while I was writing that article we had a large snowstorm, making spring seem much further away than it really is; that prompted me to open with the line “The signs are everywhere: the lakes and rivers are melting, the trees are sprouting leaves and we know the flowers are eventually going to bloom.” While we still don’t have any flowers blooming, the large snow fall has pretty much disappeared so I know blooms are immanent!
If you’re interested in giving my article a read, you can find it here on the Thunder Bay Public Library’s Library Detective blog.
Yesterday my sixth Library Detective Article was published in the Chronicle Journal. This time around I wrote about National Hat Day. While I was looking for a topic, I consulted a list of rather crazy national holidays. Finding that January was National Hat Day, I decided to run with it. I consulted a friend in the Reference department, and he couldn’t find it listed on any official lists of holidays. But rather than scrap the idea altogether, I decided to run with it as an unofficial holiday. From knitting, nonfiction and fiction, there are quite a few books on hats to choose from, which helped make this column a lot of fun to write. If you’re interested in giving it a read, you can find it here on the Thunder Bay Public Library’s Library Detective blog.