So this past Thanksgiving, something unusual happened, unusual but pleasant. I logged into WordPress because I’m a lonely internet geek, and I saw the little yellow square I pretty much live for all lit up like a beacon: a comment on my blog! Yay! Furthermore, this comment indicated that I had just been nominated for a blogging award. To get this award, all I need do is follow a few simple steps. Well, I’m touched and flattered by the tribute, and certainly am always open to the publicity. Right now I’m trying to come up with a new challenge for post population, ’cause that was fun, and hoping to bring in a few guest posts as well. But first, on to the awards ceremony.
Okay, and thrilling music subsides. Hi. Good to see you all. What award did your beloved Star Wars Librarian win, you might wonder? Well, The Wookiee Gunner has presented me with the blogging Liebster Award! (view award post here) So thanks, Wookiee Gunner!
This is award granted to bloggers by other bloggers, and operates in a way some might consider undignified, that is, by the old chain letter schtick. Nevertheless, its purpose is to promote small or unknown blogs, and when the research of said award led me to several blogs I had never read before, I had to admit it had done its task and I would accept the nomination. For details about the Liebster, click (here).
According to the rules of this award, by accepting this award, I have agreed to the following — to repost the rules, to answer 21 random questions, and to nominate, question, and notify other blogs I consider worthy of the award. Very well.
The Rules of the Liebster Award:
- Post the award on your blog
- Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog
- Share 11 random facts about yourself
- Answer 10 Liebster questions given by the person who nominated you
- Nominate 10 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers
- Ask your nominees 10 questions
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs
Now, I’m not going to nominate ten bloggers. I have a very good reason for this, and a reasonable justification: first of all, I think that a nomination has more meaning when it is restricted to a few. I read in the official rules that I linked to earlier that one version of the rules called for nominating five, so I give you five.
- Books Are Better (booksarebetter.org) — It’s no secret that I love books, and I think they love me back. And while I’m not one to restrict the availability of knowledge, I want people to think, be aware, and appreciate books for what they are. This blog promotes a message I feel deeply about — in their own words, “books may not be the only choice, but they are the better choice, and will be for a long, long time” (via).
- Life Between the Coffee Spoons (betweencoffeespoons.wordpress.com) — We underemployed starving librarian types need to stick together! Personal blogs are the hardest to recommend, but with creative challenges, book reviews, and library happenings, this blog makes counting out your life in coffee spoons a little more bearable. Unless you’re not an underemployed starving librarian; in which case, it’s just fun.
- Tome Raider Files (tomeraiderfiles.wordpress.com) — This blog has the absolutely cleverest name I have ever seen on a blog. Period. The Tome Raider (whose main blog is Scarlet Inkwell) delves into books and tells you what’s worth reading. She also gives author history, interesting tidbits, and suchlike.The problem is, she has not updated in a very long time. Maybe if you all bombard her with requests, she’ll come back!
- Modern Jedi (themodernjedi.wordpress.com) — Another blog that has, sadly, been on hiatus for a good long while. But I love what I’ve read from her and been hoping she’d make a grand return, as Jedi are wont to do. I love a blog with a lot of pictures, and when it’s plus fun prose, well, that just does it for everyone all around! Even if the Modern Jedi doesn’t return, her archives are a fun read, and I think she deserves the award.
- Claire Cooks (clarecooks.wordpress.com) — If you think I’m as indifferent to food as your average Star Wars character (seriously, when do these guys eat?), well, you’re wrong and haven’t been paying attention to all my party posts. As a kid, I liked to look at cookbooks for the pictures; now I just use Pinterest. But I love to check up on Claire Cooks. Good food, good pictures, plus trips and tales about traveling. What’s not to love?
PS, just like how there’s a bounty hunter off the screen in this picture, there’s a sixth blog I would totally nominate for this award, but I only found out about her because she was nominated alongside my blog by the Wookiee Gunner! While the rules state you can nominate someone who’s been nominated before, I feel weird nominating someone who has received it at the same time I did. But you should definitely check out The Ramblings of a (Future) Jedi Librarian because it’s a great blog.
The Liebster Questionnaire: 11 Random Facts About Me
- I was against coffee for years (“If I have to acquire a taste, I don’t want it”) but now I love it — only for the taste, color, and smell, because
- Caffeine has absolutely no effect on me, unless it actually makes me sleepy.
- The poshest thing I have ever done is eat lunch at The Savoy Grill in London.
- The smell of paperback books printed in the mid- to late-90s is one of my favorite scents of all time.
- I can pretty much identify the decade a book was printed in by scent if it was printed within the last 100 years.
- I actually have surprisingly sharp hearing; the reason I consider myself a bit deaf is I utterly cannot filter background sounds.
- Psalm 119 was my least favorite portion of Scripture until it became my favorite and now I can’t read it enough.
- I am rarely (if ever) as worked up, passionate, or emotional about anything as I (apparently) sound; I’m a pretty satirical person.
- A fictional character who most closely resembles me is probably Kipling’s The Cat That Walked By Himself — “I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.”
- I really like packing stuff.
- I don’t hate the word moist.
The Wookiee Gunner’s 10 Questions:
- Why did you start blogging? It was 2005, my best friend and I were going to college 3,000 miles apart, and Xanga was up and coming. Or do you mean this blog? I started this blog because back in 2001, I had a very hep Star Wars fansite called Kyane’s Homepage (ranked #75 on StarWars.com’s Top 100 Fan Sites before they discontinued them) where my conceit was to answer any Star Wars question from anyone. Three years ago, a friend of mine asked me a question about the Death Star, and I abruptly decided a reference desk Star Wars blog would be the comeback I was looking for. En voila.
- What’s your plan for the future? Get a job. A real job at a real library with a break room and everything. Pay off my student loans. Have a home. Get my books out of boxes and onto shelves and hug them and never let go of them until I have to go to work. Go to work. Work hard. Make the most of myself. Redeem the last lost ten years. Is that too specific?
- Do you still watch cartoons? If so, which ones? I really never did watch cartoons in the first place. Basically the only cartoons I have ever religiously watched was Homestar Runner, and when they stopped with the updates, well, I just wandered off.
- What movies could you watch over and over and still love? Apart from the obvious — at a conservative estimate, I’ve marathoned all six Star Wars films a good hundred times, not including individual watchings — I utterly love the movie Fanboys. But I’m not in a good place to answer this right now because frankly as aforementioned underemployed librarian who doesn’t like to read when she’s depressed, all I’ve done this year is watch the same movies over and over. Seriously. I’ve watched Bourne Legacy eight times since like June.
- Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? The first thing I ever wanted to be was a paleontologist until I saw how horrifyingly dirty they got. Other early ambitions were author and missionary pilot.
- Are you reading any books right now? If so, what? I’m wrapping up my alphabetical challenge; only three from the end, and presently on Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester. I’m also working on a stack of textbooks on cataloging and librarianship.
- What’s your favorite social media platform? I guess by sheer time spent on it alone, it’s going to be Pinterest. First of all, Pinterest is a lot of fun. On my regular account, I have almost 2500 pins and 28 boards covering topics from books to childhood nostalgia and travel, plus stuff I’m passionate about like typewriters, coffee, and hot men! It’s a place to store favorite sites, posts, and videos, plus look at and share pictures. The Star Wars Librarian also has a Pinterest account, and you can check out the geektasticness here! (And if you want to follow regular me on Pinterest, I’m here.)
- What’s one thing you would like to change about your life? All I would do is tell my twelve-year-old self, “You want to be a librarian with focus in rare books, special collections, and technical services.” That would be enough. Because then I would have been a more aggressive volunteer at the local library; I would’ve asked to shadow their cataloging department; even if that still didn’t get me a job there at 16, 18, or any of the other innumerable times I’ve applied there, I would’ve had excellent experience. Also, when Dr. George offered to start paying me himself, I would have gone back to work study to work at the campus library. Then I might have gotten the job I have now back in 2008. I would have applied for libraries in the tricounty area until I had a job, and then, with a good decade of volunteer and work experience at my back, I would have gone to grad school. I would have gotten work while earning my MLS. I wouldn’t spend the next 18 months after graduation bleakly unemployed, underemployed, and effectively homeless while doubling my loans on deferment. Oh, look, I’m sorry, I’m depressing the young people . . . moving on!
- What fictional world would you like to live in? The one where jobs grow on trees. Ah! Sorry. I’ll stop for the yet again time. There is a fictional world I’d like to live in, but it’s one I created. Still, in a pinch, I’d accept living in the Star Wars universe.
- If you were given one wish, what would you wish for? That whole going back in time thing to tell my twelve-year-old self to invest in becoming a librarian? Or does the wish preclude time travel? Then I just wish I had a full time job.
Questions For My Nominees:
- How big of a Star Wars fan are you?
- Out of the six Star Wars films, which is your favorite?
- What’s a book (any book) you think everyone should read?
- What’s a book you love that no one else (or very few) loves?
- If you had the power to make one fictional character a real person in your life, who would it be, and would it be romantic or purely platonic?
- You buy a copy of one of your favorite books and find out it will transport you to the book’s world (like in Myst). What’s the book?
- Where is one (real) place you’ve always wanted to go and haven’t been?
- If you could live absolutely anywhere for one year, expenses paid, where would it be?
- For one day, you are the most important person in the universe. What do they make you for dinner?
- In your mind, what would make the coolest homemade Star Wars cake of all time?
All right! Good day and thanks for playing.