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I will stay awake, I will stay awake... - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
I will stay awake, I will stay awake...
All right. Up for 28 hours now, and it's raining dismally. Two more hours at work to go. Commute home. Don't be dumb enough to sleep until it's late enough to sleep the whole night, or I'll be messed up all week.

Is there a Boston area group getting together for the PoA opening?

Yes, this is totally random and disconnected, like my brain at the moment.

I want to say something nice about teenagers. I pick up newspapers and constantly see things "Teen brings gun to school" or "Teen runs down classmate"... that's not my day-in, day-out experience of teenagers. It's an aberration. I see teens coming in and playing chess and computer games. They say thank you when I help them and apologize for bothering me when they come over... as if it's not my job to be here and help them! They work out most of their own problems, and when I have to work one out (like a bit of card fraud that's going on), they're generally good-natured about getting caught. They lost a round in the game, that's all. I work a few hours a week at an adult service point, and get a lot more surliness and poutiness there. They aren't all angels, that's for sure, and being a librarian is pretty much the definition of "uncool," but on the whole, it's pleasant to be around here.

Just wanted to say that. I keep thinking about applying for a generalist position in a branch, but I'd miss working with YAs full time.

Sheesh. I actually can't think of anything else coherent to say. I'm going to fall asleep and get keyboard acne at work!

(Please, let someone have a complex question soon!)

I feel a bit...: sleepy sleepy

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From: falco_999 Date: May 3rd, 2004 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I admire you deeply! I'm a teen myself, and generally I find that we're a pretty awful lot, all told. :)
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: May 3rd, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love librarians. and boo shop workers. at leastI've never met oen of those that acutaly hadn't/didnt' read much themselves.
cheshyre From: cheshyre Date: May 3rd, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Witching Hour is coordinating something for the PoA opening.
Don't have any details yet, I believe there may be something going on Thursday evening, followed by a midnight showing first thing Friday.

http://www.witchinghour.org/getinvolved/preevents.html
cheshyre From: cheshyre Date: May 3rd, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
FYI, _witchinghour_.
And I may be crazy, but even with work on Fridays, I'm still interested in seeing PoA with the group...
From: miss_w Date: May 3rd, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Experiment. Logged in under different account to see about the post deletion issue.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 3rd, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Answer--only I can delete posts. Er, I as Fern. I as miss_w can't. That's annoying. I'll see what I can do about that. As Fern, it's really, really easy.
volandum From: volandum Date: May 3rd, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here's a question. Is it better to have a magic system based on purpose and category (barrier, meta-magic...), on elemental lores, or mechanism (charms, potions...)?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 3rd, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it depends on the kind of story you're telling. With a milieu story like Rowling's where how the magic works isn't much of an issue, mechanical magic works best--it's not an exploration of the meaning of magical power, but a discovery of destiny. So going into some of the issues with other types of magic would end up distracting the narrative from it.

Orson Scott Card uses Elemental magic well in Hart's Hope, in which magic is carried by blood, and used by draining it from other creatures. The issue of the book is that the woman able to get the most power--nearly absolute power--was one who was evil enough to sacrifice her own child to get it. And how do you fight that kind of power without doing evil yourself? This of course is also the kind of magic that Star Wars uses--the Force is out there, and the Jedi access it. How that power effects the various characters is the moral gist of the story.

I'm not entirely sure what you mean by "purpose magic"--do you mean like the gate spells and so on that Tolkien uses? Again, this is good in a story where the magic is embedded in the world, but the people needn't be adepts to make use of it.
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