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My NaNoWriMo Adventure

Last month, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The objective was to write at least 50,000 words within a month. Although I didn’t win, I was still able to get a lot of writing done. It was also a great time to socialize with fellow local writers.

I was a part of the Toronto chapter. It is one of the largest and most active regions in the world.

The Toronto Public Library has been involved by hosting write-ins and author spotlight events. You can learn more about NaNoWriMo and how the TPL is involved by reading this blog post.

NaNoWriMo is an incredibly productive, chaotic and fun experience; I encourage all writerly types to try it. One should also consider participating in Camp NaNo in April and July, where you set your own word count goal.

Reblog: Protect Your Library the Medieval Way, With Horrifying Book Curses

How would you protect your precious books?

This article details how medieval scribes wrote curses on their books to deter people from stealing them. Some of the curses are colourful and I thought it would be fun to share them.

The article also mentions Marc Drogin’s Anathema!: Medieval Scribes and the History of Book Curses, which has compiled many book curses for our reading pleasure.

Reblog: North Korea’s Internet

I’m reblogging a pair of articles about North Korea’s internet:

It’s fascinating to glimpse what information is available and what isn’t for North Koreans. You can even visit North Korea’s intranet; it’s free to view for anyone with internet access.

Information, access and power are inherently tied to technology.

I have been reading a bit about the country and I highly recommend the following:

The Art of Cartography

I went to the Art of Cartography exhibit hosted at the Toronto Reference Library. It was fascinating to see how cartography and its practices have changed throughout the ages.

Highlights included:

Frislanda, a fictional island that had been included in maps for over a century
-The politically charged ‘beaver maps’

Below are the images I took.

Short Story Publication

I’m happy to announce that my short story ‘Making the Myth’ has been published in Existere: A Journal of Arts & Literature (vol. 35, no. 2). You can obtain a copy of the issue by purchasing a subscription or visiting a bookstore that sells the journal.

Creative writing was and always will be my first passion. Seeing one’s work in a bookstore is surreal and a dream come true, to say the least. Below are photos of the issue.

Reblog: Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

I’m sharing a great article about Pokemon GO and libraries. It covers topics on how the game can be used by the library and its issues.

It’s exciting to see the societal impact of a single game.

Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

Source: Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

The Manga Library at Anime North

While attending Anime North, I visited the Manga Library. The library had a wide selection, as seen in this list.

The Manga Library was run entirely by volunteers, set up for three days and open 24/7.

I personally checked out volume 7 of The Story of Saiunkoku.

I have various considerations to note about the existence of such a library. Libraries are made to serve their community. They also stay relevant by providing needed resources to their patrons. The Manga Library’s specialized collection makes accessible hundreds of titles that are out of print and unavailable at other libraries. This library provides a venue for patrons to read manga they otherwise would be unable to obtain. Volunteers can also recommend titles to patrons, which is an aspect of readers’ advisory; such conversations connect readers to potentially new materials.

See below for pictures of the Manga Library, including a few acrobats.