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I'm still here, and even mostly finished with the next couple of… - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
I'm still here, and even mostly finished with the next couple of drabbles. I don't have any good excuse for my tardiness. (I've been trying to sleep better, which means no 2 am writing marathons, but I've been on vacation for a few days now and spent half of it zentangling and watching Geography Now videos, so I can't really place the blame there. Blame Barby the Geography guy. ;p)

Having spent several hours just drawing random shapes (if you haven't tried zentangle, it's drawing so simple that I can accomplish it), I have to admit... there are some things that aren't ever going to be in my bailiwick. I love art. I draw compulsively -- I always failed it when they graded my notebooks in school because I spent math class doodling pictures of eyes and alligators. (I always thought it unfair to grade my notebooks. I mean, if I understood the subject well enough to get 90s on my tests, who cares what my notebooks looked like?) I love a good wander through a museum, and I am scandalized by schools cutting art. If the problem is tests, I say put art on the tests, because you are not properly educated if you don't know at least something about art.

However... I simply do not have the hand-eye coordination, not to mention patience, to ever be a good visual artist. All those years of random practice have not changed that fact, and I suspect they never will. Which makes me sad. My great-grandfather was a pretty good artist -- he used to do the stage sets for his theater company -- and I'm related on the secret side of my family to a lady who was famous for her nature drawings. It is just not a talent which has come to me, no matter how much my fake-art zentangles please me. My C in figure drawing was the hardest passing grade I got in college.

Geography is another obsession (hence the vids). I have a hard time understanding the idea of not wanting to know about places. Travel has always been financially out of reach -- I considered it the height of luck when my grandmother's husband built a wooden trailer to sleep in and he and Grandma and Mom and I drove around the country for a month -- but one of Grandma's bosses gave me a set of Lands and Peoples books, and I just drank them. My mother used to play the "globe game" with me because she thought the schools weren't teaching well enough. She'd put my finger on the globe, then spin it, and wherever it stopped under my finger, I had to go find out about it. I know there are a lot of people who aren't into it (it's a national stereotype of my own country... and not an altogether unearned one), but I've never understood being able to look at a globe and not think, "Huh, I wonder what that place is like..."

I'm in a drama club! I started it, but I'm actually in it, too. Yay! It's fun to goof around and improv again. Last time, we did readings of Dr. Seuss.

I've also been working on my Spanish at Duolingo. I feel like it's gotten me as far as it's going to in terms of vocabulary, and my comprehension is wretched. But I'm putting in a little time every day, in the hopes that I can actually help Spanish speaking patrons who come to the library. We don't get a lot, despite being here in the southwest, but we had a family in a couple of months ago and we were depending on a part time shelver who was not making enough money to ask her to serve as a translator. I live in freaking New Mexico. I need to improve my Spanish.

Anyway, I'm going to get back to work on Remus and Sirius figuring out what stories they want to tell Harry, though canonically, they actually can't do it.
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shiiki From: shiiki Date: August 20th, 2017 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Geography is a great hobby to have! I just adore looking at atlases and all the countries and states and regions, and then learning about what it's actually like in all those places is another amazing thing.

I didn't realise you were in NM! For some reason I always thought you were in one of the northeast states. I guess I must be mixing it up with someone else oops.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 21st, 2017 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Fern,

I'm the one who requested Remus and Sirius telling Harry a story. If you can't make it work, they don't have to be talking to Harry. They can be reminiscing to someone at Grimmauld Place before Harry arrived. (Or discussing what they might tell him when they have the chance.) When I requested the drabble, I knew it would be hard/impossible to make it work canonically. If you have to do something different to make it fit with canon, then do what you have to do. Whatever you write will be fantastic. It always is. :)

Thanks for working on this!

--Tsormick
willowlistener From: willowlistener Date: August 22nd, 2017 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
You're allowed a nice healthy ramble when its good for the soul. Your extra curricula's sound like fun. I wish there was a drama club around here.

I tried to use Duo lingo to reawaken my German, but my spelling is wretched and I'd get frustrated.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2017 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)

:D

It's nice to hear of the many things you doing besides writing amazing fanfic. The drama club sounds promising, keep us updated!

From: queen_bellatrix Date: September 15th, 2017 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fern, is everything all right? You've been quiet lately, and I was just a bit worried. (Of course, that could be due to LJ extreme weirdness; mine's currently not displaying in English after I accepted the new user agreement. If you're looking to migrate to another platform, DW is wonderful, and you can migrate all your comments and crosspost to LJ.) But yeah, just wondered if all was well.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 16th, 2017 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm okay. Thanks for worrying. I'm a little bit unplugged, that's all.
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