About This Website
I use this website to represent me in the online world. It’s not exactly a personal site. It’s not exactly a professional portfolio. It serves both of those purposes, but it’s more. If you see a post from me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, I most likely posted it here first. If you want to learn more about the philosophy and technology behind that, check out the IndieWeb.
I write here about what I’m learning, what I’m creating, what I’m consuming, what is fun, and what struggles I’m having. It’s not that I’m not a niche blogger, it’s just that my niche is me.
I try to respect the privacy of my friends and family but will occasionally comment on places where my interaction with them is important.
I do use affiliate links here for products and online courses. I haven’t earned any income from them so far, but I want you to know that if you click through and buy stuff, I might.
My reading mermaid banner was created by my mom, Lisa Hirsh.
I believe love needs to be central to everything we do. I believe that we give the most to the world when we are participating in activities we find interesting and meaningful. I believe that almost anything you might consider frivolous (TV, comics, fashion, beauty, games, and on and on…) has a deeper layer of meaning that is valuable and worth talking about. I believe we grow when we learn and vice versa.
I’m a proud long-time resident of Durham, North Carolina. I’m rather noisy about my experiences with chronic illness, both physical and mental. I’m a (not so) secret goth. I’m the kind of person who wears fairy wings because I feel like it and has a collection of crowns and tiaras.
I’m the winner of one Can’t Stop the Serenity Trivia Contest. If my soul were a TV show, it’d be a combination of GLOW and Difficult People. I love showtunes. I think producing theater and comedy is the best job I ever had that didn’t pay. My TV avatars are Liz Lemon, Annie Edison, Jess Day, and Amy Santiago. The predominant pop culture text in my life is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My favorite movie is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and it strongly informs my life philosophy. My go-to Dungeons and Dragons class is bard. If I were going to marry an inanimate object, it would be the chandelier from The Phantom of the Opera. I have a crush on the Fibonacci sequence, because of an episode of Square One, and on the Feejee Mermaid, because of an episode of The X-Files. I’m kind of always cosplaying as Wednesday Addams.
When I have some time for leisure I spend it playing video or board games. I had to tell people to stop buying me mermaid-themed gifts because I was getting duplicates. I am searching for the perfect old-book-scent perfume. I identify as Ravenclaw, but Pottermore sorted me into Slytherin, and I kind of get it. Kitty Pryde is my favorite superhero. I appreciate a well-crafted pun like other people appreciate a fine wine. I often find glitter on my person without any idea how it got there. If I had to identify only one defining characteristic for myself, it would be that I care.
About My Obsessions
I am both a simultaneous and sequential multipotentialite: I have many interests at any given time, but I’m usually only super intense about one of them at a time. Here are some of the things that have captured my attention to one degree or another, going all the way back to childhood: swimming, reading, singing, gothiness, theatre, cross-stitch, web design, Sailor Moon, Latin, Greco-Roman mythology, video games, roleplaying games, board games, the works of Joss Whedon, fandom, crochet, health and wellness, middle grade and young adult literature, personal productivity, personal finance, personal style, home decorating, the Maker Movement, content strategy, improv comedy, tarot, millenial mysticism, and podcasting.
My primary personal project right now, aside from raising my toddler son, is the Buffy the Vampire Slayer retrospective podcast Things of Bronze, which unites several of these interests (web design, Joss Whedon, fandom, podcasting, more?). I’m also really leaning into my multipotentiality itself, exploring what it means and what it would look like to genuinely embrace it rather than always feeling a little ashamed of it. And my work is related to that, as it is one of my fundamental beliefs that it is through pursuing passion projects that we learn the most, and that fueling those passion projects and their related learning should be part of the core mission of school and public libraries, especially in their services to young people.
About My Work
I’m a doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’m studying the Connected Learning framework and how libraries facilitate connected learning through interest-driven programs and resources, such as makerspaces, escape rooms, gaming events, and fandom support.
I’m the research assistant on Project READY, a federally-supported professional development program that helps school librarians and their colleagues ensure that their library programs meet the needs of students of color. I co-wrote the grant and created face-to-face professional development curriculum materials around culturally sustaining pedagogy. I’m currently adapting those materials for online delivery.
I previously worked as managing editor/public communications specialist for a university educational technology outreach program, a middle school librarian, and a high school Latin teacher.