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Bored - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Bored
Ugh. If the clock moves much slower, it's going to start running backward.

I've decided to put off moving until the summer. If something extraordinary happens, maybe I won't go at all. But now I'm putting everything in a hugely maudlin cast of mind, like, "Oh, it may be my last Thanksgiving in New England!" I know, I know. World's smallest violin, right?

Shrug.

I'm up for a round of ask-my-characters anything, if anyone's got a question for them.
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hughroe From: hughroe Date: November 10th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
*Checks his Violin*

Nope, still here, so it can't be the world's smallest (tm). :)

And I hope something extraordinary does happen for you :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 10th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks.
kinderjedi From: kinderjedi Date: November 10th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
For Remus Lupin- what are your thoughts on Percy Weasley? For instance, how do you remember him from your year teaching at Hogwarts, what do you think is his motivation for behaving the way he has to his family?

Maybe not the smallest violin. I do the same thing, though. I'm always a bit sad to leave things behind, but there's always the next adventure. Good luck with whatever you decide. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 10th, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had Percy in a NEWT level class, and he was competent, if not inspired. My clearest memory of him was the morning after Sirius got into the dormitories with a knife. He was furious. And scared. He wanted me to go over every means of defending a home against dark wizards that there was. Of course, he was also Head Boy that year, so I remember him constantly apologizing and being embarrassed by the twins. Percy isn't bad, per se. He just has an unhealthy amount of respect for authority.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: November 10th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Valeska, do you like Bill? How did you and Molly get on when she came to you to help with the wolf cubs?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 10th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bill is a good man. My granddaughter went about with other boys, and they always treated her like a silly bit of fluff, but Bill treats her with respect. I appreciate this.

I had no particular reaction to Molly when she came. She seems a capable woman.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: November 10th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
And who says last? Does your life have to end in NM?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 10th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Popping back and forth to New England from New Mexico is way expensive. The chances of getting back for any holiday are pretty slim.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: November 10th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok, I'll be a bit more direct.

The reasons for you to be in NM will not always be there. When those obligations are gone, you may move back to Boston. Who's to say, except you?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 10th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, but I'll be almost thirty-seven when I get back. I have to stop thinking like I'm fresh out of school and looking for a place to settle down, if I'm ever going to make something that resembles a life somewhere.
lady_moriel From: lady_moriel Date: November 17th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
My grandparents are approaching their seventies, and they haven't settled down yet. I think my grandma's getting a little tired of it, but my grandpa has wanderlust like crazy, and every time they say they're settling down for good...they're working on another move within the next five years or so. My parents are both about fifty, and they haven't really settled down yet either--I'm almost twenty, and I haven't lived in one place for more than five years.

So, I don't know. It's possible.
tdu000 From: tdu000 Date: November 10th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to ask Daniel how he copes being the only muggle in the family.

Thanks, TDU
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 10th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I occasionally feel like a vast inconvenience to them all. I have to be planned around--"Ah, Daniel can't just Apparate, so we can't just get together tomorrow... unless... oh, Daniel, you don't mind if Mira just drags you through the Floo network like luggage, do you?" For the most part, though, I find that I fit with them reasonably well. They may be able to wave a wand and summon light, but I've mastered the scientific method and studied a lot about genetics and microbiology and other things they seem to find unnecessary, so I end up the one they turn to if they want to know how something works.
tdu000 From: tdu000 Date: November 10th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks Daniel. As a microbiologist whose partner is a geneticist, I've wondered how the magical community gets by with their seeming ignorance. Now it's clear: they ask you!

TDU
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 10th, 2006 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry maybe I missed this but why are you moving? Especially if it makes you so melancholy just thinking about it? I hope it turns out however makes you happiest.

I have a couple of questions for Sanjiv (sorry for spelling) Daffy and Maddy: How was it to help rescue the pups and watching them till end of moon set. And any other stories from when you were all in school with Tonks?

Katsulas

P.S. I had a chance to see your NaNo preview...I second what another poster said... Just let us know what the book is called I'd love to buy one too. Especially if you promise me a signature ;) It sounds good so far and that's without editing.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 10th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry maybe I missed this but why are you moving? Especially if it makes you so melancholy just thinking about it? I hope it turns out however makes you happiest.

Oh, yeah. That was in a locked post just 'cause it was a little personal. My mom and grandmother are out in Albuquerque, and various circumstances made me realize that getting back and forth is financially prohibitive... plus I can't make a serious go of it here on a librarian's salary. I'm thirty-six and still living with a roommate!

I have a couple of questions for Sanjiv (sorry for spelling) Daffy and Maddy: How was it to help rescue the pups and watching them till end of moon set. And any other stories from when you were all in school with Tonks?

Daffy: Those poor children! It was more than a bit frightening watching them, but when they changed back... it looked very painful.

Sanjiv: The screaming is often a clue about that. It felt really good to get them away from Greyback, though. I could get used to that feeling. Now, as to stories from school...

Maddie: All the stories about detention with Snape seem less funny now.

Sanjiv: Which counts out a lot of them. I always liked the one when Charlie Weasley dared her to get to Potions early--that was during sixth year, when the houses were taking it together--and be sitting at his desk when he got there. She'd actually started teaching the class from his notes. I think that got her two weeks of detention.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: November 10th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I sort of shuddered to myself when you first mentioned the move (I have trouble not living near oceans), but I think you're smart to consider it. It seems like your standard of living would be far higher, between the 40% lower cost of living and having your family close by. Especially now that the real estate market is softening, a lot of previously super-high-growth areas in the SW are experiencing a total housing glut, which could only be good. And from watching my dad in the academic side of librarianship, it doesn't seem like salaries change THAT much from place to place, at least, not enough for me to have succeeded in getting my parents to leave Oregon for New York or MA.

It also made me think of something you said a while ago, about missing being able to join a singing group without an audition. It seems like once you're out of the Boston-NYC corridor it might be a lot easier to get involved with that sort of thing in a more normal, non-broadway-bound way.

A move is really difficult--in terms of city-moves I've so far gone from Oregon to Boston, Boston to DC, back to Boston, to New York, now in New Hampshire and returning to Boston next year--but they can also be invigorating. It's easy to fall into a rut, and the change of lifestyle attendant upon moving to a new place can actually be as refreshing as it is scary.
(I'm not trying to be preachy, just supportive!)
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: November 10th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always liked the one when Charlie Weasley dared her to get to Potions early--that was during sixth year, when the houses were taking it together--and be sitting at his desk when he got there. She'd actually started teaching the class from his notes. I think that got her two weeks of detention.

Oh, Fern, I don't suppose I could pester you into actually writing this one? (After NaNo is over, of course.) Please? It just sounds so...awesome. :-)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 11th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean about how little librarian's salaries are like...I have a friend who just graduated over the summer and she is finding it financially prohibitive to leave a job in retail. She said that large technology companies also need librarians to keep things organized so she is looking into that because it seems to also pay much better. If you have not yet checked that out maybe that might help. (I am sure you probably have but thought I should mention it just in case)

I would love to see more stories with Tonks, Sanjiv, Daffy & Maddy maybe after NaNo? Tonk's trio of friends are some of my favorites of your OC's.

Hope NaNo is going well,

Katsulas
springdove From: springdove Date: November 14th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

may i add you?

Do you mind if I add you as a friend? I've been reading Shades on the SQ, and one of my RL friends (hymnia) recommended your journal, as I'm considering getting a MLIS. I also like what you have to say from the posts I have perused. I don't like to add people as friends unless I have their assent, so please let me know!

Thanks!
~springdove
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 14th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: may i add you?

Sure, be my guest.
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