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May 30, 2024: Today: woke up way too early read about Romance Writers of America filing for bankruptcy and the absurd way they’re trying to blame it on …

May 29, 2024: 🎮 Played Assemble with Care. I’m really feeling wholesome games lately, especially those with a warm pastel color palette and soothing music. In …

May 28, 2024: Finished reading: The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe 📚 I loved it. A delightful heroine, a debutante with dreams of owning a women-only casino. …

May 28, 2024: Midnight is very sleepy.

May 28, 2024: Finished reading: The Essential X-Men Volume 3 by Chris Claremont 📚 Read as single issues and only the Uncanny X-Men books, not the annuals, but this …

May 25, 2024: That feeling when you went to the pool with children and you only had snacks for lunch and your knee hurts and you’re ready for bed at 3:30. …

May 25, 2024: Finished reading: The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe 📚 Gilded Age New York, a hotshot lawyer, and a responsible eldest daughter who finds her …

May 23, 2024: Whoops, I was too busy actually paying attention to FanLIS to take notes. Also, it turns out virtual conferences are much less exhausting when …

May 23, 2024: I’m attending FanLIS this morning. This is my favorite little academic space: the intersection of fan studies and library & information …

May 22, 2024: Finished reading: The Essential X-Men Volume 2 by Chris Claremont 📚 Again, read as single issues in Marvel Unlimited, but this is the best way to …

May 22, 2024: Finished reading: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean 📚 This has my favorite of Sarah MacLean’s heroes. Give me a guy who is clever …

May 20, 2024: 📚 Reading The Dark Phoenix Saga (not for the first time) and I had forgotten how heavily this whole deal, especially Scott talking to Dark Phoenix …

May 20, 2024: 🔖📚 Read Jamaica Kincaid and Kara Walker Made an Irreverent, Charming Kids’ Book by Stephen Bell (Harper’s Bazaar). I’m super curious to …

May 19, 2024: 🍿 Watched UHF on the big screen today, when I’d only watched it at home before. Early on I seemed to be the only person laughing but maybe …

May 19, 2024: Finished reading: Essential X-Men - Volume 1 I read these as single issues in Marvel Unlimited, but this is the easiest way to track them.

May 18, 2024: Currently reading: The Best There is at what He Does: Examining Chris Claremont’s X-Men by Jason Powell 📚 Started watching X-Men 97 📺 which reminded …

May 17, 2024: Want to read: A Web of Our Own Making by Antón Barba-Kay 📚

May 16, 2024: My kid told me, “A cross between a piglet and a pug is a puglet.” When I replied, “Good night,” meaning to indicate that it …

May 16, 2024: Finished reading: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean 📚 I love every Sarah MacLean heroine.

May 14, 2024: Finished reading: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean 📚 Lady Phillipa Marbury is a refreshing take on a bluestocking.

May 14, 2024: Hello world, I am full of hormonally-induced ill feeling including headache, nausea, and cramps. Until further notice, I hate everything except my …

May 14, 2024: 📚🔖 Here is the actual study with the evidence of the correlation between fiction reading and cognition.

May 14, 2024: 🔖📚 Read If You Read a Lot of Fiction, Scientists Have Very Good News About Your Brain. It’s always good to look at the actual studies behind …

May 13, 2024: Just a little reproductive system education, because I’ve met many adults who have uteruses and don’t know this: the menstrual cycle …

May 13, 2024: 📚 Book Review: You Should Be So Lucky by Cat Sebastian Austin Kleon introduced me to a newsletter issue in which director and writer Mark Slutsky talks about the feeling of being in good hands: I’ve come …

May 13, 2024: 🔖 Read a pair of pieces about art and mothering: The ‘Impossible Life’ of Equal Devotion to Art and Mothering by Jessica Grose (NYT Gift Link) …

May 11, 2024: Finished reading: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean 📚 I do love a good 19th Century casino. Thank goodness for the romance-guaranteed happily …

May 10, 2024: Thanks to everyone for your kind words over on Manton’s post about my joining the Micro.blog team! I want to be clear that I’m not taking …

May 9, 2024: My Sister's Baby Is Not My Baby and My Sister Is Also Not My Baby My little sister M.E. is expecting a baby. Her due date is July 20. She’s 4 and a half years (and 4 days and 30 minutes) younger than me. She …

May 9, 2024: Finished reading: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean 📚 Yes, I finished this less than 36 hours after I finished the …

May 9, 2024: Between chronic illness and acute illness it feels like I have so little time when I can be doing things besides resting.

May 9, 2024: 🔖📚 Read How Pregnancy Forever Transforms the Body and the Mind by Lucy Jones (Literary Hub).

May 9, 2024: First pool visit of the season yesterday. If I could do everything in water, I would. 🧜🏻‍♀️

May 8, 2024: Finished reading: Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean 📚 I love the heroine in this so much. Big eldest daughter, …

May 6, 2024: 🔖📚 Read What Eve L. Ewing’s Career Trajectory Tells Us About Black Women’s Place in Mainstream Superhero Comics by Ravynn K. Stringfield. Dr. …

May 6, 2024: 🔖📚 Read A Daughter Becomes a Mother: On Inhabiting Both Roles in Fiction and in Life by Heidi Reimer (Literary Hub).

May 5, 2024: Finished reading: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean 📚 My first MacLeaniverse adventure and, of course, I loved it.

May 3, 2024: Finished reading: The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo 📚 So great. I loved it so much. More later.

May 2, 2024: Me: goes to Target Ah, it’s so nice to be out in the world.

May 2, 2024: 🔖 Read The films that gave us unrealistic expectations about what makes a ‘home’. …I too had one of those houses I had always …

Apr 30, 2024: Now that the offer letter is signed and everybody at the school has been notified, I’m happy to share that next year I’ll be the librarian …

Apr 30, 2024: 🔖📚 Read Tackling Ballet’s History of Anti-Blackness as a White Woman. The infinitely kinder cousin of ignorance is curiosity. A great short piece …

Apr 29, 2024: 🔖📚 Read My Son’s Love Life Is None of My Business, Except It Is by Yukiko Tominaga (Electric Literature). This is a lovely piece about love and …

Apr 28, 2024: Finished reading: The (Fake) Dating Game by Timothy Janovsky 📚 Whew! Timothy Janovsky wasn’t kidding when he said this was his steamiest book …

Apr 28, 2024: Y’all got me ready for “I cry a lot but I’m so productive” but I was not prepared for the resonant truth of “I’m …

Apr 26, 2024: My friend Josh died last week. My friend Josh died last week. He was only 32 and had already given the world so much. I’m angry on the world’s behalf at all the decades …

Apr 25, 2024: Finished reading: You Should Be So Lucky by Cat Sebastian 📚 Full review coming soon but y’all, this is so great. It’s out May 7. Olivia …

Apr 24, 2024: New bio! Mom. PhD. Once and future school librarian. Freelance academic. Citizen of Romancelandia. I manage multiple chronic illnesses. I love books …

Apr 23, 2024: 🔖 Read The Messy Places Are Where the Learning Happens: On Being a Beginner by Michelle Boyd (Digits and Threads) A great reminder to deliberately be …

Apr 22, 2024: Finished reading: The Witch Queen of Halloween by Kresley Cole 📚 This is a super fun romance novella, inspired by horror movies. Might become an …

Apr 21, 2024: Finished reading: The Player by Kresley Cole 📚 A con artist falling in love with her tech billionaire mark? Sign me up.

Apr 20, 2024: 🔖📚📝 Read Mothering and Writing Are Both Undervalued Labor, so How Do Women Do Both? . An excellent excerpt from the book The Mother Artist: Portraits …

Apr 19, 2024: 📚💬 “…publication is not all that it is cracked up to be. But writing is.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing …

Apr 19, 2024: 📚💬 “One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: …

Apr 19, 2024: 🔖📝 Read An Oasis in the Desert: Why Libraries Are the Best Places to Write. I love to write in a library carrel. More than once I’ve considered …

Apr 18, 2024: Finished reading: The Master by Kresley Cole 📚

Apr 17, 2024: Over here fantasizing about spending my own money on ModCloth and eShakti dresses, as well as having a place to wear them. 👗

Apr 17, 2024: Finished reading: The Professional by Kresley Cole 📚 I finished this in just a couple of days. Definitely read the info on the author’s website …

Apr 16, 2024: 🗒️ Month Notes: March 2024 March was a full month! Our local historic cinema shows retro films. W & I went to This Is Spinal Tap together. It turns out it’s still …

Apr 15, 2024: One of the cool things about kids is that some are obsessed with stuff like Pokémon and some are obsessed with stuff like cats, while still others are …

Apr 15, 2024: Finished reading: Munro by Kresley Cole 📚 The heroine in this one is a time-traveling Transylvanian knife-throwing carnie so, you know, she’s …

Apr 13, 2024: 🔖🧶 Read This Is Your Brain on Fibre by Michelle Woodvine (Digits & Threads). A great article that explores a lot of the reasons fiber crafting is …

Apr 13, 2024: Finished reading: Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole 📚 This is a banger of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, with an ending I radically prefer to the Disney …

Apr 12, 2024: 🔖 Read You are having a midlife crisis. It’s fine. This is an interesting pairing with The Cut’s The Case for Marrying an Older Man. The …

Apr 10, 2024: Finished reading: Shadow’s Seduction by Kresley Cole 📚 It took me a long time to get into this one and it’s not as strong as a lot of the …

Apr 9, 2024: Finished reading: Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole 📚 I really liked this one, the way the main characters interact with each other is both sweet …

Apr 8, 2024: Don’t buy any plants today, y’all.

Apr 7, 2024: Finished reading: Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole 📚 “She’d thought there was no greater connection than destiny decreeing them joined. But …

Apr 5, 2024: Happy First Contact Day, y’all! Only 39 years until warp flight & meeting Vulcans! 🖖🏻

Apr 5, 2024: Nap first or eat first? The Kimberly Hirsh story

Apr 3, 2024: Finished reading: Dark Skye by Kresley Cole 📚 Other people seem to hate this one but I like it pretty well. Lanthe and Thronos’s story is epic, …

Apr 3, 2024: 📚 When I’m catching up on a long-running series, I sometimes forget that there are people who, for example, couldn’t read 19 Immortals …

Apr 1, 2024: Did you know that April is School Library Month? It’s true! Did you know that I’m trained as and have worked as a school librarian? Also …

Mar 29, 2024: Finished reading: Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas 📚 A lovely historical about an author and a publisher who fall in lust and then love. Her body is …

Mar 28, 2024: Finished reading: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang 📚 A lovely romance novel with an autistic heroine. I highlighted a lot.

Mar 24, 2024: Finished reading: Matilda by Roald Dahl 📚 We went to see Matilda the Musical and I loved it. I’d watched the Netflix movie of the musical and …

Mar 22, 2024: Finished reading: MacRieve by Kresley Cole 📚 This one is beautifully done as always. There’s a traumatic backstory of childhood sexual abuse for …

Mar 19, 2024: 🔖 Read Why I Celebrate The Spring Equinox As The Real “New Year”. I really love this. I want to live more in line with the seasons. Spring is a great …

Mar 17, 2024: Finished reading: Lothaire by Kresley Cole 📚 Of course if you’re reading Immortals After Dark you must read this one. You simply must.

Mar 16, 2024: 🍿 Watched Yes Day. This is a super fun family movie! I love it in no small part because of Jennifer Garner and Jenna Ortega but also it’s just …

Mar 16, 2024: I’m celebrating (?) the Ides of March a day late with an Italian Night Club sandwich from Jimmy John’s and Roman Raspberry Talenti …

Mar 15, 2024: 📚 Baby’s First Author Event Let me be clear, when I say “baby,” I mean “big kid.” We took M to his first author event a couple weeks ago. It was awesome. Adam Gidwitz has a new …

Mar 13, 2024: Finished reading: Preferential Treatment by Heather Guerre 📚 Read this billionaire romance because it’s the next Fated Mates read along. …

Mar 12, 2024: I know there are things to do in life besides play Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, but I don’t care to do them. 🎮

Mar 11, 2024: Finished reading: Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole 📚 This one took me a little while to get into but once I was in, I couldn’t put it …

Mar 8, 2024: To quote @cheribaker@writing.exchange: Don’t wish us Happy International Women’s Day. Instead, help to vote out the ghouls who deny …

Mar 7, 2024: Finished reading: Demon From the Dark by Kresley Cole 📚 I really enjoyed this one and tore through it. Give me a sad, traumatized couple of people who …

Mar 6, 2024: New glasses, same as the old glasses except they actually fit.

Mar 5, 2024: Finished reading: Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole 📚 I really liked, maybe even loved this one. The back half is all adventure, super …

Mar 5, 2024: 🔖 Read The “Disney adult” industrial complex by Amelia Tait (The New Statesman via The Rec Center) The grown-up Disney superfan has become a …

Mar 3, 2024: Finished reading: “Untouchable” in Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole 📚

Mar 3, 2024: 📚 Why am I obsessed with romance fiction right now? Last May, I read Mr. and Mrs. Witch by Gwenda Bond, and it made me so happy that I decided to try exclusively reading romance for a while. From May to …

Mar 3, 2024: 🔖 Blogging is the medium of incomplete stories I love this. I often feel that blogging is the most natural medium for my writing, which makes sense as …

Mar 2, 2024: 🗒️ Month Notes, February 2024 Lars-Christian noted that month notes work better than week notes for him due to the cadence of his life, and I think this will be true for me, too. …

Mar 1, 2024: Finished reading: You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi 📚 This was a re-read. A bit of a time …

Mar 1, 2024: 🎮 Okay people of the Internet. I’m about to start Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth. See you in a couple hundred hours.

Mar 1, 2024: 🔖 Read The Memex Method Virtually every sentence that contains the word “brand” is [BS]… Cory Doctorow on the value of a blog as a …

Feb 29, 2024: 🎮 Finished Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3. Classics all, only accessible for me due to the rewind feature in Nintendo …

Feb 28, 2024: “Books always heal the hands they come through.” Leonie Dawson, 40 Days to a Finished Book (If you purchase the course through this link, …

Feb 27, 2024: 📝 I’m doing a writing project currently and I set a goal of 10000 words but ran out of planned stuff to say at 5000, so today I added this to …

Feb 27, 2024: 🔖 Read What Is Mental Load? (And Why Is It Important?) by Randi Donahue (The Good Trade). It feels a propos that I read this sitting in the …

Feb 27, 2024: 📝 I wanted to respond to Lars-Christian’s post asking what the point of daily writing is. Here’s what I said: I wanted to let you know …

Feb 26, 2024: Finished reading: Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole 📚

Feb 26, 2024: Finished reading: Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole 📚

Feb 24, 2024: Finished reading: Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole 📚 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ I tore through this one so fast. I think it might partly be because the heroine …

Feb 22, 2024: Finished reading: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole 📚 My favorite Immortals After Dark book so far. A burlesque dancer becomes a …

Feb 19, 2024: Finished reading: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole 📚 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ as always. Werewolves continue to not be my thing but I love …

Feb 15, 2024: Finished reading: No Rest For The Wicked by Kresley Cole 📚 Listen, all these Immortals After Dark books are 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️, okay? That’s just …

Feb 14, 2024: I added “Citizen of Romancelandia.” to my bio everywhere.

Feb 14, 2024: 📚🗨️ “This union was supposed to be for eternity—it followed that their courtship would be extended.” - Kresley Cole, No Rest for the …

Feb 14, 2024: Hello, Internet! I hope you have a great day today.

Feb 13, 2024: 📚 This is your reminder that The Frame-Up by Gwenda Bond is out today!

Feb 12, 2024: Taking a break from academia I’m taking a deliberate break from all things academia and academia-adjacent. I spent the past 2 years working on a big project as the key …

Feb 12, 2024: I’m currently doing Leonie Dawson’s 40 Days to a Finished Book ecourse and I love this that she said: It’s a collage of words. You …

Feb 11, 2024: Finished reading: A Hunger Like No other by Kresley Cole 📚 Incredibly high spice level, all the chili pepper emoji 🌶️! A Valkyrie/vampire hybrid and a …

Feb 11, 2024: Finished reading: The Truth About Dragons by Julie Leung 📚 A 2024 Caldecott Honor winner.

Feb 11, 2024: Finished reading: Two New Years by Richard Ho 📚 Winner of the 2024 Sydney Taylor book award.

Feb 8, 2024: Finished reading: Nacho y Lolita/Nacho and Lolita by Pam Muñoz Ryan 📚 Pam Muñoz Ryan won the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. This was where …

Feb 8, 2024: Finished reading: Fox Has a Problem by Corey R. Tabor 📚 Reading my way through this year’s American Library Association Youth Media Award …

Feb 8, 2024: Now I’m thinking about Odo’s maintenance of his humanoid form and how it can be read as an analog for neurodivergent masking. Like, …

Feb 8, 2024: 🖖🏻 Odo is DS9!Data. (And I know, Data is TNG!Spock.)

Feb 7, 2024: Finished reading: Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas 📚 A sizzling historical that has two refreshing leads: she’s a writer, not a bluestocking. He …

Feb 6, 2024: What are you obsessed with right now? For me it’s the podcast Fated Mates, all things romance book-adjacent, and Parisian vibes.

Feb 6, 2024: The personal brand paradox wepresent.wetransfer.com WePresent https://wepresent.wetransfer.com/stories/personal-brand-paradox-debbie-millman When a …

Feb 6, 2024: 🗒️ Week Notes, 2024, Weeks 3 through 5: A Link to the Past and Link’s Awakening Are Super Fun It’s three weeks’ worth of week notes at once! My son M’s school has a “Day On” on Martin Luther King, Jr. day. They choose a theme for the day and …

Feb 6, 2024: Parents who are freelancers/self-employed, what do you do when your kid is home sick? Do you just sort of give up on getting work done?

Feb 6, 2024: 🎮 Finished Link’s Awakening. Super fun!

Feb 5, 2024: 📺🎄 Watched Christmas Flow, mostly for the Parisian locations.

Feb 4, 2024: 📺 Watched Emily in Paris. All of it, fairly quickly. Gorgeous views of Paris and fun to see how much of the French I understood but I don’t find …

Feb 3, 2024: Finished reading: Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas 📚 Classic 90s pre-Victorian historical, medium spice level.

Feb 1, 2024: 📺 Watching Emily in Paris, mostly for the gorgeous locations and Sylvie’s fashion. Emily’s relationships with men stress me out.

Jan 31, 2024: I just shared in a fibromyalgia Facebook group what it takes for me to get decent sleep. Thought I’d share here as well: 300mg gabapentin …

Jan 30, 2024: Finished reading: The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun 📚 Lovely! What if the dude who was producing The Bachelor fell in love with the bachelor? This …

Jan 29, 2024: 📚 Reading Notes: A Quaker Book of Wisdom by Robert Lawrence Smith, Chapter 9, “Education” …a good school is one that is constantly engaged in self-examination, in improving itself, in becoming wiser in its ability to both teach and inspire. …

Jan 28, 2024: My kid has started randomly singing “Bela Lugosi’s dead” (like, that one phrase) so I can retire now. My adorable babybat.

Jan 27, 2024: 🍿 Watched Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Can’t believe I’ve never seen this before. Surprised to find that Sean Penn was my favorite part …

Jan 27, 2024: 🗨️📚 “Take the time to take time because nobody else will do it for you.” Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Margaret, and Sophie Mas, …

Jan 27, 2024: I went upstairs to get my glasses. I came downstairs with two books and no glasses. This is peak Kimberly. (I’m nearsighted so I don’t …

Jan 26, 2024: Finished reading: New Adult by Timothy Janovsky 📚 Like if 13 Going on 30 was instead 23 Going on 30. Timothy Janovsky’s characters make me so …

Jan 24, 2024: People of the Internet who wear scents from small businesses, what do you do when your signature scent is discontinued? I have a bottle of Whisper …

Jan 24, 2024: Finished reading: A Dish Best Served Hot by Natalie Caña 📚 A lovely, slightly spicy romance. This one resonates a lot because one of the main …

Jan 21, 2024: Finished reading: A Proposal They Can’t Refuse by Natalie Caña 📚 Super sweet and a little steamy romance.

Jan 21, 2024: I was in Baltimore for just over 24 hours for a conference but I did find time for just a bit of goth literary tourism.

Jan 20, 2024: Sorry to have missed the Micro.blog analog meetup! My sense of timing is a bit discombobulated due to conference travel and changes to it. See …

Jan 20, 2024: Want to read: Grove Hollow Metamorphosis: A 1980s Gothic Paranormal Romance Novel by Shelby Nicole McFadden 📚 Probably going to buy this one but …

Jan 20, 2024: Finished reading: In the Case of Heartbreak by Courtney Kae 📚 Highest of recommendations here. This book is a cute romance but it’s also healing …

Jan 19, 2024: 📚🗨️ You are not a burden… You are a blessing. Just Courtney Kae still wrecking me with In the Case of Heartbreak, that’s all.

Jan 19, 2024: 📚🗨️ Your feelings are valid and important no matter how they make me feel… you aren’t responsible for my response. Read this in …

Jan 19, 2024: 🗨️ Get a group of people around you that you love, and that love you… Give them an idea that has enough empty space in it that they can make …

Jan 16, 2024: Ah hiding in the bathroom to get a little quiet, my old friend.

Jan 16, 2024: 🗒️ Week Notes, 2024 Week 2: Zelda II is skippable It’s time for another round of Week Notes! Monday morning I had my usual coffee work date with my friend C. I worked on my session for …

Jan 16, 2024: Kinda sad today’s idea gardens post from Austin Kleon is one of the paid ones because I want everyone to be able to check it out. For similar …

Jan 14, 2024: Finished reading: Love Requires Chocolate by Ravynn K. Stringfield 📚 Full review coming later, but I loved this confection of a YA romance from Ravynn …

Jan 12, 2024: Book Review: The Frame-Up by Gwenda Bond The thing about Gwenda Bond is that she’ll take your favorite microgenre or trope, mix some magic in, and give you a whole new story to enjoy. Which …

Jan 11, 2024: Finished reading: The Frame-Up by Gwenda Bond 📚 I thought this was going to be a romance book with a heist, but I was mistaken. It’s a heist …

Jan 11, 2024: And, the answer is ... Following Alex’s lead, I’m answering some questions. Best sandwich? I don’t like having to choose but I really like a good roast …

Jan 11, 2024: Friends of the Internet, timelines move too fast for where my head is at right now. I’m not abandoning them but I hope you know that if …

Jan 10, 2024: 🍿 Watched Heartburn. This one is written by Nora Ephron & directed by Mike Nichols, and it’s mostly very sad. But the cries it made me cry …

Jan 10, 2024: 🍿 Watched The Intern. Another Nancy Meyers film. I really liked this. It made me cry. I think it was a little tricky because it seemed both to …

Jan 9, 2024: 🍿 Watched It’s Complicated. Happy to have watched. It seemed to me mostly to be about how a manbaby doesn’t want to contribute to his new …

Jan 9, 2024: 🗒️ Week Notes, 2024 Week 1: Beautiful dragons in crystal forests I do so like when other people, like @cygnoir, write week notes, so I thought I’d give it a try. On New Year’s Day, my little household …

Jan 9, 2024: If you like analog tools, you probably want to sign up for @cygnoir’s analog meetup.

Jan 9, 2024: 🔖 I’m genuinely thrilled for the Gen Zers and others who have the energy for a weekly everything shower, but this chronically ill Xennial is …

Jan 7, 2024: 🎮 Finished The Legend of Zelda (NES). A classic, of course. I’ve never been able to get very far before, but I played it with Nintendo Switch …

Jan 7, 2024: Finished reading: Never Been Kissed by Timothy Janovsky 📚 Another delightful romance given to us by Timothy Janovsky, whose little details feel so …

Jan 7, 2024: High pain day today.

Jan 5, 2024: 🔖📺 Watched Pokemon Concierge and read Pokémon Concierge’s Psyduck Is for the Millennial Pokémon Fans. I’m a Xennial: Pokemon was more for …

Jan 5, 2024: I like @ayjay’s idea of reflecting on what you’ve read weekly or monthly.

Jan 4, 2024: 🔖 Read The Web Renaissance Takes Off by Anil Dash. Sign me up. (I’m trying to make a web-related pun here about Lucrezia Borgia, but it’s …

Jan 3, 2024: Finished reading: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert 📚 I’m late to this party but happy to finally be here. As sweet and hot as the …

Jan 3, 2024: Gonna be updating my about page soon. If you were going to choose something to include on my about page, what would it be?

Jan 3, 2024: 🔖 Read Ambient Co-Presence by Maggie Appleton. This sounds really nice. My favorite locale for physical ambient co-presence is a university library, …

Jan 2, 2024: 🔖 Austin Kleon’s list of 100 things that made his year is excellent, as always.

Jan 1, 2024: Leigh Bardugo encourages people on New Year’s Day to Begin As You Mean to Go On, meaning to spend 15 minutes doing something you want to do more …

Jan 1, 2024: 🔖 Read 2024: The Year of the Personal Website by Matthias Ott. How about, from now on, we make every year the year of the personal website – and make …

Jan 1, 2024: Responding to this post on gift-giving: For me, the sweet spot for a gift is when you can use it to show that you’ve paid attention to what the …

Dec 31, 2023: 🍿 Watched Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story. A fascinating documentary about a fascinating person.

Dec 31, 2023: My Reading Year 2023 Some notes on my reading year 2023. I read 47 books. I overwhelmingly read romance, much more than any other genre. I have no regrets about that. …

Dec 30, 2023: Finished reading: For Never & Always by Helena Greer 📚 I love it so much. Finished it in under 48 hours. Helena Greer has given us a lovely place …

Dec 29, 2023: It is not humanly possible for Helena Greer to write fast enough to meet my desire for Carrigan’s content. It’s generous of her to give us …

Dec 29, 2023: Me: I started this book last night and read only one chapter before bed. Now I’m on page 214. W: Sounds like my wife. 📚

Dec 28, 2023: Finished reading: How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow 📚 Lovely and sweet. Made me cry when the main character’s mom really shows up for …

Dec 28, 2023: 📚🗨️ “I want to live my life being irrationally hopeful. Loving people and fish and cities with my whole heart.” Jake Maia Arlow, How to …

Dec 26, 2023: Yesterday my mom, who in April 2022 was told she would probably never walk again, walked (with a walker and people around to spot her) up my front …

Dec 25, 2023: 🍿 Watched Hats Off to Christmas. This is the most paradigmatic Hallmark Christmas movie. It has everything: a struggling small business a suit guy …

Dec 24, 2023: Finished reading: Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun 📚 This one was so lovely it made me cry. I can’t even sum up. Go read the description …

Dec 24, 2023: 🗨️📚 “the emptiness was the absence of myself.” Alison Cochrun, Kiss Her Once for Me

Dec 23, 2023: I made this Funko Pop of myself using this Microsoft Designer prompt and I love her so much.

Dec 21, 2023: My little family is in the production of A Christmas Carol honoring the retirement of the director of the theater where W & I met. At rehearsal …

Dec 18, 2023: Bringing back The PhD Story’s predictive text New Year’s Resolution: My resolution for 2024 is to be a good time.

Dec 18, 2023: How I talk about books online 📚 In today’s issue of Happy Dancing, Charlie Jane Anders writes about how to fix GoodReads to avoid people review-bombing books to lower their …

Dec 17, 2023: Finished reading: You’re a Mean One, Matthew Prince by Timothy Janovsky 📚 Oh my goodness I love it. Matthew Prince starts out as a spoiled party …

Dec 15, 2023: 📚 Listening to Patrick Stewart read A Christmas Carol and it’s just feels like having Jean-Luc Picard read it to you. 😍

Dec 15, 2023: Finished reading: In the Event of Love by Courtney Kae 📚 A lovely place-based friends-to-lovers second chance. As often happens, the third act breakup …

Dec 15, 2023: Finished reading: Eight Kisses by Mindy Klasky 📚 Eight Hanukkah romance stories. I read one each night. My favorites are the one with the Frisky Bean …

Dec 14, 2023: 📚🗨️ When people who don’t have fibromyalgia ask me how it feels, I tell them to imagine the last time they had a bad flu, then to picture going …

Dec 12, 2023: Me: My heel hurts. My doctor: Have you tried using that ointment I told to use for pain on it? Me: I will now.

Dec 12, 2023: 🔖📚 Read How To Get Started Reading Romance Novels by Stephanie Fallon (The Good Trade). This is an excellent guide. Also? If you have unkind things to …

Dec 11, 2023: Me: I’m going to take a 20 minute nap (sets alarm) Narrator: She took a 90 minute nap. She did not hear the alarm.

Dec 11, 2023: I have 3 one -month gift subscriptions to Jami Attenberg’s Craft Talk to give away. Let me know if you want one.

Dec 11, 2023: I just don’t feel like writing a year-in-review post, y’all. So I might not.

Dec 10, 2023: 🍿 Watched Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. My kid’s first time seeing both. Home Alone is, of course, a classic. Home Alone 2 …

Dec 8, 2023: 🕎🖖🏻 I would like to thank s-h-a-s-e on Tumblr for this Hanukkah gift of Sarek, Amanda, and Spock celebrating. In the words of Adam Sandler: You …

Dec 8, 2023: Book Character, Age 25: Seeing her has me feeling seventeen again. Me, Age 42: Please. You’re only 25. You’re barely not 17. 2006 Me, Age …

Dec 8, 2023: 🍿📺🎄 Watched The Christmas Train. Based on a David Baldacci novel & bringing a bit of star power with Dermot Mulroney, Joan Cusack, and Danny …

Dec 7, 2023: Happy Hanukkah from this honorary M.O.T., whose 41% Jewishness is all on her dad’s side. 🕎

Dec 7, 2023: Today’s stay poor slowly scheme: open a romance-only bookstore. 📚

Dec 7, 2023: I was using Bing to play with ChatGPT-4 and I asked it who I am. It returned what is perhaps the most truthful answer.

Dec 6, 2023: 📝 Planning Writing Goals with Kate McKean Kate McKean’s Agents and Books newsletter yesterday includes a flowchart to help you plan writing goals for next year. I’m in the “I …

Dec 6, 2023: 📚 Today’s library haul. Catching up on Holigays22 and some other holiday reads, plus a YA biography of my hero Sarah Bernhardt - quand même!

Dec 6, 2023: Finished reading: Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur 📚 The first holiday rom-com of a month where I hope to read many. Elle is an …

Dec 5, 2023: It reveals something about my character that I’m really psyched about being on someone’s dissertation committee.

Dec 5, 2023: 🔖 Read Bring back the blog by Alan Jacobs. Hear, hear.

Dec 4, 2023: Fun with migraines: in the past year or so I’ve started having vertigo in the prodrome stage, tilting involuntarily when I walk. In the past …

Dec 3, 2023: 🍿 Watched Airplane!. Super fun. I can’t begin to imagine how delightful it must have been for the people who saw it when it was first released.

Dec 3, 2023: 🔖💻 Read The Indie Web Manifesto. Before the IndieWeb, there was the Indie Web. This was published in 1997.

Dec 3, 2023: 🔖💻 Read The Hacker Manifesto. the beauty of the baud I love this turn of phrase. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what …

Dec 3, 2023: 🔖 Read True/useful by Seth Godin. Seth shares a handy matrix for helping us stay resilient and cultivate belief, shaking off cynicism and avoiding …

Dec 3, 2023: 📺🍿🎄 Watched The Naughty Nine. This is a heist movie about kids on the naughty list breaking into Santa’s workshop. It honors all the heist …

Dec 2, 2023: A list of lists: in his book Keep Going, Austin Kleon writes about a variety of types of lists you might keep and I made a list of them: to-do …

Dec 1, 2023: New bio on most of my profiles: Mom & PhD with a librarian’s heart and an academic’s mind. I manage multiple chronic illnesses and I …

Dec 1, 2023: 📓 I know Twitter is all the things we all know it is now but I still love that some scholars wrote a journal article about the relationship between …

Nov 30, 2023: 📺🍿🎄 Watched Reporting for Christmas. I really like this one. A hard-hitting Chicago reporter heads to a small town in Iowa to cover the 40th …

Nov 30, 2023: Me: I’ll put this little tumbled sodalite crystal on my bedside table, it will make me happy. The Kitten: Ooh a new toy!

Nov 30, 2023: 💬 “Recover yourself. That’s where your creativity is.” Kate McKean in today’s Agents & Books Q&A issue.

Nov 30, 2023: I was thinking about Austin Kleon’s urging to show your work and I thought, “But Austin, what do I do when I don’t even feel up to …

Nov 30, 2023: 🔖Read Twenty Rules for the New Escribitionist. 23 and a half-year-old blogging advice that is still pretty solid.

Nov 30, 2023: I’ve had kimberlyhirsh.com for fifteen years today. I had other domains before that. I’m really glad I claimed this one. It’s been …

Nov 30, 2023: 🔖 Read You Can’t Unsubscribe from Grief by Jenessa Abrams (Electric Literature). This is a gorgeous essay. I really needed it right now.

Nov 29, 2023: 📺🍿🎄 Watched A Biltmore Christmas. Mostly for Jonathan Frakes & Robert Picardo 🖖🏻 but I ended up really liking it. There’s a lot of 40s …

Nov 29, 2023: Well, it’s taken more than 7 years, but it’s finally happened: my child’s taste has completely eclipsed mine in my Spotify Wrapped.

Nov 29, 2023: 📺🍿🎄 In the movie A Timeless Christmas, I can suspend my disbelief enough to accept that a man time-traveled from 1903 to 2020, but asking me to accept …

Nov 28, 2023: 🍿📺🎄 Watched A Christmas Frequency. A radio producer sets her show’s host up on on-air blind dates to save the show from the slump it’s in …

Nov 28, 2023: Darth Vader and I are finishing off the Thanksgiving babka with some cherry Coke.

Nov 28, 2023: 💻 Recently my less-than-alma mater asked, “Remember the 90s at Carolina? I didn’t get there until 1999 so I had different things in my …

Nov 27, 2023: 📺🍿🎄 By the way, time travel is a whole subgenre of holiday made-for-TV movie. See: Eve’s Christmas (yes, that IS Amber from Clueless!) Back to …

Nov 27, 2023: 📺🍿🎄 I was watching Hulu’s A Christmas Frequency and everything was going great but then it shattered my suspension of disbelief by having one …

Nov 26, 2023: 🍿 Saw Wish. A story full of good ideas. Music nice but not as memorable as, say, Encanto. Chris Pine is, of course, a delight. Full of beautifully …

Nov 22, 2023: 📝 Jami Attenberg in today’s Craft Talk newsletter: it’s important to write the things you can write.

Nov 22, 2023: Today in Year of Making, LEGO set 40658, Millennium Falcon Holiday Diorama.

Nov 22, 2023: Anybody know if there are vampire stories, in any medium, that address the question of neuroplasticity? I feel like an animated corpse shouldn’t …

Nov 21, 2023: Finished reading: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado 📚 A bunch of excellent and chilling stories. Horror and make it literary. …

Nov 21, 2023: I just want to be able to feel grief in my heart and also sleep. It doesn’t seem like a lot to ask but my body disagrees.

Nov 20, 2023: It’s never too late to start a year of making, so here I am starting my Year of Making 2023 on November 20. This is the Goldberry shawl, …

Nov 20, 2023: ❤️ The loss of a loved one 🦋 CW: Parental Death My husband, W., has been blessed to have two mothers: the one who gave birth to him and the one who has been a constant presence …

Nov 17, 2023: Want to read: Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Frances Larson 📚

Nov 17, 2023: Want to read: Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey 📚

Nov 16, 2023: If you’re in North Carolina and interested in having natural organic reduction (aka human composting) available as a funeral option, please …

Nov 16, 2023: Want to read: Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek 📚

Nov 15, 2023: 🔖💬 “Your death matters. You can choose something that will reflect the values and beliefs that you held in your life, and translate them into …

Nov 13, 2023: Want to read: Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel by Loren Rhoads 📚

Nov 13, 2023: Want to read: Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin by Megan Rosenbloom 📚

Nov 13, 2023: Want to read: The Victorian Book of the Dead by Chris Woodyard 📚

Nov 13, 2023: Want to read: A is for Arsenic: An ABC of Victorian Death by Chris Woodyard 📚

Nov 13, 2023: Want to read: Good Grief: Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter by E.B. Bartels 📚

Nov 13, 2023: Want to read: The Anatomical Venus by Joanna Ebenstein 📚

Nov 13, 2023: Want to read: The Morbid Anatomy Anthology by Joanna Ebenstein 📚

Nov 13, 2023: Want to read: Cabarets of Death: Death, Dance and Dining in Early Twentieth-Century Paris by Mel Gordon 📚

Nov 13, 2023: A timeline of my dissertation inspiration📓📝 For AcWriMoments Day 8, Margy Thomas and Helen Sword encouraged us to trace a lineage of the ideas we work on. I decided to do this with my …

Nov 13, 2023: 🔖📚🎭 Read Why We Should Celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio (Literary Hub).

Nov 12, 2023: Finished reading: Future Tense: Why Anxiety Is Good for You (Even Though It Feels Bad) by Tracy Dennis-Tiwary 📚 A helpful framing of normal, baseline …

Nov 12, 2023: November is not my favorite month.

Nov 12, 2023: 🔖 Read The enshittification of academic social media (The Thesis Whisperer).

Nov 10, 2023: Set up the Vapor1994 theme with custom colors on my website until I create a custom theme. A few font-size and color tweaks to make still but mostly …

Nov 9, 2023: 🔖 Read Intro to the Web Revival #1: What is the Web Revival?. Fun to read about all the IndieWeb’s neighbors!

Nov 8, 2023: Finished reading: The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish 📚 A 17th Century bit of philosophical fantastical adventure.

Nov 8, 2023: 📚💬 “I endeavour to be as singular as I can.” Margaret Cavendish, The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing-World

Nov 8, 2023: Hey Micro.bloggers and other interested parties, do you have favorite resources that helped you learn how to create a Hugo theme?

Nov 8, 2023: 🔖 Read Two Wins for Public Libraries This Week at the Polls by Kelly Jensen (Literary Activism). Good things are happening but we need to remain …

Nov 8, 2023: 🔖 Read: What happened to blogging for the hell of it? On mobile phones, the small web, and able-bodied privilege Follow-up to the phone post & an …

Nov 8, 2023: 📝 Revising is hard work, and other thoughts on writing I’m participating this year in AcWriMo, which is a month of focused academic writing work inspired by NaNoWriMo. I’m doing this work with …

Nov 7, 2023: 🔖💻 Read Why the Internet Isn’t Fun Anymore by Kyle Chayka (The New Yorker).

Nov 7, 2023: Voting selfie!

Nov 7, 2023: 🔖📚 Read A Pennsylvania Public Library Had Funding Cut Because of LGBTQ+ Books. Then, An Olympian Stepped In.. An important reminder from Kelly Jensen …

Nov 4, 2023: 🔖 Read The US library system, once the best in the world, faces death by a thousand cuts by Brewster Kale (The Guardian). A useful reminder that even …

Nov 1, 2023: If, like me, you grieve Halloween’s passing, I’m delighted to inform you that I have officially extended Halloween season. The last day of …

Oct 31, 2023: Get ready for a jump scare next time you open this backpack.

Oct 30, 2023: 📚 Reading Notes—Collection Management for Youth: Equity, Inclusion, and Learning)—Chapter 1: Why a focus on equity? Collection Management for Youth: Equity, Inclusion, and Learning Here’s the publisher’s summary of this book: With a renewed emphasis on facilitating …

Oct 27, 2023: Reading Notes—Collection Management for Youth: Equity, Inclusion, and Learning—Introduction Collection Management for Youth: Equity, Inclusion, and Learning by Sandra Hughes-Hassell Here’s the publisher’s summary of this book: With a renewed …

Oct 27, 2023: I often find myself watching movies in 22-minute chunks, partly because of being a parent and partly because of having a short attention span lately. …

Oct 26, 2023: 📺👱‍♀️ Buffy’s experience in the episode “I, Robot… You, Jane” is super relatable. I had two friends with online boyfriends …

Oct 25, 2023: 📚 It's cozy fantasy season! I think between reading a few Gothics (The Fall of the House of Usher, The Turn of the Screw, The Haunting of Hill House, The Hacienda) and watching …

Oct 24, 2023: LinkedIn: Recommended job for you! FBI Special Agent! Me: Ooh, I wonder if I can get assigned to The X-Files.

Oct 20, 2023: Yesterday the House Committee on Education held a session called Protecting Kids: Combatting Graphic, Explicit Materials in School Libraries. In this …

Oct 17, 2023: Finished reading: The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas 📚 Great all the way through but extra compelling for the last third. Like Mexican Gothic, it uses …

Oct 12, 2023: 🔖📺 Read How The Haunting of Hill House conveys the horror of family. In the world of Hill House, devotion to family is a tender kind of madness that …

Oct 10, 2023: I’m having one of those days where you give yourself credit for every single thing you do. So here’s what my work task list looks like …

Oct 10, 2023: On visiting Paris 🇫🇷 I’ve been obsessed with Paris as long as I can remember. Maybe it’s because I was born on Bastille Day. Maybe I read Madeline at an early …

Oct 9, 2023: Want to read: The Brain that Loves to Play by Jacqueline Harding 📚

Oct 9, 2023: Want to read: The Brain that Loves to Play by Jacqueline Harding 📚

Oct 8, 2023: Feted my kid thoroughly and now I am so tired.

Oct 7, 2023: Tonight I’m very obsessed with the idea of reading The Secret Garden as a child as a gateway to a love of Gothic literature. 📚

Oct 7, 2023: My kid is 7 today. I love him so much.

Oct 5, 2023: Finished reading: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 📚 Keeping this Gothic train rolling. This one is excellent, of course.

Oct 5, 2023: 📚💬 “When I am afraid, I can see perfectly the sensible, beautiful not-afraid side of the world, I can see chairs and tables and windows staying …

Oct 3, 2023: Finished reading: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James 📚 Another Gothic. Governesses, am I right?

Oct 2, 2023: 💬📚 Dropping this quote here so that next time I try to hung it down I’ll find it on my own site and not have to go to GoodReads: “She …

Oct 2, 2023: Finished reading: “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe 📚 Making my pivot to Gothic now that it’s October. (I skipped …

Oct 1, 2023: 📚💬 Roderick Usher has sensory integration issues: “He suffered much from a morbid acuteness of the senses; the most insipid food was alone …

Sep 30, 2023: I have only skimmed this EdWeek piece on the science of reading but the person saying reading instruction doesn’t need to be changed because it …

Sep 30, 2023: 🔖🖼️ Pokémon teams up with Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam My kid doesn’t like art museums and only tolerated the Van Gogh museum because the …

Sep 29, 2023: Sparking and Sustaining Connected Learning through Libraries: Insights and Questions at the Connected Learning Summit I’ll be leading and participating in a roundtable at the Connected Learning Summit at the end of October. Here’s the description of my …

Sep 29, 2023: 📚 Books about Freelance Writing Originally posted on LinkedIn: One of the tools in my toolbox for carrying me through times between big projects is freelance writing. As I expect to …

Sep 29, 2023: LinkedIn introduction I’ve been experimenting with posting on LinkedIn more frequently and while some of my posts there are posted at my domain first, others are …

Sep 26, 2023: We’ve reached the moment when we learn if my claim that I wouldn’t go on the academic market because I didn’t want a tenure track …

Sep 25, 2023: I’ve been watching Star Trek: Deep Space 9 for the first time since I watched it as a kid when it originally aired. I remembered liking Quark …

Sep 23, 2023: Finished reading: We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian 📚 I loved it so much, finished it in under 48 hours. “Newsies for shippers” is an …

Sep 22, 2023: Today’s Literary Activism newsletter from Book Riot shares information about several student groups fighting book bans. 📚

Sep 21, 2023: So, this week on Lower Decks, we learned that Vulcans have an understanding of the importance of informed consent when conducting social research. 🖖🏻

Sep 19, 2023: 📚 I’m reading Sandra Hughes-Hassell’s book, Collection Management for Youth: Equity, Inclusion, and Learning and planning to share my …

Sep 13, 2023: I’ve got big days the next couple of days so what am I doing? Reading past bedtime, of course. (Future Kimberly, please forgive me.)

Sep 13, 2023: 📚💬 “She didn’t know much about buildings, but it was clear that this one needed an unbelievable amount of work. But at the end of it? …

Sep 13, 2023: Finished reading: An Island Princess Starts a Scandal by Adriana Herrera 📚 So good! Manuela is going to marry a wealthy man, for the good of her …

Sep 13, 2023: I was planning on getting to work soon but my office mate had a different idea.

Sep 12, 2023: I’m sleepy and in pain which is a rough combo because it’s hard to actually sleep while in pain.

Sep 12, 2023: There are few feelings as good as canceling a bunch of library holds because your family already owns all the books. 📚

Sep 11, 2023: Midnight says hi. 🐈‍⬛

Sep 10, 2023: 📚 There are still spots available for online attendance at Public Librarianship in Contentious Times, a conference hosted by the University of …

Sep 8, 2023: Pro tip: too tired/anxious to introduce yourself at a social event? Wear a bookish shirt and wait for people to come ask you about what you’re …

Sep 8, 2023: I might not eat this whole baguette today. When we stayed in Le Vésinet, a suburb of Paris, there was a boulangerie on our walk home from the train station. Every time we went into the city, we …

Sep 8, 2023: 🔖🖖🏻 Happy Star Trek Day! I just read Teaching in Trek: A Look at the Education System of the Future by @joepraska@universeodon.com. I love thinking, …

Sep 8, 2023: Finally watched the Amsterdam episode of Ted Lasso and just really missed Amsterdam the whole time. It was a really cool place to be and I’m …

Sep 7, 2023: Farewell, Wednesday. 🐈‍⬛💔 CW: Pet death When we brought our kitties home last week, Wednesday had a little nasal discharge. The person at the front desk was all, “Yeah, …

Sep 6, 2023: About a year and a half ago, I wrote about my first writing craft book. In case you didn’t believe that I was excited, I recently found my …

Sep 5, 2023: 📺🖖🏻 Finished my rewatch of Star Trek: The Next Generation today. It felt much less intense watching “All Good Things…” now than …

Sep 4, 2023: 🔖 💻 Read Now is the time for grimoires: It isn’t data that will unlock AI, it is human expertise by Ethan Mollick (One Useful Thing). This is …

Sep 3, 2023: Fan Studies Network North America is October 11 -15 and open for registration! I’ll be facilitating a conversation among FanLIS scholars about …

Sep 3, 2023: 📚🍳 Started reading the introduction to Jules Sherred’s Crip Up the Kitchen: Tools, Tips and Recipes for the Disabled Cook and I might cry. …

Sep 1, 2023: 🔖📚 Read Shadow and Bone author Leigh Bardugo: ‘People sneer at the things women and girls love’ by Sian Cain (The Guardian). She really is my hero.

Sep 1, 2023: 🔖📚 Read Falling in Love With the Avengers, America’s Most Toxic Work Force by Leigh Bardugo (New York Times, gift link) I love Leigh Bardugo so much.

Aug 30, 2023: Meet Midnight and Wednesday.

Aug 30, 2023: 💬📚 “I hunker down with books when I need time to process what’s happening in my own life. Books give me the space to breathe.” …

Aug 30, 2023: Currently reading: Final Girl: And Other Essays on Grief, Trauma, and Mental Illness by Kelly Baker 📚 Austin Kleon says to climb your creative family …

Aug 30, 2023: On twenty-five years of being together Twenty-five years ago tonight, W. and I went on our first date. (Yes, we were young.) We went to see a cross-cast production of A Midsummer …

Aug 27, 2023: Finished reading: From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper 📚 Loved it even more than Payback’s A Witch. Full review coming later this week.

Aug 27, 2023: 📚💬 “Disaster and hero, monster and martyr, beauty and beast . . . Choose your own dichotomy. Because it doesn’t matter. We were always …

Aug 27, 2023: W: I just don’t have a framework for doing this kind of writing… Me: You need to read a lot of it and then just start writing. W: holds …

Aug 26, 2023: If generative AI traffic is declining, does that mean AI can just become another tool we use and we can talk about it normally without talking about …

Aug 25, 2023: Everybody else: You seen Barbieheimer yet? Me: Nah, I’m going to the theater to see Terminator & Robocop. (Time travel is rad. So are retro …

Aug 25, 2023: The belief at the beginning of a writing project that we don’t know how to write it comes for all of us who write, no matter how many writing …

Aug 25, 2023: I just donated to and joined Students Protecting Education, a national organization that a group of high schoolers started in response to book banning …

Aug 23, 2023: 🔖🖖🏻 Read ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Had to Update the Look of Beloved Characters — and Battle the Pitiless Gaze of HD. I love that they were able to let …

Aug 23, 2023: Welcome to the analog part of qualitative data analysis. Whenever I get to the coding-the-codes stage, I need to channel Austin Kleon and use my …

Aug 22, 2023: In the US? You might think the Kids Online Safety Act is good but before you decide, please read this piece at Ars Technica, this piece from the …

Aug 21, 2023: My infant starts first grade tomorrow, nbd.

Aug 21, 2023: My aspiration as a parent is to one day have a plan for the day and a half of free time my kid has the first week of school.

Aug 21, 2023: I find myself resentful of my body’s need for sleep.

Aug 20, 2023: If you’re in New Zealand and you have improv experience, you should probably go do this workshop with Bianca Casusöl. She’s the best.

Aug 19, 2023: 🔖 Read To Be a Consumer of Culture Means Living in a Hostage Situation by Aaron Bady (Slate) A great exploration of the role of fan labor in culture …

Aug 18, 2023: Looking at my On This Day page, I found this blog post about letting go of self-punishing goals. I really needed it, as I’ve spent much of this …

Aug 18, 2023: 📚🔖 Read The Parentified Protagonist: From Shifting Roles to Shapeshifter, a guest post by Stephanie Willing (Teen Librarian Toolbox).

Aug 18, 2023: 📚 Book Riot’s Literary Activism newsletter is always valuable. This week, Kelly Jensen takes a deep dive into the use of ChatGPT to decide …

Aug 17, 2023: Finished reading: Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper 📚 It’s a witchy romance between two bi women and it has a punny title. What’s not …

Aug 17, 2023: 📚💬👱‍♀️ “When Pearl Dragon and cheap wine and even magic have all failed us… there will always be Buffy marathons.” Lana Harper, …

Aug 17, 2023: There was a big storm in Durham a couple days ago. Much of the city was without power. As soon as their power was restored, the libraries opened as …

Aug 16, 2023: Bookstore Romance Day Recommendations 📚♥️ We’re just a few days out from Bookstore Romance Day! A couple things to know about romance novels: First, they always end with the love …

Aug 14, 2023: Finished reading: Chef’s Kiss by TJ Alexander 📚 This book is super queer and super cute. Simone’s a chef. Ray’s a kitchen manager. …

Aug 13, 2023: Want to read: Disabilities and the Library by Clayton A. Copeland 📚

Aug 13, 2023: Want to read: Kids Across the Spectrums: Growing Up Autistic in the Digital Age by Meryl Alper 📚

Aug 12, 2023: Want to read: 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality by Allison Yarrow 📚

Aug 12, 2023: Want to read: Birth Control: The Insidious Power of Men over Motherhood by Allison Yarrow 📚

Aug 12, 2023: 🖖🏻 Did I just revise my LinkedIn bio so it starts with a Star Trek quote? Yes, yes I did, and the whole thing is very professional.

Aug 12, 2023: 🔖 Read On looking down. A lovely meditation from @dwalbert on the things we notice when we walked. Our family stayed in Le Vésinet, a garden city …

Aug 11, 2023: J’aime les vacances. ⛱️

Aug 11, 2023: 📚🔮 “…the Tarot constitutes first and foremost an apprenticeship in seeing.” Marianne Costa, The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher …

Aug 10, 2023: Finished reading: Solomon’s Crown by Natasha Siegel 📚 Gorgeous prose in this book that’s like if The Lion in Winter was mostly a romance …

Aug 10, 2023: I may be leaning into being a middle-aged librarian stereotype, but I’m leaning into being a goth middle-aged librarian stereotype.

Aug 10, 2023: 🎮 Played the Pikmin 4 demo, ended up buying the Pikmin 1 + 2 bundle, and I feel so guilty every time my little plant guys die in battle. 🌱

Aug 9, 2023: 📚💗 August 19 is Bookstore Romance Day! My fiction reading has been almost exclusively romance (across a variety of subgenres) since May and it’s …

Aug 8, 2023: This is true friendship.

Aug 7, 2023: Finished reading: The Enchanted Hacienda by J.C. Cervantes 📚 This one didn’t click with me right away, but that was about me and what else …

Aug 7, 2023: 📚💬 “…my body is the keeper of secrets, and this pen is its liberator.” J. C. Cervantes, The Enchanted Hacienda

Aug 7, 2023: 📚📺 The trailer for The Power dropped. I loved this book so much. The show has an amazing cast. I’m looking forward to watching it.

Aug 5, 2023: Finished reading: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune 📚 Listened to the audiobook. I understand why so much of the beginning of this book had to …

Aug 5, 2023: 🔖 Read The Coming Enshittification of Public Libraries. Karawynn Long compares the trajectory of Overdrive/Libby to platforms like Amazon and Facebook …

Aug 5, 2023: 📚💬 “We are who we are, not because of our birthright, but because of what we choose to do in this life.” TJ Klune, The House in the …

Aug 5, 2023: 📚💬 “Why can’t life work whatever way we want it to? What’s the point of living if you only do it how others want you to?” TJ …

Aug 4, 2023: 📺👱‍♀️🖖 Glen Weldon’s rewrite of song titles from “Once More, with Feeling” to include Star Trek stuff is precisely calculated to …

Aug 1, 2023: Finished reading: The Neighbor Favor by Kristina Forest 📚 Adorable romance about a publishing assistant who starts an email friendship with the author …

Jul 29, 2023: 🍿 Watched Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie. A reimagining of the TV show. I loved how well it used the Palais Garnier. Sweet story and you get all …

Jul 29, 2023: Finished reading: Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett 📚 Lovely! A scholar of faerie lore travels to a frozen Scandinavian …

Jul 28, 2023: 🔖 Skimmed Publicize Your Principles. This idea might be helpful for articulating Micro.blog’s principles. ATTN: @manton @jean

Jul 27, 2023: 📚💬 “I was supposed to remain comfortably outside the stories with my pen and my notebook.” Heather Fawcett, Emily Wilde’s …

Jul 27, 2023: 📚 Research methods in Emily Wilde's Encyclopedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett 📚 I am a very specific kind of nerd. In this book, set in 1909, a scholar studying faeries says she’s going to use naturalistic observation and …

Jul 26, 2023: 📚💬 “He felt lighter somehow. Like he wasn’t paint blending into the wall. He felt real. He felt present. Almost like he could be …

Jul 26, 2023: 📚💬 “Home is where we get to be who we are.” T. J. Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea

Jul 25, 2023: There’s a special irony in the fact that GalaxyCon Raleigh’s Cosplay, Cons, & Parenting panel takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, …

Jul 24, 2023: o no I am become the dad in the LEGO movie

Jul 24, 2023: 📚 Finding my throughline: Library enthusiast 💻 I recently listened to Katie Rose Guest Pryal on Camille Pagán’s podcast, You Should Write a Book, talking about how she found the throughline …

Jul 24, 2023: So I’m on Bluesky. (If you’re seeing this on Bluesky, it’s thanks to Micro.blog cross-posting!) If they ever actually federate, …

Jul 24, 2023: 🔖📚 Read IN A WAVE OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY RETELLINGS, WHERE ARE THE GREEK WRITERS? by Lyndsie Manusos (Book Riot). Lots of exciting recommendations in …

Jul 24, 2023: 🔖🍿 Read Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is a Fascinating, Spectacular Philosophical Experiment by Olivia Rutigliano (Literary Hub). Well, I was already …

Jul 23, 2023: I love how the Web works. I post that I want to read Jillian Hess’s book, How Romantics and Victorians Organized Information. Anna Havron reads …

Jul 23, 2023: I should really stick with my watch-mostly-Star-Trek plan. 🖖🏻

Jul 23, 2023: Was too busy actually celebrating my 14th wedding anniversary yesterday to blog about it. A thoroughly Durham date: browsing & picking up orders …

Jul 21, 2023: 💬📚 “Sometimes silence was the loudest thing of all.” T. J. Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea

Jul 21, 2023: 💬📚 “Why is it that I must always worry about tomorrows?” T. J. Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea

Jul 20, 2023: Finished reading: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston 📚 Listened to the audiobook. Super adorable. Super hot. Super made me teary with …

Jul 19, 2023: Finished reading: Nimona by ND Stevenson 📚 Weird I waited so long to read it. A lot going on here and I’m always delighted by the way ND …

Jul 18, 2023: Finished reading: Ana María and The Fox by Liana De la Rosa 📚

Jul 17, 2023: 🔖📚 Read Let the Kids Get Weird: The Adult Problem With Children’s Books by Janet Manley (Literary Hub).

Jul 17, 2023: 🔖📓 Read Six Ways of Looking at Crip Time by Ellen Samuels (Disability Studied Quarterly).

Jul 14, 2023: Photo of my lovely husband W & myself in front of Ferris Bueller singing in the parade! Thanks to Retro Film Series!

Jul 14, 2023: C'est mon anniversaire! It’s my birthday! As I’m 42, I understand that according to Douglas Adams, I myself am the answer to life, the universe, and everything. …

Jul 13, 2023: I have a (relatively subdued thanks to new meds) migraine (3 hormone shifts a month cause these for me whee!). I also went and had 3 fillings all on …

Jul 12, 2023: Finished reading: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna 📚 What a sweet, cozy cup of tea of a book. This one made me so happy. …

Jul 11, 2023: 💬📚 “It was always irksome when an idea went nowhere, but Mika knew by now that there would always be new ideas.” Sangu Mandanna, The Very …

Jul 11, 2023: Okay it’s not noon and my library’s collective daily borrow limit for Hoopla has been reached which… I feel like we must have a …

Jul 10, 2023: It’s my birthday Friday! I’m keeping Kimbertide low key this year. If you want to play along, watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or The …

Jul 8, 2023: Finished reading: Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin 📚 Another sweet romance set in the Toronto Muslim community from Uzma Jalaluddin. This one …

Jul 7, 2023: 🔖🎭📚 Read It’s Getting Hard to Stage a School Play Without Political Drama by Michael Paulson (NYT, gift link) via Book Riot’s Literary Activism …

Jul 6, 2023: I’m signed up for Threads. I’ll actually use it when it implements ActivityPub and/or is available in-browser.

Jul 3, 2023: Finished reading: You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi 📚 I read this start-to-finish in about 8 hours. It’s a romance that …

Jul 2, 2023: My On This Day page surfaced this blog post today: Constructing websites as constructing ourselves: Thinking out loud I still think about this all the …

Jun 30, 2023: Apparently my idea for what counts as the prettiest hair is bound to the year 1993. This soft hair on Deanna Troi, with thin bangs, the front pulled …

Jun 30, 2023: I seem to have no attention span today. I’m going to blame the postdrome stage of migraine.

Jun 29, 2023: Finished reading: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin 📚 This is a beautiful homage to Pride & Prejudice, as well as to the Toronto Muslim community. …

Jun 28, 2023: 📝 Brilliant gem from Jaya Saxena in today’s #1000WordsOfSummer letter: my writing got better the moment I allowed myself to be the kind of …

Jun 28, 2023: 📚 Me, reading Ayesha At Last: This is a Pride & Prejudice retelling, I know this, so when is Khalid going to go all Mr. Darcy? Author Uzma …

Jun 27, 2023: I am on Day 4 of a migraine. I’m about to try a new medication for it. Here’s hoping it makes a difference.

Jun 27, 2023: Picard: I feel as if I’m in the Scottish Highlands. Colonist: The cornerstone of every building was taken from Edinburgh, Glasgow, …

Jun 23, 2023: Hey friends, what are some good values statements from organizations? (I’m deliberately not defining criteria for good, but please feel free to …

Jun 23, 2023: 🔖 Read What Is A Third Place? (And Here’s Why You Should Have One) by Emily Torres (The Good Trade). I’ve been thinking about third places, …

Jun 21, 2023: My desk chair broke a little bit and I’m having trouble determining whether I can fix it…

Jun 20, 2023: 📚💬 “To me intellectual life is fundamentally different from academic careerism.” bell hooks, remembered rapture: the artist at work

Jun 20, 2023: 📚💬 It is precisely because common structures of evaluation and advancement in various academic jobs require homogenous thought and action… …

Jun 20, 2023: Belated Travel Blog: Into Amsterdam for the First Time Our first foray into Amsterdam besides going to the airport was heading to the International Newcomers office at the World Trade Center (right by the …

Jun 20, 2023: 🔖 Read Katy Simpson Smith on Writing a Southern Woman Louder Than Herself. Writing, as a career, is inherently boat-rocking.

Jun 19, 2023: 📚💬 “Science fiction is the literature of social and technological change.” Nalo Hopkinson, “What is science fiction for?” in …

Jun 19, 2023: Belated Travel Blog: Aalsmeer I loved Amsterdam almost immediately, at first because of how the major roads are laid out. Buses have their own two lanes, totally separate from the …

Jun 19, 2023: 🍞 This bread is from Simple Mills’s Artisan Bread mix. It has a beautiful crack, but vinegar as a leavening agent leaves something to be …

Jun 18, 2023: In response to @mbkriegh’s In Praise of the Choir: This post reminds me of Austin Kleon’s writing on Brian Eno’s concept of …

Jun 16, 2023: Finished reading: The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller 📚 This is a lovely romance set in Gilded Age New York, where a scandalous society widow and …

Jun 16, 2023: 💬📚 “Real life is people leaning on each other when things are hard. It’s loving each other so much there’s no question about facing …

Jun 14, 2023: Halfway through the week of no school or camp and we’re not doing too badly, thanks to grandma time, the pool, and a moratorium on screen time …

Jun 14, 2023: 📚💬 “Love isn’t naïve, Alva. It’s hope, and it’s faith, and it can outlast buildings and wars and empires.” The Widow of …

Jun 12, 2023: 🔖📚💖 A couple of links about pleasure reading for your reading pleasure: What Romance Novels Taught Me About Taking Pleasure More Seriously by …

Jun 8, 2023: There’s something really special about being a 90s comedy nerd married to another 90s comedy nerd.

Jun 8, 2023: I like how when I text someone and am a lot, knowing they’re a lot too means I know we’ll both be okay because we’re both a lot and …

Jun 7, 2023: 🎙🖖Listened to Our Opinions Are Correct, Episode 131: The State of Star Trek, with Mike McMahan. Spoilery still from the Strange New Worlds Season 2 …

Jun 7, 2023: 🔖 Read A LETTER FROM THE NEW CORPORATE OWNERS OF HOOPER’S STORE (McSweeney’s). This is hilarious and ends with a perfect button.

Jun 6, 2023: 📝📓 Fascinated by this ethnographic study on youth’s “pocket writing” practices. Most fiction I write happens in my pocket now and is …

Jun 5, 2023: Installing Linux on my Windows machine…

Jun 5, 2023: 🔖 Some interesting links around “wholesome” as a word for things that restore us, rather than a conservative metric by which to judge …

Jun 4, 2023: 🔖📓 Read How Pew Research Center will report on generations moving forward. I love some of these alternate ways of creating age groupings. I could …

Jun 4, 2023: 📺 Watched The Baby-sitters Club S02E07, Claudia and the Sad Goodbye. 💔😭 If you know, you know.

Jun 3, 2023: 🔖📓 Can ChatGPT Replace UX Researchers? An Empirical Analysis of Comment Classifications This is an interesting study with implications for qualitative …

Jun 3, 2023: Finished reading: Wyngraf #1 The first issue of a cozy fantasy magazine. Full of lovely stories I very much enjoyed. Mother-daughter dragon calming, …

Jun 3, 2023: Does anybody else know why all I feel like doing is lying in bed and watching Netflix Originals? 📺

Jun 2, 2023: 📺 The Babysitters Club S02E03, “Stacey’s Emergency,” brilliantly depicts what it’s like living with chronic illness.

Jun 2, 2023: I’m only now catching up on the second season of The Babysitters Club and having Mary Ann as a triple virgo is brilliant. 📺

Jun 2, 2023: 🎙️💬 “Sometimes it can be hard when we’re fucking exhausted to choose the thing that feels nourishing.” Lindsay Mack, Tarot for the …

May 30, 2023: Finished reading: Demon in the Wood Graphic Novel by Leigh Bardugo 📚 Gorgeous graphic version of the Darkling’s origin story.

May 30, 2023: Jami Attenberg’s #1000WordsOfSummer starts June 17 and the Slack is hopping right now, in case you want to join in on the fun. 📝

May 29, 2023: 🌊 Today is the first day of the 10th Annual 100 Days of Blue Mind challenge. As often as you can between now and Labor Day, “get near, in, on or …

May 29, 2023: It was hard finding time to write while traveling, so I didn’t do all the travel blogging I would have liked. But I have consistent childcare …

May 28, 2023: Where have I been? I like Manton’s Where have I been post and have had a pretty significant change in where I’ve visited since the start of the year, so I …

May 28, 2023: 🔖📚 Read This Is Dedicated To Anyone Who Ever Left - Kelly McMaster interviewed by Lyz Lenz.

May 28, 2023: 🔖📚 Read “I think, like marriage, home is a fantasy” - Kelly McMaster interviewed by Amanda Montei Here are all of my intellectual …

May 27, 2023: 📺 Me, watching Bridgerton: How can anyone tell these Bridgerton brothers apart? They all have the same coloration. I guess two of them are a little …

May 27, 2023: 🔖 Read Monkey House: Strange Reflections at the Singerie by Kate Zambreno (VQR).

May 27, 2023: 📺 Watched Velma. The two primary criticisms - that it relies too heavily on meta-humor and that the characters are selfish & don’t grow - …

May 26, 2023: 🔖 Read The Winter Zoo by Kate Zambreno (The Yale Review). For a few years when M. was a toddler, our family went to Knoxville - the place of my …

May 25, 2023: 🍿 Watched Howard. It’s always striking when you realize the outsize influence an artist has had on you, and watching this it really hit home …

May 25, 2023: 📚 Here comes the BBC with a list of the 100 Greatest Children’s Books of All Time. Maybe when I’m recovered from jetlag I’ll see how …

May 25, 2023: Want to read: The Light Room by Kate Zambreno 📚

May 25, 2023: Time for a needs assessment! Micro.blog community, what resources do you need in the Micro.blog Community Library?

May 25, 2023: 📚 Purchased 2 different books from museums to be shipped directly to my house rather than carrying them home myself: Sarah Bernhardt - Et la femme …

May 25, 2023: Just learned that it would cost £22 to have 100g of Tchai-Ovna’s Faeries Blood Tea shipped to me here in the US. Yikes.

May 25, 2023: 🔖 Read How to Scale Back, Even When It Seems Impossible. Do you need to lose something else to find yourself? Katie Pryal writes about how she had to …

May 25, 2023: 🔖📝 Reading Revision can be fun. No, really. by Charlie Jane Anders. …revision can actually be kind of exhilarating at times. Because instead …

May 23, 2023: Home again and happy to be here.

May 23, 2023: 🔖 Read The Healing Power of JavaScript. ❤️

May 22, 2023: Happy World Goth Day! Tomorrow I will go home, where I will have access to all my goth perfumes and jewelry. Today, I give you this photo of Sarah …

May 22, 2023: I’ve created playlists on YouTube for all 3 Micro Camps, in case you, like me, have a long flight and might want to download and watch them all …

May 22, 2023: Last full day in Europe and I’m spending it alternating between packing and lying down. Don’t underestimate how much stuff you can acquire …

May 21, 2023: “Y’all” is the best contraction. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

May 21, 2023: 📚 Revisiting Time’s The 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. N. K. Jemisin: Don’t think of fantasy as mere entertainment, then, but as a way to …

May 21, 2023: 📺 Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures is exactly the Star Wars show I would have written as a kid: Kai Brightstar Nash Durango The Crimson Firehawk …

May 20, 2023: Finished reading: Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale 📚 A sweet historical romance involving a Quaker and a rakish Duke.

May 20, 2023: Announcement time! Do you write a blog? Send it to me and I’ll read it!

May 20, 2023: Quand même A while back I said I was going to get obsessed with Sarah Bernhardt (I seem to have said it somewhere other than my own website ☹️) but never …

May 18, 2023: 🔖🌐 Read Webring History. animated email gifs, web counters, scrolling and/or blinking text, midi background music that could not be turned off and …

May 18, 2023: I was feeling disconnected from the Micro.blog community, and I was pretty sure it wasn’t just because I wasn’t posting that much. So I …

May 17, 2023: O no two meetings left, not done for 3+ hrs, and yet so sleepy. Might be an afternoon caffeine day. I would love to just live in Paris forever but it …

May 17, 2023: 🔖 How Does Motherhood Impact Your Creativity? It’s Complicated vogue.com Read: www.vogue.com Vogue: Fashion, Beauty, Celebrity, Fashion Shows …

May 16, 2023: I’m in Paris this week so I don’t know how much of Micro Camp I’ll catch live, but the schedule looks great.

May 14, 2023: Missing Moulin Rouge playing in my hometown but it’s okay because I got to see the actual Moulin Rouge.

May 12, 2023: 🔖🎵 Read Patiently Holding the Sound: Gretchen Parlato on motherhood as a musical inspiration. What a great interview.

May 11, 2023: 🔖🌐 Read Bring Back Personal Blogging by Monique Judge (The Verge).

May 11, 2023: My blog host, Micro.blog, has declared it the Summer of Blogging and is offering 4 months of their standard hosting plan at a price of $1/month. I …

May 11, 2023: I’ve been obsessed with this chandelier for a long time and today I finally got to see it in person.

May 11, 2023: Reading the souvenir book they sell at Shakespeare and Company, Shakespeare and Company: A Brief History of a Parisian Bookstore. For George, it was …

May 11, 2023: Je suis à Paris. J’adore Paris. Yesterday I sat in the reading room of Shakespeare and Company, wrote in my notebook, and pretended to be A …

May 10, 2023: I’m grieving dooce by going through her archives and reading this post while I am in Paris is extra beautiful. I was cranky and tired and in …

May 10, 2023: Content Warning: Suicide There’s an AP news piece confirming what I suspected when I first saw Manton’s post about Heather Armstrong’s death. Heather …

May 8, 2023: Starting Season 7 in my rewatch of Star Trek: The Next Generation, finding myself very glad there’s so much other Trek media including TNG …

May 7, 2023: Want to read: The Witch of Woodland by Laurel Snyder 📚

May 6, 2023: 🔖📝 Read My Commitment to Wellness as a Lifelong Writer by Yolande House — Breathing Space Creative I’ve learned that honouring my needs each and …

May 6, 2023: Over the past week, I’ve worked through Esmé Weijun Wang’s workshop, Building a Writing Habit While Living with Limitations. In the …

May 4, 2023: 🔖📚 Read BookTok encourages reading as an aesthetic and no one is safe from its gaze by Elena Cavender (Mashable). Insightful piece about how limiting …

May 3, 2023: Finished reading: Mr. & Mrs. Witch by Gwenda Bond 📚 Loved it. Scorchingly hot, fun secret agent hijinks. Highly recommend.

May 1, 2023: I am reading Gwenda Bond’s Mr. & Mrs. Witch right now and one of the 🔥 scenes actually made me cry because it was so beautiful and made me …

Apr 28, 2023: 🔖📓 Read Automated transcription and some risks of machine interpretation. Dr. Daniel Turner does a great job illuminating how large language models …

Apr 28, 2023: Want to read: How Romantics and Victorians Organized Information by Jillian M. Hess 📚

Apr 27, 2023: Want to read: It’s Not That Radical: Climate Action to Transform Our World by Mikaela Loach 📚

Apr 26, 2023: Want to read: Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc 📚

Apr 22, 2023: Me: I put my hair up and brushed my teeth! I’m ready to face the day! flops onto bed

Apr 21, 2023: I’m trying to see myself as others see me. Would you please tell me: When have you seen me happiest? What do you come to me for? Where do I …

Apr 19, 2023: 🔖📚 Read Roman Polanski, David Bowie, and a New Solution to the Problem of Art Made by Monstrous Men by Laura Miller (Slate). The magnitude of an …

Apr 18, 2023: Response to Charlie Jane Anders's "What the Universal Translator Tells Us About Exploring Other Cultures" 🔖📝📚📺🍿 Read What the Universal Translator Tells Us About Exploring Other Cultures by Charlie Jane Anders (Happy Dancing newsletter). Anders talks about …

Apr 16, 2023: It's over now, the music of the night. I first encountered music from The Phantom of the Opera when I was 9 years old. I had taken a lip syncing class, because the Leon County, FL gifted …

Apr 16, 2023: Went by the Oscar Wilde house yesterday and the plaque saying he lived there said: OSCAR WILDE POET, DRAMATIST, WIT and I liked it so well I’m …

Apr 15, 2023: 🔖🎨 Read On growing alongside your artistic practice (The Creative Independent). Mother-artist Bailey Elder talks about growing as an artist and being …

Apr 15, 2023: 🔖 Read Durham Officials Push for Affordable Housing in Southpoint Redevelopment. Pleased with my city’s Planning Commission members.

Apr 14, 2023: 🔖📝 Read When You Aren’t Sure Whether Your Writing Is ‘Important’ by Nicole Chung (The Atlantic). You just need to find one person who understands and …

Apr 14, 2023: 🔖📝 Read Kids Will Still Read Banned Books by Nicole Chung (The Atlantic). Chung doesn’t minimize the harm of book banning, but discusses how …

Apr 14, 2023: 🔖📝 Read How Can You Write About Pain Without Retraumatizing Yourself? by Nicole Chung (The Atlantic).

Apr 14, 2023: 🔖📝 Read On Pitching and Rejection by Nicole Chung (The Atlantic). pitching is not just about figuring out what editors or publications may be …

Apr 14, 2023: It’s my defense-aversary! I’ve been a PhD for two years. For me, getting the PhD was much bigger than having the PhD has been. Perhaps …

Apr 14, 2023: 💬📚📓📝 No dissertation is worth a lifetime of revision. William Germano, From Dissertation to Book

Apr 12, 2023: I haven’t been sharing a lot of travel adventures not because I haven’t been having them, but just because making the time to share is …

Apr 11, 2023: 🔖 Read Lois Before Clark: In Defense of the Superhero Girlfriend. Dreamed I decided to get obsessed with Lois Lane, decided this meant I should …

Apr 10, 2023: 🔖📝 Read “I Hate the Idea of Healing” A Conversation with Maggie Smith One thing that mothering has taught me is that I can’t be …

Apr 9, 2023: Finished reading: Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett 📚 My first finished Discworld. Reading Piers Anthony feels like coming home (miss me with your …

Apr 7, 2023: 🖖🏻📺 Data: *has a personal problem* *does extensive research* Captain Picard, I have done all the research but I do not have the answer to my problem. …

Apr 6, 2023: Full-on happy misty-eyed over this week’s Picard. 🖖🏻📺

Apr 6, 2023: 💬📚📝📓 Learn how to revise and you will produce a better first book. Remember it and you will enjoy writing the books to follow. William Germano, From …

Apr 6, 2023: 💬📚📝📓 Revision is unromantic, time-consuming, tiring. It is also the only way to make one’s writing better. William Germano, From Dissertation …

Apr 6, 2023: 📓 Read Subjectivity and Reflexivity: An Introduction by Franz Breuer, Katja Mruck & Wolff-Michael Roth (Forum: Qualitative Social Research). A …

Apr 5, 2023: 💬📚📝📓 Writing isn’t a record of your thinking. It is your thinking. William Germano, From Dissertation to Book

Apr 5, 2023: 💬📚📝📓 Revision is a job for optimists. William Germano, From Dissertation to Book

Apr 5, 2023: The Barbie Selfie Generator is pretty fun.

Apr 5, 2023: Hey Internet! I’m interested in your perceptions. What are my superpowers? What are my areas of expertise?

Apr 4, 2023: 💬📚📝📓 …the operating instructions of scholarly publishing rarely form a part of graduate training… William Germano, From Dissertation …

Apr 3, 2023: 💬📚📝📓 Write everything you want published as if there are people who make decisions and work within limited budgets—their checkbooks, or their …

Apr 3, 2023: Turning My Dissertation into a Book in the Open It’s been almost two years since I defended my doctoral dissertation. Before it was written, an editor had expressed interest in it. After it …

Apr 3, 2023: Looking at my Scholarly Pipeline (Notion template I made, pay what you want) for the first time in a while & I’ve got an idea for a piece of …

Apr 3, 2023: Want to read: Malice House by Megan Shepherd 📚

Mar 31, 2023: Teenagers at this park are listening to the Macarena. Do I feel old or 15?

Mar 31, 2023: It took a couple years, but I finally created a page on my website curating all my writing about dissertating in the open.

Mar 31, 2023: Blogging as letters to our future selves I blog for a lot of reasons. One of them is because blogging is a little like writing letters to your future self. My current research contract …

Mar 31, 2023: Want to read: Pre-Raphaelite Painting Techniques by Joyce H. Townsend 📚

Mar 31, 2023: Want to read: Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature by Allen Staley 📚

Mar 31, 2023: Want to read: Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists ; Publ.on the Occasion of the Exhibition at Manchester City Art Galleries, 22 November 1997-22 February …

Mar 31, 2023: Want to read: Flora Symbolica: Flowers in Pre-Raphaelite Art by Debra N. Mancoff 📚

Mar 31, 2023: Want to read: The Pre-Raphaelites by Laurence Des Cars 📚

Mar 31, 2023: Want to read: English Pre-Raphaelite Painters: Their Associates and Successors by Percy H. Bate 📚

Mar 31, 2023: Want to read: Haunted Texts by William Evan Fredeman 📚

Mar 31, 2023: Want to read: Essential Pre-Raphaelites by Lucinda Hawksley 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy by William Gaunt 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Pre-Raphaelites in Love by Gay Daly 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde by Tim Barringer,T. J. Barringer 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: The Pre-Raphaelites in Literature and Art by Dennis Sydney Reginald Welland 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Reading the Pre-Raphaelites by Tim Barringer 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of the Victorian Novel by Sophia Andres 📚

Mar 30, 2023: I love the Gothic Charm School book very much and am happy to have bought it as an ebook so I can re-read it as I travel, but I miss the special font …

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Haunted Greece by John L. Tomkinson 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Troublesome Things by Diane Purkiss 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Fairy Tales, Now First Collected by Joseph Ritson 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Fairies and Witches at the Boundary of South-eastern and Central Europe by Eva Pocs 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: The Banshee by Patricia Lysaght 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Elf Queens and Holy Friars by Richard Firth Green 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Handbook of Fairies by Ronan Coghlan 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: The Fairies in Tradition and Literature by Katharine Mary Briggs 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Dictionary of Fairies by Katherine Briggs 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Fairies in Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature by Nicola Bown 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Fairy Lore by D. L. Ashliman 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Tolkien on Fairy-stories by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fairies by Anna Franklin 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: The Good People by Peter Narv‡ez 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Northumberland Folk Tales by Rosalind Kerven 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Fabulous Creatures, Mythical Monsters, and Animal Power Symbols by Cassandra Eason 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans-Wentz 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Want to read: Strange and Secret Peoples by Carole G. Silver 📚

Mar 30, 2023: Hello Internet! I’m having a vampire night due to migraine. I’m going to get up and take my morning medicine so I can wait an hour and …

Mar 29, 2023: Want to read: The Classic Fairy Tales (Norton Critical Editions) by 📚

Mar 29, 2023: Want to read: The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler 📚

Mar 29, 2023: Finished reading: A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow 📚 This one took me a little while to get into but once I was in, I was all in. Super fun …

Mar 29, 2023: 🔖📚 Read Ladies of Leisure. This one bummed me out. I think it sells Dept. of Speculation short.

Mar 29, 2023: 🔖📚📝Read Is Parenthood the Enemy of Creative Work? by Kim Brooks (The Cut) That’s one of the major things parenting is teaching me, the balance …

Mar 29, 2023: 🔖📚 Read The books that help define motherhood – for mums everywhere to read Is it ever possible to reclaim yourself without endangering your child? …

Mar 29, 2023: 📺 Want to watch: SMILF Catastrophe Motherland The Letdown Workin' Moms

Mar 29, 2023: 🍿 Want to watch: Tully.

Mar 29, 2023: 🔖📚 Read Art or Babies. you can make your art without being an art monster: You can do it as… an art mother.

Mar 29, 2023: 🔖📚 Read Why are we only talking about ‘mom books’ by white women? by Angela Garbes (The Cut). I love Angela Garbes’s writing. This is another …

Mar 29, 2023: 🔖📚 Read The Stranger Guest: The Literature of Pregnancy and New Motherhood by Lily Gurton-Wachter (Los Angeles Review of Books) Another old bookmark. …

Mar 29, 2023: 🔖📚 In a Raft of New Books, Motherhood From (Almost) Every Angle by Parul Sehgal (The New York Times). Recent books on motherhood, however, frequently …

Mar 29, 2023: 🔖📚 Read Maggie Nelson: Inflections Forever New by Ariel Lewiton (Guernica). We’re all human beings with bodily needs living within a system. We don’t …

Mar 29, 2023: 🔖📚 Read Why All the Books About Motherhood? by Laura Elkin (The Paris Review). Another bookmark I’ve been sitting on for years. These new books …

Mar 29, 2023: 🔖📚 Read We Need to Talk About Whiteness in Motherhood Memoirs by Nancy Reddy (Electric Literature). I bookmarked this 4 years ago & am only …

Mar 28, 2023: 🔖📝📚 Read The parent trap: can you be a good writer and a good parent? by Lara Feigel (The Guardian) Feigel writes about motherly ambivalence.

Mar 28, 2023: 🔖 Read Writer Moms: Can We Do Deep Work While the Kids are Home? by Sara Bates. Before we do… the practical things we need to do in order to …

Mar 28, 2023: Want to read: A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle 📚

Mar 28, 2023: Want to read: How Not to Exclude Artist Mothers (and Other Parents) by Hettie Judah 📚

Mar 28, 2023: 🔖📝📚 Read I left my baby to write this. How do artists balance creativity and the ache for their child? by Rhiannon Lucy Coslett (The Guardian). …

Mar 28, 2023: Want to read: This Boy We Made by Taylor Harris 📚

Mar 28, 2023: 🔖 Read How Writing and Motherhood Coexist for Author Taylor Harris by Ravynn K. Stringfield (Shondaland). Great interview! I need to go track down …

Mar 28, 2023: 🔖 Read Rebecca Solnit on Women’s Work and the Myth of the Art Monster (Lithub). I want to be an art monster like Grover: lovable and loving and …

Mar 28, 2023: Want to read: Weird Girls by Caroline Hagood 📚

Mar 28, 2023: 🔖📚📝 Read The Mother, the Artist, and Me by Caroline Hagood (Elle). This is a great essay about what can happen when we bring our kids into the work of …

Mar 28, 2023: Finished reading: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill 📚 I want to write a long response to this one but don’t have time today. It’s less …

Mar 27, 2023: Look, I’d love to play in an improv jam but I can no longer do things that START at 10 pm so I guess I need to organize an improv jam for sleepy …

Mar 26, 2023: I just want to fight censorship 📚 and make theatre 🎭.

Mar 26, 2023: Finished reading: Never Say You Can’t Survive by Charlie Jane Anders 📚 I love this so much! Charlie Jane Anders says to invent imaginary friends …

Mar 25, 2023: Finished reading: Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn 📚 I might love this even more than Legendborn, which I didn’t think was possible. Tracy Deonn goes …

Mar 25, 2023: I cannot recommend Book Riot’s censorship coverage highly enough. They’re doing great work, with Kelly Jensen leading it. If you’re …

Mar 24, 2023: Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I do weird things like buying a Krang cosplay t-shirt or getting all 3 The Librarians movies on Amazon Prime. …

Mar 23, 2023: 🖖🏻 Brent Spiner is my hero.

Mar 23, 2023: 📺💬🖖🏻 “I can’t say being equal parts irritating and endearing isn’t slightly familiar.” Picard 3x06, The Bounty. IT ME.

Mar 23, 2023: Yo Internet, why does the Voyager theme tug at my heartstrings so? I barely remember the show but it always gets me misty.

Mar 22, 2023: 🔖 Read Should I learn coding as a second language? by Meghan O’Gieblyn (Wired). the most celebrated historical revolutions (those initiated, …

Mar 21, 2023: 🔖 Read …

Mar 21, 2023: 🔖 Read Why No One Clicked on the Great Hypertext Story wired.com Read: www.wired.com Wired.com https://www.wired.com/2013/04/hypertext/

Mar 21, 2023: 🔖📚📝 Read A Beginner’s Guide to Writing IP in Publishing — ERIC SMITH ericsmithrocks.com Read: www.ericsmithrocks.com ericsmithrocks.com …

Mar 19, 2023: Want to read: A Life of One’s Own: Nine Women Writers Begin Again by Joanna Biggs 📚

Mar 19, 2023: Want to read: Saving Time by Jenny Odell 📚

Mar 19, 2023: Want to read: The Magician’s Daughter by H. G. Parry 📚

Mar 15, 2023: Ah yes, that weird need-to-cry, don’t-know-why feeling… (I suspect this is about the fact that the amount of stuff you have when …

Mar 15, 2023: Scenes I want to explore more: TTRPGs, literary (incl but not limited to sff). What pubs, websites, podcasts, people, other stuff should I check out?

Mar 14, 2023: 🗨️ My response to Kottke.org Is 25 Years Old Today and I’m Going to Write About It Happy anniversary, Jason! Is the font on that Notes entry Tahoma or …

Mar 12, 2023: 📺 Shrinking is doing a great job dressing a teen in 90s throwback clothes and if y’all see me walking around in overalls with one side undone …

Mar 11, 2023: hey hey you know how that moral philosopher profiled in the New Yorker would solve the trolley problem? whichever way would give her the most material …

Mar 11, 2023: Had abbrevia.me describe me based on my tweets. Alt text contains the text of the description, which was too many characters to include here. I know …

Mar 9, 2023: High Pain Day: Oh yeah, I'm disabled! I had forgotten. I had my first high-pain day since we came to Europe yesterday (or today, if you’re in the US when I’m writing this). I think I must have …

Mar 7, 2023: Finished reading: Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto 📚 This has been a great read while wandering …

Mar 7, 2023: 📚💬 “Life is absurd. It has no meaning. But it has beauty, and wonder, and we have to enjoy that.” Frieda Menco, Holocaust survivor, quoted …

Mar 5, 2023: Anne Frank kept a commonplace book.

Mar 5, 2023: “She didn’t die. She was killed. Because she was a Jewish girl.” Hannah Pick-Goslar, a friend of Anne Frank’s 💔

Mar 2, 2023: 🔖 Read Understanding Blogs by Tracy Durnell. An excellent exploration of what makes blogging its own medium.

Mar 2, 2023: I guess I missed World Book Day & International Cat Rescue Day in Europe but it’s still March 2 back home, so happy both of those! As I like …

Mar 2, 2023: Haven’t listened to Worlds Beyond Number yet but Erika Ishii in this TechCrunch interview is making me cry so that’s cool: “When …

Mar 1, 2023: I’ve got a couple recent co-authored articles: Description framework of makerspaces: Examining the relationship between spatial arrangement and …

Feb 28, 2023: 🎮 Playing Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe with my kid. Super fun. Couch co-op Kirby seems to be his gateway to playing instead of just …

Feb 28, 2023: Hi friends! It’s time for an Amsterdam Photo Dump! There are 8 photos here so if you’re viewing this on a timeline, be sure to click …

Feb 27, 2023: 🔖 Read Sci-Fi Publishers Are Bracing for an AI Battle by Elizabeth Minkel (Wired). I’m interested to see how this shakes out.

Feb 24, 2023: Finished reading: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 📚 Happy to have read it. Turns out vibes are enough when you’ve got …

Feb 24, 2023: I'm a piler-filer. Who are you? Austin Kleon blogs about pilers and filers, a dichotomy/spectrum he learned about reading Temple Grandin’s book, _Visual Thinking _, in which …

Feb 24, 2023: 🔖 Read The Battle for the Soul of Buy Nothing by Vauhina Vara (Wired). This is an excellent long read. There are a lot of good questions here. How can …

Feb 23, 2023: Currently reading: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 📚 Now that I’m reading for vibes & character instead of a …

Feb 22, 2023: My kid’s school is hiring a classroom teacher in his age range. So if you got the gig you might get to teach him, and I hear he’s pretty …

Feb 21, 2023: 🔖📝 Read IF YOU LOVE WRITING, YOU SHOULD RELISH REJECTION. This is a really helpful piece that reframes rejection as the water writers swim in.

Feb 20, 2023: 🔖🎓 Read All my classes suddenly became AI classes. I love the assignment here that asks students to work with ChatGPT as if it were a student and they …

Feb 19, 2023: How a post ends up on my blog Hi friends. I wanted to take a moment to share my blogging “process,” which I put in scare quotes because it’s not very refined. …

Feb 19, 2023: Yesterday I saw 3 people (I’d guess women) at Amsterdam Centraal 🚄 walking together wearing matching pairs of gorgeous plain black Docs and then …

Feb 16, 2023: Status: in a parasocial relationship with the crew of the Enterprise D.

Feb 16, 2023: I’m not saying I’m just saying, the introduction to GENDER AT SEA talks a lot about Moana and what the story can tell us about women in …

Feb 16, 2023: Who goes to the Dutch National Maritime Museum and buys an edited collection titled Gender at Sea as a souvenir? This academic. 📚🌊🎓

Feb 16, 2023: Hello, I require this shirt.

Feb 16, 2023: 🔖📝 Read Why PhDs Need to Study Creative Writing by Anthony Ocampo, at the recommendation of Dr. Ravynn K. Stringfield. This is one of the reasons I …

Feb 15, 2023: Today I’m grieving the closure of Catapult magazine and classes. 📝

Feb 13, 2023: The latest Dutch food: nasi saté ajam. This is an Indonesian dish. Because Indonesia was once a Dutch colony, there’s a lot of Indonesian …

Feb 13, 2023: 🔖📚📝 Read Mess Up Your Good, Premium, Luxury Notebooks. Yes! Great advice from Anna Havron.

Feb 13, 2023: 🔖 Read Antisemitic text was projected onto the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. 💔

Feb 11, 2023: Finished reading: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke 📚 This one took me a while to get into. Before giving up, I hunted down a review. The review indicated …

Feb 10, 2023: 🔖 📝 Joanna Penn discusses her use of AI to help her write a short story. This could be a valuable model for educators to use to teach students how to …

Feb 9, 2023: 🔖 Read The Summer-Camp Feeding Frenzy Has Already Begun.

Feb 9, 2023: 🔖 Read Theater never recovered from COVID — and now change is no longer a choice. …the people who live in the shadow of the refinery often …

Feb 8, 2023: Another Dutch meal. This is hutspot. It’s smoked sausage with gravy on a bed of potatoes, onions, and carrots. I liked it better than the one …

Feb 8, 2023: 🔖 Read THE JEDI ACADEMY WILL NO LONGER TEACH ANAKIN SKYWALKER’S MASSACRE OF THE YOUNGLINGS. A+ geek satire.

Feb 8, 2023: 📺 Watched Key & Peele - I Said…. This is a beautiful sketch that heightens literally as high as you can go. Strong one to have early in the …

Feb 8, 2023: 🍿 Watched Bert Williams - The Poker Game. Stunningly good object work.

Feb 8, 2023: 🍿Watched Mantan Moreland & Ben Carter - Indefinite Talk. This bit is so fun. Ought to be mentioned in the same breath as Who’s On First?

Feb 7, 2023: 🔖 Read The Sad Clown Joke That Became a Beloved Meme. My favorite take on Pagliacci is Rhett Miller’s theme song for the podcast The Hilarious …

Feb 7, 2023: 📚💬📓 “… being transparent about one’s positionality, and choosing a granularity of analysis appropriate to your actual knowledge and …

Feb 6, 2023: 🔖 A swirling soup of thoughts in my head about self-presentation after reading these posts: The personal brand paradox - Debbie Millman Build a …

Feb 6, 2023: You know what’s really great for a migraine is the monthly test of public warning sirens in the Netherlands. OH WAIT NO THAT DOES NOT HELP WITH …

Feb 5, 2023: 🔖 Read Is My Child Eating Enough Pirate’s Booty? Parenting comedy is a microgenre that always lands with me.

Feb 4, 2023: 🔖 Read “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather." Took me a little while to get into the format of this short story but in the end I loved it. Big The …

Feb 3, 2023: Today’s adventure: NEMO Science Museum. Very cool, but I’m spoiled by having an awesome science museum in my hometown. I think it would …

Feb 2, 2023: Finished reading: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 📚 I’m extremely late to this one. It’s excellent, of course. I love the way Angie Thomas …

Feb 2, 2023: 🔖 Read Interview with Kelly J. Baker: “I can’t push through when I’m stuck.” “My writing routine became write frantically whenever I had a …

Feb 1, 2023: Another Dutch meal: stamppot boerenkool. This is smoked sausage with sauce on a bed of potatoes mixed with kale. I really liked the sausage but it …

Feb 1, 2023: I made a menu of Dutch foods for us to try. They’re sort of home food staples, not anything too elaborate or traditional. This is the first …

Feb 1, 2023: I’m so excited to hang out with my friends for new stories.

Jan 31, 2023: 🔖 Read WE’VE LOST THE PLOT by Megan Garber (The Atlantic). “Our constant need for entertainment has blurred the line between fiction and …

Jan 30, 2023: Finished reading: Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo 📚 I love it so much. I left the hardcover at home but bought the ebook to read while I’m traveling, …

Jan 30, 2023: 🔖📺🎮 Read Television Is Better Without Video Games and Video Games Are Better Without Gameplay (Ian Bogost, The Atlantic). Maybe Ian Bogost should stop …

Jan 30, 2023: My kid made a Kirby and the Forgotten Land fanzine, I am dead from cute.

Jan 28, 2023: 📺🖖🏻 When I watch TNG or Picard, Data is Data, but anyone else Brent Spiner plays is Brent Spiner doing an awesome job. But Data is, viscerally for me, …

Jan 27, 2023: 📺 Watched Ares. Brilliant dark academia horror with all the hallmarks: secret society, dangerously powerful young people, gorgeous fashion, a lower …

Jan 27, 2023: Quiet Time in Aalsmeer Our second week in the Netherlands has been quiet so far. Exactly a week after we got here, I came down with a cough that has developed into a pretty …

Jan 26, 2023: Duolingo really emphasizes the importance of learning the Dutch word “krant,” which means newspaper. I was confused at first because it …

Jan 24, 2023: The video of the Pop Culture Dialogue I was part of on inherited fandoms is now on YouTube.

Jan 24, 2023: In just a bit I’ll be contributing to the live-streamed Pop Culture Dialogue on Inherited Fandoms, hosted by the Popular culture Studies …

Jan 23, 2023: I love your newsletter, whoever you are, but I’ve put it on web-only. Trying to get quiet in here 🧠. I’ll find you when I’m ready.

Jan 23, 2023: Well I guess the jet lag is over because instead of getting a brilliant solid stretch of sleep that didn’t start until 2 am, I was out by 11 but …

Jan 20, 2023: We took a walk through the village down to the Westeindeplassen (a lake) today. Here are some photos from that walk.

Jan 20, 2023: The other day W pointed out that the way we communicate in memes is basically the same as Tamarians in “Darmok” 🖖🏻. When I say, …

Jan 19, 2023: Our first 60 hours in Europe In case you missed it: my husband, W, received a Fulbright award to study European & transatlantic copyright harmonization, especially with …

Jan 19, 2023: 🔖 Read The online free speech debate is raging in fan fiction, too by Elizabeth Minkel.

Jan 19, 2023: 🔖 Read The Fannish Potlatch: Creation of Status Within the Fan Community by Rachael Sabotini (Fanfic Symposium) via Lori Morimoto’s Introduction …

Jan 19, 2023: Me in the Netherlands on Day 3: UGH I can’t believe I haven’t been to ALL THE MUSEUMS, what am I even doing

Jan 18, 2023: 🎮 Played the Dragon Quest Treasures demo. Cute with some fun mechanics and a cool world but not so compelling that I’d purchase without a steep …

Jan 18, 2023: 🔖📺👱‍♀️ Read Sarah Michelle Gellar Returns to Fighting Form: “I’ve Earned the Right to Stand Where I Am”. “Was it an ideal working situation? …

Jan 18, 2023: Woont u in Nederland? Ik ben in Aalsmeer. Wil u afspreken? Ik spreek een beetje Nederlands, maar ik spreek veel Engels.

Jan 18, 2023: Me: wants to message all my friends and family My friends and family: are sleeping, I hope, as it’s 3:30 AM where most of them are

Jan 17, 2023: Well, a cat walked us home from the bus stop so I guess we and everyone we know are moving to Amsterdam.

Jan 14, 2023: 📺 Finished watching Wednesday. Glad I stuck with it. I appreciate Wednesday refusing to be in the same teen drama show as everyone else. I was …

Jan 13, 2023: 📺💬 Tyler: Come on, don’t you like a day that’s all about you? Wednesday: Every day is all about me. This one just comes with cake and a …

Jan 13, 2023: 📺💬 “It’s not my fault I can’t interpret your emotional morse code.” 🖤 Wednesday 🖤

Jan 12, 2023: 🔖 Back on my dark academia bullshit thanks to WEDNESDAY (the show is DA, the character is goth) and so I read this interview with Donna Tartt.

Jan 12, 2023: Real struggle to focus today which is probably a combo of getting to bed late because I wanted to keep tabs on how my mom was doing in the ER (poorly …

Jan 10, 2023: Pro-tip: asking questions about why you’re doing the research in the way you’re doing it and what you originally said you were going to do …

Jan 10, 2023: 📺 Watching WEDNESDAY and every time Christina Ricci says, “Wednesday,” I’m all, “Are you talking to yourself?” in spite …

Jan 10, 2023: How I Begin In Austin Kleon’s paid newsletter post today, he asked his readers, to share how we begin. I opened by saying, “I don’t know how I begin.” Then I …

Jan 10, 2023: Tarot: My Year Ahead I’m taking Lindsay Mack’s tarot class called The Threshold. Here’s my reading for the year ahead. Four major arcana - huge! This …

Jan 9, 2023: Make a note: 2023 is the year of unsubscribing.

Jan 9, 2023: Hey librarians! Where do you get information to help you do your job?

Jan 9, 2023: 📚💬 “Be open to the possibility that you are bigger, more magical, more powerful than you dare imagine, that you are here to do something that is …

Jan 8, 2023: 🔖 Read How Wednesday Addams Birthed a Generation of Cynics by Emily Alford (Longreads). This is my favorite Wednesday think piece so far. Ricci’s …

Jan 6, 2023: It seems extra cruel that while my mom can’t actually carry herself around on her legs, she can feel lots of pain in them.

Jan 6, 2023: 🔖 Read All in Good Fun: How Fanfiction Reignited My Passion for Writing by Briana Lawrence, linked in this week’s The Rec Center The first time …

Jan 6, 2023: Hello. LIS scholars, scholars of #LIS for those of you on hashtaggy places: are you familiar with LIS research that points to PEOPLE as the …

Jan 6, 2023: Hey Internet. What’s fun with a kid in Amsterdam? Besides De Poezenboot, obviously. 🐈‍⬛

Jan 3, 2023: Me: gets Steam Deck for Christmas Me: proceeds to add tons of 90s PC adventure games to my Steam wishlist

Jan 3, 2023: 🎮 Started playing The Secret of Monkey Island on the Steam Deck. Correcting a gap in my point & click bona fides. So far Yakko & Wakko Warner …

Jan 3, 2023: Loved my first day hike, hiked in spite of the sense of impending bursitis. Two days later, bursitis is still here plus some other joint pain and …

Jan 2, 2023: Q: Was there ever a series of books you were skeptical about, but ended up liking very much? A: I can’t think of any right now but this is a …

Jan 2, 2023: Q: who was your crush in middle school lmao A: Had a different one each year. Not naming names but one of them performed surgery on my mom a few years …

Jan 2, 2023: Q: the longest time you’ve ever gone without showering? A: Don’t know but far too long, more than a week. I’m generally bad about it …

Jan 2, 2023: Dense fog advisory today until 10 AM. Big woodland goth vibes.

Jan 2, 2023: Finished reading: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie 📚 Poirot’s first case. A bit of homage to Doyle at the start, then on to …

Jan 1, 2023: Begin As You Mean to Go On, courtesy of Leigh Bardugo: Read for pleasure: Read The Mysterious Affair at Styles on my Kobo. Make things (courtesy of …

Jan 1, 2023: Q: What’s one thing that typical town libraries should change to increase community participation? A: Find ways to reach people who aren’t …

Jan 1, 2023: Q: What are your plans this weekend? A: Nothing big - maybe going to the Farmer’s Market & then prepping bc on 1/16 I leave for Amsterdam - …

Jan 1, 2023: Anon message: You’re still one of the first people I think of fondly when I’m reminiscing. 🪵🫀 Reply: Aww thank you! That’s super …

Jan 1, 2023: Next anon q: Do you remember your Bronzer days with joy? Or with time (and events) does it feel like just an old phase you went through? Answer: So …

Jan 1, 2023: Next anonymous question: Favourite fandom/ship for fanfic? My answer: Oh my goodness this is way harder than the career question. My AO3 bookmarks say …

Jan 1, 2023: Next anonymous message: You are the best! My reply: Thanks! Backatcha!

Jan 1, 2023: Fourth anonymous question: Favorite place you’ve ever visited? My answer: The Library of Congress

Jan 1, 2023: Third anonymous question: If you could choose any career would it be what you’re doing right now or something else? My answer: This is such a …

Jan 1, 2023: Second anonymous question: Who’s the last person you texted? My answer: My sister

Jan 1, 2023: First anonymous question: Hottest sport? My answer: I don’t really sport and I’m super heat sensitive so… All of them that …

Jan 1, 2023: Saw @heroicendeavour@glammr.us answering anonymous questions and thought it might be fun to do this myself. I reserve the right to refuse to answer …

Dec 31, 2022: Did the PBS Kids NYE countdown so… Here’s to some good stuff happening in 2023.

Dec 31, 2022: A Dispatch from the Threshold of 2023 🚪🎇 I don’t know if I’ll get to do all the year-end/new year transition things I’d hoped to do today: tarot stuff, bullet journal …

Dec 31, 2022: On this day last year, I wrote: “…my word of the year for 2022 is MEND. My goal is to keep going.” Last night I quote tweeted …

Dec 31, 2022: PS If you’re wondering why I’m still awake at 4 it’s because my mom keeps having miserable side effects from the TKIs for her …

Dec 31, 2022: My Child Woke Me Up at 1:30 and I’m Still Awake at 4: The Kimberly Hirsh Story

Dec 30, 2022: My Reading Year 2022, Part Deux I’m calling it for the year. I’m not going to try to squeeze one more in before the end of the day tomorrow. When I wrote my year in …

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: Hooky by Míriam Bonastre Tur 📚 Posting this so it automatically gets added to my year-end reading post.

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: Career Change: Stop hating your job, discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it! by Joanna Penn 📚 …

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career by Katie Rose Guest Pryal 📚 Posting this so it automatically gets …

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: Star Trek: Discovery - Aftermath by Kirsten Beyer 📚 Posting this so it automatically gets added to my year-end reading post.

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love by Keith S. Wilson 📚 Posting this so it automatically gets added to my year-end reading post.

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: Rose (New Poets of America) by Li-Young Lee 📚 Posting this so it automatically gets added to my year-end reading post.

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: Hilda and the Troll: Hilda Book 1 (Hildafolk) by Luke Pearson 📚 Posting this so it automatically gets added to my year-end reading …

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: Hilda and the Midnight Giant: Hilda Book 2 (Hildafolk) by Luke Pearson 📚 Posting this so it automatically gets added to my year-end …

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: Hilda and the Black Hound: Hilda Book 4 (Hildafolk) by Luke Pearson 📚 Posting this so it automatically gets added to my year-end …

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: Hilda and the Stone Forest: Hilda Book 5 (Hildafolk) by Luke Pearson 📚 Posting this so it automatically gets added to my year-end …

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: Hilda and the Mountain King by Luke Pearson 📚 Posting this so it automatically gets added to my year-end reading post.

Dec 30, 2022: Finished reading: Death on the Nile [Movie Tie-In 2022] by Agatha Christie 📚 Another fun one. Poirot has more heart here.

Dec 30, 2022: Currently reading: Death on the Nile [Movie Tie-In 2022] by Agatha Christie 📚 Another pre-movie watch read.

Dec 29, 2022: Cat help me, I’ve fallen into the rabbit hole that is Benoit Blanc/Phillip fluff and I’m very happy here.

Dec 28, 2022: Part of me wants to take all my favorite character tropes and rewrite them as mom. Mom detective. Mom swashbuckler. Mom grand dame. Just a bunch of …

Dec 28, 2022: Finished reading: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 📚 Wow, that went fast. Super fun.

Dec 27, 2022: Currently reading: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 📚 Reading in advance of watching the Branagh film.

Dec 27, 2022: Finished reading: Season of Love by Helena Greer 📚 I love it so much. Sweet, hot but closed doors, I really do wish Carrigan’s was a real place, …

Dec 24, 2022: 🔖📚 Read …and a partridge in a pear tree (19913 words) by strangehunger. This is a beautiful and perfect Gideon the Ninth mall employee AU. …

Dec 23, 2022: Currently reading: Season of Love by Helena Greer 📚 I’ve read 141 pages in this book since I picked it up yesterday afternoon.

Dec 23, 2022: 🍿 Watched Glass Onion. Had fun. Still adore Benoit Blanc.

Dec 23, 2022: 📚 I’m sure there are a lot of things I’ll want to tell you about Season of Love but the first is that there’s a Veronica Mars …

Dec 22, 2022: I feel like my new glasses give me a nebbishy vibe and I kind of love it. Who’s ready to cast me as Seymour?

Dec 22, 2022: Finally picked this beauty up from the library. I had it from NetGalley but didn’t get it read before it expired. (Don’t fret over the …

Dec 22, 2022: I drew the Ace of Swords as my anchor card for winter. I made it my phone background to help me remember that this season, I can use my sharp mind to …

Dec 22, 2022: 🔖📝 Read Finding the Secret Door Into Your Novel. When a novel is wick, it has a life about it. (Have we talked about how I married Dickon, Internet? …

Dec 21, 2022: Said I was gonna disconnect cross-posting from Twitter, forgot to actually do it, gonna leave it on for now since they’ve walked back the …

Dec 21, 2022: Finished reading: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko 📚 Finished this in 2 or 3 days. I was drawn to it because of the cover & buzz. I stayed in it because …

Dec 21, 2022: Happy solstice!

Dec 21, 2022: Kelly J. Baker’s latest newsletter is about a year of not writing & what that means when being a writer is a key piece of your identity. It …

Dec 20, 2022: New glasses! Who knew I had a face under those cateyes?

Dec 19, 2022: Currently reading: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko 📚

Dec 18, 2022: Disconnecting cross-posting to Twitter after this post. Find my follow page at kimberlyhirsh.com if you want to keep up with me.

Dec 18, 2022: Finished reading: Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo 📚 I loved it so much. I know Leigh Bardugo is done with the Grishaverse for a while but I hope not …

Dec 18, 2022: 💬📚 “None of this had been fated; none of it foretold… They were just the people who had shown up and managed to survive. But maybe that …

Dec 18, 2022: Woodland Goth: The Goblins of Labyrinth by Brian Froud 📚 Yep, I created a whole Woodland Goth bookshelf. Goblins of Labyrinth is a collectible. I …

Dec 17, 2022: Moderating my own smartphone use (but still not belonging in the Luddite club) I thought, given my heavy criticism of the potential perspective that we should all join the Luddite club, it might be useful to discuss my own …

Dec 16, 2022: Maybe we don't all need to join the Luddite club. I have some thoughts about the Luddite club. First, I don’t have a problem with people switching to flip phones. I do have a problem with the …

Dec 16, 2022: Me, misquoting Lord of the Rings: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them …

Dec 16, 2022: I use a smartphone AND I read novels.

Dec 16, 2022: Revised 5 TV shows to introduce me, now in chronological order of release! 📺 Star Trek: The Next Generation 🖖🏻 Animaniacs🐁 Buffy the Vampire Slayer …

Dec 15, 2022: Replacing Firefly in my 5 shows to introduce me and subbing in CXG.

Dec 15, 2022: 'Wednesday' is full of "Whoa." 📺 I just finished the first episode of Wednesday. I have so many thoughts and feelings. First, I’ve seen criticism that the Addams Family works …

Dec 15, 2022: Introduce yourself with 5 TV shows 📺: Buffy the Vampire Slayer 👱‍♀️ Firefly 🌌 Star Trek: The Next Generation 🖖 GLOW 🤼‍♀️ The X-Files 🛸

Dec 15, 2022: 🔖📺 Read Wednesday Forgets Why We Fell in Love With the Addams Family. “The Addams Family films were about family being a haven of pure …

Dec 15, 2022: Apparently tonight is a waking-after-every-sleep-cycle night. Not my favorite.

Dec 14, 2022: I want my hair to look like Emily Axford’s hair.

Dec 14, 2022: 🍿 Watched Santa Games (Hulu). Super cute. A sweet story about family & the power of second chances mixed with a funny take on social media, …

Dec 14, 2022: 🔖 Read A year of new avenues robinsloan.com Robin Sloan https://www.robinsloan.com/lab/new-avenues/ I want to insist on an amateur internet; a garage …

Dec 14, 2022: On being an escribitionist In November, when I realized there was no way I was going to be able to get 50,000 words of writing done, I decided to try writing 750 words a day …

Dec 14, 2022: 🔖 Read What Is a Strike? Reflections from the Virtual Front Lines of the UC Academic Worker Strike by Mary Jirmanas Saba (LA Progressive).

Dec 13, 2022: Currently reading: Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo 📚 Kind of resent that I have to do anything besides read this book, even though I love a lot of the …

Dec 13, 2022: 🔖 Read Attention, trust and GPT3 “If your work isn’t more useful or insightful or urgent than GPT can create in 12 seconds, don’t interrupt …

Dec 12, 2022: 📚💬 “I am most interested in confessional writing when it allows us to move into the personal as a way to go beyond it. In all my work I invoke …

Dec 12, 2022: 📚💬 “I had been so well socialized by graduate school that I was torn between which writing path to pursue, agonizing over whether I could write …

Dec 12, 2022: 🔖💀 Read If You Want to Give Something Back to Nature, Give Your Body by Caitlin Doughty (New York Times Gift Link). I hope we get human composting in …

Dec 12, 2022: Lately I often find myself feeling alert but unable to focus. This is a new vibe for me. If you’re a person who experiences this feeling …

Dec 11, 2022: Finished reading: 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl 📚 Read this because it’s on Austin Kleon’s list of books about …

Dec 11, 2022: “Perhaps having children makes one increasingly distrust the symbolic world. Because suddenly nothing is as important as the very real …

Dec 11, 2022: This week’s Craft Talk from Jami Attenberg is another great one: “Don’t ever talk yourself out of writing something because you don’t …

Dec 11, 2022: Y’all ever think about how the worst moments in your life personally align with some of the most personally important cultural moments? …

Dec 10, 2022: 🔖 Read Creativity as Spiritual Practice by Rabbi Adina Allen (My Jewish Learning). “Each of us is endowed with creative capacity simply by …

Dec 10, 2022: 📝🎭🎨🧶🧵🎵💃🏿 This is a reminder that I write Genetrix, a very occasional newsletter curating stories of creative mothers. If those are the kind of stories …

Dec 10, 2022: 🔖📺📝 Read TV Recaps Taught Me How to Write Criticism by Joelle Kidd. I love Kidd’s discussion of the role of pleasure in criticism.

Dec 10, 2022: 🔖📺 Read Wednesday Addams Is the Ultimate Outcast by Miyako Pleines (Catapult). 🖤

Dec 8, 2022: 🔖 Read Haunted by the Ghost of 2019, Helena Fitzgerald “A return to 2019 is an attempt to erase all of the losses that happened between then …

Dec 8, 2022: Want to read: Screaming on the Inside by Jessica Grose 📚

Dec 8, 2022: My personal Pokémon avatar was behind today’s advent calendar door.

Dec 8, 2022: 🔖 Read How’d That Thing Go? by Kate McKean. “I don’t want a schedule, I want a sandbox. I want a list of things that need to be done and …

Dec 8, 2022: How to feel like myself My kid’s best friend’s mom got a new job and isn’t starting it until January, but has already left her old job. She has all of …

Dec 7, 2022: Just listened to a super stressful strike townhall and I’m tempted to watch tonight’s Neverafter but I think TNG is the smarter move right …

Dec 7, 2022: 🍿 Watched Falling for Christmas. I’ve been an unironic Lindsay Lohan fan since I saw Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, so I was delighted to …

Dec 6, 2022: Q asks Baby Q Amanda Rogers if she’s ever caused the spontaneous combustion of someone she doesn’t like, then gives Picard a look as if to …

Dec 5, 2022: Trying to figure out if I can make a crow cane head work on my adjustable cane so I can walk the streets of Amsterdam pretending it’s Ketterdam …

Dec 5, 2022: 🎮 Apparently my Dragon Age: Origins character isn’t in leather armor that looks like underwear. She’s in her actual underwear because I …

Dec 5, 2022: 🎮 I’m more than 10 yrs behind & have already played Inquisition but some quick thoughts after 1 hr of DA: Origins: I appreciate that the …

Dec 5, 2022: Getting blood work done, it’s been 20 minutes since my appointment time and I still haven’t been seen, fasting and haven’t eaten in …

Dec 5, 2022: My whole family and I are moving to Tom Bombadil’s house. He and Goldberry are such gracious hosts and we will be relaxed there. (Please note: …

Dec 3, 2022: Y’all don’t even know how transformed this fireplace is from just a couple months ago. W painted it white & my brother-in-law MM and I …

Dec 3, 2022: The head teacher at my kid’s school for next year sent an email saying that the only school supplies he will need are a backpack and a lunchbox …

Dec 3, 2022: 🔖🎮 Read Playing ‘Tunic’ Reminds Me How to Approach Sickness and Recovery by Martin Cahill (Catapult).

Dec 2, 2022: I have done all the things in Stardew Valley 1.4 and it took me ~245 hrs. That’s ~245 hrs when I was playing Stardew Valley and not …

Dec 2, 2022: My Reading Year, 2022 📚 Everybody is doing their year-end stuff, so I thought I’d do mine. I read 46 books this year including comics/graphic novels and poetry. About …

Dec 1, 2022: True facts about my time on the early web: In many chats (like, html + server side scripting with auto-refresh), my handle was Elora Danan and my …

Nov 30, 2022: Wonderful things 🥳: My kid fell asleep before 9:30 for the first time this week. 😴 I ❤️ Tom Bombadil, Goldberry, & Andy Serkis singing as both of …

Nov 30, 2022: Some notes on my Spotify Wrapped: Joe Hisaishi is the composer for My Neighbor Totoro, which is what I wake M up with on the rare morning he’s …

Nov 30, 2022: Friends! Are you on Mastodon? Are you seeing this on Mastodon? I’m about to stop using indieweb.social to syndicate my posts to Mastodon but you …

Nov 30, 2022: My son sings “Step by Step” at school sometimes. I always thought it sounded like a union song and, indeed, the lyrics come from a …

Nov 30, 2022: Hey Micro.blog friendos, I activated ActivityPub & can follow Mastodon peeps via M.b but how do I tell people to find me at …

Nov 29, 2022: I’m like a toddler over here with big feelings, might cry from relief because my parents got my brother’s special needs trust and ABLE …

Nov 29, 2022: 🔖 Read ‘Y’all,’ that most Southern of Southernisms, is going mainstream – and it’s about time by David B. Parker (The Conversation), h/t …

Nov 29, 2022: Today has not been my favorite day, for reasons I may choose to detail more extensively in the future. For now, I’ll just say that the day began …

Nov 29, 2022: 🎮 If you told me in 2015 that I would be really psyched about getting farming sims by 2022, I would have laughed at you. Yet here we are.

Nov 28, 2022: 🔖 Read 1 in 4 hiring managers say they are less likely to move forward with Jewish applicants (ResumeBuilder), h/t @benwerd. The convenience sampling …

Nov 28, 2022: 🖖🏻 I’ve been falling asleep to the TNG episode “Relics,” and every time Captain Picard says “Ensign Rager” it sounds …

Nov 28, 2022: 🔖 Read Taking on the Feminine Labor of Creating Holiday Magic by Sarah Hunter Simanson (Catapult). This year will be the first Christmas that my mom …

Nov 28, 2022: 🔖 Read PSA: Do Not Use Services That Hate The Internet by Jamie Zawinski. (h/t @manton) At the moment, if I can’t do it in a browser, I’m …

Nov 28, 2022: Finished reading: The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo 📚 I love that Leigh Bardugo wrote this and The Language of Thorns to give us the immersion of …

Nov 28, 2022: 💬📚 “I don’t remember my own story… I remember only how I fell into books, never to rise from their pages, how I was never truly …

Nov 26, 2022: Thanksgiving 1: Plain black leggings, gray sweater. Thanksgiving 2: Floral dress. Thanksgiving 3: PlayStation T-shirt, Star Wars leggings

Nov 26, 2022: Today: Thanksgiving #3, Booster #2. Tomorrow: Rest, D&D.

Nov 24, 2022: Locking myself in the bathroom at my parents' house to get a break from overstimulation, happy Thanksgiving 1996 everybody.

Nov 24, 2022: 🔖🌲 Read On Mother Trees: What Old-Growth Trees Taught Me About Parenting by Kaitlyn Teer (Catapult). A gorgeous essay in conversation with The Giving …

Nov 24, 2022: 🔖🍿 Read The Mom in ‘Home Alone’ Is a Messy and Magnificent Model of Motherhood. It’s easy to forget how hard Kate McAllister works to make sure …

Nov 24, 2022: 🔖📝♿ Read As a Disabled Writer, I Am a Rich Innovator by [Sarah Fawn Montgomery](www.sarahfawnmontgomery.com/l (Catapult). This is my new favorite …

Nov 22, 2022: Currently attending Dr. Anuja Cabraal’s session on emoji coding. The analysis process and how we choose to analyze influences the results. …

Nov 22, 2022: The lyrics from Disney's Disenchanted that make me sob. 🎵 Spoilers for lyrics from Disenchanted follow. Without context they only mean a little but if you’re avoiding spoilers, just move along… . …

Nov 22, 2022: Today is a day of widespread pain and miserable stomach cramps. Thanks a lot, chronic illness exacerbated by shifting hormones…

Nov 22, 2022: 🔖 Read What is Jewish Spirituality? Mystics have their experiences, but what matters is what they learn from them…

Nov 22, 2022: 🔖 Read The Eight Genders in the Talmud. Super interesting discussion of how halakhah handles things that don’t fit a binary.

Nov 22, 2022: 🍿 I’m about 30 minutes into Disney’s Disenchanted and while it definitely doesn’t have the magic of Enchanted, Amy Adams is still a …

Nov 21, 2022: 🍿 Watched Eve’s Christmas. This & Back to Christmas have similar premises. If I woke up to discover I’d had a successful second chance …

Nov 21, 2022: Me: Ugh. Why am I so irritable? looks at Euki app calendar Me: Oh.

Nov 21, 2022: Because I’m Extremely Online, I joined Hive with the username kimberlyhirsh. Because I’m an IndieWeb person and they have no API at …

Nov 20, 2022: Finished reading: Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir 📚 I loved it so much. And I’m still pretty confused but that’s okay. 💀

Nov 20, 2022: Okay, I have enough people still hanging out on Twitter to stick around, reactivated syndication. Via @toddgrotenhuis on micro.blog - Introduce …

Nov 20, 2022: Turning off Twitter syndication from my blog. Still syndicating to Tumblr (@kimberlyhirsh) & Mastodon (@kimberlyhirsh@indieweb.social).

Nov 19, 2022: I have spent the past 3 hours online shopping for Christmas presents. I have bought ONE gift. But I’ve rejected hundreds, so… Yay?

Nov 19, 2022: It really makes me happy to introduce to you Maddie Priebe’s Rainbow Connection Tarot (major arcana only), the most perfect fan artist’s …

Nov 18, 2022: You are a creature of flesh. You have all the same bodily needs any wild mammal does.

Nov 18, 2022: My first tweet, from December 2, 2008, is super on-brand for me: “QUESTION: What term(s) do academia use to refer to video games?” …

Nov 18, 2022: Today’s @750words playlist: Music for Writing in a Haunted Mansion curated by Sarah Chavez. 🎵

Nov 18, 2022: The Muppets is (are? I’m sticking with is) my oldest fandom and I cycle away from them but I always come back so hi, time for me to reinvigorate …

Nov 18, 2022: I have a newsletter! It emails you all my posts for the week on Fridays!

Nov 18, 2022: Big last day of the WB Bronze nostalgia with all the farewell tweets tonight.

Nov 18, 2022: Guess I better start cross-posting to Instagram more!

Nov 17, 2022: A helicopter was just flying low and loud too close to my house and I’m very glad it seems to be gone now.

Nov 17, 2022: I just backed A Book About the Magic of Foraging Pigments & Making Art on Kickstarter.

Nov 17, 2022: 💬📚 “We give the people we mother our bodies, and what they will recall is our presence and heat, our animal closeness.” Angela Garbes, …

Nov 17, 2022: 💬📚 “I don’t believe care work has to wreck us. This labor can be shared, social, collective—and transformative.” Angela Garbes, …

Nov 17, 2022: 💬📚 “Those who mother are the sanitation workers of bodies— handling the refuse, the filth and putrescence, living in the stink.” Angela …

Nov 17, 2022: Want to read: Waterlog: A Swimmers Journey Through Britain by Roger Deakin 📚 Thanks for the rec, @agilelisa!

Nov 16, 2022: So worn out and it’s almost time to start the second shift of my day job (parenting).

Nov 16, 2022: Decided to do morning pages over at 750words. It’s not longhand, but it also doesn’t give me hand cramps, so. 🤷‍♀️

Nov 16, 2022: A letter to my past self circa 1997 Dear Kimberly, I’m just going to jump right in. Remember E’s cute boyfriend and how you noticed she seems to not be dating him anymore and …

Nov 15, 2022: 🔖📚 Read As a Queer Author, I Thought I Had to Come Out Before My Books Did. Excellent piece about the dangers of outing anyone before they’re …

Nov 15, 2022: What feels like your people? I have a lot of friends, but the circle of friends I think of as my people is much smaller. If I make a list, it’s probably maybe 10 or so …

Nov 15, 2022: 🔖 How to Write a Novel (Or Anything, Really) with ADHD Lots of helpful ideas for people who, like myself, struggle to finish writing long things.

Nov 15, 2022: 🔖 Read Instagram Makes Parents Feel More Clueless Than We Really Are by Elisabeth Sherman (Catapult). Great piece. Every time I think I’m …

Nov 15, 2022: Thanks to Ransom on Lower Decks, I now notice every time Riker has his foot up on furniture on TNG. 🖖🏻

Nov 14, 2022: 📺💬 On MythicQuest… Ian: Poppy, lines are so Web1. You don’t wanna be in Web1, do you? Me: I do! I love Web1!

Nov 13, 2022: It’s Sunday morning and I am back to being overwhelmed by meal planning, how’s your day? I should say that M & I made banana bread and …

Nov 12, 2022: Maybe not 50K words of literally anything... It turns out giving yourself credit for everything you write is actually really challenging because you have to pull it all together somewhere, and …

Nov 12, 2022: 📚💬 “Proximity to power, however real that feels, is a simpler choice than solidarity. True allyship lives in relationships, true solidarity …

Nov 12, 2022: 💬📚 “The perspective mothers bring to their jobs—whether it’s law making, coalition building, project management—is that family and care …

Nov 12, 2022: 💬📚 “We are entrusting that which we say is most precious—our children, our future— to other people, yet we are not willing to pay them a living …

Nov 12, 2022: 💬📚 “Childcare professionals, many of them mothers, are three times as likely to live in poverty as workers in other professions.” Angela …

Nov 11, 2022: The number of people grieving the loss of Kevin Conroy in my various timelines has confirmed that I’m following the right people.

Nov 10, 2022: Hello I require a meme where Lore is impersonating Data on Twitter, they’re both verified, will pay in high praise kthx 🖖🏻

Nov 9, 2022: Over at Mastodon, I have a lot of new infosec/cybersecurity followers. I assume y’all followed me because Kevin Beaumont follows me. Kev & I …

Nov 9, 2022: Moved Mastodon instances from mastodon.social to indieweb.social because the prior kept timing out. People who were following me shouldn’t need …

Nov 9, 2022: 💬📚 “Weekends aren’t time off for parents; they are two long days of caregiving.” Angela Garbes, Essential Labor: Mothering as Social …

Nov 9, 2022: 💬📚 “Early on in quarantine, I found myself thinking, ‘What is the most valuable thing I could be doing with my time?’ The answer …

Nov 8, 2022: Just moved a publication on my CV from “In Progress” to “In Press.” An RA gathered data in 2018-19. A professor & myself …

Nov 8, 2022: 🔖📝 Read How to Finish. Should I force myself to Make New Work or should I let the blank pages stay blank and sharpen pages I’ve already made? Should …

Nov 8, 2022: 🔖📝 Read This Machine Will Make You Write More: A Product Recommendation with a Twist. I covet the Alphasmart/Freewrite, but I don’t think …

Nov 8, 2022: 🔖📝 Read “You Make the Space, You Fight for the Space” “…every draft after the first draft for me is a kind of process of …

Nov 8, 2022: NaNoWriMo pivot: Back to 50,000 words of literally anything at all Hello friends! It’s been slow-going working on my TNG fanfic. Early in October, I toyed with the idea of being a NaNo Rebel with the goal of …

Nov 7, 2022: Logging out of socials until at least Wednesday. See kimberlyhirsh.com/hello if you want to get in touch.

Nov 7, 2022: 🔖📚 Read The Art of Reading While Feeding (with a Newborn). I love articles about how other people enjoy things that aren’t necessarily …

Nov 7, 2022: 📚🍳Marinated Beans with Crunchy Veggies from I Dream of Dinner (So You Don't Have To) Cooking is really hard with chronic illness, because both pain and fatigue reduce your options for homemade food that won’t eat up all your …

Nov 7, 2022: 🔖📝 Read Writing Advice Isn’t Made for Bodies In Pain. Too many things I want to quote here, so if the headline appeals you should just go read the …

Nov 7, 2022: “if you’re looking for a sign from the universe that it’s okay to stop trying to force your work, that it’s not just okay but good to tend to …

Nov 7, 2022: Over and over again I search for this comic by Sylvie Reuter that is the best depiction I’ve ever seen of how I, personally, experience …

Nov 7, 2022: 🔖📺 Read ‘Bad Sisters’ Captures the Intensity of Having and Being a Sister Ooh. When I’m ready for intense TV I might try this. …

Nov 7, 2022: 🔖 Read Emma Thompson’s Third Act. I’ve always loved Emma Thompson, envisioned her as a kindred spirit, a screen aunt like Carrie Fisher is a …

Nov 6, 2022: 🍿 Watched Back to Christmas. Jennifer Elise Cox steals the show. I was hoping Michael Muhney (Sheriff Lamb on Veronica Mars) would get to play someone …

Nov 6, 2022: 🍿 Watched Snowbound for Christmas (on Amazon Prime). Based on the book Snowbound with the CEO. A lot of changes from the book. Cute enough, though.

Nov 6, 2022: Seeing Scott Thompson as the French (Canadian?) hotel front of house manager in Snowbound for Christmas is a fun surprise. 🍿

Nov 6, 2022: Finished reading: Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey 📚 Sweet, short. Stacey wastes no time in making things steamy, but leaves plenty to the …

Nov 5, 2022: 📚 Went to the library to pick up my hold on I Dream of Dinner (so You Don’t Have To): Low-Effort, High-Reward Recipes and Nona the Ninth was …

Nov 4, 2022: 🔖 Read #AcademicTwitter Will Endure—for Now. If you’re at an institution that provides hosted blogging, you could microblog there, pipe the feed …

Nov 3, 2022: As I eagerly await Linda Holmes’s inevitable holiday TV movie round up, I have used her previous ones to curate a list of 33 new-to-me movies …

Nov 2, 2022: Big Luisa Energy today and I don’t like it. Give it to your sister, it doesn’t hurt, and See if she can handle every family burden Watch …

Nov 2, 2022: I will remember 2022 as the year I wanted to do everything, actually did some things, and felt like I did nothing.

Nov 1, 2022: Now that I’m trained in human subjects research I find myself siding with the Board of Governors in Jekyll & Hyde. 🎭🎵

Nov 1, 2022: Still in the prep stages for this month’s writing projects. I created a reversible notebook to hold workbooks for both.

Nov 1, 2022: The world is full of writing challenges in November, and it’s rough because I want to do them all. Might try my usual method of attempting …

Oct 31, 2022: Happy Halloween from Hilda and Twig!

Oct 31, 2022: The Gothic novel to Broadway musical pipeline 🖤

Oct 31, 2022: Want to get your own website going but need some info on how? Check out getblogging.org.

Oct 31, 2022: One last fic prompt from when M was 3: Spider-Man and Michelangelo team up to defeat Dormammu.

Oct 31, 2022: Another fic prompt from when M was 3: In “The Green Ribbon,” Jenny tells Alfred that she just likes the green ribbon and that’s why she wears it all …

Oct 31, 2022: Fic prompt from when M was 3: in The Velveteen Rabbit but at the end, not only does the Velveteen rabbit become real, but also the boy and his parents …

Oct 31, 2022: I’m not going to spend a lot of time scrolling Mastodon, but I’m set up to cross-post from my blog there (just like I do with Twitter) so …

Oct 29, 2022: If you’re in/near Glasgow and the mother of a child who’s under a year old, check out the New Mothers Writing Circle.

Oct 28, 2022: 🔖 Read Stuart Hall and the Rise of Cultural Studies | The New Yorker.

Oct 28, 2022: Cooking when your energy bar is low: make some instant oatmeal using the microwave or a kettle. Dump some trail mix on top. Stir. Eat.

Oct 28, 2022: 🔖 Read Editorial policies, “public domain,” and acafandom. the importance of fans as both human subjects and creators… can be a …

Oct 28, 2022: 🔖Read Attention Economy, Layered Publics, and Research Ethics Kristina Busse / University of South Alabama – Flow The dilemma that online researchers …

Oct 27, 2022: 🔖 Read SCMS 2011 Workshop: Acafandom and the Future of Fan Studies – transform We need to ask ourselves how identifying as an aca-fan impacts the …

Oct 27, 2022: 🔖 Read Post-SCMS musings on the value of the word acafan – transform I would argue that aca/fan is most vitally understood as a contextual position …

Oct 27, 2022: 🔖 Read Against Aca-Fandom | Ian Bogost. Specialty humanities conferences are just fan conventions with more strangely-dressed attendees.

Oct 27, 2022: 🔖 Read When is a Publication Not a Publication? | Just TV. The thing that “counts” as a line on a CV is slow-moving and comparatively hard to access, …

Oct 27, 2022: 🔖 Read On Disliking Mad Men | Just TV. It’s worth considering the role of fandom within media scholarship, not as a separate object of …

Oct 27, 2022: Me, watching the Lower Decks finale after finally finishing watching “Time’s Arrow, Part 2”: Is Buenamigo’s cigar hand-rolled …

Oct 27, 2022: 📚 Finished reading An Introduction to Media Fan Studies by Lori Morimoto. A super accessible introduction with helpful paraphrases of jargon-filled …

Oct 26, 2022: 💬📚 “‘Pure,’ ideologically unadulterated consumption/fandom may be a possibility, but it’s not what most media fans experience …

Oct 26, 2022: What’s that? Oh, just a quick pamphlet bind of Lori Morimoto’s An Introduction to Media Fan Studies 📚

Oct 26, 2022: Hey, Internet. I want to get Table of Contents alerts for the Journal of Fandom Studies. My institution doesn’t subscribe, so I can’t set …

Oct 25, 2022: 💬📚 “The acafan… is one who is able to occupy the spaces of both fandom and academia and speak authoritatively on both.” A Fan …

Oct 25, 2022: I change NaNoWriMo plans a lot. Most recently, I’m planning to write YES, ANDROID, a Star Trek: The Next Generation fanfic where Data recruits …

Oct 24, 2022: Hello world. I’m weary. For reasons. Sometimes life is a lot. I’m really glad there are great bits when there are because it would be so …

Oct 23, 2022: I love Baby Galadriel so much.

Oct 23, 2022: Having a nightmare where your relative who’s dealing with infection-induced delirium in the waking world wanders off & is convinced by quack …

Oct 22, 2022: Voting selfie!

Oct 21, 2022: Finished reading: Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien 📚 Reading my way through Wyngraf’s Appendix C (for cozy!).

Oct 21, 2022: Taking another run at limiting screen time, because I’m wondering if the increase in migraines for me lately is correlated with an increase in …

Oct 20, 2022: My superpower is taking any Star Trek: The Next Generation B-story focused on Data and forgetting the A-story that goes with it “The Outrageous …

Oct 20, 2022: My kid goes to a Reggio Emilia school; his kindergarten class is a community of researchers. Today he & I talked about our epistemological …

Oct 19, 2022: 🔖 Everyone Wants to Be a Hot, Anxious Girl on Twitter I am both fascinated and terrified by the phrase “the girl in the machine.”

Oct 19, 2022: 🔖 NC Mutual Will Cease Operations This Month This is heartbreaking and I’m ashamed I didn’t follow this story earlier.

Oct 19, 2022: I get excited and ambitious and then I have a flare and then I forget all my passions and ambitions. Listen, body: I am doing my best to build a life …

Oct 17, 2022: This is an example of process art.

Oct 17, 2022: I want to food, to cook fresh ingredients into beautiful and tasty things. But I like to experience this as meditative and do it when I have energy, …

Oct 17, 2022: How to Scholar(?) In my doctoral program, there was a class that we colloquially referred to as “babydocs.” As it was taught the year I took it, the purpose of babydocs …

Oct 16, 2022: Finished up my time at #FSNNA22 with a dance by the pastries.

Oct 16, 2022: Okay, getting dressed and then heading to the #FSNNA22 Gather lobby to try dancing and throwing confetti.

Oct 16, 2022: Skipping the first sessions of #FSNNA22 today to have breakfast with my family. Back for the 11 am, then missing the closing session to play D&D.

Oct 15, 2022: Today, in Kimberly remembers that scholarly publishing is broken: lots of journals demand either full transfer of copyright or an exclusive license …

Oct 15, 2022: #FSNNA 22 Roundtable: Materiality & Liveness Paul_Lucas: Welcoming everyone to the session "Materiality & Liveness" Talking about WWE and the impact of it being termed an "essential business" …

Oct 15, 2022: I’m attending “Transcultural Fandom Experiences” at #FSNNA22 but not live-tweeting because I’m prepping for the #FanLIS …

Oct 15, 2022: #FSNNA22 Keynote: Turn On, Tune In, Get Out: Rethinking Escapism and Domestic Spectatorship Caetlin Benson-Allott: Beginning Turn On, Tune In, Get Out: Rethinking Escapism and Domestic Spectatorship articulates the need for a theory of …

Oct 14, 2022: Super headachey, so probably gonna lie down, may or may not do more #FSNNA22 today.

Oct 14, 2022: Me to friend who is also a mom: Want me to drop the water bottle you left at M’s birthday party off at your house? Her: Yes. Me: I’ll let …

Oct 14, 2022: W just reminded me we have a Parent-Teacher conference this morning so I actually will miss the first 2 #FSNNA22 sessions today but should be back in …

Oct 14, 2022: Up too early and going to sleep a little more. I’m going to miss the first #FSNNA22 session of the day because it’s right during …

Oct 14, 2022: 📚 Tom Bombadil (😍) sings SO. MUCH.

Oct 14, 2022: 💬📚 “Always after a defeat and a respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again.” J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Oct 13, 2022: Now is the part of #FSNNA22 where I retreat to my hotel room, order room service, and watch TV except because it’s a virtual conference I …

Oct 13, 2022: The Daily Mail: Don’t use these emojis! They make Gen Z people perceive you as old! Me: I mean they’re going to perceive me like that …

Oct 13, 2022: Time for a liedown, hope to be back up in time for the #FSNNA22 publishing session.

Oct 13, 2022: It’s super energizing to go to conferences like #FSNNA22, #CLS2022, and #FanLIS2022. I’m reminded that I do enjoy research, I am part of a …

Oct 13, 2022: #FSNNA22 Live Blog: Fandom During/After Covid Olivia Johnston-Riley: Next session: Fandom During/After COVID Norbert Nyari: “Reaching Fans Through Deeper Interaction: The Case of Concerts Through …

Oct 13, 2022: Even in Gather, I’m that nerd sitting in the front row. #FSNNA22

Oct 13, 2022: Taking kid to the dentist during the next #FSNNA22 session so I won’t be live-tweeting but hope to keep up with others' tweets about it. The …

Oct 13, 2022: M after watching me confer in Gather: “Can we play a little Stardew Valley?”

Oct 13, 2022: #FSNNA2022 Live Blog: The New Bedroom Cultures Dr. Nicola Welsh-Burke: introducing the panel "The New Bedroom Cultures" Elise Sandbach: “The Growth of Fangirls and Fanfiction During the COVID-19 …

Oct 13, 2022: Kid woke up, so break from live-posting but I’m introducing him to Gather. “What game is that?”

Oct 13, 2022: Side question for anyone at #FSNNA22 or anyone aware of fan studies at all - have folks looked at parents/caregivers and what their fannish activity …

Oct 13, 2022: Good morning! It’s the first day of #FSNNA22, the Fan Studies Network North America conference, and I might be live tweeting and then posting …

Oct 9, 2022: Experimenting with limiting leisure screen time for a little bit. You’ll be able to tell how it goes by following whether I post or not.

Oct 6, 2022: I am asking for COPING advice, not TREATMENT advice: I feel crappy always, with stress and/or migraines and/or insomnia and/or joint pain and/or brain …

Oct 6, 2022: Me, a postdoc and research lead at an R1 institution with a PhD from another institution: I’m not really an academic, though!

Oct 5, 2022: Tape worked great on the part of the giant cat rip that wasn’t a seam, but not the part that was, so I’ll either sew it or try some seam …

Oct 5, 2022: 🎙️It’s taken me more than 2.5 yrs, but I have finished listening to Keegan-Michael Key & Elle Key’s The History of Sketch Comedy. It …

Oct 4, 2022: Yesterday: Noodling on work stuff while swapping out winter clothes and putting away laundry. Today: Getting. Things. Done. and marking them off my …

Oct 3, 2022: 📚💬📝 “…the work of critical thinking and theorizing is itself an expression of political praxis that constructs a foundation wherein …

Oct 3, 2022: 📚💬📝 “Critical writing counts for very little when critics speak about ending domination… in our work without changing individual habits …

Oct 3, 2022: 📚💬📝 “The point is not to render ideas less complex—the point is to make the complex clear.” bell hooks, remembered rapture: the writer at …

Oct 3, 2022: 📚💬📝 “I write with the intent to share ideas in a manner that makes them accessible to the widest possible audience.” bell hooks, …

Oct 3, 2022: 📚💬📝 “All academics write but not all see themselves as writers.” bell hooks, remembered rapture: the writer at work

Oct 2, 2022: The giant cat popped less than 24 hours after going up with probably less than 10 hours up time. Hubris? I’ve got special tape ordered to try …

Oct 1, 2022: 📚💬📝 “No woman is writing too much. Women need to write more. We need to know what it feels like to be submerged in language, carried away by the …

Oct 1, 2022: 📚💬📝 “…we must not let the commercial success of writing by women lead us to believe that the struggle to create and maintain a culture …

Oct 1, 2022: 📚💬📝 “Even in academic circles it has become much more fashionable to do work on gender than work that is distinctly feminist in outlook.” …

Oct 1, 2022: It’s spooky season, so I’m living my best life with a skeleton glow necklace.

Oct 1, 2022: Giant cat!

Oct 1, 2022: 📚💬📝 “…we all should feel utterly free to write as much as time, grace, and the imagination allow.” bell hooks, remembered rapture: …

Oct 1, 2022: 📚💬📝 “Since I have never tried to make a living as a writer, I have had the extreme good fortune to be able to write only what I want to write …

Oct 1, 2022: 📚💬📝 “No writer writes often or well if they despair of ever having an audience for their work.” bell hooks, remembered rapture: the writer …

Oct 1, 2022: 📚💬📝 “Since my interests are broad and wide-ranging, I am not surprised that there is an endless flow of ideas in my mind.” bell hooks, …

Oct 1, 2022: 📚💬📝 “There is always someone who waits for words, eager to embrace them and hold them close.” bell hooks, remembered rapture: the writer …

Oct 1, 2022: 📚💬📝 “Writing that keeps us away from death, from despair, does not necessarily help us to be well.” bell hooks, remembered rapture: the …

Oct 1, 2022: 📚💬📝 “… the being we become in the very act of writing is only ever intimately present to the one who writes.” bell hooks, …

Sep 30, 2022: There have been 22 weekdays this September. My kid has been in school for only 14 of them. The 8 remaining days: 1 holiday, 1 school break, 3 home …

Sep 29, 2022: Finished reading: Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure by Patricia Ellis Herr 📚 An uplifting and compelling read. Herr documents …

Sep 29, 2022: 🔖 Read Howl’s Moving Castle should be the model for every book-to-film adaptation (Polygon) by Petrana Radulovic

Sep 29, 2022: Finished reading: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones 📚 Super fun! Highly recommend.

Sep 29, 2022: I’m reading Howl’s Moving Castle. Bit of a spoiler & Miyazaki left it out of the movie (rightly, I think) but Howl is actually a …

Sep 27, 2022: I’m exhausted. My mom has gone to the ER once a week for the past 5 weeks. My kid has not been in school for a full week since the beginning of …

Sep 25, 2022: A hike at Eno River State Park Yesterday, W, M, my sister ME, and I went for a little hike at the Eno River State Park. I’d planned a little flat loop, but we didn’t …

Sep 23, 2022: Want to read: Ghosts of the Forbidden (Glazier’s Gap Book 1) by Leanna Renee Hieber 📚

Sep 21, 2022: I just ordered a 20 ft inflatable black cat. It will dominate the culdesac. I’m kind of hoping it becomes haunted. (RIP The Best Cat, 11/1999 - …

Sep 21, 2022: My currently-planned NaNoWriMo novel is a YA supernatural rom-com set at musical theatre camp in the late 90s. It miiiiiiight have some …

Sep 20, 2022: You can have all of the research that funding agencies can possibly provide us but if we can’t talk about what it means for our actual lived …

Sep 19, 2022: I love today’s issue of Publish Not Perish in which Jenn McClearen draws a connection between Joli Jensen’s idea of communal writing and …

Sep 18, 2022: I just played D&D for the first time in 3+ years and it was so great I almost cried.

Sep 13, 2022: 🎮 Things from today’s Nintendo Direct that feel like gifts they’re making for me, specifically: Theatrhythm Final Bar Line Harvestella …

Sep 13, 2022: I rarely watch actual play TTRPG shows because Life Circumstances have made a 3-hr viewing a real challenge. I backed DesiQuest at the Town Folk level …

Sep 13, 2022: Day 3 of a garbage migraine. Hate it. Rarely get them this bad anymore.

Sep 12, 2022: 📺 Will I need to watch The Book of Boba Fett to follow what’s happening in the next season of The Mandalorian?

Sep 11, 2022: 📺 Excuse me, I am watching The Rings of Power and Disa is my new fave, thought you should know. (And that’s a big deal because Galadriel, Nori, …

Sep 11, 2022: 📺 Watched The Sandman. It’s so great. I don’t think a better adaptation would be possible. I missed the black speech bubbles but I know …

Sep 11, 2022: Dark academia is too emotionally bleak an aesthetic for me right now, but I enjoy the ability to admire pretty pictures and have a list of new hobbies …

Sep 11, 2022: We took a little walk on the trail behind our house this morning. Here are some pictures of what we saw: misty trees, a red leaf, an acorn cap, a …

Sep 9, 2022: When my brain won't read 📚 I hate when my brain won’t read, which it won’t today. Reading is my core way of interfacing with the world. The tools we use shape our …

Sep 9, 2022: Currently reading: Fabric by Victoria Finlay 📚

Sep 8, 2022: Peace and long life, y’all. Happy Star Trek Day! 🖖🏻

Sep 7, 2022: I don’t write a lot of lengthy blog posts lately, partly because there’s a lot going on with my mom’s health that wears me out. But …

Sep 6, 2022: I can suspend my disbelief enough to believe that entities like Dream, Death, Desire, & Despair exist, ravens can talk, nightmares can walk the …

Sep 6, 2022: John Cameron Mitchell doing Ethel Merman singing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” is all I have ever wanted. A mid-90s musical theatre …

Sep 6, 2022: I’m very sorry for the colleague of my interviewee who was sick today and thus meant interviewee couldn’t get time off-desk and had to …

Sep 6, 2022: Just spent a minute staring at all the app icons on my phone trying to figure out why the Star Trek app wasn’t in alphabetical order in the S …

Sep 6, 2022: Kirby Howell-Baptiste is brilliant in The Sandman. I need all the Death spin-offs: High Cost of Living, At Death’s Door, all of it. She’s …

Sep 6, 2022: Every time I call myself “Miss Kimberly” in my head, I immediately correct myself with “Doctor Kimberly.”

Sep 3, 2022: Finished reading: The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien 📚 Listened to the audiobook narrated by Andy Serkis, which I think made it …

Sep 3, 2022: Me, listening to an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation with my eyes closed: “Is that Harry Groener? It sounds like Harry Groener. opens …

Sep 2, 2022: There’s been some hard stuff this week, but I also went to the pool and had dinner outside on my gorgeous deck with my gorgeous family and that …

Sep 2, 2022: 🍿 Watched The Company of Wolves. Peak 80s gothic fantasy with a gorgeous score and the grossest werewolf transformations I’ve ever seen.

Sep 2, 2022: What’s the most fun thing you’ve done in the past 2 years?

Sep 1, 2022: 💬📚 “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Aug 31, 2022: Okay, Internet. What’s the best way to D&D remotely?

Aug 31, 2022: I slept for 9 hours instead of 10 last night (what a luxury, I know, believe me that I give up a lot of leisure time to sleep this much and I …

Aug 28, 2022: The Jiminy Cricket or Frog (of Frog and Toadl in my head: “If you do X, the whole week will go more smoothly.” Me: “Nah, I’m …

Aug 27, 2022: Did not finish: A Little Life: A Novel by Hanya Yanagihara 📚 Beautifully written. After 400+ pgs of almost non-stop trauma, this book was actively …

Aug 26, 2022: Picture of the view from my deck didn’t seem to actually end up attached to the post about working from the deck. Whoops!

Aug 26, 2022: Working on the deck in summer always feels like working in a treehouse.

Aug 25, 2022: Went to apply for passports for myself & M today and the passport person just wasn’t there, didn’t contact the people with …

Aug 24, 2022: My legs started getting medically-restless by 4 pm today. I didn’t have caffeine after 2 or so, took a warm bath with epsom salt & essential …

Aug 24, 2022: Is there space for robust research-practice partnerships in the time of COVID, or are people too tired for this kind of long-term collaboration?

Aug 24, 2022: 💬📚 “It was impossible to explain to the healthy the logic of the sick, and he didn’t have the energy to try.” - Hanya Yanagihara, A …

Aug 24, 2022: 💬📚 “This was not what he thought acting would be, but what had he known about what acting would be?” - Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

Aug 22, 2022: 💬📚 “…he was an optimist. Every month, every week, he chose to open his eyes, to live another day in the world.” - Hanya Yanagihara, …

Aug 22, 2022: 💬📚 “He felt in those minutes his body’s treason… that he would be betrayed by it again and again, that he could expect nothing from …

Aug 22, 2022: 💬📚 “He experienced the singular pleasure of watching people he loved fall in love with other people he loved. - Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life …

Aug 22, 2022: M. styled my jewelry for our morning playdate. The earrings are stylized bats. He was going for “spooky and pretty,” which, as W pointed …

Aug 21, 2022: I ventured into the world of Duolingo fanfiction looking for Odile/Melissa stories because they’re a very cute couple, but what I found …

Aug 18, 2022: I cannot adequately convey how much I appreciate that Duolingo accepts “y’all” as the correct translation of the second person …

Aug 18, 2022: 🔖 Read The Big Bang Didn’t Happen. I know very little about cosmology, but this makes some good points about the limits of academic funding and …

Aug 17, 2022: Coburn, C. E., & Penuel, W. R. (2016). Research-practice partnerships in education: Outcomes, dynamics, and open questions. Educational …

Aug 17, 2022: It was so overcast yesterday that the moonflowers stayed open all day.

Aug 17, 2022: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Blippi asks. “A law doctor & a father,” M says. “Why do you want to be a …

Aug 17, 2022: Postdocs are contingent/precarious, yeah?

Aug 16, 2022: Finished reading: Different Seasons: Four Novellas by Stephen King 📚 This dude is so prolific and so fun to read. I would like to write things that …

Aug 13, 2022: 🔖 Read A CRITIQUE OF DARK ACADEMIA: THE ROMANTICIZATION OF OVERWORK. Wearing tweed and wandering old bookshops is fine. Denying yourself sleep over …

Aug 12, 2022: 🔖 Read Wear Me This: Dark Academia could be the answer to the very problem it romanticizes. I would venture that slipping on a tailored button-up and …

Aug 10, 2022: Themes have emerged.

Aug 9, 2022: 🔖 Read THE SCHOLARSHIP OF SEXY PRIVILEGE: WHY DO I LOVE DARK ACADEMIA BOOKS? This ownership over dark academia gives me the courage to keep going …

Aug 8, 2022: 🔖 Read What’s Dark about Dark Academia I think the real power of dark academia is the way it compresses—and thus preserves—humanistic study at a time …

Aug 6, 2022: Today in Pokemon Research Reflects Real Research: an early career researcher didn’t have access to a journal article she wanted to read, she …

Aug 5, 2022: Took the Buzzfeed Inner Aesthetic Stranger Things Character quiz & got Will Byers and Cottagecore: “If you haven’t already, you should …

Aug 5, 2022: Currently reading: Different Seasons: Four Novellas by Stephen King 📚

Aug 5, 2022: 💬📚 “…a story’s as much a house or garden as song.” Jane Alison, _Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative _

Aug 5, 2022: 💬📚 “The essential element in nurturing our creativity lies in nurturing ourselves.” Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Aug 5, 2022: 💬📚 “As blocked creatives, we focus not on our responsibilities to ourselves, but on our responsibilities to others. We tend to think such …

Aug 5, 2022: 💬📚 “Do not let your self-doubt turn into self-sabotage.” Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Aug 5, 2022: I’m wearing an oversized Sailor Moon tee and black bike shorts with lace trim, so hello from 1995, I guess.

Aug 4, 2022: Day 3, #TheSealeyChallenge, Rose, Li-Young Lee 📚 This is a gorgeous book, full of grief and beauty. Selected quotes: Water In water my sister is no longer lonely. Her right leg is crooked and …

Aug 3, 2022: I’ve got an ARC of The Nap Ministry’s book REST IS RESISTANCE ready for me to download from NetGalley, and will probably take it to the …

Aug 3, 2022: 💬📚 “Perhaps people who experience the world in ways that are considered atypical have an intuitive feeling for the limits of typicality.” …

Aug 3, 2022: 💬📚 “A scientist’s explanations about other animals are dictated by the data she collects, which are influenced by the questions she asks, …

Aug 3, 2022: 💬📚 “[The senses] pull relevance from randomness, and weave meaning from miscellany.” Ed Yong, An Immense World

Aug 2, 2022: Day 2 #TheSealeyChallenge, Leaves of Grass Book I: Inscriptions, Walt Whitman 📚 Selected quotes: Eidolons We seeming solid wealth, strength, beauty build, But really build eidolons. To the States …Resist much, obey …

Aug 2, 2022: 🔖 📺 Celia Rose Gooding, who does an amazing job playing Cadet Nyota Uhura on Strange New Worlds, wrote a beautiful guest column for The Hollywood …

Aug 1, 2022: Day 1 #TheSealeyChallenge, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, Keith S. Wilson 📚 Selected quotes: 6:45 pm …God, it’s pretty. But what does any of it mean? A Unified Theory You think, what if I am stuck like this? …

Aug 1, 2022: 🍿 Watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It was super refreshing to watch a movie that was deliberately, though not ploddingly, paced. This …

Aug 1, 2022: 📚💬 “Animals are not just stand-ins for humans or fodder for brainstorming sessions. They have worth in themselves.” - Ed Yong, An Immense …

Aug 1, 2022: I’m devoting the next few weeks to healing and rest, aside from my existing obligations. I release myself from worry about the future, pressure …

Aug 1, 2022: 📚💬 “It is all that we know, and so we easily mistake it for all there is to know.” Ed Yong, An Immense World

Aug 1, 2022: It’s August, so I’m going to do The Sealey Challenge and plan to read a book of poetry every day this month.

Jul 31, 2022: Finished reading: The Brilliant Abyss: Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It by Helen Scales 📚

Jul 29, 2022: Real talk, I skipped the end of #CLS2022 to hang out with my kid and nap and I have no regrets.

Jul 29, 2022: 🔖 Read Rapport or Respect? (Helen Kara). Dr. Kara makes excellent points about how research can seem friendly but be extractive. This is why I prefer …

Jul 28, 2022: I have a lot of hairs that are white at the bottom, black or brown in the middle, and white at the top. These are a useful indicator of changes in my …

Jul 28, 2022: #CLS2022: Creating Equitable and Inclusive Library Spaces in the Face of Obstacles I didn’t get to liveblog/tweet this session because I was co-facilitating it, but I’m jotting down a few takeaways and a list of resources/links in …

Jul 28, 2022: I’m taking the 10:30 - 11:30 PST hour off from #CLS2022 so that I can get some quiet time in before facilitating at 12. See y’all soon!

Jul 28, 2022: My Notes from #CLS2022: OPENING PLENARY - Staying Connected, Fueling Innovation, Affirming Core Values: Three Learning Organizations Carrying Lessons Forward from the Twin Pandemics Scot Osterweil: Getting today's plenary started - Staying Connected, Fueling Innovation, Affirming Core Values: Three Learning Organizations Carrying …

Jul 28, 2022: I can’t liveblog/tweet any of the 12p Pacific sessions at #CLS2022 today because I’m co-facilitating one. If you want to livetweet or …

Jul 28, 2022: Deciding when to drop a paper: Rethinking my lit review about tabletop RPGs and identity development I’ve been sitting on a paper that was “accepted with revisions” for more than 3 years. I have poked at it sometimes and worked hard …

Jul 28, 2022: Over the course of #CLS2022, I’ll be adding my liveblogtweets/notes to the Connected Learning page on my website.

Jul 27, 2022: My Notes from #CLS2022: Rising Scholars - Post-Pandemic Life: Recovering From Burnout and Finding Motivation Khalia Braswell: Introducing the next Rising Scholars session: Post-Pandemic Life: Recovering From Burnout and Finding Motivation Naomi Thompson: …

Jul 27, 2022: My Notes from #CLS2022: Rising Scholars - Exploring Pathways: Finding Your Place of Impact Wendy Roldan: introducing the panel Exploring Pathways: Finding Your Place of Impact is a UX researcher at Google, place of impact with users in …

Jul 27, 2022: My Notes from #CLS2022: Rising Scholars - Sharing Work Beyond Academic Publishing Alexis Hope: Alexis worked on hackathons including the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck hackathon (love it!) and others to bring people together to hack …

Jul 27, 2022: The next panel at #CLS2022 for Rising Scholars is Sharing Work Beyond Academic Publishing.

Jul 27, 2022: For the next few days, I’ll be liveblogging/tweeting the Connected Learning Summit (#CLS2022) on Twitter and kimberlyhirsh.com via NoterLive. If …

Jul 27, 2022: 🎵🎭 I’m listening to the Broadway cast of Moulin Rouge and I’m really impressed with how well it uses the 20 years' worth of music between …

Jul 26, 2022: Want to read: The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses by Paul Koudounaris 📚

Jul 26, 2022: 📚 In 2008, 8 years before my kid was born, I replied to a Slate article that asked, “do you really want the Hulk teaching your kid to …

Jul 25, 2022: I was distracted around Summerween so I’m declaring July 31 Second Summerween.

Jul 25, 2022: “When we are making our art we must bend all of the resources and possibilities to work for us, not the other way around.” -Jami …

Jul 24, 2022: Finished reading: Star Trek: Discovery: Succession by Kirsten Beyer 📚 I honestly don’t know how anyone is left living in the Terran Empire. …

Jul 24, 2022: Finished reading: Star Trek: Discovery - The Light of Kahless by Mike Johnson 📚

Jul 22, 2022: I speak Dutch with a Yiddish accent, I can’t help it, it’s in my blooooood. 🇳🇱

Jul 22, 2022: It’s my and Will’s 13th wedding anniversary today. The traditional gift for this anniversary is lace. The modern gift is fur or textiles. …

Jul 22, 2022: Dealing with SDCC envy About 7 years ago, Geek and Sundry (RIP) published a post titled HOW TO HAVE A GREAT, GEEKY WEEKEND WHEN YOU’RE NOT GOING TO SDCC. As a chronically …

Jul 21, 2022: Finished reading: The Dead Zone by Stephen King 📚 I love the way King has characters reference his own other work. “Like in that book, …

Jul 20, 2022: True facts about my dreams: when I was reading CARRIE and started having dreams related to it, it felt like a relief, a respite from my stress dreams …

Jul 20, 2022: Pro-tip: Stuck in or overwhelmed by your research? Write a memo.

Jul 19, 2022: Thinking about writing a blog post about the alignment of research, especially qualitative research, over the life of a project. We live in a world …

Jul 19, 2022: I was all, “My blog isn’t cross-posting to Twitter! Whyyyy?” but then I saw that I had disabled it cross-posting anywhere. This post …

Jul 18, 2022: The Internet is all “Check out the Whimsigoth aesthetic!” and y’all, a better name for it would be dELiA*s-core.

Jul 17, 2022: Currently reading: The Dead Zone by Stephen King 📚

Jul 15, 2022: 🔖 Read ‘Lost’ Fans Gave Me a Safe Place on the Internet. Is Such Fandom Possible Now? (Catapult) by Anna Myers

Jul 15, 2022: 🔖 Read Violence Made Me Feel Like I’d Left My Body. Physical Theater Helped Me Return by Lindsey Trout Hughes 🎭

Jul 15, 2022: Birthday selfie from yesterday in my South Square Mall - oops I meant Starcourt Mall - hat.

Jul 15, 2022: Finished reading: Carrie by Stephen King 📚 I don’t recall the last time I read a book inside of 24 hours.

Jul 14, 2022: Me: I don’t know what to do! Should I spend the next 45 minutes reading CARRIE or playing METROID? W: I like the 80s, too.

Jul 14, 2022: Posted on my birthday in 2018: Yesterday I found out that my thyroid is out of whack again. I’m trying to remember everything I learned before, not …

Jul 14, 2022: It's my birthday! Here's who I want to be and how we should celebrate. I’m 41 today and it’s a big deal because every day that I live is a day I chose to be in the world and a whole year of sticking around is …

Jul 13, 2022: 🔖📝 Read On Writing with Chronic Migraines (Catapult) by Yuvi Zalkow. I really appreciate Zalkow’s metaphors for pain and tiered system for …

Jul 13, 2022: 🔖 Read Black Women in Fantasy Saved Me Where Academia Failed (Catapult by Ravynn K. Stringfield. I always love reading what Dr. Stringfield has to …

Jul 13, 2022: 🔖 Read Video Games Are for Everyone—And That Should Include Disabled People (Catapult) by Allyssa Capri. Great discussion of where the gaming …

Jul 12, 2022: I keep asking myself, “When will I not be too tired for x?” and it turns out my thyroid hormone levels are suboptimal so now that …

Jul 12, 2022: The past few years, I’ve written a blog post on my birthday about who I want to be that year. My birthday’s in 2 days & as I look back …

Jul 11, 2022: Most of the time the answer to not having enough storage is to get rid of stuff, but with books, I tend to feel the answer is more bookshelves.

Jul 10, 2022: Y’all, check out this picture of Gene Roddenberry cosplaying as a Romulan commander from Balance of Terror from Cinefantastique #20 that I found …

Jul 9, 2022: Me, pitching future research clients: So in this scenario, see, you’re Buffy, and you know there’s fork guy and he’s scared of the …

Jul 8, 2022: I found a picture of myself on Tumblr. Dropping all other descriptors of myself in favor of “Data in an oversized cardigan.” 🖖🏻

Jul 8, 2022: I’m workshopping a new professional tagline because I want to emphasize that I’m a qualitative researcher. First draft: “I use …

Jul 7, 2022: Finished Strange New Worlds Season 1. A+. Somebody give Ethan Peck’s eyebrow an Emmy. 🖖🏻📺

Jul 7, 2022: “There’s surviving, and then there’s living.” - Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 🖖🏻📺💬

Jul 6, 2022: Sometimes I’ll have a run of bad dreams such that I then fear sleep for a bit.

Jul 5, 2022: On Kimbertide Day 4, I enjoyed an ice cream sandwich. For day 5, I’m playing Metroid: Zero Mission. 🎮

Jul 5, 2022: 👱‍♀️I had a dream last night that Giles a) was real b) was still in his 40s and most importantly, c) owned a really beautiful indie bookstore. I …

Jul 4, 2022: Finished Stranger Things 4 and I love it so much and also will somebody just play D&D with Will already, yeesh. 📺

Jul 4, 2022: Editor Jordan Pavlin says historical fiction “has a unique ability to elicit deep compassion and empathy,” and I can’t help but …

Jul 4, 2022: 🔖 Ben Werdmüller has a different but related, equally valuable, set of insights on what we should be thinking about this Independence Day. 🇺🇸

Jul 4, 2022: It’s a rough time for our democratic republic. Heather Cox Richardson reminds us what it’s supposed to be about. 🇺🇸

Jul 3, 2022: Kimbertide Day 3: Played a little of the new Capcom Fighting Collection 🎮

Jul 2, 2022: Today for Kimbertide, I made banana bread from a Simple Mills mix.

Jul 2, 2022: Finished reading: Borderland edited by Terri Windling and Mark Alan Arnold 📚 The beginnings of woodland goth. I love it, of course.

Jul 1, 2022: For Day 1 of Kimbertide, I celebrated with a special lunch: hardboiled eggs & sweet baby gherkin pickles. I didn’t know this when I made …

Jul 1, 2022: It’s the first day of my birthday month! I often extend the celebration beyond the day itself (July 14) and this year I’ve decided to do …

Jun 29, 2022: Finished reading: The Puzzler: One Man’s Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life by …

Jun 29, 2022: “…anger is counterproductive to puzzle solving. And to problem solving in general.” A. J. Jacobs in The Puzzler: One Man’s …

Jun 28, 2022: Santigold’s Can’t Get Enough of Myself is mental health goals. 🎵

Jun 28, 2022: 🔖 A solution to writer’s block: Transcribe yourself (Austin Kleon) This is a brilliant piece of advice. The 1000+ words of my post about sweetweird …

Jun 27, 2022: Today I swam one pool-length, then water-walked for about 30 minutes. I also packed up 3 boxes of storage stuff to clear out the room we’re …

Jun 27, 2022: I’m extra psyched about July’s Atlas Obscura Finding Wonder book club pick, The Brilliant Abyss by Helen Scales. It’s got that …

Jun 24, 2022: Anti-Racism Daily offers actions to take in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Jun 23, 2022: W is reading M a Pokemon manga where a professor invited Ash & Goh to be her research fellows, which they see as great for their careers, and I …

Jun 22, 2022: Currently reading: Borderland 1 by Terri Windling 📚 Continuing my deep dive into woodland goth.

Jun 22, 2022: Currently reading: The Puzzler: One Man’s Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life by …

Jun 22, 2022: Thinking through disability on Star Trek 🖖🏻📺 I wrote this a week ago to sort through my thoughts on disability on Star Trek. It is essentially a freewrite, not a carefully structured essay. Some …

Jun 21, 2022: I already spend very little time on Facebook but now their mobile web UI has little notification badges on each icon even when there are 0 …

Jun 20, 2022: No YOU’RE looking up contact juggling tutorials on YouTube to send to your spouse.

Jun 17, 2022: In our work team meeting today we spent a significant chunk of time discussing the history of Star Trek fanfic and its trajectory from zines to web to …

Jun 17, 2022: A little less than 12 years ago, I attended my first American Library Association Annual Conference. I’ve been to 3 more since then. My advice: …

Jun 17, 2022: Literati: Hey if you don’t want to read a super cool book about the deep ocean as part of the Atlas Obscura book club, log in and change …

Jun 16, 2022: Want to read: Meet Me by the Fountain by Alexandra Lange 📚

Jun 15, 2022: 🔖 Nathanial White writes Disturbing the Comfortable: On Writing Disability in Science Fiction. I freewrote 1100 words today on reading disability in …

Jun 15, 2022: This Is How I Do It (TL;DR: Piecemeal and Flexibly) Katy Peplin has a great Twitter thread on the difference between sharing your process with “This is how I do it” and “This is how you should do it.” …

Jun 15, 2022: 🔖 The Bullet Journal blog has a great interview with Tiago Forte, author of Building a Second Brain, which comes out today. I hope to get a full …

Jun 15, 2022: 🔖 Today’s #1000WordsOfSummer letter is all about letting writing be fun and silly. I needed to read this today. Maybe you do, too. 📝

Jun 14, 2022: Hello, Internet. Please recommend to me your favorite essay collections that combine TV or other pop culture analysis with personal writing. Thank …

Jun 14, 2022: What’s that thing where your brain is like “Even leisure is too much right now”? Whatever it is, it’s happening to me. The …

Jun 13, 2022: The TNG episode, “The Masterpiece Society,” is great. 🖖🏻📺💬 “It was the wish of our founders that no one have to suffer a life of …

Jun 13, 2022: Hi! Do you struggle with activities of daily living due to executive dysfunction, cognitive overload, or brain fog? I do. Autism Grown Up, a …

Jun 12, 2022: Want to read: This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch by Tabitha Carvan 📚

Jun 12, 2022: Want to read: Everything I Need I Get from You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It by Kaitlyn Tiffany 📚

Jun 12, 2022: 🔖 Rebecca Schuman’s (@pankisseskafka) advice on being productive with long COVID is sound for anyone with chronic illness or many other …

Jun 11, 2022: Finished reading: The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Angela Carter 📚 New (well, ~40 …

Jun 10, 2022: Austin Kleon urges us to embrace belwiderment.. He quotes Rumi: “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” This is now my overarching …

Jun 9, 2022: Goodnight, everybody.

Jun 9, 2022: Yesterday’s #1000WordsOfSummer was awesome, too. “I will de-intellectualize and re-sensualize my writing practice.” Morgan Parker

Jun 9, 2022: Want to read: This Time Tomorrow: A Novel by Emma Straub 📚

Jun 9, 2022: Today’s #1000wordsofsummer letter made me really happy. Diary writing! Noticing! And This Time Tomorrow is going on my TBR because I could use a …

Jun 8, 2022: I am very exhausted. Not sleepy. Not fatigued. Exhausted.

Jun 7, 2022: I’m just grumping it out right now so if you’re going to be interacting with me, know that. It’s not you, it’s that I’m …

Jun 7, 2022: Currently reading: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter 📚

Jun 7, 2022: Time for a Gothic Charm School re-read. 📚

Jun 7, 2022: On sweetweird and hopepunk 🎙️ 📚📺🍿 Transcript: Hello friends. I wanted to write a blog post about sweetweird and its relationship to hopepunk and other narrative aesthetics, we’ll …

Jun 6, 2022: How to Make a Star Wars Reference Hello, friends. I want to talk about something from Stranger Things 4 that is brilliantly done. And that’s a Star Wars reference. There are a lot of …

Jun 6, 2022: Yesterday’s #1000WordsOfSummer reading: many stories in Angela Carter’s THE BLOODY CHAMBER. So good. 📚

Jun 4, 2022: Google Keep is my notetaking app of choice, which makes me a bit of a rarity, but if you use it and would like it to be more helpful or if …

Jun 4, 2022: If you’re looking for a writing community, check out Jami Attenberg’s #1000WordsOfSummer. I’m prioritizing reading. Today: Kelly …

Jun 3, 2022: Finished reading: War for the Oaks: A Novel by Emma Bull 📚 Rock music + fey = delightful.

Jun 3, 2022: Today’s outfit: LGBTQ Center of Durham Rainbow Bull Shirt, popsicle shorts from Torrid.

Jun 3, 2022: If you enjoyed the Chapel/Ortegas dynamic in this week’s SNW, there are [21 works tagged with their relationship] …

Jun 3, 2022: “It appears that hijinks are the most logical course of action.” Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, 1x05, “Spock Amok” 🖖🏻📺💬

Jun 2, 2022: It’s hot out. I’m tired. I had a call with my doctor this morning. She’s giving me gabapentin for pain. I’m so glad because …

Jun 2, 2022: Current phone screen. (Yesterday, W to me: “Look at all these old pictures of Jennifer Connelly.” Me: “Oh yeah, I had those saved on …

Jun 2, 2022: Gonna start doing outfit of the day posts as often as I feel like it. The shirt says “What’s more punk than the public library?” You …

Jun 1, 2022: Woodland. Goth.

Jun 1, 2022: I am all in on Woodland Goth, y’all.

Jun 1, 2022: I feel like the captioners for Stranger Things (who are doing an awesome job describing the music) should Google any place name on the show followed …

May 31, 2022: “You dwell in my mind like a household spirit. All that I think is followed with, ‘I shall tell that thought to Eddi.’ Whatever I …

May 31, 2022: I made a book! The fic is Mischief Managed by touchedglitter (who is me). This is pamphlet bound. The big thing I learned was that I need a better …

May 31, 2022: Just followed some Trek fan Micro.bloggers from yesterday’s roll call. I’m current on new shows & doing a rewatch of TNG. Happy to …

May 30, 2022: In Star Trek: TNG, S5E11, “Hero Worship,” a kid asks Data what he thinks of a model the kid built. When Data expresses his aesthetic …

May 29, 2022: Your girl’s over here finding old Star Trek: The Next Generation fanfiction listed on Fanlore but not linked anywhere and digging it up in the …

May 28, 2022: “…embodied writing is not in opposition to political writing. In fact, it is the kind of political writing that I am most interested in …

May 27, 2022: Reply to Meg Pillow's This Is Not the Essay I Meant to Write I have a craft essay about writing into uncertainty, contradiction, and grief in the new issue of @PhoebeJournal today. This one means a lot to me - …

May 27, 2022: How do none of the early results in a Google Images search for Star Trek Bingo have something like “mysterious pathogen takes down whole …

May 27, 2022: Mood update: the leaden feeling in my heart has been joined by a similar feeling in my stomach.

May 26, 2022: “As we honor the lives that have been given, let us also be grateful to be still on the journey.” “The enemy doesn’t care …

May 26, 2022: The Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence has a really useful letter template for writing to congresspeople.

May 26, 2022: I don’t have the oomph to discuss this at length but my dad wrote a good journal entry for CaringBridge about the most recent impact of chemo on …

May 25, 2022: I can’t neglect the world & focus on my child, because my child is in & of the world. I’m overwhelmed by the sheer number of …

May 25, 2022: Self-soothing by typesetting my 9 year old New Girl fanfic and it actually looks like a book.

May 25, 2022: The world is very dismal and I am heartbroken, but my husband is on a meeting talking to people about how he was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream …

May 24, 2022: Me “well actually"ing last week’s Fansplaining in the car on the way to pick my kid up: “But Elizabeth the ‘In sleep he …

May 24, 2022: I have extreme MCU fatigue so I’m only going to watch the stuff clearly and closely inspired by comics I’ve actually read and enjoyed. …

May 23, 2022: Not me putting a Lizzie Bennet Diaries gif in a work presentation. Nope.

May 22, 2022: I love a good slice-of-life story but the constant interruptions to Worf’s work once his son Alexander boards the Enterprise in the episode …

May 21, 2022: Apparently crows can do metacognition.

May 20, 2022: Symposium’s over, it’s 90F outside. Time for a wardrobe change! [Image description: A white woman with dark hair wears a black tank top …

May 20, 2022: Want to read: The Gentrification of the Internet: How to Reclaim Our Digital Freedom by Jessa Lingel 📚

May 20, 2022: Responses to the chat during my #FanLIS2022 presentation The chat runs by much too quickly to scroll with it while presenting but I love the vibrance of #FanLIS2022 chat so I wanted to go through and respond …

May 20, 2022: So far my favorite outcome of #FanLIS2022 is another attendee asking me if I’m sure I’m not Caitlin Doughty.

May 20, 2022: Some of my tweets from #FanLIS2022 Day 1 I was able to recover my Noter Live log, yay! I’ll go back and collect the tweets from after my reboot later. Dr Suzanne Black: has been joined …

May 19, 2022: 🔖 Read Durham GOP’s “Better Board, Better Schools” candidate slate is soundly defeated. What a relief.

May 19, 2022: Week 3 of #StarTrekStrangeNewWorlds and there are already 189 works on AO3. Looking forward to discovering new favorite creators. 🖖🏻

May 19, 2022: There are a lot of great things about attending a conference from home. Still, it’s a bit sad not to be able to go hide in a hotel room and let …

May 19, 2022: Definitely just brainstormed the paper title “Screw General Order One: Representing Positionality as an Insider When Doing Fan Studies …

May 19, 2022: Missed a huge chunk of the current #FanLIS2022 paper due to Zoom crash & also lost my NoterLive log because I didn’t think to post it before …

May 19, 2022: A squirrel is trying to break into my house.

May 19, 2022: Gonna be live-posting #FanLIS2022 today & tomorrow. Will transition to LiveNoter in an hour and a half but posting through Micro.blog until …

May 18, 2022: 🔖🖖📺 In reply to Star Trek: Discovery Has Problems (& How They Can Be Fixed)(Trek News) by Bill Smith In reply to Star Trek: Discovery Has Problems (& How They Can Be Fixed) (Trek News) by Bill Smith: I agree with Smith’s assessment of …

May 18, 2022: I’m adding things to it slowly, but I’ve created a Connected Learning page curating my notes, memos, and blog posts on this topic. I have …

May 18, 2022: 🔖 Read How I Build My Common Place Book 🔖 Read How I Build My Common Place Book (Greg McVerry) McVerry generously summarizes his workflow: Document impetus of thought (often after the …

May 17, 2022: 🔖 Read When Kids Have to Act Like Parents, It Affects Them for Life (The Atlantic) by Cindy Lamothe “she said she often distrusts that other …

May 17, 2022: Next time I take it into my head that words won’t come out of me in written form, I’m going to re-read this 2018 blog post in which I …

May 16, 2022: Stole a quote from the woodland goth page of Aesthetics wiki for my bio/tagline: “…a hybrid of fey imagery, Glam Rock glitter, and the …

May 16, 2022: Pool’s open!

May 15, 2022: 🔖 Read Why I Blog Part 1 and Part 2 (Kyle Mathews).

May 14, 2022: 🔖💻 Read You’re Not Blogging, My Friend. (Tom Critchlow).

May 14, 2022: 🔖💻 Read Incrementally correct personal websites (Brian Lovin).

May 14, 2022: 🔖💻 Read envisioning my homepage as an online therapeutic space (Winnie Lim).

May 14, 2022: 🔖💻 Read revisiting architectural blogging (Alan Jacobs).

May 14, 2022: 🔖💻 Read Building a Digital Homestead, Bit by Brick (Tom Critchlow). I like this homesteading metaphor. Neither gardens nor streams quite work for what …

May 14, 2022: Voting selfie!

May 14, 2022: 🔖💻 Read Why blog? (Chuck Grimmett). Well said. These are my reasons, too.

May 14, 2022: I love Discovery and I’ve enjoyed Picard and Prodigy, but Strange New Worlds feels like nostalgic Trek in a way that of the new shows, only …

May 14, 2022: As always, The Trans Advice column is helpful. The latest: Should cis folks use gender neutral pronouns? Your pronouns shouldn’t be some sort …

May 13, 2022: 🔖Raising Us Wrecked Her Career But My Mom’s Thriving In Her Second Act romper.com Read: www.romper.com romper.com …

May 13, 2022: 🔖📚 Can Motherhood Be a Mode of Rebellion? | The New Yorker newyorker.com Read: www.newyorker.com newyorker.com …

May 13, 2022: 🔖📚 “This is the Book I’m Meant to Write Right Now” sarafredman.substack.com Read: sarafredman.substack.com sarafredman.substack.com …

May 13, 2022: 🔖📚 Angela Garbes Is Reclaiming Realistic Motherhood thecut.com Read: www.thecut.com thecut.com …

May 12, 2022: How to remove timestamps and extra lines from a Zoom transcript using Notepad++ or BBEdit In case it would help other people, here’s how I did it. I would have something that looked like this: 9 00:00:36.900 –> 00:00:40.560 …

May 12, 2022: It’s a rough time right now so I’m trying to notice small joys and one of today’s is that I learned how to use regular expressions …

May 12, 2022: I just wrote the beginning of a fiction story after being inspired by Amanda Cook’s “Weaving Serenity” in issue 1 of @wyngraf. I …

May 11, 2022: 📚 I joined Austin Kleon’s Read Like an Artist book club today and am also going to read his past choices. I’m starting with a re-read of …

May 11, 2022: 🎙️ I listened to the first episode of A Beautiful Anarchy on my way to pick up the kid. It was about imposter syndrome. There were some really …

May 11, 2022: 🔖 You should read Josh Radnor's Museletter. Josh Radnor writes a beautiful newsletter. It always feels like a gift. Here are some gems from the latest issue - italics are emphasis from the …

May 11, 2022: 🔖📚 Kate McKean writes in today’s Agents and Books about professional jealousy. Her advice applies to academics, too, and probably any field. …

May 11, 2022: “…is that not what a Scholar does? Question the world, examine it from every angle, and marvel at the wonder of it all?” Natasha …

May 10, 2022: If I took a day off every day that I felt sick I would almost never work. Chronic illness is not my fave.

May 9, 2022: It’s a work in progress, but I’m curating a woodland goth playlist. I recommend playing on shuffle. 🎵

May 9, 2022: Oh hey, I should probably share that my husband Will is a 2022-2023 Fulbright Scholar. Very proud of him & super psyched to take this opportunity …

May 9, 2022: “Other people are… challenging for me.” La’an is the new Data, pass it on. #StarTrek #StarTrekStrangeNewWorlds #StarTrekSNW …

May 8, 2022: Screw General Order 1? SCREW GENERAL ORDER 1?! 😍 #StarTrek #StarTrekStrangeNewWorlds #StarTrekSNW 🖖🏻📺

May 8, 2022: I hope everyone who had to mother their own mother is doing something fun today. 9-year-old Kimberly salutes you.

May 8, 2022: Today I wish you nurturing love and bodily self-determination, extra if you have a uterus.

May 8, 2022: Finished reading: Redwall: A Tale from Redwall by Brian Jacques 📚 Cozy fantasy, just what I need right now. Two quotes that stood out for me: …

May 7, 2022: Now I’m only halfway through the Strange New Worlds pilot but the Kilean makeup looks to me nearly identical to vampires on BtVS. 🖖🏻📺

May 7, 2022: I just took the IPIP Big Five Factor Marker test. According to the results, I’m intellectual/imaginative af, pretty outgoing, friendly, and …

May 7, 2022: Anybody else assume based on TNG that Picard & Guinan had a friends with benefits situation? 🖖🏻

May 7, 2022: I have a vague sense that I am Not Okay. I don’t know if it’s a medical thing, stress from my mom’s illness, or the world. I …

May 6, 2022: Who has two thumbs and is doing Reader’s Advisory for fun? 👍🏻👍🏻 This Kimberly.

May 6, 2022: Usually Spotify Autoplay makes me grouchy but it turns out when I listen to goth music it suggests more goth music so I’m very happy with its …

May 6, 2022: 🔖📚 Read Cozy Flash: The Cat and the Conerian. Adorable. Cozy fantasy is my current genre of choice.

May 5, 2022: Traumatic previously aside, the Picard finale made me very happy. 🖖🏻📺

May 4, 2022: Here is a Google Document with links to abortion funds. It was created by @helmsinki on Twitter. I donated in my home state, NC, as well as in TN, …

May 4, 2022: “Although I did extremely well scholastically, my lack of human understanding often created social obstacles.” Data on his first year at …

May 3, 2022: The theatre-major-to-youth-services-librarian pipeline.

May 2, 2022: I’m supposed to be sleeping but I just learned about the Woodland goth aesthetic. Dark mori style + goth music = the Frouds? Yes please.

May 1, 2022: Currently reading: Redwall: A Tale from Redwall by Brian Jacques 📚

May 1, 2022: Currently reading: Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper 📚

May 1, 2022: Currently reading: How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation (Cultural Front Book 3) by Marc Bousquet 📚

May 1, 2022: Breaking out Crystal Bar Soap’s Moonlit Harbor to support this Cancer Sun woman through some intense eldest daughtering.

May 1, 2022: Dr. Crusher’s plans for a community theater production of Pirates of Penzance in TNG episode 5x05 delight me. 🖖🏻

Apr 30, 2022: I’m going full 90s with my personal style and nothing can stop me. And I mean what I, now middle-aged, actually wore in the 90s, not the modern …

Apr 30, 2022: My spring/summer silhouette: oversized t-shirt + biker shorts. It gets hot in NC, y’all.

Apr 30, 2022: I’m having the kind of day where you wish you could take your heart out of your chest and just set it in a little box for a while, because the …

Apr 30, 2022: I have no chance at Heardle but if someone made Broadweardle I might do well.

Apr 29, 2022: Finished reading: Building A Second Brain by Tiago Forte 📚 Recommended. Full review coming in June.

Apr 28, 2022: I’m having a really hard time processing this week’s episode of Picard, for personal reasons. One thing I will say, though, is they could …

Apr 28, 2022: I’m correcting a Zoom Live Transcription transcript and while it’s a lot faster than transcribing it myself, it’s still a lot slower …

Apr 28, 2022: Today I’m wearing an oversized Sailor Moon tee and black leggings with a run in the left knee. I think 1996 Kimberly would be really happy with …

Apr 26, 2022: In case anyone was curious as to whether my personal style has changed in the last 25 years, I was devastated that this green lace dress at the thrift …

Apr 26, 2022: Now is as good a time as any to revisit Vicki Boykis’s essay, Fix the internet by writing good stuff and being nice to people.

Apr 25, 2022: Currently reading: Building A Second Brain by Tiago Forte 📚

Apr 25, 2022: Micro.blog is a free social network if you blog elsewhere and plug in a feed. It can also host your blog/website for $5/mo. For $10/mo, it will host …

Apr 25, 2022: 🔖 Micro.blog is one my favorite places on the Internet, and Jean MacDonald’s article A Guide to Micro.blog For People Who Have A Love/Hate …

Apr 25, 2022: Everybody on Twitter wants to know where to go now. The answer is your own website, syndicating out to wherever else people end up. This is the …

Apr 23, 2022: Finished reading: Go Hex Yourself by Jessica Clare 📚 Review soon. On the All About Romance sensuality levels scale, this is Hot approaching Burning. …

Apr 23, 2022: Baby’s first fanfic. Image description: On the title page of a homemade book, “HAO TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGIN BOOK OF DAGINS” is scrawled …

Apr 22, 2022: W reading a scene to M about a girl doing the school play & it’s The Wizard of Oz: The teacher held up the script. Me: No no, Wizard of Oz …

Apr 22, 2022: You can take the librarian out of the library, but I’m wearing a cardigan over another cardigan.

Apr 22, 2022: Want to read: Heroines by Kate Zambreno 📚

Apr 22, 2022: Want to read: Heroines by Kate Zambreno 📚

Apr 21, 2022: 🔖 Read Review: A riveting biographer — and mother — works to solve ‘the mind-baby problem’.

Apr 21, 2022: It’s out! The latest issue of Genetrix, a very occasional newsletter curating stories of creative mothers!

Apr 21, 2022: 🔖 Read Cranking.

Apr 21, 2022: 🔖 Read The Rise and Fall of Getting Things Done. I’ve been thinking a lot about personal productivity, what it’s good for and what it …

Apr 21, 2022: 🔖 Read Who Is Steven Hotdog? Or, Untangling the “Braided Essay” |. What’s Steven Hotdog to me, or I to Steven Hotdog, that I should weep for him? …

Apr 21, 2022: Me, to myself: I can’t be everyone at once. Me: OR CAN I?

Apr 21, 2022: On my first year as a doctor (of philosophy) As I mentioned earlier, I defended my dissertation a year and a week ago. It was a joyous defense, with my committee cosplaying and my friends and …

Apr 21, 2022: Today I’m reviving my newsletter Genetrix, curating stories of creative mothers. The upcoming issue includes links to 15 articles & 1 artist …

Apr 21, 2022: I didn’t even notice the one year anniversary of my dissertation defense (4/14) but I realized today that I’ve been a doctor (of …

Apr 21, 2022: Okay whose idea was it to only have turbolifts on starships because people would be less likely to be trapped if there were also ramps or something.

Apr 20, 2022: Why Is My Child Still Awake? The Kimberly Hirsh Story

Apr 20, 2022: 🔖 Read 11 Bookish Accessories to Make Reading More Accessible. I love pieces like this. Getting a book holder changed my reading life.

Apr 20, 2022: So I’m delighted by the premise of Is It Cake? but it really feels like a parody reality show from 30 Rock.

Apr 20, 2022: 🔖 Read Should you ever NOT listen to user feedback?. I’m exploring the possibility of a career in UX research & reading this article showed …

Apr 20, 2022: I know you’re not supposed to share your morning pages but in mine today I wrote “It’s time to develop a writing practice that fits …

Apr 20, 2022: Want to read: Overdue by Amanda Oliver 📚

Apr 20, 2022: 🔖Read Being a Public Librarian Can Be Dangerous Work, Why Don’t We Acknowledge That? - Electric Literature Libraries are resolutely radical …

Apr 19, 2022: It’s really weird to have been the precocious teen on the Internet 25 years ago and be the old person in the writer academia Discord server now.

Apr 19, 2022: In other news, Season 5 of TNG is stacked with memorable episodes. Darmok. Silicon Avatar. The Game. Ethics. The Innermost Light. Time’s Arrow. …

Apr 19, 2022: Yesterday I helped my parents sort out the logistics of making the house more accessible for my mom when she’s using mobility aids. A few hours …

Apr 19, 2022: Anybody interested in becoming a Sesame Street librarian?

Apr 18, 2022: Me, thinking about the logistics of attending my sister’s Master’s hooding: I mean, how many times does your sister finish graduate …

Apr 17, 2022: I would like to thank the fine people at Nintendo of America for making the Easter Bunny’s job much easier this year. M: Did you get me the toys …

Apr 17, 2022: My kid, raised in a mostly secular witchy agnostic home but with a vague understanding of holiday stories, after I explain that the Pharisees in Jesus …

Apr 15, 2022: My closest friends are now the crow who hangs out in my yard and the moon. Also, I received a shipment of crystal-infused bath products today …

Apr 15, 2022: 🔖🎵🎭🍿 Read Judas Christ Superstar: Easter thoughts on being just (Reader) by Katie Prout. This piece is excellent. JCS is an extremely important show …

Apr 15, 2022: Spouse: So, how do I write up a plan for this research project? Me: Step 1. Get a PhD. Just kidding! Read this one chapter - whoops, all of part II - …

Apr 14, 2022: 🖖🏻📺 This /Film review of #StarTrekPicard 2x07 verbalizes something that’s bothered me all season: “Picard” has invented trauma for …

Apr 14, 2022: 📺 Blippi is like if someone fed Mr. Rogers several thousand Pixy Stix.

Apr 14, 2022: 🖖🏻📺 I’m not trying to spoil anybody for #StarTrekPicard but I would squee if we saw Mulder & Scully in the next episode. It won’t …

Apr 14, 2022: Me: I don’t remember how to do a remote research interview! It’s been almost two years! Also me: I wrote a blog post to help people …

Apr 14, 2022: 📚 Book Review: NOT YOUR AVERAGE HOT GUY and THE DATE FROM HELL by Gwenda Bond If you make a purchase through a link in this post, I may earn a commission. Do you wish Dan Brown books were sexy and full of pop culture …

Apr 14, 2022: Finished reading: The Date from Hell by Gwenda Bond 📚 Review coming soon!

Apr 13, 2022: 🔖 Read Projects: The Alastair Method. Alastair Johnston has created a Kanban-like tracking system for the Bullet Journal that I may modify for use as …

Apr 13, 2022: Ethnographers, what are some of your favorite ways to ease a participant into an interview?

Apr 13, 2022: First iced chai of the season.

Apr 12, 2022: Brent Spiner is killing it on Picard. 🖖🏻📺

Apr 12, 2022: My mom went to the hospital Saturday due to muscle weakness. (Previous surprise visits involved myocardial infarction & colitis, plus a bonus …

Apr 12, 2022: 🔖 Read ecosystem theory: how to reframe the “i do this or i do that” binary (Thrive PhD) by Katy Peplin Such a helpful perspective.

Apr 12, 2022: 🍿 Watched Brave Blue World: Racing to Solve Our Water Crisis. 🌊 This shows some awesome innovations in water conservation from people all over the …

Apr 12, 2022: Want to read: The Wastewater Gardener: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time by Mark Nelson PhD 📚

Apr 12, 2022: Want to read: Water 4.0 by David Sedlak 📚

Apr 11, 2022: Another super informal poll! If you are a scholar, regardless of your relationship ship to academia (student/university employee/working outside …

Apr 11, 2022: Hi there! This morning the outdoor temperature is 44F. When I pick my kid up at 3 pm it will be 80F. Welcome to central North Carolina!

Apr 10, 2022: I’m curious: if you are currently or have ever been in a graduate program, are you familiar with the concept of “personal knowledge …

Apr 10, 2022: 🔖 Read Plan to rewrite NC teacher licensing could also raise pay, but it’s too early to say Educators, what do you think? I’m not sure …

Apr 10, 2022: According to this blog post, some of the core concepts of Learning Experience Design include: human-centered design constructive alignment learning …

Apr 9, 2022: Notes from the LX2017 magazine As you may have noticed, I’m reading up on Learning Experience Design. LXCON 2017 resulted in a beautiful magazine. I highlighted this bit: To …

Apr 9, 2022: Feeling this.

Apr 9, 2022: 🔖 Read Dirty hands do all the thinking in LXD (LXD.org) by Patrick van der Bogt.

Apr 9, 2022: 🔖 Read The incredible power of paper prototyping (LXD.org) by Niels Floor.

Apr 9, 2022: 🔖 Read Learning Experience Design vs Instructional Design (LXD.org) by Niels Floor.

Apr 9, 2022: 🔖 Read Four Ingredients for a Memorable Learning Experience (LXD.org) by Rodrigo J. Gallego Studying up on Learning Experience Design & Research. …

Apr 8, 2022: Eventually I will get so annoyed with websites that are not responsive that I’ll start cold-quoting companies offering to fix that for them.

Apr 8, 2022: Took the Be Bright Studios Brand Quiz & it says mine is a “Generous Knowledge” brand which, yes.

Apr 8, 2022: Super informal survey but hey library workers, what would a professional organization that worked for YOU look like?

Apr 8, 2022: Chatting with Casey about D&D this morning and I’m thinking about constructivist pedagogy and how the DM can create a gradual release of …

Apr 7, 2022: I’ve been feeling a need for increased witch vibes, so I slipped this pink agate in my pocket and drew a card from Visions in the Liminal Space …

Apr 6, 2022: Having big feelings because my favorite witch store’s owner moved away, even though the store has been online-only for a couple of years & I …

Apr 6, 2022: Sat on my foot and now it’s numb, really missing AIMs circa 2002 from Kelly O’Shea reminding me not to do this.

Apr 6, 2022: Bless the people who create prefilled Easter baskets because this mom who usually loves filling her kid’s basket does NOT have the bandwidth …

Apr 6, 2022: Gonna write a romance where one love interest has Hashimoto’s and has to bail on a date due to low spoons & the other love interest is like, …

Apr 5, 2022: If high-risk people have to be individually responsible for mitigating their risk, employers should be expected to treat risk mitigation as a …

Apr 5, 2022: I really am amazed that as an autoimmune Kimberly I used to just let people breathe all over me.

Apr 5, 2022: My Current Productivity Stack (including scholarly tools) I am a productivity hobbyist and have a bad habit of chucking my whole system every once in a while to try and adopt somebody else’s from scratch. …

Apr 5, 2022: I’m Kimberly and today I just don’t feel like doing it, where it = anything.

Apr 4, 2022: One last merch design for today: I PhDID IT!

Apr 4, 2022: I made a new t-shirt/merch design: Stick a Fork in Me - I’m PhDone.

Apr 4, 2022: 7 Things to Do Before You Start Your PhD It’s the time of year when people are announcing their PhD acceptances. If you are psyched to be doing a PhD, yay you! I have some advice for things …

Apr 3, 2022: New oversized graphic tee!

Apr 3, 2022: Me, watching #StarTrek: Picard 🖖🏻: Whoa, do they think 3D printers will be that fast in 2024?

Apr 2, 2022: Two true things about my brother @MicahHirsh: he’s an animator and he’s autistic. For Autism Acceptance Month, I’m going to share …

Apr 2, 2022: Yesterday, I told Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal that she should take the good idea she couldn’t do now and do it later. Today, I made DO IT LATER …

Apr 2, 2022: Registration for #FanLIS2022 is open! If you’re interested in fan studies in library and information science (#FanLIS), be sure to check out …

Apr 1, 2022: Hello world. Please mark the wonderfulness of my spouse who, when my kid wanted to go find the neighbors & play after we’d been out all day …

Apr 1, 2022: Today’s the day it’s best to ignore the internet, so byeeee.

Mar 30, 2022: I have brain fog today. I do not know why I have brain fog today. I’m going to blame hormones. 🧠🌫

Mar 29, 2022: 🎭🎵 Spending my Tues night building an audition repertoire, as one does. The Party’s Over A Trip to the Library Another Hundred People …

Mar 28, 2022: 🔖 Read How to Use Evernote for Your Creative Workflow. A couple key quotes: Start acting like every idea you come across or come up with has the …

Mar 28, 2022: 🔖 Read The Secret Power of ‘Read It Later’ Apps.

Mar 28, 2022: 🔖 Read One-Touch to Inbox Zero: How I Spend 17 Minutes Per Day on Email.

Mar 27, 2022: 🍿🎭🎵 Watched Anything Goes. Sutton Foster is my hero. Wish I could get to NYC to see her in The Music Man. Everybody in this production was great. I …

Mar 27, 2022: I appreciate the implication from Star Trek: Picard that our timeline is the horrible timeline Q created. 🖖🏻📺

Mar 25, 2022: Finished reading: “So What Are You Going to Do with That?" by Susan Basalla 📚

Mar 25, 2022: This pandemy has not lessened my misanthropy. Today I got very annoyed that another family was in the Museum of Life and Science bathroom (a large …

Mar 25, 2022: 🔖🎭 Read Having a Child Meant Imagining a New Way to Make Theater (Catapult) by Lindsey Trout Hughes. This resonated with me more than anything else …

Mar 25, 2022: 🔖🎵 Read “The Queerest of the Queer”: Listening to Garbage in the Nineties (Catapult) by Niko Stratis. I enjoy Garbage so much and I appreciate this …

Mar 24, 2022: 🔖 Read I Gained 70 Pounds During COVID. Here’s What Happened On My First Day Back In The Office. (HuffPost) by Emily McCombs A good read; not …

Mar 24, 2022: 🔖♿ Read Disability Status Shouldn’t Have a Hierarchy (Catapult) by s. e. smith. Excellent column illuminating the challenges in and importance of …

Mar 24, 2022: 📝 The programme for #FanLIS 2022 is live! I’ll be sharing my dissertation research on Friday, May 20. I’ll let you know when registration …

Mar 24, 2022: 🔖📚 Read After the Green Ribbon (Catapult) by A. E. Osworth The Green Ribbon is a favorite of mine. I love Osworth’s discussion of how it marks …

Mar 23, 2022: 🔖 Read My Mother Has Terminal Cancer, and I Can’t Seem to Stop Buying Sweaters (Catapult) by Rachel Vorona Cote

Mar 23, 2022: 🔖 Read What Tarot Taught Me About the Stories We Tell (Catapult) by Mishka Hoosen CW: Racism, rape A beautiful meditation on one person’s …

Mar 23, 2022: I have renewed and revitalized respect for sociologists after trying to quickly understand the sociology of space. Your theories seem impenetrable and …

Mar 23, 2022: 🔖 Read Teachers Are Told to Ignore Their Bodies, But Chronic Pain Made Me Listen to Mine (Catapult) by Chiara di Lello

Mar 23, 2022: 🔖 Read The World Doesn’t Bend for Disabled Kids (or Disabled Parents) (Catapult) by Katie Rose Pryal It breaks my heart when adults won’t figure …

Mar 23, 2022: 🔖 Read twisty little passages (Catapult) by Jess Zimmerman. A beautiful, heartbreaking short story told in the form of a text adventure.

Mar 23, 2022: 🔖 Read The Coronavirus’s Next Move (The Atlantic) by Katherine J. Wu.

Mar 22, 2022: 🔖 Read The Girlboss Has Left the Building.

Mar 22, 2022: 🔖📺 Read The Comedies That Understand What Peak Scammer TV Does Not.

Mar 22, 2022: Hi scholars. Can you point me to a scholarly definition of “space” that would encompass space broadly constituted, including physical …

Mar 22, 2022: 🔖Read The Ukraine Crisis Briefly Put America’s Culture War in Perspective.

Mar 22, 2022: Fostering Information Literacy Through Autonomy and Guidance in the Inquiry and Maker Learning Environments - Koh et al, 2020 Koh, K., Ge, X., Lee, L., Lewis, K. R., Simmons, S., & Nelson, L. (2020). Fostering Information Literacy Through Autonomy and Guidance in the …

Mar 22, 2022: 🔖🎮 Read Inside the fight to save video game history. Great intro to the copyright issues at play in the conflict between game companies and museums …

Mar 21, 2022: Finished reading: Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore 📚 Cashore’s GRACELING was the book that fixed me after THE NAME OF THE WIND broke me (because I …

Mar 21, 2022: 🔖 Read COVID Won’t End Up Like the Flu. It Will Be Like Smoking.

Mar 21, 2022: 🔖📚 Read “The Invisible Kingdom” Shines a Light on Women’s Chronic Pain. Another great interview with Meghan O’Rourke. Here are some quotes that …

Mar 21, 2022: 🔖 Read Have We Forgotten How to Read Critically?. Another great piece with an argument centered on the importance of information literacy.

Mar 21, 2022: 🔖 Read How Gullibility Became Our New Normal. I love when information literacy pops up in popular publications like this. These pieces can be models …

Mar 21, 2022: 🔖📚 Read Back Draft: Meghan O’Rourke. O’Rourke’s making the rounds to promote her new book, The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic …

Mar 18, 2022: It’s good to have a statement that sums up what you do, writ large, that isn’t just a job title. And thanks to influences including Star …

Mar 18, 2022: 🔖 Read How to Be A Successful Multipassionate Entrepreneur.

Mar 18, 2022: 🔖 Read 5 Ways to Thrive as a Multipassionate Entrepreneur “Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.” Whoa, I needed to read that.

Mar 18, 2022: 🔖 I’m always looking for Leonie Dawson’s post about heroic self-gentleness and struggling to track it down in searches so now that …

Mar 18, 2022: Reading the schedule for GIFCon and my breath caught and I teared up a little at Kat Humphries’s paper title, “What’s this cheery singing all …

Mar 18, 2022: 🔖 Read Academic Waste. 🎓

Mar 17, 2022: Why I like St. Patrick's Day ☘️ I originally posted this on Facebook on March 17, 2016. I’m only 9% Irish, but I sure love Saint Patrick’s Day. I think most of my …

Mar 17, 2022: I added a Shop page to my website! Right now all that’s there are my Notion templates (all pay what you can, $0+). In the future I hope to add a …

Mar 17, 2022: I’m thinking about adding an Ask Me Anything’s page to my blog. But I also might just sometimes make a post soliciting questions. What …

Mar 16, 2022: Colored a page from Dover Coloring Book Fairy Fashion by Scott Altmann. I’m using jumbo crayons so I don’t get hand cramps. Coloreds this …

Mar 16, 2022: Shang-Chi is all “1996” and later is all “PRESENT DAY” and it’s confusing how those aren’t synonyms.

Mar 15, 2022: Finished reading: Shang-Chi by Gene Luen Yang Vol. 1: Brothers and Sisters by Gene Yang 📚

Mar 15, 2022: I haven’t watched it yet but I’ve decided The Adam Project is a sequel to 13 Going on 30 and nothing will convince me otherwise.

Mar 15, 2022: 🍿 Watched Turning Red. Highly recommend. Perfectly captures being 13, navigating our own growth and our parents' expectations, and the way these …

Mar 15, 2022: Added “A very enterprising, mildly annoying young lady” to my bio. Thanks, #TurningRed!

Mar 15, 2022: Wordle Walkthrough - 03/14/2022 As promised, here’s a walkthrough of my thought process for playing Wordle. This is the game for 03/14/2022. I begin most games with the word …

Mar 15, 2022: 🔖 Read Storytelling and the Craft of Quiltmaking. 🧵

Mar 14, 2022: I like to ask from time to time and I haven’t in a while: what’s my brand?

Mar 14, 2022: Whoever wrote that thing about how 13 yos don’t write fanfic has everybody on Twitter talking about their Sailor Moon fanfic. I wrote mine (the …

Mar 14, 2022: Want to read: Information Hunters by Kathy Peiss 📚

Mar 14, 2022: The Klein Librarian for Science Fiction at UC Riverside sounds like a pretty cool job.

Mar 13, 2022: 🍿 Watched Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga because it was nominated for a Hugo. I had a lot of fun with it. I like this kind of gentle …

Mar 13, 2022: Finished reading: How to Make a Living with Your Writing Third Edition by Joanna Penn 📚 Great advice on creating multiple income streams as a writer. …

Mar 11, 2022: How I win at Wordle (when I win at Wordle) I don’t share my daily Wordle result, but I do play it most days. I get it in 5 or fewer tries 94% of the time, 3 or fewer 32% of the time. I …

Mar 11, 2022: We are at DEFCON Falling Asleep to Mr. Rogers.

Mar 10, 2022: Will the giant invasive ballooning spiders eat the mosquitos in my yard? If so, I don’t welcome like ALL of them but you know, a couple would be …

Mar 10, 2022: In case you’re wondering where my head is at, I spilled the PCR testing solution while trying to test my kid, had to ask the pharmacy tech for a …

Mar 9, 2022: I changed my goal for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. My goal now is to publish 22,500 words on my blog over the course of the month. I’ve changed …

Mar 9, 2022: Finished reading: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore 📚 So great. Cashore gets five genres in this book and each one is a delight.

Mar 9, 2022: Pro-tip: brains work better when you feed them.

Mar 7, 2022: Finished reading: The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum 📚

Mar 6, 2022: My kid’s school is going mask-optional indoors in April and now I don’t know if I’m going to sleep any time soon because I’m …

Mar 6, 2022: Hello, world. Got any cool qualitative UX researcher friends you can connect me with? I’d love to learn more about this career (especially in ed …

Mar 6, 2022: Me: Let’s see who among my LinkedIn connections has qualitative research in their profile. Maybe I can eyeball their jobs and see what might be …

Mar 5, 2022: I ran the introductory adventure for Hero Kids for M & W. It was a lot of fun and now I’m very tired. 🎲

Mar 4, 2022: I’m at that point in a documentation/literature review where you have to just let stuff roll around in your brain and while it IS productive, it …

Mar 4, 2022: I can’t tell if the locus of origin of my current inability to focus is in my body, in The World, or shared between them.

Mar 4, 2022: What?! Kristin Cashore just had a character in Jane, Unlimited share my one strong Doctor Who opinion! “Nobody likes Martha Jones but I like …

Mar 4, 2022: 💬📚 “A storm can be a cozy thing when one isn’t in it.” - Kristin Cashore in Jane, Unlimited

Mar 4, 2022: 💬📺🖖🏻 “Exhilaration enhances the absorption of knowledge.” Picard, 2x01, “The Stargazer” [Cool how this sums up my whole deal.]

Mar 4, 2022: 💬📺🖖🏻 “The part of me that really wants is the part that has to wait in line.” Picard, 2x01, “The Stargazer”

Mar 2, 2022: I played a LOT of the Pokemon TCG in my freshman year of college, burned a lot of scholarship money on it. When I stored it away I wasn’t …

Mar 2, 2022: If you must get a flat tire, I recommend doing it on a beautiful day when you have snacks packed in the car and plenty of data on your mobile plan so …

Mar 2, 2022: Me, reading Jane, Unlimited: Wait, wait, wait. Her aunt/guardian was an adjunct at this fancy private university and she got the child-of-faculty …

Mar 1, 2022: I let a tiny bit of crying come out at 3 am Monday morning and now all the crying I haven’t done in the past 2 years is trying to push its way …

Mar 1, 2022: Oof. Doing a second round of coding and I am R-U-S-T-Y rusty.

Feb 28, 2022: How do you handle a day when your brain isn’t doing a great job but you also don’t really want to nap because you will feel logie …

Feb 28, 2022: Hey, Kimberly. You actually are not in a good position right now to do an in-depth analysis of every mention or example of social science in the Star …

Feb 28, 2022: 🔖 Read It’s Called Acting: Learning to Fight for the Stage. 🎭

Feb 28, 2022: 🔖 Read Network sitcoms are actually good again. 📺

Feb 26, 2022: 🍿 Watched Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe and I definitely cried twice because I’m a big sister and there were some …

Feb 25, 2022: 🔖 Read Is it time to live with COVID-19? Some scientists warn of ‘endemic delusion’ “I don’t particularly want to be in a future where I get COVID …

Feb 25, 2022: It can feel like Social Science Communication isn’t a thing, but here are some people doing it: Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom Dr. Zeynep Tufecki …

Feb 25, 2022: 🔖 Loved reading what Kathy Tabbutt had to say about Social Science Communication in the January 23 Fancy Comma newsletter. I’ve been thinking …

Feb 25, 2022: 🔖 Read Curing Coronavirus Isn’t a Job for Social Scientists. (This article is from May 2020, which is probably why it has the word …

Feb 25, 2022: 🔖 Read Why does social science have such a hard job explaining itself?.

Feb 25, 2022: It IS great news that’s my mom’s leukemia is in remission. It’s important to me to remember that there is a long road ahead, with …

Feb 25, 2022: My mom’s leukemia is in remission.

Feb 24, 2022: Please listen to Gaslit Nation, where Sarah Kendzior & Andrea Chalupa “take a deep dive on the news, skipping outrage to deliver analysis, …

Feb 24, 2022: I am scared and overwhelmed. Here’s what I’m doing about it: Making sure I take my meds and supplements Reading and following the Gaslit …

Feb 23, 2022: Working through Project READY and I wrote an “I am” poem [PDF]. I don’t want to share the whole thing but in case you’re …

Feb 23, 2022: That feeling when your new job pays you to work through the professional development curriculum you created as part of your old job.

Feb 23, 2022: Life stuff, health stuff, and the Wheel of Fortune (tarot card, not game show) My sense of routine and timing and goal-setting has been completely exploded over the past month or so. The routines I put in place to help me cope in …

Feb 22, 2022: Not sure what my dream casting for most of the roles in Ninth House would be, but @may_wise Mary Wiseman for Pamela Dawes please, okay bye.

Feb 21, 2022: I did the seven stories exercise & put everything into a word cloud, combining related words & eliminating irrelevant words & ended up …

Feb 21, 2022: 🔖 Read More contagious version of omicron spreads in U.S., fueling worries. This. The lifting of mask mandates. The expansion of what counts as …

Feb 21, 2022: Finished reading: Ninth House (Alex Stern Book 1) by Leigh Bardugo 📚 So good. It puts the academia in dark academia.

Feb 20, 2022: No YOU just ordered a Mini Tarot de Marseille.

Feb 20, 2022: I was going to ask what the best career path was for an insufferable know-it-all and then realized I should qualify the question with aside from …

Feb 20, 2022: Scene: Today’s Micro.blog Meetup Them: I have writer’s block and was hoping to get ideas for how to bust through it. Me: Let me tell you …

Feb 20, 2022: 🔖 Not their first rodeo: How Black riders are reclaiming their place in cowboy culture This is so cool and the pictures are phenomenal.

Feb 20, 2022: Me: I was so psyched about the topic and methods of my dissertation when I defended my proposal in February 2020, but I find it hard to get psyched …

Feb 19, 2022: I’m RSVPing to IndieWeb Create Day on March 5, 2022. This might show up as a yes but it’s actually a maybe.

Feb 18, 2022: Me to W: I need to go be in the dark and quiet for a little while now because I’m overstimulated. There were so many people outside when M was …

Feb 17, 2022: I am thisclose to posting a vibe shift reading list.

Feb 16, 2022: I have too many chronic conditions and I don’t like it.

Feb 16, 2022: 🔖 Read The Millions of People Stuck in Pandemic Limbo …people are still dying, and immunocompromised people disproportionately so. Ignoring …

Feb 16, 2022: The middle-school-Kimberly-to-grown-up-Kimberly pipeline I’ve been reading the Future Ready with the Library posts at the YALSA blog and it’s got me thinking about the skills I was building in …

Feb 16, 2022: I just heard my neck crack. I am really over everything. Everything except crafting and my job. And loving my kid. I guess I’m over stuff that …

Feb 16, 2022: Today’s vibe: driving home from my fasting bloodwork appointment listening to “Surface Pressure” on repeat-1 while basically …

Feb 16, 2022: I get annoyed at the voice in my head that, when I’m stressed, offers an oh-so-helpful list of all the stress-relieving things I’m not …

Feb 16, 2022: I will never not be a caregiver. I realized as I was helping my family in the face of my mom’s return to the hospital that there will never be a time when I’m not a …

Feb 15, 2022: 💻 Watching We Are NOT Okay: Library Worker Trauma Before and During COVID-19 and What Happens After #LibraryTrauma #WeAreNotOkay #LibraryLove

Feb 15, 2022: I’m intrigued by the pedagogy of uncertainty concept that Ronnie Videla-Reyes and Claudio Aguayo will introduce at this week’s SoTEL …

Feb 15, 2022: As we approach the spring of deception, it feels rude to me that the earth is moving forward with the seasons with my mom in and out of the hospital. …

Feb 15, 2022: Changing my profile pic to Luisa Madrigal for a while.

Feb 14, 2022: I was feeling sad about my mom being readmitted to the hospital so I took a break from work and made a pillow cover. Blog post with details …

Feb 14, 2022: I’m a great lover of Valentine’s Day as a time to express special affection for friends & family as well as romantic partners. Today …

Feb 12, 2022: My mom was discharged from the hospital tonight and will be doing the rest of her induction therapy outpatient. Thought you might like some good news …

Feb 11, 2022: Started Octopath Traveler again tonight and it made me very happy. Last time I played was almost 2 years ago. 🎮

Feb 11, 2022: I think the union rep at this postdoc orientation is doing this presentation outside during the Santa Ana winds, which is a choice.

Feb 11, 2022: I am having a grumping it out day.

Feb 11, 2022: #StarTrek:The Next Generation Season 4 Episode 20 “Qpid” aired 04/22/91. 🖖🏻 Q: You would have me stand idly by as she leads you to your …

Feb 10, 2022: 🔖 Read How to Reclaim Normal Life Without Being ‘Done’. I appreciate the acknowledgement here that inputs for risk calculation vary widely.

Feb 10, 2022: Got an email about my kid’s school moving to endemic risk management instead of pandemic and I get it but I do worry about those of us who are …

Feb 10, 2022: Write Source 2000: The book that started my obsession with writing craft books 📚📝 I own a lot of writing craft books. There’s the obvious, like Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, but I also have more obscure …

Feb 10, 2022: The Teens Leading Change initiative at the LA Public Library is awesome. A great reminder that there are people committed to doing good work in the …

Feb 10, 2022: Theory to practice: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good As we work on the Transforming Teen Services for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion project, one thing I have to be reminded frequently is that creating …

Feb 9, 2022: Words cannot convey how psyched I am for Chrono Cross Radical Dreamers Edition. I’ve wanted a Chrono Cross remaster for a long time. PSX-era …

Feb 9, 2022: Realized today as I was listening to the John de Lancie episode of Gates McFadden Investigates that I would 100% sign up for a Star Trek acting …

Feb 9, 2022: Today’s 28 Days of Black History post about Jerry Lawson, who led the division that made the first console where players could change out game …

Feb 9, 2022: I just did a search on Google Scholar for the exact phrases “serious leisure” and “pedagogy of play” together and only found …

Feb 9, 2022: Finished reading: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon 📚 Again!

Feb 9, 2022: Essays on essays on essays I’m still thinking about essays after reading Jackson Arn’s “Dot Dot Dot Dot Dot Dot​ | Against the Contemporary American Essay. Arn references other …

Feb 8, 2022: 🔖 Read My Platonic Life Partnership Went Viral On TikTok, & People Have A Lot Of Questions I’m a person who’s been squarely …

Feb 8, 2022: Peak on-brand middle aged Kimberly: Cutting out doll clothes sewing patterns while watching the Ask a Mortician video about books bound in human skin.

Feb 8, 2022: That feeling when you step away from your desk and the good ideas rush in.

Feb 8, 2022: What even is my writing voice, anyway? That critique of the essay piece I read and linked yesterday has sent me down a rabbit hole of other writing about essays. I’ll put together a list of …

Feb 7, 2022: 🔖 Read Dot Dot Dot Dot Dot Dot​ | Against the Contemporary American Essay by Jackson Arn. Timely, given my own musings on essays. There’s a lot …

Feb 7, 2022: How to write an essay (buyer beware, I don’t have the answer) How does a person write an essay? I’ve been trying to figure out. The thing is, it’s a versatile form. So versatile, I can’t pin it down. There are …

Feb 6, 2022: I haven’t felt like writing a long blog post for the post couple of weeks. Maybe tomorrow. I’m reading a lot though & that has made me …

Feb 6, 2022: Currently reading: Ninth House (Alex Stern Book 1) by Leigh Bardugo 📚

Feb 6, 2022: Currently reading: Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (CultureAmerica) by Kelly J. Baker 📚

Feb 5, 2022: Finished reading: King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo 📚 I love it so much. Nikolai, Zoya, and Nina have always been my faves so it felt a little like Leigh …

Feb 5, 2022: Finished reading: Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia by Kelly J. Baker 📚 Highly recommend. Baker’s writing is always incisive and …

Feb 4, 2022: 🔖 Read The Holes We Live With by Katie Rose Guest Pryal. I think my hole is named in the Encanto song “Surface Pressure”: I’m …

Feb 4, 2022: Dana has a lightsaber now. [Image description: An 18 inch doll holds an appropriately scaled lightsaber.]

Feb 4, 2022: Want to read: The Gig Academy: Mapping Labor in the Neoliberal University (Reforming Higher Education: Innovation and the Public Good) by Adrianna …

Feb 4, 2022: 💬📚 The life of the mind tends to ignore the body, but our bodies aren’t so easily avoided. - Kelly J. Baker in Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and …

Feb 4, 2022: 💬📚 Explaining away the plight of adjuncts as brainwashed dupes ignores the structural realities of the disastrous academic job market. - Kelly J. …

Feb 4, 2022: I thought the Internet should know: Nikolai Lantsov is now my book boyfriend. Sorry, Kvothe. (Links definitely contain spoilers.) 📚

Feb 3, 2022: 💬📚 One of [the] things about the “love professions,” which includes academia, it is really easy to forget that you are a worker. But when …

Feb 3, 2022: Finished reading: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty 📚

Feb 3, 2022: Accepting death doesn’t mean that you won’t be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, …

Feb 3, 2022: The great achievements of humanity were born out of the deadlines imposed by death. - Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from …

Feb 3, 2022: The doll is named Dana. She is here now and I think she’s actually 200% haunted. The mid-life crisis continues.

Feb 3, 2022: I’m psyched to present my dissertation research at FanLIS 2022: Fan Futures Beyond the Archive. I’ll talk about how cosplayers find, …

Feb 3, 2022: I Kimberly Hirsh am RSVPing yes to Micro Camp 2022 .

Feb 3, 2022: 🔖 Read Women of a Certain Age. Great piece about how the Golden Age of TV creates space for roles beyond somebody’s mom, somebody’s wife, …

Feb 2, 2022: The Kimberly urge to write Picard/Gomez fic. 🖖🏻

Feb 2, 2022: My kid definitely just said “Thwip” in his sleep. 🕸️

Feb 1, 2022: “People as everyday theorists of their experiences” - great insight from Bill Penuel at the Crown Institute Participatory Toolkit …

Feb 1, 2022: Welcome to my mid-life crisis. [Image description: An eBay item page for an 18 inch fashion doll. The page says “You purchased this item on Feb …

Feb 1, 2022: It’s February. Black history is important all year long but February is extra awesome because Black cosplayers show off their stuff daily all …

Feb 1, 2022: Me, thinking about my mom’s experience with leukemia: The medicine will be what it will be, but what about her feeeeeeelings? (Never has it been …

Jan 31, 2022: Me, gathering up all my old dolls that I gave my kid so I can brush their hair: “I know - dolls.” (Oh, Clyde Bruckman. You ask such good …

Jan 31, 2022: Hello, I’m Kimberly Hirsh and I just bought and set up creativityforscholars.com. If the domain name intrigues you, why not pop over and sign up …

Jan 31, 2022: We must be brave enough to look at our own academic systems, if we plan to make them just and equitable. - Kelly J. Baker, Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender …

Jan 31, 2022: Feeling cute today. [A pale white woman with dark hair & blue eyes wears black cat eye glasses, a black cable knit sweater over a white dress with …

Jan 30, 2022: 🔖 Read A Counterintuitive Nighttime Routine For The Type A Insomniac. I love this. I’m constantly trying to Type-A-away symptoms of chronic …

Jan 30, 2022: The concept of the body as canvas becomes more powerful if the canvas is dead. - Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the …

Jan 30, 2022: We are all just future corpses. - Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory 💬📚

Jan 30, 2022: Encountering a corpse forced the man who would be Buddha to see life as a process of unpredictable and constant change. - Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets …

Jan 30, 2022: I just bought the Kindle edition of both volumes of Briana Lawrence’s mixed media magical girl series, Magnifique NOIR, and I am psyched about …

Jan 30, 2022: Burnham’s “Let’s fly” is probably the best captain catchphrase but Dal’s “Go fast” might be a close second. …

Jan 29, 2022: I have a vague feeling I’m at risk of becoming the first victim in the X-Files episode “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”: Why …

Jan 28, 2022: Reading misuthewitch’s thesis for my Artist Date today. [Image Description: A tablet in a purple case displays a paper titled, “Make-Up!: …

Jan 26, 2022: I’m RSVPing yes to IndieWebCamp Personal Libraries Pop Up Session. Excited to chat about how we track and share book stuff! 📚

Jan 26, 2022: Six month check-in: Who am I at 40? It was my half birthday almost 2 weeks ago, so it seems like a good time to check in on whether I’m being the person I want to be at 40. Here …

Jan 25, 2022: When is a gap not a gap? Doing research that hasn't already been done An undergrad sent me a message thanking me for my post A Start-to-Finish Literature Review Workflow and asked the question: Is there an exhaustive …

Jan 25, 2022: 🔖 Read The Only Work Ethic I Care About is the One on Star Trek Yes! When a 20th c guy ends up on the Enterprise and is all “What am I supposed …

Jan 25, 2022: More than a little psyched about Emily Vardell & Sarah Beth Nelson’s paper Teaching Reference Interview Skills with Improv.

Jan 25, 2022: Okay, world. I’m going to try turning it off and then turning it on again, “it” being this day.

Jan 25, 2022: In the spirit of cosmic effery that embracing radical uncertainty requires, I turned my ankle this morning. Probably a super mild sprain, given the …

Jan 24, 2022: Sent my mom the Six of Crows duology for her Kindle. Pretty pleased with myself. 📚

Jan 24, 2022: Tag yourself. I’m Arcade Fire Dad (sub in improv troupe for band). …

Jan 24, 2022: I love my job and some yammering about writing How are you doing, Internet? I’m obviously Not Okay, with my mom having leukemia and all, but I’m trying to do things besides worry about her anyway. …

Jan 24, 2022: I’m back to cross-posting from my site automatically to Twitter. Everywhere else I’m going to stick with manusl cross-posting.

Jan 23, 2022: The Empath’s Dilemma: You won’t cry for yourself, but you cry really hard when you start to think how scared and alone the rest of your …

Jan 23, 2022: 🔖Read What is “Dark Academia,” and why is it trending on social media in 2022?

Jan 23, 2022: My bedhead is feeling extra goth and channeling Tim Burton a little bit this morning.

Jan 23, 2022: 🔖 Read Julia Cameron Says You Can Get Creative Indoors.

Jan 22, 2022: My mom was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia this week and started chemo yesterday. If you want details, email me and I’ll send you …

Jan 21, 2022: 🍿 Watched Encanto. Lovely.

Jan 21, 2022: 🔖 Read The Homebound Symphony by @ayjay I’m trying to be the Homebound Symphony. Just one person sitting in my study with a computer on my lap, …

Jan 21, 2022: Key lines from “Surface Pressure": Give it to your sister, your sister’s older Give her all the heavy things we can’t …

Jan 20, 2022: I haven’t seen ENCANTO but I gather Luisa is the middle sister and yet her song is the anthem of eldest daughters the world over. 🍿🎵

Jan 20, 2022: Peak IndieWeb Eldest Daughter Kimberly: considering for a few minutes trying to do a self-hosted version of CaringBridge before deciding it’s …

Jan 20, 2022: W’s aunt gave M an amaryllis and it’s blooming. Big Alice in Wonderland vibes. [Image description: a large red amaryllis flower blooms.]

Jan 20, 2022: 🔖 I highly recommend Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up as a tool for managing daily living when things feel …

Jan 19, 2022: I am immensely pleased to be getting so much new Star Trek in the next few months. 🖖🏻

Jan 19, 2022: 🔖 Read Tamsyn Muir Understood the Assignment: The Locked Tomb Series’ Expansive Exploration of Death and Grieving by Emma Leff 📚

Jan 19, 2022: 🔖 Read As We May Think by Vannevar Bush This 1945 essay by Vannebar Bush is one of the first texts they had us read when I got my MS in Library …

Jan 19, 2022: 🔖 Read Why PhDs Need to Study Creative Writing. Awesome piece with an excellent argument. I’ve been tacking this direction for a while and …

Jan 19, 2022: 🔖 Read We Are All Hostages to Anti-Semitism by Yair Rosenberg Excellent piece about how anti-Semitism is not individual prejudice, but part of a vast, …

Jan 18, 2022: 🔖 Read Hypertext Gardens. Efficient traversal provides the information readers think they want, but may hide information readers need. I love the …

Jan 18, 2022: I’m experimenting with building a digital garden via a personal wiki so of course my first page is about Digital Gardens and Streams. I …

Jan 18, 2022: Life just ran more smoothly when she got her way. Leigh Bardugo, KING OF SCARS 💬📚

Jan 18, 2022: On indefinite hiatus from most social media I’m taking an indefinite hiatus from checking or cross-posting to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and most other social media services, with the …

Jan 18, 2022: Just a little pro tip, muting words on Twitter will not prevent them from appearing in the “What’s happening” sidebar. A little …

Jan 17, 2022: New bio/tagline: “mothering, researching, reading, writing, playing, making, always learning”

Jan 17, 2022: Testing my commitment to embracing radical uncertainty This week is really asking me to live my commitment to embracing radical uncertainty. I’ve had a hypothyroidism flare due to the cold weather, …

Jan 17, 2022: Finished reading: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo 📚 I definitely want to write a longer review of this …

Jan 17, 2022: What gave her strength then? We cannot know for sure. That contrary thing inside her? The hard stone of rage that all lonely girls possess? - Leigh …

Jan 17, 2022: Okay, I’ll do the 10 year challenge.

Jan 16, 2022: Easy magic is pretty. Great magic asks that you trouble the waters. It requires a disruption, something new.Leigh Bardugo, THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS 💬📚

Jan 16, 2022: Yesterday I interrupted my kid’s marathon viewing of BLIPPI and transformed it into a marathon viewing of PHINEAS AND FERB, I am the best at …

Jan 15, 2022: My reading life 📚 Since the Micro.blog community is starting a reading group in the near future, I thought it would be a good time to talk about my reading habits and …

Jan 15, 2022: Currently reading: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo 📚 I have so much respect for how dark Bardugo is …

Jan 14, 2022: My workplace harassment training is promoting person-first language, but ends with “Ultimately, it is important to treat everyone as an …

Jan 14, 2022: Wisdom from my blog archives: What if everything I am - everything I’ve tried to improve in this particular, optimizing, tool-utilizing way - is just …

Jan 13, 2022: No YOU’RE thinking about writing a fanfic that’s just an IRB application for a xenoanthropology dissertation at Starfleet Academy.

Jan 13, 2022: Now that I’m gainfully employed, mosts of my discretionary spending is going to creators in little $5/mo increments.

Jan 13, 2022: How I’m Getting Through a Brain Fog Day In October, I learned that for the first time since my diagnosis in 2011, I had actually gotten my thyroid hormone levels to what I consider optimal. …

Jan 13, 2022: Future Directions for Connected Learning in Libraries This is the fourth post in a series contextualizing my position as a researcher of connected learning. Here are all the posts published so far: What …

Jan 13, 2022: Me: If I were going to write fiction, what genre should I write? Brain: YA high fantasy. Me: does analysis by genre & market of the last 20 books …

Jan 12, 2022: W: Do you know the first documented time “Google” was used as a verb? Me: Yes, it was on Buffy the Vampire Slayer 👩🏼, Willow said it, it …

Jan 12, 2022: I started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses because it’s, um, overdue & 9 people have it on hold (sorry people, thanks library for …

Jan 10, 2022: 🔖Read What happens when we die. Beautiful notes from Maria Popova on the novel Mr g.

Jan 10, 2022: Putting together references and resources for making myself a Tidemaker kefta, no big deal.

Jan 7, 2022: Connected Learning in Libraries: Changes and Challenges This is the third post in a series contextualizing my position as a researcher of connected learning. Here are all the posts published so far: What …

Jan 7, 2022: Want to read: The Comedy of Survival: Literary Ecology and a Play Ethic by Joseph W. Meeker 📚

Jan 7, 2022: 🔖 Read The comedy of survival.

Jan 7, 2022: 🔖 Read “I Feel Very Uncomfortable When People Call Me A Writer”. Great conversation between Sara Fredman & Dr. Merve Emre. WRITE LIKE …

Jan 6, 2022: This is a note to myself to write about how connected learning has existential value, not just $/academic/civic. For more, see Jermaine’s story …

Jan 6, 2022: Want to read: Dead Collections: A Novel by Isaac Fellman 📚

Jan 6, 2022: 🎵 Had to skip “Moonlight Sonata” on the Spotify Dark Academia Classical playlist because belting “Schroeder” at the top of my …

Jan 5, 2022: 🔖 Read Lost Time in COVID. Overall, we have, of necessity, learned to value the quality of our time over the quantity of it, and to work with the …

Jan 5, 2022: I just got finished with my onboarding meeting for the Connected Learning Lab and I can’t adequately express how psyched I am to get to do the …

Jan 5, 2022: Google Scholar: Hi Dr. Kimberly, would you like some journal articles about families playing Pokemon Go together and teaching and learning in Pokemon …

Jan 5, 2022: How Connected Learning Happens in Libraries This is the second post in a series contextualizing my position as a researcher of connected learning. Here are all the posts published so far: What …

Jan 5, 2022: Pretty psyched that this is my new institution.

Jan 5, 2022: My time is vampire time: The critical disability studies concept of "crip time" 📚♿ I’ve seen and heard a lot of people in the Micro.blog community discuss the book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. The hold list …

Jan 4, 2022: 🔖 Read Everyone should blog.

Jan 4, 2022: 🔖 Read Celebrate by Writing.

Jan 4, 2022: Somebody wrote a post on Micro.blog with the title “Everybody should blog” in the past couple days and I can’t find it now. If you …

Jan 4, 2022: What is Connected Learning? I start working remotely for the Connected Learning Lab tomorrow and while a lot of people are excited for me, most of them don’t actually understand …

Jan 4, 2022: Fighting with the VPN so I can have off-campus library access. Academia, how I’ve missed you. :) (I’m re-instituting emoticons instead of …

Jan 4, 2022: 🎵 I’m listening to the full album of Lady Gaga’s BORN THIS WAY for the first time, and I’m a little embarrassed by coming to her …

Jan 3, 2022: 1/3/22 plan: Wake up at normal time, hang out with kid, eat wholesome food, clean bedroom, prep for week ahead 1/3/22 reality: Wake up 1 hr late & …

Jan 3, 2022: New bio! “Big sister, little mother, perpetual learner. I love books AND computers.”

Jan 3, 2022: New rule: Especially on days when my kid is home from school, it’s okay if my routines don’t go as planned. Extra okay if it’s also …

Jan 3, 2022: 10 Video Games to Know Me 🎮 Final Fantasy Final Fantasy VII Street Fighter Alpha 3 Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure Chrono Cross Golden Sun Final …

Jan 3, 2022: 10 TV Shows to Know Me 📺 The Muppet Show Punky Brewster Star Trek: The Next Generation The Kids In the Hall Buffy the Vampire Slayer Firefly 30 Rock …

Jan 3, 2022: 🔖 Read True gender-neutral clothing must go beyond fancy sweatpants. I love the idea of a shop where clothing is arranged by type (shirts here, …

Jan 2, 2022: Welp, my corkboard is now mostly a collage of tarot and oracle cards. The mermaids are very concerned about research ethics.

Jan 2, 2022: Quick Thoughts on TRULY DEVIOUS 📚 I don’t want to write a full review of Truly Devious but I want to share a couple things. First: it goes back and forth between details of a …

Jan 2, 2022: Finished reading: Truly Devious: A Mystery by Maureen Johnson 📚

Jan 1, 2022: New (Year) hair before and after brushing. (Better-lit photos coming soon.)

Jan 1, 2022: 💬 “We are being asked to no longer abandon ourselves, to embrace and make space for all parts of ourselves to come alive and be honored.” …

Jan 1, 2022: Happy New Year from the hair I just cut off in a literal and symbolic act of lightening my load. Selfies to come after a shower and hair air drying.

Jan 1, 2022: 🔖 Read 6 ways to deal with anxiety and uncertainty this winter. One way to embrace radical uncertainty is to develop coping mechanisms. This NPR piece …

Jan 1, 2022: Closing out the year with a couple of runs in Hades 🎮 followed by some Star Trek: The Next Generation 🖖🏻. Here’s to staying on-brand in 2022.

Dec 31, 2021: 🔖 Read What the Aztecs can teach us about happiness and the good life. This is an excellent way to think about how to live.

Dec 31, 2021: My only resolution for 2022: Embrace [radical uncertainty] (https://www.johnkay.com/2020/02/12/radical-uncertainty/).

Dec 31, 2021: The Extreme Unknown: 2021 Year-in-Review & Thoughts for 2022 Here are a couple of earlier year-in-review posts: 2020 2019 2018 This one’s going to be a little different. I will write up my catalogue of …

Dec 30, 2021: 🔖 Read There Is No “Best of” List From Me This Year. 📚 Beautiful writing from Kelly Jensen: how books impacted her this year; where she is in her …

Dec 30, 2021: I just finished the midseason finale of #StarTrekDiscovery and I thought it was beautifully done. Space family talking through problems is my fave. …

Dec 30, 2021: Me, watching STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and seeing a newborn in a glass bassinet in sickbay with the birthing parent nowhere in sight: …

Dec 28, 2021: I just watched the SHORT TREKS episode “Q & A” and it has me really excited for STRANGE NEW WORLDS. 📺💻🖖🏻

Dec 27, 2021: 🔖📚 Read All Your Followers Will Not Buy Your Book - by Kate McKean katemckean.substack.comkatemckean.substack.com …

Dec 27, 2021: 🔖📚 Read Yes, Social Media Can Sell Books. But Not If Publishers Sit on Their Hands | Jane Friedman janefriedman.comjanefriedman.com …

Dec 27, 2021: 🔖📚 Read Millions of Followers? For Book Sales, ‘It’s Unreliable.’ - The New York Times nytimes.comRead: www.nytimes.com Www.nytimes.com …

Dec 27, 2021: 🔖 Read How your brain copes with grief, and why it takes time to heal. This time last year, my grandmother was in the hospital. She’d been …

Dec 25, 2021: 🔖 Read if we’re all about to get Omicron, here are 5 tips from a long-hauler (via @agilelisa on Micro.blog). This is sound advice for living with any …

Dec 25, 2021: I don’t know how your December 25 is going, but my spouse gave me a Roy Kent Christmas card so mine is going very well.

Dec 25, 2021: I’m that annoying friend who loves Christmas way too much but, like, the exhausted goth version of her. I hope you have a good December 25, …

Dec 24, 2021: It’s unseasonably warm here in central NC and will be even warmer tomorrow. Many people have complained that this doesn’t feel like …

Dec 24, 2021: 💬 “North Americans practice embalming, but we do not believe in embalming.” Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory …

Dec 24, 2021: Bodies donated to Western Carolina University’s forensic anthropology program end up in the John A. Williams Human Skeletal Collection and …

Dec 23, 2021: Until now, you’ve had to have a Micro.blog account to reply to my blog posts or sometimes, when I’ve had it active, use Disqus to reply. …

Dec 22, 2021: My Reading Year 2021 📚 I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. This was a slow reading year for me. I read a lot more fiction than last …

Dec 20, 2021: I had assumed that since I, a 40-year-old mother of a young child, have been very into Dark Academia for more than a year, it must be over. But it …

Dec 20, 2021: 🔖 Read The Scholarship of Sexy Privilege: Why Do I Love Dark Academia Books? …there will always be fringe groups who parade their complete …

Dec 19, 2021: Listen Vanessa Hudgens is winning regardless of the quality of the script or her accent.

Dec 19, 2021: Watched A California Christmas & A California Christmas: City Lights. They’re… Fine. There’s the use of a trope in the City …

Dec 19, 2021: I had a dream where there was a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer motion comic where the writers had made a new character say “I’m going to …

Dec 19, 2021: A core question that must eventually be answered about every space, physical or digital, is “Who is this for?” and if your answer is …

Dec 18, 2021: Excuse me, there is a Netflix Rom-Com starring Damon Wayans Jr and Rachel Leigh Cook? Be still my geriatric millennial heart.

Dec 17, 2021: I have something else to say about Single All the Way. Not only is it lovely to see Michael Urie be a lead, but it’s also lovely to see him …

Dec 17, 2021: As a person who made some of my dearest friends online before video chat was a thing, I’m strugglign with the protagonist of Love Hard being …

Dec 17, 2021: Io, Saturnalia!

Dec 16, 2021: It dinnae matter to this wee American lassie that Cary Elwes has a naff Scottish accent.

Dec 16, 2021: Some how I did not realize Cary Elwes would have a Scottish accent in A Castle for Christmas and I. Will be. In. My. Bunk.

Dec 16, 2021: I just watched Single All the Way while making part of W’s Christmas present. It is the anti-Happiest Season and I love it extra for that. More …

Dec 15, 2021: Today, I completed my hiring paperwork for UC Irvine & tried to figure out public service loan forgiveness. M & I stopped by Freeman’s …

Dec 15, 2021: Book Riot published a reading pathway for the work of bell hooks a while back, if you are overwhelmed by her prolific work.

Dec 15, 2021: Upon the death of bell hooks 🎙️ Transcript: Hello internet friends. I’m experimenting today with doing a micro cast. I have this capability on my website and I thought I would …

Dec 15, 2021: “I am Google make testing Lens g fusing to blog post. a” That’s regular print. It looks like for now, the limits of OCR mean …

Dec 15, 2021: Cursive paper blog post Google Lens attempt: “I am using. a blog mas Leng post.” Less successful, but that’s to be expected. Next, …

Dec 15, 2021: I AM TESTING USING GOOGLE LENS TO MAKE A BLOG POST. It works with my block print. I’m going to try cursive next.

Dec 15, 2021: O no I am up too late pondering cool possibilities for the web.

Dec 14, 2021: Peak Kimberly struggle: There’s 54 minutes of childcare left. Do I spend it tweaking my website or playing FF7R?

Dec 14, 2021: In case you’re on micro.blog and missed it, @JohnPhilpin is asking people interested in joining a Micro.blog Reader’s Club to complete …

Dec 14, 2021: Target app: Okay so listen we know you’ve bought your kid like 5 sets of pajamas this quarter but look at this one IT’S SO CUTE

Dec 14, 2021: Want to read: Foreverland: On the Divine Tedium of Marriage by Heather Havrilesky 📚

Dec 14, 2021: 🎨 M & I are doing Craftsy’s Jump Into Drawing class together. The first activity was shading a unicorn picture. I learned that I prefer line …

Dec 14, 2021: 🔖 Read and highly recommend Neurodiversity in Academia: The Autistic advantage in qualitative research.

Dec 13, 2021: Hoping to make it to this week’s Homebrew Website Club if I can do it without waking my kid.

Dec 13, 2021: 🔖 Read The New Outliers: How Creative Nonfiction Became a Legitimate, Serious Genre.

Dec 11, 2021: 🔖 Read Queer and Jewish Identity Are the Heart of “Where the Wild Things Are”. 📚 I love this. I want to look at In The Night Kitchen and Outside Over …

Dec 11, 2021: 🔖 Read On the Fleeting Wonder of Youth and the Surreal Permanence of Motherhood .

Dec 11, 2021: 🔖 Read Will Self: How Should We Read? In Praise of Literary Promiscuity in the Digital Age.

Dec 11, 2021: 🔖 Read Two Musicals on the Perils of Aging. 🎵🎭

Dec 11, 2021: The one finished task to two new tasks pipeline.

Dec 11, 2021: I’m taking a break from most feeds and timelines, disconnecting auto-posting from my blog to curb the desire to check for notifications. If you …

Dec 10, 2021: I am a grown human (a woman, specifically) and so I am having cookies as part of my breakfast today. I had a rough night.

Dec 10, 2021: I thought you should know that this Jean-Luc Picard cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (feat. Q) is my new …

Dec 9, 2021: What WOULD Christmas be without historically low mountain snow causing staggering drought?

Dec 9, 2021: How much do we know about the instructors at Starfleet Academy and their pedagogy? 🖖🏻📺

Dec 9, 2021: I’m excited to share that I’ve accepted an offer to start in January as a (remote) Postdoctoral Scholar with the Connected Learning Lab at …

Dec 7, 2021: I spent about an hour tonight playing the 1980 Commodore 64 port of Super Star Trek and I have no regrets. 🎮💻

Dec 7, 2021: Want to read: The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling 📚

Dec 6, 2021: Me: *finds one footnote in article I’m revising, figures out what needs to change about the part that references it, stars those readings in …

Dec 6, 2021: Want to read: The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Miller 📚

Dec 5, 2021: All. In. On. Trek. [Image Description: A white woman with dark hair and blue eyes wears a black mask. On the mask is a depiction of Captain Picard …

Dec 5, 2021: 🔖 Read So You’ve Just Found Out You’re Jewish. What’s Next? By DNA, I’m almost half Jewish. I’ve known this my whole life. By religious …

Dec 5, 2021: These are the sufganiyot I didn’t char. (The ones I did char are still pretty delicious.) Gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free.

Dec 5, 2021: 🔖 Read The 100 Most Jewish Foods.

Dec 5, 2021: Made latkes from a mix this year.

Dec 3, 2021: My first Artist Date! I don’t think I’m going to write up my annotations for the first chapter/week of The Artist’s Way, “Recovering a Sense of …

Dec 3, 2021: 🔖 Read A Texas School District Banned My Book. Then Things Got Really Ugly.

Dec 2, 2021: The luxury of time and space to grieve (CW: Suicide) CW: Suicide Sherrie was my friend. Sherrie and I never met in person. We talked on the phone once ever for a few seconds. But we interacted a lot via …

Dec 2, 2021: About to metaphorically bleed my heart onto my keyboard, nbd, I’ll see you soon.

Dec 2, 2021: I keep messing around on my phone instead of actually doing anything bc on top of the world being like it is & a raging instance of PMS that has …

Dec 2, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read How Indiana Jones, Rambo, and others ended up in 1980s Czechoslovak text-adventures | Ars Technica arstechnica.comRead: arstechnica.com …

Dec 2, 2021: This week’s issue of 50 Years of Text Games is about the game The Freshman and its parent app, Choices. I have played the heck out of Choices. …

Dec 2, 2021: Grieving something weird and frivolous today. Last night UNC deactivated my user id, because it’s been more than 6 months since I graduated. I …

Dec 1, 2021: Currently reading: The Artist’s Way - Recovering a Sense of Safety 📚

Dec 1, 2021: Moleskine’s green velvet notebook makes my little 90s heart sing. $70 is way too much since I go through 2 or 3 of these a year but SO PRETTY I …

Dec 1, 2021: As has happened for the past 5 years, my kid’s taste and needs have heavily influenced my Spotify year-end wrap-up. Proud that together he and I …

Dec 1, 2021: Morning pages palindrome!

Dec 1, 2021: Starting December right with eggnog flavored coffee in a seasonal mug and yogurt seasoned with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.

Dec 1, 2021: Today I send solidarity and support to my colleagues in the UK participating in the UCU strike.

Nov 30, 2021: I’m back on Pokemon Go and looking for friends, so here’s my friend code: 7480 5774 3887

Nov 30, 2021: Finished reading: The Artist’s Way - The Basic Tools by Julia Cameron. 📚 In this chapter, Cameron introduces the morning pages and the artist …

Nov 29, 2021: Want to read: The Tarot of Leonora Carrington by Gabriel Weisz Carrington 📚

Nov 29, 2021: Also in his first appearance, Tommy the Green Ranger wears this amazing green & white plaid with black short sleeves and a black hood. It’s …

Nov 29, 2021: Every time we’re watching Power Rangers and Kimberly says “I’m Kimberly” I say “I’M Kimberly!” and I …

Nov 29, 2021: Currently reading: The Artist’s Way - The Basic Tools by Julia Cameron 📚

Nov 29, 2021: 🔖 Read Marked In Remembrance: How Tattoos Help Us Grieve.

Nov 29, 2021: 🔖 Read The Death Positive Movement.

Nov 29, 2021: ▶️💻 Watched What is the Death Positive movement?

Nov 28, 2021: 🔖Read Death Is Having a Moment.

Nov 28, 2021: 🔖 Read The Death Positive Movement Encourages Us to Face Death Directly.

Nov 28, 2021: ▶️💻 Watched What remains.

Nov 28, 2021: Finished reading: The Artist’s Way - Spirtual Electricity: The Basic Principles by Julia Cameron. 📚 I don’t have a lot to say overall …

Nov 28, 2021: ▶️💻 Watched A burial practice that nourishes the planet.

Nov 28, 2021: 🔖 Read Feminist Death Work: A History.

Nov 28, 2021: 🔖 Read Funerals are expensive, broken and exploitative. They have to change I love what Sarah Chavez says: Your death matters. You can choose …

Nov 27, 2021: Currently reading: The Artist’s Way - Spiritual Electricity: The Basic Principles by Julia Cameron 📚

Nov 27, 2021: Big Kimberly Energy, according to W., is writing a full parody libretto for a musical.

Nov 27, 2021: Anybody else get a little Billy-Crystal-as-Miracle-Max vibe from Brent Spiner’s performance as very-old Dr. Noonian Soong? 🖖🏻📺

Nov 27, 2021: 🖖🏻📺 Depression doesn't need a reason. (Star Trek Discovery 4x02 spoilers) This post contains minor spoilers for Star Trek Discovery Season 4 Episode 2, “Anomaly." Near the end of the latest episode of Discovery, …

Nov 27, 2021: Information is my love language.

Nov 26, 2021: I want to mark Stephen Sondheim’s passing with a story about his influence in my life but there are too many little moments to sum it all up. …

Nov 26, 2021: Bless Linda Holmes and her holiday movie guides.

Nov 24, 2021: Some international fans will be getting new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery starting Friday, Yay!

Nov 24, 2021: Hello world. Imagine I’m interested in fountain pens but am a complete beginner. Where would you tell me to go to learn more? What would your …

Nov 23, 2021: Reading STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST again and when Austin Kleon described Patti Smith pretending to be an artist I thought “Cool, I’ll pretend to …

Nov 23, 2021: Finished: The Artist’s Way - Introduction by Julia Cameron. 📚 Cameron’s introduction is very introducey, setting a foundation for …

Nov 23, 2021: Currently reading: The Artist’s Way - Introduction by Julia Cameron 📚

Nov 22, 2021: 🔖 Read Catapult | Minor Arcana | Marissa Levien catapult.coRead: catapult.co catapult.co …

Nov 22, 2021: 🔖Will Real Estate Ever Be Normal Again? - The New York Times nytimes.comRead: www.nytimes.com Www.nytimes.com …

Nov 22, 2021: 🔖Every King Arthur Retelling Is Fanfic About Who Gets to Be Legendary tor.comRead: www.tor.com tor.com …

Nov 22, 2021: 📚💬 “Never send a scholar who studies dystopias to a conference with futuristic themes.” Kelly J. Baker, SEXISM ED

Nov 22, 2021: Join me for a super low-key Artist’s Way Creative Cluster. I mentioned in September that I was going through the Artist’s Way. I got about three weeks in when I realized I was only doing morning pages and …

Nov 22, 2021: 🔖Read “How the Real Estate Boom Left Black Neighborhoods Behind”. This is a long & valuable read. I’m researching how I can …

Nov 20, 2021: 📚 Started reading OUTLANDER and if my spouse finds my interest in my scholarship as tiresome as Claire finds Frank’s, I wish he and his kilted …

Nov 19, 2021: Beautiful Eclipse medicine spread from Lindsay Mack with The Moonchild Tarot. Time to trust my mind, let go of worries about love, move forward in …

Nov 19, 2021: I watched Star Trek Discovery 4x01 “Kobayashi Maru” last night and I have a lot of feelings. I’m happy to chat if you’d like …

Nov 18, 2021: Okay I watched the Season 4 premiere of Star Trek: Discovery and now I need ALL the Detmer & Owo friendfic.

Nov 18, 2021: How to Transform from Mom Kimberly to Professional Kimberly: Replace t-shirt with dress. Add cardigan. Extra hair brushing. Tada!

Nov 17, 2021: From now on whenever you meet a couple, you are required to ask: Which of you is the Stamets & which of you is the Culbert? (I’m the Stamets …

Nov 17, 2021: 🔖 Read Who Writes the Books in Video Games? . This is relevant to my interests. 📚🎮

Nov 17, 2021: I just finished the Season 3 finale of #StarTrekDiscovery and wow. What a beautiful close to a season. I’m heartbroken for all the people who …

Nov 17, 2021: “Peak Performance,” Impostor Syndrome, and PhD Life, brought to you by Star Trek: The Next Generation 📺🖖🏻 I’ve been in the middle of a Star Trek: The Next Generation rewatch for months, maybe even more than a year. Maybe since before the pandemic started, …

Nov 17, 2021: I just learned about this Disney-approved line of romance novel reimaginings of the princess stories and I am INTERESTED.

Nov 16, 2021: Welcome to my workspace! These are pictures of my desk, corkboard, and shelves. Mermaid painting by me via Wine & Design. Slay quilt by Casey …

Nov 16, 2021: Hi there. I’m drafting a Star Trek/Ted Lasso crossover in my head. It’s called “Starfleet Til We Die.” I can’t wait to …

Nov 15, 2021: Y’all, I love my kid and helping him manage his emotions is hard work.

Nov 14, 2021: Here is a non-exhaustive list of things that make me cry: “Some Things Are Meant to Be,” Little Women: The Musical “Forever and …

Nov 14, 2021: I Don’t Have Time to Watch the Next Whole Episode of Star Trek Before Resuming My Caregiving Duties: The Kimberly Hirsh Story

Nov 13, 2021: It took ibuprofen, me singing a lot of songs, and Rock-A-Bye Baby’s Lullaby Renditions of Queen, but I finally got my freshly vaxxed kid to …

Nov 13, 2021: The song “Forever and Ever” from POOH’S GRAND ADVENTURE: THE SEARCH FOR CHRISTOPHER ROBIN has been making me cry for two days and I …

Nov 12, 2021: My kid is getting his first COVID shot tomorrow and I definitely used that as an excuse to buy him a bunch of snacks, a new coloring book, a new book, …

Nov 12, 2021: I have been boosted and will now avoid productivity until Monday. Byeeee.

Nov 11, 2021: Finished reading: Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond 📚

Nov 10, 2021: Darren Rowse in his Ultimate Guide to Starting a Blog Course: Are you a high energy person or a low energy person? Me: Yes! (Yes I have been blogging …

Nov 9, 2021: Great news, bad attitude Hi web friends. I’m having a weird day, with some great news but also me not feeling like doing anything, where I can swing from ecstatic about …

Nov 9, 2021: It feels really good to talk about my work and be able to remind myself that I’ve done a lot of really cool things and that I am and for 17 …

Nov 9, 2021: I’m more than 16 minutes into S3E1 of Star Trek Discovery and I haven’t seen Saru, Tilly, Stamets, Culber, Detmer, Owo, or Reno yet, so …

Nov 8, 2021: My kid has discovered Power Rangers and I have a feeling there’s a lot of deja vu in my future except it’ll be my kid asking me to play …

Nov 8, 2021: Good morning. I had fasting bloodwork at 9:30am today, so I’m just eating for the first time today now, and I’m thinking about giving my …

Nov 8, 2021: 🔖Quotes from Lorraine Boissoneault's "Drafting a Personal Essay Is Like Stumbling Through a Dance" I really needed to read “Drafting a Personal Essay Is Like Stumbling Through a Dance” today. Here are some bits that hit me hard: It’s …

Nov 7, 2021: 🔖"Nobody cares if you're a writer except you." Kate Baer on being a writer who mothers. 📝 I highly recommend Sara Fredman’s Write Like A Mother newsletter, in which Sara interviews writers who are also mothers. Some bits from the …

Nov 7, 2021: Want to read: Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder 📚

Nov 7, 2021: Like the Bloggess, I too look like I have it together when I’m depressed but really think I’m failing at everything and everyone is mad at …

Nov 5, 2021: 📚 I’m on page 78 of Gwenda Bond’s NOT YOUR AVERAGE HOT GUY and y’all, I’m so glad she’s expanded her repertoire to …

Nov 4, 2021: M, as we sort Magnatiles: Wow, you’re really good at sorting! Me: Yeah, thanks, I have two graduate degrees in it.

Nov 1, 2021: I can’t move to California but being a science fiction librarian sounds like a pretty sweet gig.

Nov 1, 2021: It’s the month with all the writing events! Hi! I’ll probably be focused on #AcWriMo - I’ve got a journal article to finish …

Oct 31, 2021: Finished reading: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston 📚

Oct 31, 2021: 🎯: Hey don’t you want to buy your kid some cute PJs? They’re on saaaaale… Me: Bro I just bought him 4 sets FROM YOU a few weeks …

Oct 30, 2021: 🔖 Read ‘They start calling you Hitler’: Why Disneyland has some of the most toxic fans on the internet.

Oct 29, 2021: 🔖 Read From Princes to Pigeons: A Beginner’s Guide to Otome Games 🎮

Oct 29, 2021: I’m starting to actually enjoy revising my own writing. This is a huge development and it’s going to make a big difference in my capacity …

Oct 29, 2021: 🔖 Read “The Girl With The Green Ribbon”: A Tale of Many Lives. 📚

Oct 29, 2021: 🔖 Read Dear Congress: Paid leave is not a perk. It’s a requirement..

Oct 29, 2021: It seems to me that institutions don’t/can’t care. People do & can. Am I missing out on knowing about caring institutions?

Oct 29, 2021: Current priorities: Take care of my health. Take care of my kid. Take care of my home. Figure out how I can help primary caregivers on a grand scale. …

Oct 29, 2021: In past crises, our leaders have been quick to bail out the banks. They made sure the airlines got rescued. But moms, in the middle of an …

Oct 28, 2021: I’m about to log off for the night but I want to talk about #StarTrekProdigy so tell me about your favorite bits and I’ll reply tomorrow! …

Oct 28, 2021: Want to read: They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe 📚

Oct 28, 2021: I have a cool idea. What if, in addition to having a mental health summit, the university committed time and money to improving mental health services …

Oct 27, 2021: M and I decorated some sugar cookies this evening.

Oct 27, 2021: If you’re a person who would be interested in a virtual co-working space for parents, could you kindly let me know? Thanks! (I’m thinking …

Oct 27, 2021: Thanks to Jennifer Polk’s co-working session, I made big progress on a paper revision today. 📝

Oct 27, 2021: 🔖 Lee Skallerup Bessette’s You Can Ask for Mental-Health Help, but Can You Find Any? is crucial reading. It hits extra hard in the wake of a …

Oct 26, 2021: M: Can we keep playing Breath of the Wild [pretend, not the video game]? Me: Wait, we’re playing Breath of the Wild? Oops! I was playing Ocarina …

Oct 26, 2021: Hello I am 40 will a local community theater please cast me as Mama Rose now kthx

Oct 26, 2021: This is a reminder that Brent Spiner’s book Fan Fiction, which I reviewed back in September, came out a few weeks ago & you can purchase it …

Oct 25, 2021: I’ve got to remember to search parenting groups, not scroll. I just about had an anxiety attack reading about something that happened to …

Oct 25, 2021: Also making a note to myself to write a full blog post about going to see my first community theater production in ages & how it made me feel.

Oct 25, 2021: Making a note to myself here to write a full blog post about Star Trek: The Next Generation 3x21, “Hollow Pursuits,” and the connection to …

Oct 23, 2021: #FSNNA21 livetweet log: Dr. Lesley Willard: Introducing topic. How do scholars in fan & media studies articulate their discipline? How do these disciplines interact? When …

Oct 23, 2021: Next #FSNNA21 live-tweet: “Fans, Players and/or Users? Bridging Fan and Media Studies” Will post log to kimberlyhirsh.com.

Oct 23, 2021: #FSNNA21 livetweet log: Adriana Amaral: First, the state of fan studies in Brazil: research focused on digital settings but still working on integrating digital methods with …

Oct 23, 2021: I’ll be live-tweeting the #FSNNA21 panel “Digital Methods and Digital Fan Practices” in a few minutes and share the log at …

Oct 23, 2021: I set foot in a bookstore for the first time since the start of the pandemic today. I stood there, looking at everything, almost having a panic attack …

Oct 23, 2021: Introducing my five-year-old to Sweeney Todd (original cast), as you do. 🎭🎵

Oct 22, 2021: I’m watching the season 1 finale of Star Trek Discovery and having L’Rell do the previously in Klingon is a nice touch. 🖖🏻

Oct 22, 2021: Extemely chuffed to announce that my first blog post written for @QuirkosSoftware, “A priori coding is A-OK!", has gone live!

Oct 21, 2021: I don’t like how clear it is that we are living in the mirror universe and the primary Star Trek universe is not ours. At least, this is what …

Oct 21, 2021: I may have been excessively affectively engaged in the conversation about Buffy fic writers' responses to “Seeing Red.” I really …

Oct 21, 2021: Help I Read a Lower Decks Fanfic and Now I Resent All Other Activities: The Kimberly Hirsh Story 🖖🏻

Oct 21, 2021: Taking a break from livetweeting to just listen to the Participatory Culture Wars session at #FSNNA21.

Oct 21, 2021: #FSNNA21 livetweet log: This doesn’t include the discussion/Q&A because things started to go so fast I couldn’t keep up. Stacy Lantagne: introducing other …

Oct 21, 2021: Planning to use Noter Live to livetweet “The Money Question” at #FSNNA21. Will post all tweets to kimberlyhirsh.com after the session.

Oct 20, 2021: Well mirror universe stuff is very upsetting. 🖖🏻

Oct 20, 2021: I myself am strange and unusual. (Earrings by Witching Hour Baby.)

Oct 19, 2021: I built a Book Event Calendar! It’s only got one event in it right now, as proof of concept, but I plan to add more soon.

Oct 18, 2021: Today I: found contact info for new handyman filled meds cases made cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds put away a little laundry drove kid around to look …

Oct 17, 2021: Hey book friends. Is there any sort of centralized calendar for virtual author events? My searches are turning up Eventbrite, specific publisher …

Oct 17, 2021: Part of me wants to swim in a vault filled with books like some sort of literary Scrooge McDuck, but the other part of me knows I would get So. Many. …

Oct 15, 2021: This thing where I need to sleep instead of staying up all night watching Star Trek: Discovery is really bumming me out. 🖖🏻

Oct 15, 2021: On my Starfleet ship, we would have Sirenian ops.

Oct 15, 2021: 💻▶️ Watched The Doctor, The Mortician, and the Murder.

Oct 15, 2021: Don’t want to spoil the Lower Decks finale much but I was so distracted by my delight at encountering Captain Sonya Gomez I actually missed …

Oct 14, 2021: The other day while doing some Artist’s Way exercises my subconscious bubbled up and told me I wanted a typewriter. Now I’m stuck on this …

Oct 14, 2021: 🔖📚📝 Read Catapult | I Found My Literary Community by Writing Book Reviews | catapult.coRead: catapult.co catapult.co …

Oct 12, 2021: 💬 “… fulfilling my potential would really cut into my sitting around time.” Maria Bamford, THE BURNING BRIDGES TOUR

Oct 12, 2021: Finished reading: Writing the New Ethnography by H. L. Goodall, Jr. 📚

Oct 12, 2021: Academia sure loves bricolage.

Oct 12, 2021: 🔖 Read Catapult | Why Full-Time Freelancing Isn’t For Me | Gabrielle Drolet catapult.coRead: catapult.co catapult.co …

Oct 11, 2021: 🔖 Read The Quiet Crisis of Parents on the Tenure Track.

Oct 11, 2021: 💬📚 “Anger is not the action itself. It is action’s invitation.” Julia Cameron, THE ARTIST’S WAY

Oct 11, 2021: 💬📚🎭 “Ideas don’t get opening nights. Finished plays do.” Julia Cameron, THE ARTIST’S WAY

Oct 11, 2021: 💬📚 “…anger is a map… Anger points the way, not just the finger.” Julia Cameron, THE ARTIST’S WAY

Oct 10, 2021: 🔖 Read Wear Me This: Dark Academia could be the answer to the very problem it romanticizes – The Daily Free Press dailyfreepress.comRead: …

Oct 10, 2021: Want to read: The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling 📚

Oct 9, 2021: The #FanLIS panel I’m co-moderating with Ludi Price is the first session of Fan Studies Network North America! You should come. It’s a …

Oct 8, 2021: Want to read: Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life by Sutton Foster 📚

Oct 8, 2021: As in the actual Haunted Mansion ride, the best part of Muppets Haunted Mansion is the ballroom/party scene. In this case, less for the Pepper’s …

Oct 8, 2021: M (who turned 5 yesterday!) & I are watching Muppets Haunted Mansion and I’m very happy.

Oct 8, 2021: Hey LIS scholars. What is the most elegant, arresting, or fascinating writing you’ve seen in our field?

Oct 8, 2021: Did I just send an email to all the parents at my kid’s school in which I used the phrase “totally buggin'”? Yes, yes I did.

Oct 7, 2021: 💬 “we are conditioned as academics (and also just people in 2021!) to sacrifice long term stability for short term productivity.” From …

Oct 7, 2021: I’ve been without wifi for over 18 hours & while I’m old enough to remember a time before home dialup, it’s a real pain to deal …

Oct 5, 2021: My brand is: person who spends far too much time thinking about the absence of social science research ethics and the reflexive turn in Star Trek. 🖖🏻

Oct 4, 2021: 💻📺🖖 Watched Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1 Episode 1 & oh my goodness how fun is this show? So fun! Mariner is my fave. “Do you know Deanna …

Oct 4, 2021: 📚 Me continuing to read Black Sun: Uhhuh uhhuh Sun Priestess is cool, nice chill use of non-binary gender without making it A Thing but WHEN DO I GET …

Oct 4, 2021: 📚 Me, reading Black Sun: Ch. 1 - This parent-child dynamic is upsetting, i don’t know if I can keep going… Ch. 2 - Magical singing bi sea …

Oct 4, 2021: 🔖 Read The Invisible Burden That Leaves Moms Drained. Especially timely since I just hosted my kid’s (outdoor masked) birthday party last …

Oct 4, 2021: 🔖 Read On Pandering. This piece made me think about how lucky I’ve been to always be writing for my past or future self or for a body of …

Oct 4, 2021: The extent to which my handwriting is a perfect mix of my parents' handwriting is remarkable.

Oct 4, 2021: 📚 This week’s takeaway from The Artist’s Way is that I’m already really good at making time for the things I love to do and keeping …

Oct 4, 2021: 💬📚 “If I’m expected to be a kin keeper, no one can judge my coffee consumption.” Kelly J. Baker, Sexism Ed ☕

Oct 4, 2021: Added “Memento mori girl” to my bio and I am far too pleased with myself. 💀

Oct 4, 2021: I have one weird set of emotions when I begin writing in a new notebook and another when I get close to the end of a new notebook, but I can’t …

Oct 3, 2021: 🎮 Played Dragon Quest III. Each game in the series gets more expansive. I love that.

Oct 3, 2021: 💻📺 Watched Salt Fat Acid Heat episode 1, “Fat.”

Oct 3, 2021: I had a dream that Gates McFadden became a real doctor. My kid was having breathing trouble & she helped. Then when I needed to send her a message …

Oct 3, 2021: 🔖 Read Why Everyone Is Always Giving Unsolicited Advice (Tressie McMillan Cottom for the New York Times).

Oct 3, 2021: Excuse me I will be over here flailing because I just learned there is a licensed Star Trek TNG/X-Men crossover novel. 🖖📚📺🗯️ UPDATED TO ADD: Literally …

Oct 1, 2021: Finished reading: The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinka 📚

Oct 1, 2021: Why are my neighbors so loud don’t they know it’s after 10 pm and their neighbors have children: the Kimberly Hirsh story

Oct 1, 2021: My son found this toad at school a week ago. He said his friend touched it and it jumped.

Oct 1, 2021: Now that I have Paramount+, my current viewing strategy is: Want something familiar? TNG/DS9/VOY Want something new? Discovery. Want something funny? …

Oct 1, 2021: It’s been a busy day of prepping for my kid’s birthday party (outdoor masked at a park we’re careful) and I think tomorrow when …

Oct 1, 2021: My kid’s school is having fall break today so um we have Paramount Plus now. Because it has All the Ninja Turtles.

Oct 1, 2021: 🔖Read “So Coke-y…So Entitled!”: This Is What It Was Like Going to Bennington College With Bret Easton Ellis, Donna Tartt, and Jonathan Lethem. …

Sep 30, 2021: Response to "Where’s the ‘Video Off’ Button in Face-to-Face Instruction?" Dr. Maggie Melo writes for Inside Higher Ed today about the value of video-off time in a virtual classroom and how we might learn from the ease …

Sep 30, 2021: I did a thing! I wrote a blog post for a client! Yay me! Time for a dance party! via GIPHY

Sep 30, 2021: Here’s the deal with being employed by someone besides myself right now: they have to pay me enough that I can pay other people to do all the …

Sep 30, 2021: One of the frustrating things about chronic illness is that sometimes you have a good brain day but a bad body day.

Sep 30, 2021: Weather report from my kid: the air temperature is warm Luke.

Sep 30, 2021: 🔖📺 Read Nathan Lane on Only Murders in the Building’s Big Twist.

Sep 30, 2021: 🔖📺 Read Why Only Murders in the Building Is the Most Romantic Show on TV.

Sep 29, 2021: I’m planning a historical witchy YA fantasy, it’s historical because it’s set in the 90s, the soundtrack is all Garbage & …

Sep 29, 2021: 🔖 Read Star Trek’s food replicators may be on their way to your kitchen. 🖖

Sep 29, 2021: Want to read: Several Short Sentences about Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg 📚

Sep 29, 2021: Want to read: The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan 📚

Sep 29, 2021: 🔖 Read Amia Srinivasan: “Feminism is a political practice, not just a set of ideas”.

Sep 28, 2021: Witch influencer or Indiana Jones villain? You decide. (Image: A white woman with dark hair wears a black wool Panama hat.)

Sep 28, 2021: Attempted a Hashimoto’s/PCOS friendly version of my great-grandmother’s goldenrod eggs: gluten-free bread, ghee, tapioca flour, almond …

Sep 28, 2021: Replaced “Extremely online since 1995” in my bio with “Human cabinet of curiosities,” perhaps the most accurate way I’ve ever …

Sep 27, 2021: Want to read: Marginalized: Southern Women Playwrights Confront Race, Region, and Gender by Casey Kayser 📚🎭

Sep 27, 2021: 🔖🎭 Read On and Off Stage: The Deep-Seated Bias in the Culture of American Theatre. In addition to thinking about whose plays get produced, promoted, …

Sep 27, 2021: Mindy Thomas & Guy Raz have some great advice for writers of all ages in their National Book Festival video. 📚📝

Sep 27, 2021: 🔖 Read What Reading Looks Like When You’re a Full-Time Author (Book Riot).

Sep 27, 2021: Asking for a friend: what do you think Kaz Brekker’s D&D class would be? Rogue? I feel like rogue. (The friend is me.) 📚📺🎲

Sep 27, 2021: I realized reading Week 1 of THE ARTIST’S WAY that most of my negative self-talk isn’t modeled on how other people talked to me (I was …

Sep 27, 2021: 💬📚 “…if we can become one-tenth as good at positive self-talk as we are at negative self-talk, we will notice an enormous change.” …

Sep 27, 2021: 🔖 Read Please Keep Doing Virtual Book Stuff After The Pandemic. Jessica Pryde makes a great argument for maintaining virtual and/or adding hybrid book …

Sep 27, 2021: 💬📚 “It is impossible to get better and look good at the same time.” Julia Cameron, THE ARTIST’S WAY

Sep 27, 2021: 💬📚 “Judging your early artistic efforts is artist abuse.” Julia Cameron, THE ARTIST’S WAY

Sep 27, 2021: 💬📚 “Creativity is play, but for shadow artists, learning to allow themselves to play is hard work.” Julia Cameron, THE ARTIST’S WAY

Sep 27, 2021: 🔖Read The Caregiving Economy - The Atlantic theatlantic.comRead: www.theatlantic.com theatlantic.com …

Sep 26, 2021: A lot is bad but my kid is dancing to Tank! by Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts and that’s pretty great.

Sep 26, 2021: Me today: Ooh what an interesting journal article! I wonder if I could pitch a research brief on it to my client for the company blog.looks closer …

Sep 26, 2021: Want to read: Visual Research Methods: An Introduction for Library and Information Studies by Shailoo Bedi and Jenaya Webb, Eds. 📚

Sep 26, 2021: 🔖📚 🍿 Some good things I’ve read so far today: Revisiting The Flight of Dragons, a Forgotten Gem of ’80s Fantasy (Tor.com) How Harrow the Ninth …

Sep 24, 2021: Kid reading your book on a bench at the playground while your sibling plays: I see you. You are not alone.

Sep 24, 2021: That feeling when your own article is at the top of the “Recommended article” list on your Google Scholar homepage.

Sep 24, 2021: What was going on in my life when I got sick It’s hard to figure out exactly which of the many symptoms I have should determine when I got sick but based on the impact of treatment, …

Sep 23, 2021: “The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” C. G. Jung, quoted by Julia Cameron in the Artist’s Way. 💬📚

Sep 23, 2021: How Hashimoto's makes me feel Hashimoto’s makes me feel like the opposite of myself. At various points in my life, if you asked friends about me they’d tell you that I …

Sep 22, 2021: My health goals I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. One of the things I’m focusing on right now is feeling better. Today, …

Sep 21, 2021: My aesthetic is Mermaid Academia.

Sep 21, 2021: In case you wonder what kind of parent I am: yesterday, my kid was recounting a Halloween episode of Muppet Babies and said that Miss Piggy was in …

Sep 21, 2021: I have input days and output days. Today is an input day: learning about UX and user research.

Sep 20, 2021: I just moved my next follow up doctor’s appointment up two months to the week after next because I’m still so tired all the time and not …

Sep 20, 2021: On preferring learning to doing I may receive commissions for purchases made through links on this page. I love to read about writing. I’m the kind of person who finds Strunk …

Sep 20, 2021: Amy Gentry’s second guest post for The Professor Is In, about transitioning from academic to novelist, is one of the most helpful post-ac pieces …

Sep 20, 2021: 🔖 Portrait of the Mother as an Artist – Guernica guernicamag.comRead: www.guernicamag.com Diane Benjamin (Litman ‘64) …

Sep 19, 2021: Watching the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Offspring” as a parent adds a whole new perspective to the experience.

Sep 19, 2021: Have y’all read THE DARK TIDE by Alicia Jasinka? because I started it tonight and it is gorgeous. 📚🌊🧙‍♀️

Sep 19, 2021: Whoopi Goldberg has done a lot of great work in her career, but I think I’ll always feel that Guinan has been her greatest role. 🖖📺

Sep 18, 2021: Finished reading: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski 📚

Sep 17, 2021: So far in my rewatch of Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 3x13, “Deja Q,” is my favorite. Having Data be Q’s tutor in humanity …

Sep 17, 2021: Me, watching Super Monsters with my kid: I can suspend my disbelief to allow that Universal monsters send their kids to night preschool, but putting …

Sep 16, 2021: Brainfog day 😞

Sep 15, 2021: 👩🏻‍💻 That feeling when it takes all day to maintain your (6-year-old budget) laptop…

Sep 15, 2021: There is a medium-small spider hanging out on my corkboard and I’ve decided to adopt it as a pet. I will lure mosquitoes to it and call it cute …

Sep 15, 2021: 📚💬 “If this is your first draft, stop worrying.” - Leigh Bardugo in her latest newsletter

Sep 14, 2021: What I mean when I say I have variable disabilities: today, I am using a cane because I have mild vertigo and need the stability. Yesterday I did not …

Sep 13, 2021: Book Review: FAN FICTION by Brent Spiner 📚📺🖖‍‍ If you make a purchase through a link in this post, I may earn a commission. Quick head’s up: In this review, I use “Brent” to refer …

Sep 13, 2021: 📚💬 “When academic women, experts in their fields, are seen as not credible, then can women ever be?” Kelly J. Baker, SEXISM ED, “Academic …

Sep 13, 2021: Want to read: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit 📚

Sep 13, 2021: 📚💬 “My Ph.D. cannot trump my gender.” Kelly J. Baker, SEXISM ED, “Academic Men Explain Things to Me,” p. 52.

Sep 12, 2021: 🎙️ Listened to Gates McFadden Investigates 101: Jonathan Frakes. Love it. McFadden is a great host & it feels like being with friends.

Sep 12, 2021: “Life just ran more smoothly when she got her way.” Leigh Bardugo, KING OF SCARS. Oh, Zoya, I love you so. 📚

Sep 12, 2021: I finished reading SIX OF CROWS almost 4 months ago. It’s time for me to get back to the Grishaverse with KING OF SCARS. 📚

Sep 12, 2021: Finished reading: Fan Fiction by Brent Spiner 📚

Sep 11, 2021: Went to Internet Archive to find my blog post from 20 years ago. More interesting than anything I had to say was this comment from my grandmother, who …

Sep 10, 2021: Wearing my 90s pop culture goth uniform today: Buffy the Vampire Slayer tee, Nightmare Before Christmas leggings.

Sep 10, 2021: I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to spend my time and one of the things I want to do is make higher ed better for caregivers. It only …

Sep 10, 2021: New bio: Extremely online since 1995. Mom. Household COO. Consulting scholar-librarian. Book person. Geek-of-all-trades. PhD in Information & …

Sep 10, 2021: 🔖💻 Read Why bad technology dominates our lives, according to Ron Norman. If you didn’t already believe we were living in the Matrix, this …

Sep 10, 2021: 📽️ Watched In a Lonely Place. I watched this because it’s on the movie list on the aesthetics wiki page for dark academia. I’m not sure …

Sep 9, 2021: My 20th Domainiversary Today is the 20th anniversary of the first time the Internet Archive captured my first personal domain. The 20th anniversary of my first blog post was …

Sep 9, 2021: Me: yesterday for #StarTrekDay: AHHHH Star Trek, everything Star Trek! this morning when it was all gray and rainy: AHHHH Dark Academia, everything …

Sep 8, 2021: This Picard/Riker 2024 merch is all well and good but what I want is reprints of the Picard/Riker 1992 merch.

Sep 8, 2021: The Voyager theme is over here tugging at my heart strings. This is unexpected. #StarTrekDay

Sep 8, 2021: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I will never not have a crush on Wil Wheaton. #StarTrekDay

Sep 8, 2021: It’s taken me a while but I think I have a stable connection for watching #StarTrekDay and I’m so psyched for Prodigy. I’ve watched …

Sep 8, 2021: If you read through today’s Done List, you’ll notice I put basic self-care tasks like showering and dental hygiene on it. This is because …

Sep 8, 2021: I know enough about Brent Spiner and his history with fans to know that this does not make us BFFs but I’m still psyched he liked my tweet.

Sep 8, 2021: Loading my advanced readers’s copy of Brent Spiner’s mem-noir Fan Fiction to my ereader in honor of Star Trek Day. 📚📺🖖‍

Sep 8, 2021: Repping TNG Operations in my Lauren Christians Handmade dress for Star Trek Day. My kid told his teachers, “I’m being Spot because my mom …

Sep 7, 2021: My Done List for 9/7/21: It’s easy for me to feel like a day went by where I didn’t do anything, so I’m making a list of what I did. …

Sep 7, 2021: 📺🖖 In Star Trek: The Next Generation season 3, episode 11, “The Hunted,” there is a whole society of intellectual bros wearing blazers …

Sep 7, 2021: In defense of not living up to your potential I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Betsy Greer shared some pages from Carol Dweck’s book Mindset on …

Sep 6, 2021: Putting Gardens and Streams II on my calendar. I’m only a maybe because, as always, parenting.

Sep 5, 2021: 🔖📝 The Heartbreaking Ingenuity of the Mother-Writer ‹ Literary Hub if you’ve read a book penned by a woman with young children recently, there’s a …

Sep 5, 2021: 🔖Read The Public Writing Life: How to Lose an Editor in Five Days katieroseguestpryal.comkatieroseguestpryal.com …

Sep 5, 2021: 🔖Read Ravynn K. Stringfield’s essay, Bullet Journaling to Save a Life. Beautiful.

Sep 4, 2021: “She tried to look picturesque, but only succeeded in being untidy.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray 📚💬

Sep 3, 2021: I had a client meeting this morning where we made plans for me to do some blogging and podcasting for the client. But it’s also about research. …

Sep 2, 2021: “I am too fond of reading books to care to write them…” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray 📚💬

Sep 2, 2021: Beginning my third read of Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s THE FREELANCE ACADEMIC. 📚

Sep 2, 2021: Sleep Deprivation, Sugar Crash, or Both? The Kimberly Hirsh Story

Sep 1, 2021: Gonna create a literary subgenre/internet aesthetic and call it “snark academia.”

Sep 1, 2021: I just published another free/pay-what-you-can Notion template. This time it’s a permissions tracker to help you keep track of copyrighted …

Sep 1, 2021: Welcome to September, or as I like to call it, October Part 1. The world is full of terrors. Today I’m going to deal with my to-do list and then …

Aug 31, 2021: My post-PhD identity crisis, #motherscholar edition I am making a few notes here now that I hope to turn into a longer post later. As I scrolled Twitter and read there what some colleagues have been …

Aug 31, 2021: Did not realize I was on the Motherscholar Project website so that’s cool!

Aug 31, 2021: Dr. Kimberly's Comedy School: Pairing the absurd with the mundane If you have access to it, watch The Simpsons, Season 1, episode 3, “Homer’s Odyssey.” This bit happens at around 12:50: Depressed …

Aug 30, 2021: Just recorded a conference session. I’m really happy about the accessibility remote conferences provide but everything feels so formal. …

Aug 28, 2021: Watched @patrickrhone’s Micro Camp talk Want to write a book? You probably already have this am & it shifted a lot for me in terms of my own …

Aug 28, 2021: 🔖💬 Parents Are Not Okay: Through these grinding 18 months, we’ve managed our kids’ lives as best we could while abandoning our own.

Aug 27, 2021: Shout-out to Kelly J. Baker for naming archivists and librarians first in the acknowledgements of her book, Gospel According to the Klan: The …

Aug 26, 2021: there is no separation between mother and writer, nor can I tease apart the time I spend tending to my child from the time I spend thinking about my …

Aug 26, 2021: 🔖📚 Sara Fredman’s How Motherhood Helped Me Reject the ‘Father Tongue’ of Academia is both about writing the kind of thing I want to write and is …

Aug 26, 2021: Want to read: How to Write Qualitative Research by Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower 📚

Aug 25, 2021: Want to read: Thinking Inside the Box Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them by Adrienne Raphel 📚

Aug 25, 2021: Finished reading: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan 📚

Aug 25, 2021: My taste in fantasy art is less Lisa Frank and more Frank Frazetta.

Aug 25, 2021: Whoops, I didn’t mean unicorn and waterfall, I meant swan and rainbow. We also had the tiger one.

Aug 25, 2021: Trapper Keeper is back but I’m holding out for the re-release of the unicorn in front of a waterfall.

Aug 24, 2021: How come every time Rachel Cohn & David Levithan collaborate the result is adorable? What’s up with that? 📚

Aug 24, 2021: Casey Fiesler asked for tips for creating equal participation in breakout rooms. One strategy to try is providing distinct roles for each individual. …

Aug 24, 2021: Younger S7E5 is delighting me with Janeane Garofalo as an art college dean and Sutton Foster as Liza Miller dancing to a recording of Sutton Foster in …

Aug 24, 2021: 🎙️ Listening to Keegan-Michael Key’s The History of Sketch Comedy on Audible & in ep 5 he mentions the Carol Burnett Show. Comedian guests …

Aug 24, 2021: One of the many straws on the proverbial camel’s back that led me to stop watching THE CHAIR after only 8 minutes was when the dean said …

Aug 24, 2021: About to go pick kid up from first day of preschool. (1/2 day today, full day Thurs). Achieved: made coffee made breakfast drank coffee ate breakfast …

Aug 24, 2021: 📚 Just finished the introduction of Data Feminism & am jotting down some thoughts. I hope to expand on these later. To what extent and how do …

Aug 24, 2021: 📚 Data Feminism has the best (and perhaps only) definition of positionality I’ve ever seen: “Positionality is a term that describes how …

Aug 23, 2021: Colleagues are all “I forgot how exhausting teaching in person is!” & I’m all “I forgot how exhausting getting your kid …

Aug 23, 2021: Want to read: Books Promiscuously Read: Reading as a Way of Life by Heather Cass White 📚

Aug 23, 2021: Me, prepping for my kid’s very masked return to preschool: IMAGE: Liz Lemon (from the TV show 30 Rock), a white woman with brown hair wearing …

Aug 22, 2021: Want to read: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly 📚

Aug 22, 2021: Advice for new parents and parents-to-be I have a friend who is due to have a baby in January. I offered to write up a bunch of notes for her and realized it would make a pretty good blog …

Aug 22, 2021: 📺 It’s been interesting seeing other (current or former) academians' responses to THE CHAIR. I made it 8 minutes but once the notion of just …

Aug 22, 2021: Setting aside my TIME 100 list plan to play in the land of YA rom-coms. Just started NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST. 📚

Aug 21, 2021: – Read Meet the Southern librarians fighting for racial justice and truth-telling – Scalawag scalawagmagazine.orgRead: scalawagmagazine.org …

Aug 20, 2021: I clocked a solid chunk of time on my current consulting contract today and I really enjoyed the work. That’s such a good feeling.

Aug 20, 2021: “Being a mom is my calling, and being a writer is also my calling, so they have to both exist simultaneously.” Well said, A’Ziah …

Aug 20, 2021: The questions driving me right now I read Ravynn K. Stringfield’s How I Became a Scholar of Black Girl Fantasy and felt energized. I felt energized specifically by how she found role …

Aug 17, 2021: Today, in Sesame Street Is the Best Comedy School, Grover and Campers Learn About Trees. Excellent use of the rule of three and a beautiful button.

Aug 17, 2021: Who’s your favorite fictional character with an extreme love of school supplies? Mine is Amy Santiago. (I’m super behind on B99 …

Aug 16, 2021: We might need to have a talk about how I don’t want to eat any actual meals, just leftovers of the Fran’s Torte L’Orange that my …

Aug 16, 2021: I just processed all the action items from the beginning of the year email the head teacher at my kid’s preschool sent out, capturing them in my …

Aug 16, 2021: Read Chicago Improv Was Dead. Can New Leaders Revive It? - The New York Times nytimes.comRead: www.nytimes.com Www.nytimes.com …

Aug 15, 2021: I use Old Spice Krakengard mostly because the name and graphic amuse me. I always thought it was protecting me from the Kraken but I read the …

Aug 15, 2021: I can’t get a good picture of it but right now there is a lone piece of green glitter sitting on top of my biggest, most obvious gall bladder …

Aug 15, 2021: I hardly ever cried about my dissertation and I’m really proud of that.

Aug 15, 2021: 🔖📝 Read The Loneliness of the Full-Time Writer ‹ Literary Hub lithub.comRead: lithub.com lithub.com …

Aug 15, 2021: Woke up to a house with no light at all and my first thought was not “The power must be out” but instead “I’ve lost my …

Aug 14, 2021: What I Learned from Recording My Micro Camp Talk I learned a lot from recording my Micro Camp 2021 talk. If you watch it, you’ll notice a pretty big sync problem starting a bit before the …

Aug 14, 2021: Who is Kimberly Hirsh?

Aug 14, 2021: My talk from Micro Camp, “Learning in Public on Your Blog,” is now available on my website!

Aug 14, 2021: What are your top 3 movies you turn to when you are sick and/or anxious? Mine are Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Princess Bride, and Who Framed …

Aug 13, 2021: 🔖 Ravynn K. Stringfield’s How I Became a Scholar of Black Girl Fantasy is an energizing read. Psyched to be in her workshop on creative …

Aug 13, 2021: Some notes on my Time's 100 Best 📚 Plan Because fantasy is the genre I read the most and YA is the market segment I read the most, I’ve already read a lot of the books on these lists. …

Aug 12, 2021: So far today I have taken my kid to the pool for swim lessons & stayed for an extra 3 hrs, scheduled a bathroom floor repair, and emailed a client …

Aug 12, 2021: Don’t think of fantasy as mere entertainment, then, but as a way to train for reality. It always has been, after all. N.K. Jemisin on the Timeless …

Aug 12, 2021: Until I get tired of doing it, I’m going to read my way through Time’s The 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time & then when I finish or …

Aug 12, 2021: New bio: “A good little mommy and always very curious.”

Aug 12, 2021: Solidarity to everyone who was awake earlier than they needed to be this morning.

Aug 12, 2021: In case you were wondering which website has the best favicon, it’s Jennifer Laughran’s.

Aug 11, 2021: My kid is asleep well before 9 pm, what do I do with all this freeeeeedom? (The smart thing would be to go to sleep myself.)

Aug 11, 2021: I cannot convey the extent to which the statement “be part of one of the largest events on campus” would put me off an event. Even in the …

Aug 11, 2021: That feeling when someone you only kind of knew from church as a kid over 20 years ago invites you to her Facebook MLM group. 😬

Aug 10, 2021: Hey hey! I’ll be giving a talk at Micro Camp Friday @ 3:30 pm EST about Learning in Public on Your Blog. Want to learn more about the micro.blog …

Aug 9, 2021: 🎬 watched Beverly Hills Cop. Eddie Murphy is brilliant here. I can’t believe he was only 22 or 23 when he made this.

Aug 8, 2021: My brain, on August 8, 2021: LetterMo is just around the corner! It’s January now, so February will be here soon! Narrator: It is not January …

Aug 6, 2021: It’s fine if you’ve been sleeping on SCHMIGADOON so far but this week they gave both Kristin Chenoweth and Jane Krakowski amazing songs so …

Aug 6, 2021: What I Learned from Sewing Napkins And some stuff I already knew but needed the reminder sewing napkins gave me. 1. If you want things to be the same size, cut them at the same time. …

Aug 5, 2021: I can’t recall if I’d ever seen Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s on First” before tonight but I just watched it, …

Aug 5, 2021: Hello and welcome to my current existential crisis.

Aug 4, 2021: The CHIP ‘N’ DALE: RESCUE RANGERS theme is a masterpiece of musical maximalism. 🎵

Aug 4, 2021: I love physicist Carlo Rovelli’s phrase, “radical lack of certainty,” quoted in Austin Kleon’s blog post about uncertainty in …

Aug 4, 2021: 📺 I’m not remotely close to caught up on The Owl House but I just want to say that Luz’s tailcoat and tutu combo is the dream. Via …

Aug 3, 2021: Want to read: A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee 📚

Aug 1, 2021: Finished reading: The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss 📚

Jul 31, 2021: 🎮 Played Dragon Quest on Android. Gorgeous pixel remake of the foundational JRPG. Super fun! 🐲

Jul 31, 2021: 📚🗯️ Read Once & Future Vol. 1: The King Is Undead by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora. Arthuriana and a story about the nature of stories, plus a …

Jul 31, 2021: 💬🔖 “What did I learn today about how to live this life?” This question applies to a lot more than writing. Catapult | On Writing (with a …

Jul 30, 2021: 📚 A surprise The Locked Tomb book! Yay! 💀

Jul 30, 2021: 📚📺 At Electric Literature, Meera Vijayan writes about the value of seeing Alina Starkov build her strength a little at a time in the face of …

Jul 29, 2021: I feel both seen and attacked by this Lit Hub piece that says the literary character who shares my Enneagram type (4) is Dorian Gray.

Jul 28, 2021: I’m available for work starting September 7. Ideal employed situation is part-time, remote, at least $1500/mo. Also open to contract work. My …

Jul 27, 2021: Putting yourself back together I’ve written before about how matrescence is like kintsugi: having a baby shatters you and the living you do after you have the baby puts you …

Jul 26, 2021: Today my (medical) doctor called me and when I answered, she said, “Hello, Dr. Hirsh?”

Jul 26, 2021: 📚 This interview with Tamsyn Muir is great.

Jul 26, 2021: Finished reading: Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir 📚

Jul 23, 2021: 📚 In HARROW THE NINTH Harrowhark uses the phrase “A fatal longing for the picturesque” and I’m all “AHHHHH is that a THE …

Jul 22, 2021: What a beautiful day! We're not scared. 🐻 Are you familiar with the poem/book/animated short film WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT? I highly recommend it. Kids wander through all types of …

Jul 21, 2021: 🔖📺🍿This piece identifies what made LOKI less than ideal for me: Loki himself is constrained, not as grand or mischievous as we’re used to. Great …

Jul 21, 2021: 🔖🍿📚 It’s nice timing to read this after recently starting my Dorian Gray re-read: Manic Pixie Dream Portrait: On 500 Days of Summer and Dorian …

Jul 21, 2021: The article Meet the typical 40-year-old millennial, who has $128,000 in debt, is not nearly as wealthy as their parents were, and is known as …

Jul 21, 2021: Me, after two nights of terrible sleep: Welp, I worked for 48 billable minutes. Time to pack it in and watch TV!

Jul 20, 2021: My personal history with sewing 🧵 I promise I’m going to write about what I learned from sewing napkins soon. But first: my personal history with sewing! I’ve known how to …

Jul 20, 2021: Other people’s midi dress is my maxi dress.

Jul 20, 2021: You know what would be an interesting pair of books to read together? The 4-Hour Work Week and How to Do Nothing. 📚

Jul 19, 2021: Random stream-of-consciousness life updates I may receive commissions for purchases made through links on this page. Hello, everyone! How are you doing? Over here, I’m on Day 6 of being In …

Jul 18, 2021: Austin Kleon's pirate-gardener Austin Kleon writes about his desire to be a pirate-gardener, I’d like to stay happily at home, in the studio, planting my seeds and cultivating my …

Jul 18, 2021: 💬📚 “Harrow would be tripping over herself for her whole existence, a frictionless hoop of totally f-cking up.” - Tamsyn Muir, HARROW THE …

Jul 17, 2021: 📚 O no I have HARROW THE NINTH on my eReader and want to hermit up and just read it until I’m doooooonnnnneee.

Jul 17, 2021: 📚 I’m re-reading THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY and I want to write down all of Lord Henry Wotton’s bon mots but there are too many and all of …

Jul 16, 2021: Just watched the first episode of Schmigadoon and Aaron Tveit channeling John Raitt/Gordon McRae/Robert Goulet is 💯.

Jul 16, 2021: I’m working on developing a new academia aesthetic, it’s kind of a sff academia. Inspired by the Mythic Quest episode …

Jul 16, 2021: I love when I have a call with my doctor and I say “I think I should do this” and she says “I agree.”

Jul 15, 2021: 🧵 I made napkins today and I learned a lot! I’ll write about it soon.

Jul 15, 2021: I’m about to start using Noter Live to live-tweet #MIRAULV2021. Conferring on the couch next to my kid who is binge-watching Number Blocks on …

Jul 15, 2021: Wait wait wait bootcut jeans are on-trend again? Gen Z, you’re turning exhausted parents into fashion-forward geniuses, and we thank you.

Jul 14, 2021: My kid is watching Doc McStuffins and I’m over here swooning over the knight toy Sir Kirby because his voice sounds like @yakkopinky is doing an …

Jul 14, 2021: I tried Voila AI artist & this is what it says I’d look like as a 3D cartoon princess.

Jul 14, 2021: Happy birthday to me! W & M got me a sewing machine that has a manual! I asked for one I knew was affordable and simple. I can upgrade later.

Jul 14, 2021: Who will I be at 40? Three makes a pattern, so this is the year that blogging about who I want to be in this year of my life becomes a tradition. Shout out to my friend …

Jul 14, 2021: Want to read: The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun 📚

Jul 13, 2021: Finished reading: Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett 📚

Jul 13, 2021: Stream-of-Consciousness Quick Review: Kristen Arnett's MOSTLY DEAD THINGS 📚🦩 (or, Kristen Arnett Please Be My New Best Friend) I may receive commissions for purchases made through links on this post. Kristen Arnett is Florida’s and the Internet’s Lesbian dad. Her …

Jul 13, 2021: Tomorrow is my birthday (40th). If you want to celebrate, here are some options: have donuts read a book go swimming watch something from or about …

Jul 12, 2021: I just signed up for 1-Day Online Nonfiction Seminar: The Scholar’s Guide to Writing & Publishing Creative Nonfiction, which I would not …

Jul 12, 2021: I didn’t see Katy Peplin’s blog post about grumping it out until just now but now is when I needed it, so that worked out well.

Jul 11, 2021: The thing about being a bard is that performance is more than just singing.

Jul 11, 2021: I need everyone to understand that in Marvel comics, there is the version of Thor that is a frog, and there is also a frog who is not Thor but has …

Jul 9, 2021: The Quiet Space has a website. This evolving project offers tools to help scholars & other knowledge creators manage the organizational aspects of …

Jul 9, 2021: The water and the moon are my teachers. 🌊🌕 Tonight is the New Moon in Cancer. Next Wednesday is my birthday. My Sun, Ascendant, and Mercury are all in Cancer. I don’t believe the stars …

Jul 9, 2021: W: Would you say the town of Brigadoon is changed by the events of the musical? Me: What? No! Visitors to Brigadoon can’t change Brigadoon. It …

Jul 9, 2021: Introducing The Quiet Space: A set of offerings for scholars and knowledge creators Good morning, friends. I have a new-ish morning ritual. I creep downstairs so as not to wake my kid. I get out a glass. I go to the fridge. I get out …

Jul 8, 2021: Hulu has both Beetlejuice and Season 7 of Younger, see y’all next week. 📺🍿

Jul 8, 2021: I'm having a tantrum about how hard it is to live with chronic illness. Back in May, I had some bloodwork done. I discovered that my thyroid hormone levels were in the normal reference range but were, in my opinion, …

Jul 7, 2021: Habits from UNF*CK YOUR HABITAT I may receive commissions for purchases made through links on this page. I’m re-reading Unf*ck Your Habitat and wanted to keep some notes in a …

Jul 7, 2021: Nightstand before & after courtesy the first couple of mini-challenges in the original UfYH book. (I’ll get a commission if you purchase the …

Jul 7, 2021: I take 20 medications/supplements, some of them more than once a day.

Jul 3, 2021: I’m brewing 2 essays about Star Trek: The Next Generation: about Data, perfectionism, & imposter syndrome in “Peak Performance” …

Jul 2, 2021: My kid asked me if he was a camper & I told him we could call our home a camp if he wanted and he named it LD Camp. It stands for Librarian Doctor …

Jul 2, 2021: Years ago now, my sister gave M. a 3D printed Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service. Today I painted it as we watched Kiki.

Jul 2, 2021: I don’t believe being a librarian is A Calling but I do believe it is a disposition; it is one of my most prominent dispositions & as such …

Jul 1, 2021: Welcome to Camp NaNoWriMo with me! I may receive commissions for purchases made through links on this page. It’s July 1 which means it’s the start of Camp NaNoWriMo! …

Jun 29, 2021: Response to "Knitting’s resurgence reflects women’s desire to confront inequality": things that have been things for a while, affinity space research, and punk rock new domesticity I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. I’m writing up a response to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s …

Jun 29, 2021: 🔖 Putting a pin in this article to remind me to write later about the perils of outsiders researching affinity spaces, the overlooked punk rockness of …

Jun 29, 2021: Returning to Dissertating in the Open Back when I started the dissertation process, I had this whole plan to dissertate in the open. I did this successfully up through the proposal …

Jun 28, 2021: Want to read: Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing by Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher 📚

Jun 28, 2021: 🔖▶️ Watching Meet Courtney: An American Girl Movie & trying not to lose it every time they mention the Challenger or Christa McAuliffe. 35 years …

Jun 28, 2021: 🔖📺 Listen, as a 90s babybat I welcome the new Anne Rice television universe. 🦇

Jun 27, 2021: I don’t have a plan beyond keeping my kid alive, resting a lot, trying to be more chill. I’ve never not had a plan before. I’m lucky …

Jun 27, 2021: Want to read: Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower by Marc Goulden, Mary Ann Mason, and Nicholas H. Wolfinger 📚

Jun 27, 2021: 📚 I read only the Introduction to Kelly J. Baker’s SEXISM ED and I’m already seething with rage.

Jun 27, 2021: I don’t like to drink rosé but I love the roséwave vibe. I’m trying to figure out what faux-luxe looks like for parents of young children. …

Jun 26, 2021: Finished reading: Succeeding Outside the Academy 📚

Jun 26, 2021: 💬📚 “Why have I surrendered so much of my present self to an abstract future self that may never exist? Why have I made my present happiness …

Jun 26, 2021: Every time I work on this article revision I end up getting mad at Reviewer 2 all over again, mostly for treating me like a baby, even though …

Jun 26, 2021: My Kid (4.5 yo): Donatello is playing a video game. Me: Fun! What’s it called? Kid: “Science Nerd.” 🐢🕹️

Jun 26, 2021: 🔖▶️ Watched Create Your Unicorn Career from Scratch. Engaging talk from a science communicator/comedian! Don’t throw any part of yourself away! …

Jun 25, 2021: Low-key day today: chilling with my kid in the morning, an adventure with a locked but unoccupied bathroom that resulted in me taking the handle off …

Jun 24, 2021: JK, today is a rest-in-bed kind of day now that I’ve done my most important work, registering my kid for the next round of swim lessons. Also …

Jun 24, 2021: Today is a work-in-bed kind of day. (I have chronic illness and a 4 year old; kindly keep your sleep hygiene tips to yourself.)

Jun 24, 2021: As a younger person I thought people in their 40s had their acts together. ~3 wks away from turning 40 I realize people in their 40s have simply …

Jun 24, 2021: 🔖📝 I love Austin Kleon’s advice to relocate your darlings. I have a file for every project with the word “Cut” in the filename and …

Jun 24, 2021: Want to read: Annotation by Remi H. Kalir and Antero Garcia 📚

Jun 23, 2021: Is my hair still wet or is it like this because I tried the Curly Girl method and used gel? The Kimberly Hirsh story [Caption: a woman with hair that …

Jun 23, 2021: Want to read: Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie 📚

Jun 22, 2021: 📚 I know I’m very late to this party but GIDEON THE NINTH is so good.

Jun 22, 2021: What is less helpful than it might be is when a reviewer suggests that people have already written a bunch about the thing you’re writing about …

Jun 21, 2021: 9 am Kimberly: I’m totally going to work this afternoon! 1 pm Kimberly: I’m totally going to read GIDEON THE NINTH this afternoon! 📚

Jun 20, 2021: In the bathroom at the children’s museum yesterday, I looked in the mirror. I saw a sweaty mess who was clearly somebody’s mom. I thought, …

Jun 19, 2021: 📚 (Please don’t spoil me) Me reading Gideon the Ninth: KISS! KISS! KISS!

Jun 19, 2021: Welp. Sitting on hold with the grocery store because they accidentally charged me $78.89 for 1 lb of turkey is not how I expected to spend my Saturday …

Jun 19, 2021: The layers of references in this poster are delightful: cats as Data and Geordi as Holmes and Watson chef kiss 🖖📺🖼️

Jun 18, 2021: Finished reading: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo 📚

Jun 18, 2021: 💬📚 “If you cannot bear our pain, you are not fit to carry our strength.” WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER, Leigh Bardugo

Jun 18, 2021: 📚 I’m reading Leigh Bardugo’s WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER & while it took a little while to grab me, here at about 2/3 of the way through …

Jun 16, 2021: I’m announcing it to make it real: I’m going to write a sweet romance novella for Camp NaNoWriMo in July & I’m going to write it …

Jun 16, 2021: 🔖📚 Read What We Can—and Can’t—Learn About Louisa May Alcott from Her Teenage Fiction - Electric Literature electricliterature.com Read: …

Jun 15, 2021: 💬📺 “No one likes having a curse, but if you take the right steps, it’s manageable.” - Eda the Owl Lady, The Owl House Season 1 …

Jun 15, 2021: Anybody else feel like a lot of qualitative methodology writeups in studies are basically “I did a qual! I analyzed a thing! DATA! CODES!” …

Jun 14, 2021: 🔖 Read Toll from political push at UNC continues to mount | NC Policy Watch ncpolicywatch.com Read: www.ncpolicywatch.com ncpolicywatch.com …

Jun 14, 2021: Me: What am I going to do with my kid all summer? The pool: Hi. Me: 😍🧜🏻‍♀️

Jun 13, 2021: Someone in my neighborhood is doing yardwork at 9 pm and I’m not okay with it.

Jun 12, 2021: Do I pretend I’m Kaz Brekker when I use my new cane? Only with every step I take.

Jun 12, 2021: Part of me is always working on a taxonomy and ontology of #StarTrekTNG episodes. (Currently: only Data can safely go down to the planet. A girl or …

Jun 11, 2021: I have no special insight into the MCU but this song might be a bit instructive (and if you’re familiar with Marvel Comics is pretty hilarious): …

Jun 11, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Loki episode 1 finds a startling way to rest the antihero for Marvel TV - Polygon polygon.comRead: www.polygon.com polygon.com …

Jun 11, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Loki episode 1 recap and Easter eggs: Thor’s naughty brother gets busted for time crimes - CNET cnet.comRead: www.cnet.com cnet.com …

Jun 11, 2021: 📺 watched Loki Season 1, Episode 1, “Glorious Purpose.” Took me a little while to get into but I’m looking forward to seeing where …

Jun 11, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Star Trek | Games of Fame gamesoffame.wordpress.comRead: gamesoffame.wordpress.com gamesoffame.wordpress.com …

Jun 11, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read 1974: Super Star Trek - 50 Years of Text Games if50.substack.comRead: if50.substack.com if50.substack.com …

Jun 11, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Before Adventure, Addendums | Renga in Blue bluerenga.blogRead: bluerenga.blog Jason Dyer …

Jun 11, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Before Adventure, Part 5: Wumpus 2 and 3 | Renga in Blue bluerenga.blogRead: bluerenga.blog Jason Dyer …

Jun 11, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read » Hunt the Wumpus, Part 2 The Digital Antiquarian filfre.netRead: www.filfre.net filfre.net …

Jun 11, 2021: Watching “new” She-Ra with my kid & forgot who my She-Ra avatar was but then we got to episode 5…

Jun 10, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read » Hunt the Wumpus, Part 1 The Digital Antiquarian filfre.netRead: www.filfre.net filfre.net …

Jun 10, 2021: What does after even mean? Lately some of the things that have been lifelines for me during the pandemic have started to feel less lifeliney. The crafting group I meet with on …

Jun 10, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Before Adventure, Part 4: Hunt the Wumpus (1973) | Renga in Blue bluerenga.blog Read: bluerenga.blog Jason Dyer …

Jun 10, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Before Adventure, Part 2: Mugwump, Hurkle, Snark (1973) | Renga in Blue bluerenga.blog Read: bluerenga.blog Jason Dyer …

Jun 10, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Before Adventure, Part 1: Hide and Seek (1972) | Renga in Blue bluerenga.blog Read: bluerenga.blog Jason Dyer …

Jun 10, 2021: 🍿📺🗯️ I just watched the two pre-Loki episodes of Marvel Studios LEGENDS and y’all the MCU gets more obtuse all the time. In comics they do …

Jun 10, 2021: 🔖🎮 ReadBefore Adventure, Part 3: Caves (1973) | Renga in Blue bluerenga.blog Read: bluerenga.blog Jason Dyer …

Jun 10, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read 1973: Hunt the Wumpus - 50 Years of Text Games if50.substack.com Read: if50.substack.com if50.substack.com …

Jun 9, 2021: Text adventure nostalgia I hope your Wednesday’s going well! (Or Thursday if you’re farther east enough than me that that’s what day it is!) I’ve been …

Jun 9, 2021: Today, in letting go of my internalized ableism: using a cane during a hip pain flare.

Jun 9, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Forty Years of Lunar Lander technologizer.com Read: www.technologizer.com technologizer.com …

Jun 9, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Lunar Lander: The Full Story of the Legendary Game and Genre fictionphile.com Read: fictionphile.com fictionphile.com …

Jun 9, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read 1972: ROCKET - 50 Years of Text Games if50.substack.com Read: if50.substack.com if50.substack.com https://if50.substack.com/p/1972-rocket

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Something Found In The Oregon Trail - Code Dive codedive.substack.com Read: codedive.substack.com codedive.substack.com …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read » On the Trail of the Oregon Trail, Part 5 The Digital Antiquarian filfre.net Read: www.filfre.net filfre.net …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read » On the Trail of the Oregon Trail, Part 4 The Digital Antiquarian filfre.net Read: www.filfre.net filfre.net …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Oregon Trail Ver. 3 (BASIC 3.1, 1978) | Desert Hat deserthat.wordpress.com Read: deserthat.wordpress.com deserthat.wordpress.com …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read » On the Trail of the Oregon Trail, Part 3 The Digital Antiquarian filfre.net Read: www.filfre.net filfre.net …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read » On the Trail of the Oregon Trail, Part 2 The Digital Antiquarian filfre.net Read: www.filfre.net filfre.net …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Rafting Down the Columbia River died-of-dysentery.com Read: www.died-of-dysentery.com died-of-dysentery.com …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Matt’s Store & Starting the Game died-of-dysentery.com Read: www.died-of-dysentery.com died-of-dysentery.com …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Crossing Rivers died-of-dysentery.com Read: www.died-of-dysentery.com died-of-dysentery.com …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read The Earliest Versions of the Game died-of-dysentery.com Read: www.died-of-dysentery.com died-of-dysentery.com …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read A Brief History of the Oregon Trail Game died-of-dysentery.com Read: www.died-of-dysentery.com died-of-dysentery.com …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read The Oregon Trail Memes died-of-dysentery.com Read: www.died-of-dysentery.com died-of-dysentery.com …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Designing the Travel Screen for “The Oregon Trail” | by R. Philip Bouchard | The Philipendium | Medium medium.comRead: medium.com medium.com …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 The FEMICOM museum is my new favorite thing.

Jun 8, 2021: Things that can bring on trochanteric (hip) bursitis: sitting, lying down, physical activity. 😬

Jun 8, 2021: On pain Hello again! My right hip has been hurting the past couple of days. Or almost a week, I guess - it started last Wednesday and has been off-and-on …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🏳️‍🌈 Read The Power of Pride - Arc Digital arcdigital.mediaRead: www.arcdigital.media arcdigital.media …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read Designing the Hunting Game for “The Oregon Trail” | by R. Philip Bouchard | The Philipendium | Medium medium.comRead: medium.com medium.com …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read How I Managed to Design the Most Successful Educational Computer Game of All Time | by R. Philip Bouchard | The Philipendium | Medium …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read » On the Trail of the Oregon Trail, Part 1 The Digital Antiquarian filfre.netRead: www.filfre.net filfre.net …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read The Forgotten History of ‘The Oregon Trail,’ As Told By Its Creators vice.comRead: www.vice.com vice.com …

Jun 8, 2021: 🔖🎮 Read 1971: The Oregon Trail - 50 Years of Text Games if50.substack.comRead: if50.substack.com if50.substack.com …

Jun 7, 2021: Welcome to a week of daily blogging: stream-of-consciousness flavor! I’m working to get into the flow of daily blogging, so this post will be rather stream of consciousness. I work best in two-hour chunks. Today, …

Jun 7, 2021: 🔖 Martha Bautells’s On Writing Through a Residency That Never Happened (But Did?) resonates with me, as I still grieve the dissertation I …

Jun 7, 2021: ↪️ in reply to Bridgy stats update I wonder if the drop-off in publishing after August 2020 might be due to pandemic fatigue.

Jun 6, 2021: 💬📚 “The graduate program… hinges on a level of detachment from the corporeal, on a laser focus and dedication to one’s intellectual …

Jun 5, 2021: 🔖🧵🧶 Read What We Learned From a Year of Crafting - The New York Times nytimes.comRead: www.nytimes.com Www.nytimes.com …

Jun 5, 2021: There are worse things than sitting outside at a children’s museum on a beautiful day with little fans pointed at your face while your spouse …

Jun 5, 2021: 🔖📚 Read Kristen Arnett Gets Her Best Ideas at the Bar - Interview Magazine interviewmagazine.comRead: www.interviewmagazine.com interviewmagazine.com …

Jun 5, 2021: 💬🔖📚 Kate Zambreno on her new book "To Write as if Already Dead" - Los Angeles Times The postpartum experience isn’t just expensive; it can also be one of psychic trauma and creative crisis. Someone who was a person becomes a mother. …

Jun 5, 2021: 🔖🖥️ Elizabeth and Gav promised in this week’s The Rec Center that 1992: Silverwolf would be the most engrossing post I’d read all week and …

Jun 3, 2021: Career Advice for PhDs Websites and Professionals: You should use ImaginePhD! It will help you identify a good post/alt/non-ac career for your …

Jun 3, 2021: 🔖📚 Read Together As We Burn: On a Complicated Maternal Bond and Intergenerational Love. A heartbreaking excerpt from Ashley C. Ford’s memoir, …

Jun 3, 2021: 🔖📚 Read Stories and Hormones Shape Our Lives by Elanor Broker. Beautiful essay weaving together personal experiences of trans matrescence and the …

Jun 3, 2021: 🔖📝 Read Finding Time to Write About Motherhood… While Parenting During a Pandemic . The usual fragmented life of a mother is intensified by the …

Jun 1, 2021: Quick Review: The City We Became 📚 I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. I love the way N. K. Jemisin’s The City We Became captures the spirit …

Jun 1, 2021: Finished reading: The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin 📚

Jun 1, 2021: I’ve also made my Scholarly Writing Project Audit and Pipeline Notion template available via Gumroad. It’s pay-what-you-can/want. It is based on …

Jun 1, 2021: For #TrekTuesday, I’ll share that I spend a LOT of time wondering why we don’t see social scientists as key crew members on the …

May 31, 2021: I’ve made my Conceptual Synthesis Spreadsheet Notion template available via Gumroad. It’s pay-what-you-can/want. This spreadsheet is based …

May 30, 2021: Thanks to a generous person I met in the Mermaids of NC group on Facebook, I am now Dr. Mer-Mom. Apparently having a mermaid tail makes me extra …

May 28, 2021: Build networks & ask for what you need & give what you can. Swimming in a mermaid tail is a hobby with a community. I’ve wanted to get …

May 28, 2021: I got a Rakuten Libra H2O and I am so excited about its OverDrive integration. So many public library books at my fingertips on a screen that’s …

May 27, 2021: Finished reading: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo 📚

May 26, 2021: 📚💬 “We learn to wring magic from the ordinary… When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.” Crooked …

May 25, 2021: Want to read: The Lightmaker’s Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy by Karen Walrond 📚

May 24, 2021: 📚 Kaz Brekker is the best. Why do we have obligations besides reading books?

May 24, 2021: 📚💬 I’ve heard a lot about the excellent disability representation in the Six of Crows duology. Obviously Kaz is phenomenal; Wylan is awesome, …

May 23, 2021: 📚 In Crooked Kingdom, Inej thinks about her hope that she and Kaz could be “more than two wary creatures united by their distrust of the …

May 21, 2021: Hey guess what? You can download the Creative Commons-licensed version of my dissertation on my dissertation page!

May 20, 2021: Added “consulting scholar-librarian 🔍” to my bio.

May 20, 2021: Getting a lot of targeted ads for EdDs like “Heeeey noticed you just finished a doctorate, want another?” [GIF: Seth Meyer laughing and …

May 20, 2021: Personal reflections after (but not really on) #FanLIS My head is swimming after attending the #FanLIS symposium today. At this moment when I’m taking a few weeks off before launching consulting, …

May 20, 2021: Most of my tweets from #FanLIS I’m planning to return and clean up formatting and add links to videos once they’re online, but for now, here’s a collection of …

May 19, 2021: 📚 Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé's ACE OF SPADES: Gossip Girl meets Get Out in a gripping debut thriller ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé Chiamaka and Devon are both students at the prestigious Niveus Academy and total opposites. Devon is a nobody, …

May 19, 2021: Just deleted “expected” before “May 2021” in my CV.

May 18, 2021: 📚 How do you keep track of quotes that resonate with you? I usually write them in my Bullet Journal or post them to my blog, but sometimes I snap a …

May 18, 2021: Finished reading: Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé 📚

May 18, 2021: 📺 I’ve got 2 episodes left of SHRILL. It’s so weird being right in the middle of Annie and Gabe’s ages, too old to be an …

May 18, 2021: Want to read: Ashkenazi Herbalism: Rediscovering the Herbal Traditions of Eastern European Jews by Deatra Cohen and Adam Siegel 📚

May 18, 2021: 📺 Fran is always my favorite on SHRILL. Today it’s because she says, “I just don’t think I can work somewhere where I’m not …

May 18, 2021: Today in “But they’re worth it": my kid showed me a tiny grape as though he had found an amazing treasure. If you like kids but …

May 17, 2021: Yesterday I did 3 things so today my body wants me to do no things. I hope the plan I made with my Dr gets my thyroid levels back to optimal. These …

May 17, 2021: 📚 Sometimes I have to start a book several times before it holds my interest. A GAME OF THRONES was like that, but eventually I caught it in the right …

May 16, 2021: I carry a tote bag around my house as I move through my day. I never know what I’ll be in the mood to read if I have the time to, so I usually …

May 16, 2021: Want to read: How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams 📚

May 15, 2021: 📚 Right before I started my Grishaverse catch up, I went on a dark academia spree. These were three of the books I read as part of that. They’re …

May 14, 2021: 📚 Remember how I said my hammock was my favorite reading spot? Here’s a flashback to me reading SIX OF CROWS in my hammock a few weeks ago. The …

May 13, 2021: Want to read: Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope 📚

May 13, 2021: Want to read: Anya of Ark by Kristian Joseph 📚

May 13, 2021: Post-graduation reception.

May 13, 2021: Tassel turned! (The gown and hood were too itchy to keep on with only a sundress underneath.)

May 13, 2021: Let’s get this virtual graduation show on the road. [My son and I smiling. I am wearing doctoral regalia, including a dark blue PhD hood and …

May 13, 2021: Want to read: Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller 📚

May 13, 2021: My kid and I are building NYC for the Ninja Turtles & Marvel Superheroes to adventure in, so of course I had to build the @nypl Schwarzman bldg on …

May 13, 2021: 📚 I first read SHADOW AND BONE 5 years ago, on a hammock at the beach, when I was 7 months pregnant. I was too impatient to do a re-read before the …

May 13, 2021: I had to do one more round of formatting this morning but at long last my dissertation has been accepted by my university!

May 12, 2021: I started a bookstagram account. You can find it at kimberlyhirsh.reads if you want to follow along. Right now this almost 20 year old picture of me …

May 11, 2021: I love when I talk to my doctor and we agree on the best course of action.

May 11, 2021: Me, watching STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: Battle, battle, battle. When are we going to get another DIPLOMACY episode? (Padme is my prequel era fave, OF …

May 11, 2021: I fixed the formatting problem which was in fact my fault. When I tried to fix one thing it did another thing and I didn’t realize it and was …

May 11, 2021: I’ve been attending to my mind almost exclusively for 6 years (and arguably for almost 40). Time to give some attention to her neglected …

May 11, 2021: Was playing Ninja Turtles with my kid & his action figures & kid made Leo tell Donnie he’s just a toy & I made Donnie have a full-on …

May 11, 2021: I am filled with rage over the number of formatting revisions I am having to make to my dissertation, especially as the most recent one they requested …

May 10, 2021: Finished reading: Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May 📚

May 9, 2021: 🔖 I’ve started calling my kid Little One & after reading Meg Elison’s How Lwaxana Troi Became Our Space Aunt I couldn’t be …

May 8, 2021: I was thinking last night about why characters who look a mess but are competent when it counts are some of my favorites and I realized that’s …

May 7, 2021: Prepping to launch my consulting career 👩‍‍💼 Hello again, internet. I just finished writing the last thing I had to write for my assistantship. I’m taking a break and not hustling hustling …

May 6, 2021: Want to read: THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOME ECONOMICS How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live by Danielle …

May 5, 2021: Added “serious Belle vibes 📚” to my bio.

May 4, 2021: You should probably look at Laz Marquez’s #StarTrekGala art project because it’s AWESOME. 🖖🏻🎨📺

May 4, 2021: 🔖📚 Austin Kleon writes today about [wintering and dormancy] (https://austinkleon.com/2021/05/04/wintering-and-dormancy/), quoting Katherine …

May 3, 2021: 🔖📺🖖 Read The Measure of a Man Demonstrates the Many Forms of Love by Anna E. Gant

May 3, 2021: 🔖📺🖖 Hrisoula Gatzogiannis’s The Only Work Ethic I Care About Is the One on Star Trek details what Picard explains in the TNG episode “The …

May 3, 2021: I think at some point in the past 6 years I became an information scientist. Yay?

May 2, 2021: I’m thinking about metaphors for how people consume information. Infodemic. Infobesity. I think there are more thoughts to be had here, …

May 2, 2021: Went really minimal with my latest bio: motherscholar 👩‍💻 she/her ♿ ❤️💜💙 Durham, NC, USA 🌎

May 2, 2021: I want to share that if you have panic attacks fueled by imposter syndrome more than 2 weeks after your dissertation defense, you are not alone, …

May 2, 2021: Want to read: Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture by Henry Jenkins 📚

May 2, 2021: 🔖ReadPost-SCMS musings on the value of the word acafan louisaellenstein.comRead: louisaellenstein.com louisaellenstein.com …

May 2, 2021: 🔖 Read Against Aca-Fandom bogost.comRead: bogost.com bogost.com http://bogost.com/blog/against_aca-fandom/

May 2, 2021: 🔖 Read SCMS 2011 Workshop: Acafandom and the Future of Fan Studies louisaellenstein.comRead: louisaellenstein.com louisaellenstein.com …

May 2, 2021: 🔖📺 Read On Disliking Mad Men justtv.wordpress.comRead: justtv.wordpress.com adornofangirl …

Apr 30, 2021: Frank Oz, on Miss Piggy: She has a lot of vulnerability, which she has to hide, because of her need to be a superstar. Quoted in Of Muppets and Men …

Apr 30, 2021: Kermit, while he is no saint, has achieved a wonderful equilibrium in which a common sense and a hunger for the absurd are nicely balanced. Were he to …

Apr 30, 2021: Want to read: Digital Black Feminism by Catherine Knight Steele 📚

Apr 30, 2021: Played Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego? via the Internet Archive with M. this morning & explained that Moscow is no longer the capital of …

Apr 29, 2021: What we do is chatacter comedy. Jerry Juhl, head writer of The Muppet Show, quoted in Of Muppets and Men: The Making of the Muppet Show by …

Apr 29, 2021: CS101: Week One I’m auditing Stanford’s CS101 on EdX because while I love Harvard’s CS50x I think I need some back to basics stuff. (All of this …

Apr 29, 2021: Woohoo, I think I wrote the introduction of this article, yay me. Back to chipping away at the lit review…

Apr 29, 2021: Here’s me in 2018 unknowingly arguing the key finding of my dissertation: information literacy models should include creation.

Apr 29, 2021: 🔖 Read No One Makes a Living on Patreon.

Apr 28, 2021: Oh hey I got so excited about becoming Dr. Hirsh that I forgot to share photos of my Data make-up test on my non-cosplay accounts. Here you go! …

Apr 28, 2021: Y’all is Kevin Feige okay? Has he ever, you know, been outside? Somebody should probably take him to a park.

Apr 27, 2021: Spoiler font on my website I’m playing with CSS to get spoiler-text hidden unless selected on my website. Let’s see if it works! I’m putting double pipes …

Apr 27, 2021: On languishing, being dormant, and lying in wait. Adam Grant’s article There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing has been floating around different places I spend time …

Apr 27, 2021: Notes and highlights from Katie Rose Guest Pryal's THE FREELANCE ACADEMIC 📚 I’ve read Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s The Freelance Academic twice now. It’s a great book. I’ve taken notes on it and highlighted …

Apr 27, 2021: Am I always tired because I’m: A) a newly minted PhD recovering from dissertating B) the parent of a young child C) a person living with chronic …

Apr 26, 2021: My Dissertation Acknowledgments It’s probably going to be a little while before I get my full dissertation up online, so I thought I’d go ahead and post my …

Apr 26, 2021: 🔖 Read ‘Buy Nothing’ groups: A place to share goods, services — and gratitude.

Apr 25, 2021: Biggest takeaway from the first 5 episodes of SHADOW & BONE is that I want to get really good at embroidery & goldwork and make all the …

Apr 25, 2021: 🔖 Read Rebuilding the Web We Lost anildash.comRead: anildash.com anildash.com https://anildash.com/2012/12/18/rebuilding_the_web_we_lost/

Apr 25, 2021: 🔖 Read The Web We Lost anildash.comRead: anildash.com anildash.com http://anildash.com/2012/12/13/the_web_we_lost/

Apr 25, 2021: O hai. the early blogosphere was full of people who obsessed over “correctly” labeling and organizing content. Anil Dash, The Lost Infrastructure of …

Apr 25, 2021: Finished reading: Come Back, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Wallace Tripp 📚

Apr 25, 2021: Finished reading: Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower by Peggy Parish and Barbara Siegel Thomas 📚

Apr 24, 2021: I have been so focused on writing my dissertation for so long that it’s a challenge to write a lit review short enough for a journal article. 📝

Apr 23, 2021: Finished reading: Thank You, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish, Barbara Siebel Thomas 📚

Apr 23, 2021: Finished reading: Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Fitz Siebel 📚

Apr 23, 2021: Stocking the flow of my garden in the stream 💻 I’ve been wanting to clean up my blog at least since I migrated from WordPress to Micro.blog, maybe longer. But at over 1000 entries and more …

Apr 23, 2021: Hello I have watched the first episode of SHADOW & BONE and Jesper has now replaced Kaz as my Ketterdam favorite. (I don’t think my Ravka …

Apr 23, 2021: You can now watch my dissertation defense presentation! I’ve stopped the video before the Q&A to protect my committee and guests' privacy, …

Apr 23, 2021: Finished reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 📚

Apr 22, 2021: 🔖🍿📺 Read Marvel movies have a weird relationship with kissing and romance - Polygon polygon.comRead: www.polygon.com polygon.com …

Apr 22, 2021: Today’s weather is the best kind of NC spring weather. It’s 57F and there are fluffy clouds. The trees are all green. I’m in a …

Apr 22, 2021: Want to read: Reef Life: An Underwater Memoir by Callum Roberts 📚

Apr 22, 2021: Want to read: The Brilliant Abyss, Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It by Helen Scales 📚

Apr 21, 2021: I’m so happy that I’m now qualified to wear this Delicious PhD Darling “regalia.” 🤣 (If you’ve never seen this before, …

Apr 21, 2021: 🔖 Read How Bookishness Affects the Book Biz publishersweekly.comRead: www.publishersweekly.com publishersweekly.com …

Apr 21, 2021: 🔖 Read How to Read When You Have a Baby | Book Riot bookriot.combookriot.com https://bookriot.com/how-to-read-when-you-have-a-baby/ Sound advice here.

Apr 21, 2021: I resent the fact that Book Riot’s Find Out Your SHADOW AND BONE Character quiz made me choose between Nikolai & Kaz. (I chose Nikolai but …

Apr 21, 2021: 🔖 Read On the Relationship Between Motherhood and Madness in Victorian Literature ‹ Literary Hub lithub.comRead: lithub.com lithub.com …

Apr 20, 2021: I know somebody on micro.blog has put together an On This Day type page that shows you posts on today’s date in previous years. I can’t …

Apr 20, 2021: My favorite thing about Labyrinth is that the ending suggests that you can grow up while retaining your attachment to fantasy. 🍿

Apr 19, 2021: Told y’all I was going all-in on Trek. 🖖🏻📚

Apr 19, 2021: Submitted my dissertation to the university. Ordered Ebony Elizabeth Thomas’s The Dark Fantastic from Rofhiwa Bookcafé to celebrate. 📚 📝🎉

Apr 18, 2021: 🔖 Reagan Ray has collected a bunch of hand-lettered logos from Marvel comics pre-2000. My favorite series from this era is the 6 issue miniseries …

Apr 15, 2021: Exhausted from defense & migrainey because PCOS, so it’s time to settle in with some #StarTrekTNG. I’m doing a very slow rewatch. …

Apr 15, 2021: Advisor: So make these revisions because those were good questions and you had answers to them. Me: Please send the defense video, I will not remember …

Apr 15, 2021: Katherine Taylor’s essay, I Am Not a Robot, explores Data’s value as a stand-in for autistic people. It also gets at how all kinds of …

Apr 14, 2021: I have a lot of thank yous to catch up on, and I will. But in the meantime, I highly recommend having most of your best friends at your dissertation …

Apr 14, 2021: Lt. Cmdr. DOCTOR Kimberly Hirsh here… I mean Data, whoops… I passed my dissertation defense! Yay me! And immense thanks to the people …

Apr 14, 2021: This really does feel like waiting to go to the hospital to be induced. I hope the dissertation defense involves less back labor.

Apr 14, 2021: Really wish I felt like I could sweeten my defense with a laugh track.

Apr 14, 2021: Me, when Wesley Crusher tells Guinan he always gets As: Really? We’re still grading things in the 24th century? 🖖🏻📺

Apr 13, 2021: Last call for anyone who wants to attend my dissertation defense on Zoom, 4/14/21 1pm Eastern! The title is “Where’d You Get Those …

Apr 13, 2021: O no my defense adrenaline has arrived 18 hours early

Apr 13, 2021: THE NEVERS as Disability Metaphor ♿ 📺 This post contains slight spoilers for The Nevers. I just watched the first episode of The Nevers. Yes, it was created, written, and directed by Joss …

Apr 13, 2021: Weeks ago now my kid told me, “You don’t need to be a doctor. You’re already somebody special.” Carrying that energy in my …

Apr 13, 2021: 🔖Also, the Sesame Street Tiny Desk Concert made me tear up. 📺🎵

Apr 13, 2021: 🔖 I highly recommend this video of the Yip Yip Invasion at Phoenix Comicon 2017, in which a group of cosplayers dress as The Martians from Sesame …

Apr 13, 2021: Can I be in the book fandom? Like, I’m a fan of books as a medium and as aesthetic objects?

Apr 12, 2021: Finished reading: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo 📚

Apr 11, 2021: Exhausted from reviewing my dissertation slides with W (and applying for a job and doing a makeup test and parenting). Off to Ravka for the next 45 …

Apr 11, 2021: Finished reading: You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing by John Scalzi 📚

Apr 9, 2021: Finished my defense slides and I’m so tired. 📝

Apr 9, 2021: Me: Why am I so obsessed with identity construction? The little Chani Nicholas my head: Because your Sun & Ascendant are both in Cancer in the 1st …

Apr 9, 2021: Fellow academics, do you have a writerly identity? I told my artist BFF my 1st diss draft was garbage & she said “Lol so writing like art …

Apr 7, 2021: I have decided to go all-in on Star Trek. Especially TNG of course, but for the time being, I’m making Trek writ large my primary fandom.

Apr 7, 2021: I’m not saying I’m just saying I kind of wish the Season 2 finale of Picard would be Picard and Q’s wedding is all. 🖖🏻📺

Apr 7, 2021: Which Muppet do I most identify with? Well… 📺🍿

Apr 7, 2021: Don’t mind me, I’m just over here flailing in response to the Picard Season 2 Teaser Trailer. 🖖🏻📺🔖

Apr 7, 2021: Reddit user JaytheChou is photoshopping Paddington into a different movie every day and it is a source of joy. 🍿🔖

Apr 7, 2021: I’ve always been resentful of the trope where girls have to pretend to be boys to get stuff done, but Natalie Zutter’s piece about Leia …

Apr 7, 2021: Improv as community/business/cult has a lot of problems that would require a radical new model to fix but improv as playful art form taught me a lot …

Apr 6, 2021: I’m in a hammock and I don’t want to get up.

Apr 6, 2021: I just finished Leigh Bardugo’s Siege and Storm and I’m so glad I’ve got the next one ready to go tonight. I’m not saying …

Apr 6, 2021: Finished reading: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 📚

Apr 6, 2021: Teared up watching @levarburton’s cameos for other people. “It’s over. It’s done. You defended the damn thing…” …

Apr 6, 2021: So I’m reading my dissertation and I think it’s… Good? Like it was written by somebody who knows what they’re talking about? …

Apr 6, 2021: About to start reading and marking up this thing in preparation for next week’s defense, at which I will boldly go where (to my knowledge) no …

Apr 5, 2021: Honored today to deliver a pre-recorded guest lecture on Reader’s Advisory for Dr. Megan Threats’s Reference Sources & Services class. …

Apr 5, 2021: I really miss the internet of 2004 - 2007, specifically the DIY/New Domesticity craft punk blog & forum corner of it. I think my soul is a little …

Apr 3, 2021: I have now met all my pre-defense scholarly obligations (paper draft & guest lecture) so I guess it’s time to prepare for my defense. …

Apr 3, 2021: 🔖 I somehow missed Linda Holmes’s beautiful piece about The Muppet Movie soundtrack. She pulls out the very lines that always makes me cry. 🌈🐸🎵

Apr 3, 2021: True story, my dissertation includes the statement, “I was wrong.” 📝

Apr 2, 2021: 18 hrs post-vaccine woke up a little achey, a little lymph node-y. Not too bad but still planning to rest most of the day.

Apr 1, 2021: 5 hrs post-vaccine, feeling fuzzy-headed and mildly achey, chills receded but I bet they’ll be back.

Apr 1, 2021: J&J vaccine, side effects (or psychosomatic effects?) settling in after 3 hours: vague malaise, mild infrequent chill.

Apr 1, 2021: This windblown lady is vaccinated and waiting outside the Cookout Walk Up Window for a celebratory Cookout tray. (It’s me. This vaccinated and …

Mar 30, 2021: Thinking of launching an academic editing service explicitly targeted to scholars who are also caregivers. Interested to hear thoughts on this from …

Mar 29, 2021: I did the My Next Move interests profile and it says I should be an information research scientist. Yay?

Mar 28, 2021: Being in a “life happens” moment myself (finishing my dissertation), I originally missed Tantek Çelik’s chat conversations & …

Mar 25, 2021: Watching My Neighbor Totoro & my kid is saying that I’m like Mama Kusakabe because we both have dark hair and fair skin. I said, “And …

Mar 23, 2021: My kid’s over here telling his dad a Magic Treehouse/Wild Kratts crossover story. 💗💓📚📺

Mar 23, 2021: Want to read: The Writer’s Practice by John Warner 📚

Mar 22, 2021: I’m finishing up my PhD this May! I have a lot of possibilities for what’s next; I would welcome even more! I’m open to hearing …

Mar 22, 2021: It's spring and my dissertation is submitted! Let's do all the things! It feels like submitting my dissertation has freed up an immense amount of space in my head and heart to start thinking about other things. I’m so …

Mar 21, 2021: Want to read: When Women Invented Television by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong 📚

Mar 18, 2021: 4yo: What are you defending? Me: My dissertation. 4yo: Why do you have to defend it? Me:

Mar 18, 2021: Friend: I was thinking like I needed to get in my 10,000 hours and be an expert. Me: The 10,000 hours rule is not entirely evidence-based and we …

Mar 17, 2021: Here’s a proposed title for my memoir, inspired by me being aggressively helped at a friend via text: TELLING FRIENDS THINGS I NEED TO HEAR: THE …

Mar 17, 2021: You know that thing where you’ve pursued something long enough that now you’ve pretty much been exposed to all the fundamentals of it, and …

Mar 17, 2021: Debating with myself about regalia since I’m not going to an in-person ceremony. Definitely not trying to get the fancy stuff I dreamed of 10 …

Mar 16, 2021: “The academy is not designed to accommodate women, families, or the demands of modern life… Settling for mediocrity in everything but …

Mar 16, 2021: “[The graduate program] hinges on a level of detachment from the corporeal, on a laser focus and dedication to one’s intellectual …

Mar 16, 2021: “Lives matter more than careers. Focus on building the life you want rather than pursuing the career that people think you should have.” - …

Mar 16, 2021: Finished reading: The Freelance Academic by Katie Rose Guest Pryal 📚

Mar 16, 2021: 🔖 What are we folding when we are folding laundry in quarantine is a beautiful poem by Sarah Ruhl. Probably time for me to pick up my copy of 100 …

Mar 16, 2021: 🔖 I love this take. I’d love to see it even more fleshed out: WandaVision Is Basically a Retelling of the Scarlet Letter (LitHub) 📺

Mar 16, 2021: Apparently it’s going to be an up-every-two-hours kind of night.

Mar 15, 2021: SAVE THE DATE! My dissertation defense is set for April 14th from 1 - 3 pm. It will be held via Zoom. SILS dissertation defenses are open. Please get …

Mar 12, 2021: Sewing is not going great because my machine is old and unhelpful and difficult to find a manual for. (I’ve tried all the places but if you find …

Mar 12, 2021: I threaded a needle and pulled up the bobbin thread! 🧵

Mar 12, 2021: I wound a bobbin! 🧵

Mar 11, 2021: Taking a mini-spring break over UNC’s Wellness Days & the weekend, including bailing on Social Media. See y’all Monday!

Mar 9, 2021: No YOU meant to go to bed an hour ago but got distracted by online window-shopping for sewing supplies. 🧵

Mar 9, 2021: I’m Kimberly Hirsh and I just sent my finished, formatted dissertation to my advisor, who will send it to my committee. All that remains is for …

Mar 8, 2021: We are now at the “Watch Studio Ghibli instead of PBS Kids” stage of the pandemic. 🍿

Mar 8, 2021: In the process of scheduling and thought to myself I should be sure to invite my Grandmomma. 😢

Mar 7, 2021: Catching up on MCU. My favorite parts of Daredevil S2 are when Matt Murdock & Frank Castle have quiet conversations about vigilante ethics & …

Mar 6, 2021: Me, justifying my discussion chapter to the committee in my head: It’s only 1/3 of a dissertation so that’s why there’s only 1/3 of …

Mar 6, 2021: I may have finished my discussion chapter. I definitely sent it off to my advisor.

Mar 5, 2021: Discussion section: behind the scenes [Alt text: A piece of paper showing a black and white diagram with several shapes on it and text overlaid on the …

Mar 5, 2021: Wrote ~1200 words. Time for a cake break! 🍰 Oh no, there’s no cake! Time for a donut break! 🍩

Mar 5, 2021: Today’s writing music: FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Original Soundtrack SQUARE ENIX MUSIC

Mar 5, 2021: Me, this morning: Sure buddy, I’ll find those missing toys for you! Me, after taking everything out and spreading out because I might as well …

Mar 4, 2021: I’m thisclose to requesting submissions for a WandaVision digital zine. To be edited AFTER I finish my dissertation, of course.

Mar 4, 2021: As long as I defend before the semester is over I’m good. On the off chance my post-defense revisions are so substantial I can’t make the …

Mar 4, 2021: Today: Day 3 of garbage sleep. Empathetically worried about funding for the PhD cohorts coming up behind me. In so much pain that I actually whimper …

Mar 4, 2021: 🔖 This piece about WandaVision & fan theories has me musing on the difference between trying to figure out who will make a cameo and, say, …

Mar 4, 2021: 🔖 This piece about WandaVision and fan theories has me thinking about fannish meta and where it lives now, if anywhere.

Mar 4, 2021: Finishing my PhD & launching information consulting has me basically pretending I’m Dr. Liara T’soni (huge Mass Effect spoilers …

Mar 3, 2021: You know how sometimes you serendipitously learn about a theoretical framework that’s going to tie the end of your dissertation together? That …

Mar 3, 2021: My kid woke me up an hour early and I added ~1500 words to my discussion chapter today, plus pulled over another 9 pages from an earlier draft. I …

Mar 3, 2021: Want to read: How Humans Learn by Joshua R. Eyler 📚

Mar 3, 2021: Want to read: The Swallowed Man by Edward Carey 📚

Mar 3, 2021: Today in the Hundred Acre Wood: Piglet might have the coronavirus but he’s asymptomatic; Pooh, Rabbit, and Eeyore have all been vaccinated. …

Mar 3, 2021: I’ll say this (among other things) for being a part-time stay-at-home mom/part-time scholar: the mom part gives you lots of staring into space …

Mar 3, 2021: I remember when MCU fans were clamoring for WandaVision to reveal its big bad already & Ashley Esqueda said “maybe grief is enough” …

Mar 2, 2021: Is there anything more attractive than an attractive person writing a grant application & looking in the household copy of Creswell & Creswell …

Mar 2, 2021: 🔖 These images of comic book heroes redrawn to have average body types are fascinating from a cosplayer’s perspective. The “real” …

Mar 2, 2021: 🔖 Check out Riana Mckeith’s period-appropriate cartoon homages to WandaVision. So great! It will surprise no one that the 80s one is my fave. …

Mar 1, 2021: I just reviewed my advisor’s notes on the first 6 chapters of my dissertation (Intro, 2 Lit Review, 2 Theory, Methods). When I started I was in …

Mar 1, 2021: What I’m learning from the MCU (caught up on WandaVision & currently watching Agents of SHIELD 3x15) is that everyone with a PhD in the …

Mar 1, 2021: There are a lot of hard moments as a parent. I tend to share moments like this: M. quietly building with Magnatiles while leaning on my leg. We share …

Mar 1, 2021: Want to read: Forces of Nature: The Women who Changed Science by Anna Reser and Leila McNeill 📚

Mar 1, 2021: Trusting my (book blogging) intuition Fourteen years ago, I started a book blog - or, as I called it at the time, a reading journal. I jumped in and started writing without any worries …

Feb 27, 2021: Just finished the introduction to SUCCEEDING OUTSIDE THE ACADEMY. Excited to read the rest. It seems like having 14 informational interviews in a …

Feb 26, 2021: I woke up with a migraine today. I’ve had enough caffeine that it’s significantly receded but now I’m SO AWAKE. I would normally …

Feb 26, 2021: Do I know anybody who works in youth services in the Wake County Public Libraries? If you do, will you let me know? Mind if I message/email you with …

Feb 26, 2021: I may have added, um, 40 pages (mostly quotes and tables) to my findings chapter in revision…

Feb 25, 2021: Okay. I finished pulling quotes from the last interview. I was like, “Cool! Time to move on to the justification writing!” and my body …

Feb 25, 2021: Only one interview left to pull quotes from for my findings chapter and then I can move on to the part where I justify my data analysis decisions. …

Feb 24, 2021: Just updated my Fan Studies in LIS page to include some scholars I met at FSNNA20!

Feb 24, 2021: OKAY. I finished pulling quotes from that giant and awesome interview. Three more interviews left to pull quotes from, then some writing up of my data …

Feb 24, 2021: It’s a good day for lying on a hammock and listening to an audiobook. 📷

Feb 23, 2021: Hello today I think my ideal job would be to read books and then write essays (not straight up reviews) about those books. Sometimes a group of books …

Feb 23, 2021: I’m writing through a migraine right now. I have this one participant interview that’s really detailed and part of me wants to just copy …

Feb 23, 2021: I finished reading Mona Awad’s BUNNY last night. I can’t even write a review of it because I don’t have enough words to convey all …

Feb 22, 2021: Finished reading: Bunny by Mona Awad 📚

Feb 22, 2021: My current writing process: mine one interview for quotes. Read a chapter of BUNNY by Mona Awad. Repeat. 📝 #amwriting 🐰

Feb 22, 2021: Finished reading: Keep Going by Austin Kleon 📚

Feb 22, 2021: I should hang this Austin Kleon drawing from p. 165 of KEEP GOING up in my home office. [Description: a human skeleton wearing a black hat & …

Feb 21, 2021: “Art Monsters are not necessary or glamorous and they are not to be condoned, pardoned, or emulated.” - Austin Kleon, Keep Going, p. 124 📚

Feb 19, 2021: Just gonna give up all other pursuits and devote my life to writing Muppet Show friendfic from now on, byeeeee.

Feb 19, 2021: I have so many happy Muppet Show feelings. Every time Fozzie is on screen my brain almost literally superimposes my dad’s image over him. This …

Feb 19, 2021: The latest episode of WandaVision has given me a new cosplay goal… 📺

Feb 19, 2021: Give Kathryn Hahn an Emmy. 📺

Feb 19, 2021: 🔖 This is a library that is also a theater. I want to go to there.

Feb 18, 2021: Want to read: Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South by Regina Bradley 📚

Feb 17, 2021: Sent off my methodology chapter today. It only needed a little revision, mostly moving stuff from it to findings. Started working on findings & …

Feb 17, 2021: Renee Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler) sings the theme song for the new Muppet Babies. This makes me very happy.

Feb 16, 2021: I’m actually enjoying messing around on the Internet for a while and some water started leaking out of my eyes. Are these tears of joy?

Feb 16, 2021: Hello! I’m Kimberly Hirsh and I just sent a theory chapter off to my advisor. You should be proud of me. I am.

Feb 16, 2021: 🔖 If you love beautiful writing with a wistful vibe, you should be reading Jess Zimmerman’s Dead Channel. The latest issue talks about the …

Feb 15, 2021: 🔖 Y’all, Sir Ian McKellen has been blogging about his work since he started working on “X-Men” in 1999 & I love his writing.

Feb 15, 2021: 🔖 Go read what Tim Carmody has to say about two songs from “The Muppet Movie”. I’m hoping to be able to write a detailed response …

Feb 15, 2021: “Wellness” day #1: Wrote ~1700 words for my dissertation, outlined the methods section for an article. Maybe time to get a breath of fresh …

Feb 15, 2021: Here are some things I’m not interested in: content marketing lead magnets analytics clickthrough SEO branded partnerships the hustle Here are …

Feb 14, 2021: 🔖 The spellbinding history of cheese and witchcraft is the witchy content I didn’t know I needed. 🧙‍♀️🧀

Feb 14, 2021: I’m so psyched to read all the articles fan studies scholars are going to write about #DeanCasWedding.

Feb 14, 2021: Doing more lurking/replying than posting rn. I’ve blocked Twitter on my phone. It redirects me to Austin Kleon’s How to Read More post. I …

Feb 14, 2021: Want to read: Bookish Broads by Lauren Marino 📚

Feb 13, 2021: Want to read: We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman 📚

Feb 11, 2021: I added >1000 words to the theory chapter of my dissertation today. I’ve still a ways to go, but it’s nice to see such progress.

Feb 10, 2021: 🔖 One option the New York Times didn’t mention in their piece about keeping a digital commonplace book: doing it on your own website.

Feb 10, 2021: It was kind of fun to see one of my drama professors from undergrad in M. L. Rio’s acknowledgements for If We Were Villains. Plus two actors I …

Feb 10, 2021: Finished reading: If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio 📚

Feb 10, 2021: 🔖 This deep-dive into fans reverse-engineering knitwear like Bernie’s mittens & the fourth Doctor’s scarf sits at the center of a Venn …

Feb 10, 2021: 🔖 Jess Zimmerman’s latest Dead Channel compares the old Internet to Faerie & tackles what it means to know someone’s handle. It …

Feb 9, 2021: Got about 500 words written today. Hoping to go faster moving forward. I slept poorly last night and woke up about every 2 hours. I had a pretty good …

Feb 9, 2021: I’ve been low-key reading all the tie-in comics for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in release order. Most are skippable, but Zombies Assemble is …

Feb 9, 2021: Want to read: Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee 📚

Feb 8, 2021: Making progress on both dissertation & assistantship today. Beginning to feel like I might get this dissertation revised in time after all.

Feb 8, 2021: 🔖 My granddaddy got his Ed. D. in 1972 and I just found the record for his dissertation in the UF catalog.

Feb 8, 2021: Writing that theory chapter…

Feb 8, 2021: We went to the NC Museum of Art Park as a family Saturday. It was a really nice change of pace from our usual neighborhood trails & city parks. …

Feb 6, 2021: In case you’re following along, this morning the impostor syndrome was so bad I could feel it in my chest, but after doing like my advisor & …

Feb 5, 2021: 🔖 Highly recommended: Library Ambience Sounds for Studying / Relaxing White Noise.

Feb 5, 2021: Okay. Reorganized my work and my thinking and feeling better about my ability to be the kind of scholar I want to be. Phew.

Feb 5, 2021: New plans for this afternoon: Eat. Cry. Get back to work.

Feb 5, 2021: I feel like Charlie in Flowers for Algernon, knowing he used to be smart. I think, “Remember when I was a good scholar and knew how to do …

Feb 5, 2021: Every once in a while early Sesame Street drops in a random Carol Burnett segment and it brings me such joy. 📺

Feb 5, 2021: 🔖 In Back-Talking The Tone Police: Book People Are Not Your Enemy, Tika Vateri says all the things I couldn’t articulate in response to Joanna …

Feb 4, 2021: Y’all RiffTrax is doing a Star Trek: Generations watch along tonight and if my kid is asleep in time, I may try to hop on! 🖖

Feb 4, 2021: The pandemic is making my brain not. Dissertating during a pandemic is not easy. Maintaining concentration is a real challenge. Before the pandemic, my chronic illness allowed me about 2 …

Feb 4, 2021: Hello! Today I’m (not) enjoying some musculoskeletal pain. How are things with you?

Feb 3, 2021: Me: reviews dissertation feedback and writes down 5 questions for meeting tomorrow w/advisor & methodologist Still Me: Welp, time for a nap. …

Feb 3, 2021: Great question from Jen Polk (@FromPhDtoLife) that it’d help me if you answer: What do I do that others don’t?

Feb 3, 2021: I have so many thoughts about information literacy and they’re so timely. It would be brilliant to write them up as public scholarship but …

Feb 2, 2021: I’m reading IF WE WERE VILLAINS by M. L. Rio & it does this interesting thing where you know it’s not THE SECRET HISTORY but it a …

Feb 2, 2021: I’m doing a daily tarot pull starting today. Four cards popped out of the deck at me today. The tarot always knows what we need to hear. …

Feb 2, 2021: Me: Why is my neck hurting? Child: climbs on my neck Me: Oh.

Feb 1, 2021: Every night I lie in my kid’s bed until he falls asleep and every night I wish someone would pick me up and carry me to my own bed.

Jan 31, 2021: I’ve got that sweet, sweet book hangover where you finish reading and then look around and think, “Where am I? What is this strange …

Jan 31, 2021: Finished reading: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 📚

Jan 31, 2021: I’m having to remind myself that the reason a 2 yr ethnographic dissertation I’m reading is more expansive than mine is bc I wrote mine on …

Jan 29, 2021: GENTLE WRITING ADVICE: You could write some words sometime if you feel like it, but if you’re in more of a taking-a-nap or …

Jan 29, 2021: The model for a dissertation defense in my head is still f2f. When I try to envision my inevitable remote defense my brain just shuts down. Will I …

Jan 29, 2021: 🔖 I am a Book Person. I don’t love the shots this piece takes at Book People, but I appreciate its conclusion: it would be good to calm down …

Jan 28, 2021: Just got “Wait, you’re KIBA?” for the first time in several years and it still feels kinda good… I’m not a classy fan.

Jan 28, 2021: Anything that restores you isn’t a waste of time.

Jan 27, 2021: If I have any friends/followers diagnosed with hEDS or HSD who would be willing to talk with me about the diagnostic process & benefits of having …

Jan 27, 2021: How are you holding up? Here's what's up with me. How are you holding up? Are you holding up? I have a headache today. I really want to write about ideas: craft as healing, being a parent and being …

Jan 27, 2021: Hi. I’m Kimberly, and everything you need to know about me can be summed up by the fact that I’m currently bullet journaling while rocking …

Jan 26, 2021: Just over here having an anxiety attack about taking my car to the mechanic for some routine work and state inspection, NBD.

Jan 25, 2021: If somebody could get on replacing Larry in “Pinky & the Brain & Larry” with Bernie, that’d be great.

Jan 25, 2021: It’s here! Yay! #AcademicTarot @CoyoteAndBones

Jan 25, 2021: 🔖 The Power of German Playwright Bertholt Brecht’s V-Effekt: Oliver Mayer discusses the connection between the January 6 insurrection and …

Jan 25, 2021: 🔖 What’s Behind the Label ‘Domestic Fiction‘?: Soledad Fox Maura writes about why we need to reconsider genre.

Jan 24, 2021: 🔖 An old piece that the Rec Center brought to my attention: How Writing Fanfic Introduced Me To Myself. I’ve been feeling the need to do some …

Jan 24, 2021: Finished reading: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan 📚

Jan 23, 2021: 📺 Ugh, Dr. Pulaski is the worst. 🖖

Jan 23, 2021: 🔖 I continue to be proud of my city: Durham Moves to Protect Residents Against Natural Hair Discrimination

Jan 23, 2021: Want to read: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein 📚

Jan 23, 2021: Finished reading: In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan 📚

Jan 22, 2021: Putting the person back in my personal website I kind of want to put the person back in my personal website. Not that it isn’t personal - especially my short little notes. But I’ve been …

Jan 22, 2021: 🔖I went into reading this expecting a fluff piece. I came out of it with a reminder of the spiritual and psychological depth of tabletop RPGs: How One …

Jan 22, 2021: 🔖This interview is extremely validating! Just Move: Scientist Author Debunks Myths About Exercise And Sleep

Jan 21, 2021: Who has two thumbs and just applied to be a Star Wars librarian for the summer? This Kimberly!

Jan 21, 2021: 🔖 Gaby has curated an amazing collection of Bernie memes. The Beetlejuice and Clerks ones are my favorites.

Jan 21, 2021: Last “What’s next?” question! If you’d like to help, please complete this sentence: “The world would be a better place …

Jan 20, 2021: I’ve just finished creating my dissertation revisions matrix. Only 41 comments! Granted, one of those is “Write a new chapter” but …

Jan 20, 2021: What’s next? Part 2! If you’d like to help, please complete this sentence: “I could see Kimberly…”

Jan 20, 2021: 🔖Paging Through Broadway While the Stages Are Dark: 2020 was supposed to be the year I got back into theater. 🎭

Jan 19, 2021: 🔖 The Deep Sadness of Marvel’s WandaVision: This is the kind of WandaVision thinkpiece I want. 📺

Jan 19, 2021: We are now at the stage of the pandemic/coup/grief process where I decide that I attended a single solitary virtual work meeting, so I deserve a cake.

Jan 19, 2021: I only just realized that to understand how information literacy has been conceptualized over time, we need to leverage our own information literacy. …

Jan 19, 2021: Getting real vulnerable! Want to help me plan for what’s next? Complete this statement: “Kimberly’s greatest gifts …

Jan 19, 2021: Why yes, I am prioritizing #MuppetTwitter today.

Jan 19, 2021: If Buffy Summers were real she’d be 40 years old today.

Jan 19, 2021: Here’s my personal affirmation for the foreseeable future: DO WHAT I CAN, WHEN I CAN.

Jan 18, 2021: Okay TNG friends. I made it through “Skin of Evil.” It’s all uphill from here (except that I really like Tasha Yar). 🖖

Jan 18, 2021: HEY I DID A THING! It was for my assistantship and not my dissertation but still. YAY ME!

Jan 18, 2021: I put in a grocery order so now it’s time to crochet and watch TNG, yeah? I woke up this morning full of the belief that I was ready to do a …

Jan 17, 2021: Novel I’m reading: includes chapter that is just the text of an imaginary academic journal article Me: puts novel down and backs away

Jan 17, 2021: Well my grandmother must have really crossed over, in my own estimation anyway, because I just woke from a nap in which I had my first dream with her …

Jan 17, 2021: I'm still grieving my grandmother and I don't feel like doing anything. It’s been two weeks and a day since my grandmother died, and I don’t feel like doing anything. When I posted about her death, I …

Jan 17, 2021: 🔖 In “The Black Casting Choices in BRIDGERTON Were…A Choice”, Jessica Pryde explains the ways this was very much NOT colorblind casting. I …

Jan 15, 2021: 🔖 This is really cool. I hope that in addition to making it possible for scholarship recipients to show up, they make it so scholarship recipients …

Jan 15, 2021: I wonder how much of my lingering 90s cyberutopianism is because I forget the internet is not primarily text-based anymore.

Jan 15, 2021: 📺 I know the consensus is that Season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation is Not Good, but I find a lot in it to love. Q! The beginning of …

Jan 14, 2021: I crack up every time M. & I watch the Emotions episode of Storybots Super Songs because a kid says, “I love my cat Blue because she’s …

Jan 13, 2021: I’m pretty sure Kermit the Frog is my oldest friend.

Jan 11, 2021: This morning M. told me, “I’m not an architologyist,” and when I asked what an architologyist does, he said, “Science.”

Jan 10, 2021: 📺 Me, a former educator, watching the new Saved by the Bell: This is really good, but I feel like with a doctorate, it makes more sense for Jessie to …

Jan 8, 2021: 📺 I’ve been watching Bridgerton & aside from the obvious fact that Lady Danbury & Eloise are the best, my biggest takeaway is that I …

Jan 7, 2021: My kid is pulling toys out of bins and saying what they are… “Spider-Man’s car, a truck, a balloon” but also “whatever …

Jan 5, 2021: I look like I’m dicking around on my phone but really I’m despairing about the future.

Jan 5, 2021: 🔖🍿 The Wonder Woman Movies Have a Women Problem A great analysis with ideas for how Wonder Woman movies could better reflect all the best stuff about …

Jan 5, 2021: I’m officially Not Okay: I just created a new WordPress install for a new website I’ve been planning to build…

Jan 5, 2021: How am I only just now realizing that the Holodeck is a very high tech LARP environment?

Jan 5, 2021: Apparently this week I’m going to be awake at night and sleep in the afternoon. Cool cool cool.

Jan 4, 2021: I might also read more Dawn of X and play Two Dots.

Jan 4, 2021: Hello. I want to want to do things but I do not want to do things, so I will be alternating between watching The Crown and Derry Girls until I do want …

Jan 4, 2021: I really did not spend this holiday “break” how I expected to, and now all I can do is scroll Twitter and think about how I don’t …

Jan 4, 2021: Which stage of grief is the not-sleeping-because-you-are-contemplating-your-own-denial one? My grandmother always seemed immortal to me in a way no …

Jan 3, 2021: Probably gonna cry thanks to the crushing weight of (gesturing at the world) all this, and I’m playing on easy mode.

Jan 3, 2021: 🍿 Watched Wonder Woman 1984. Was it flawless? No. Did the fact that it was a Wonder Woman movie and had a cute kid in it gain it enormous good will …

Jan 2, 2021: My grandmother Nita died this morning. She loved us all so much and always welcomed us to her home, which is the closest thing to a childhood home …

Jan 1, 2021: 🔖 Tips for Starting a Bookstagram: Getting started in the bookish corner of Instagram can be overwhelming. This blog post offers some helpful advice.

Jan 1, 2021: Currently reading: In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan 📚

Jan 1, 2021: Want to read: The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century by Adam Kirsch 📚

Jan 1, 2021: Want to read: Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology by Jess Zimmerman 📚

Dec 31, 2020: Me at 5 am: It’s fine, I’ll take a nap this afternoon. Me at 5 pm: Why would I nap when there’s Bring It On fanfic I could be …

Dec 31, 2020: 2020 Year-in-Review & 2021 Word of the First Quarter I just re-read my 2019 Year-in-Review & 2020 Word of the Year blog post, published a little over a year ago. When I look at all the stuff I got …

Dec 31, 2020: 🔖 Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020: disheartening, but not surprising.

Dec 31, 2020: 🔖 Run, Die, Repeat: How Roguelike Games Helped Us Get Through 2020 - Roguelikes reflect not only the cycle of the pandemic year, but also the cycle of …

Dec 31, 2020: Here are my goals for 2021: Learn about pain management & find pain management that works for me. Read for pleasure & talk about what …

Dec 31, 2020: Want to read: Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning by Tom Vanderbilt 📚

Dec 30, 2020: 📚 Friends, there are at least two modern retellings of Jane Eyre coming out this year: The Wife Upstairs and Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost.

Dec 29, 2020: 🔖 Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us I will never not appreciate Ed Yong.

Dec 29, 2020: 🔖 The Vaccine Rollout’s Known Knowns and More In Zeynep Tufecki’s Insight newsletter, Whitney R. Robinson explains the intersection of …

Dec 29, 2020: 🔖 The Life in The Simpsons Is No Longer Attainable I don’t have a word for how this article hit me, but it hit me hard.

Dec 29, 2020: Time to crowdsource a tagline! I’m going to start calling myself a Consulting Scholar-Librarian, with the tagline “Like Sherlock Holmes …

Dec 28, 2020: More dark academia books! The Lessons, Naomi Alderman The Rachel Papers, Martin Amis Possession, A. S. Byatt The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides The …

Dec 28, 2020: Me to W: You know how you sometimes for fun you give people advice on research design in a Fan Studies Discord server? W: I have not had that …

Dec 28, 2020: Want to read: Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas 📚

Dec 28, 2020: Want to read: Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth 📚

Dec 28, 2020: I bought myself a Theracane and it’s not arriving until Thursday. I’m really looking forward to having it and also sad that I might still …

Dec 27, 2020: Currently reading: The Iliad by Homer; Caroline Alexander (translator) 📚

Dec 27, 2020: 🗯️ Read Lore Olympus episodes 1 - 10. Gorgeous art, fun characterization, planning to keep going.

Dec 27, 2020: 🎮 Currently playing Hades on Nintendo Switch. Been coveting this for a while, so when W. suggested getting it today, I squeed. Love the art & vibe …

Dec 27, 2020: I’m still obsessed with Dark Academia. Here are some books I’ve read or will read that have dark academia vibes. Currently Reading The …

Dec 27, 2020: Currently reading: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 📚

Dec 26, 2020: Living with chronic illness is really hard and I don’t like it.

Dec 26, 2020: 🔖Humans Used to Sleep in Two Shifts, And Maybe We Should Start It Again via @Miraz Humans Used to Sleep in Two Shifts, And Maybe We Should Start It Again sciencealert.comArchiving... sciencealert.com …

Dec 26, 2020: 🔖 How Literary Female Friendships Shaped the Fiction Market This piece by Sarah Lonsdale describes the kind of literary friendship I fantasize about having. Who wants to be my literary bff? How Literary Female …

Dec 25, 2020: Also, I don’t know who in the SNL writers' room is a mom, but solidarity, friend.

Dec 25, 2020: To those of you who celebrate Christmas and have children, I hope your kids' joy offsets your exhaustion today. To everyone else, I hope your Friday …

Dec 24, 2020: I have so many thoughts on Jingle Jangle! This article about how the movie centers Black Girl Magic addresses the aspects of representation in …

Dec 24, 2020: Netflix: 22 minutes left in Jingle Jangle! Me: 😭🥺💗💞💗🥺😭

Dec 24, 2020: Jingle Jangle: has huge climactic sequence with positive resolution Netflix time bar: shows 36 minutes and 16 seconds left Me (understanding story …

Dec 23, 2020: Today has been the kind of day where you lie down on the floor after wrapping the Christmas presents and hope someone will come pick you up.

Dec 23, 2020: One song into Jingle Jangle and I’m aching for more R&B musicals - originals, not juke box shows. 🍿

Dec 23, 2020: The results of this Spotify-evaluating AI are hilarious. Enya + The Lonely Island are peak Kimberly music. We DO stan Daniel Tiger in this house. And …

Dec 22, 2020: My child: “I learned a valuable lesson today.” W: “What’s that, buddy?” M: “I learned that the guy I thought was …

Dec 22, 2020: Rachel Reichenbach’s Why your Instagram Engagement Kinda Sucks Right Now explains so much. I mostly use Ig to connect with friends & …

Dec 21, 2020: Finished reading: Dawn of X, Volume 2 📚

Dec 21, 2020: My Reading Year 2020 It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which has nothing to do with any gift-giving related holidays and everything to do with end-of-year …

Dec 21, 2020: Finished reading: Dawn of X, Volume 1 📚

Dec 20, 2020: Finished reading: Powers of X # 1 - 6 📚

Dec 20, 2020: Finished reading: House of X # 1 - 6 📚

Dec 19, 2020: Current status: https://partlynn.tumblr.com/post/186963632813/artpigeons-tragicallybeautifultiger

Dec 18, 2020: Elizabeth Minkel’s The Year of Loving Things Again, published in December 2017, resonates still. I myself have been reconnecting with Star Wars …

Dec 18, 2020: I don’t want to spoil The Mandalorian finale much, so I’ll just say that technology used in its production seemed to be used more …

Dec 18, 2020: My Most Memorable Christmas Presents from Childhood I’m really on a break now - had my last business-ish meeting yesterday, no Zoom calls scheduled through the new year. So I’m going to …

Dec 17, 2020: Sufganiyot! Easy jelly donut recipe from The Nosher.

Dec 17, 2020: I have been having this problem all week where I sit down and then I need to eat but eating would require getting back up and I just don’t want …

Dec 16, 2020: At Literary Mama, Victoria Livingstone writes about how the tasks of motherhood that “cannot be commodified or marketed” help us learn how …

Dec 15, 2020: Crocheting while watching Clone Wars is very pleasant.

Dec 15, 2020: I’m experimenting with using Notion for weekly and daily planning. I put my most important tasks for the week at the top of my weekly planning …

Dec 14, 2020: Got myself a Hanukkah present from Everyday Magic & it arrived today. Rededication body butter & sweet sufganiyot bath bomb by Crystal Bar …

Dec 14, 2020: Okay but what if a manatee had a narwhal tusk.

Dec 13, 2020: 🔖 Laurie Penny’s WIRED piece about falling in love over Zoom is one of the most hopeful things I’ve read in a long time. It makes me really …

Dec 13, 2020: 🔖 This NPR piece about keeping warm and embracing wintry outdoor adventures is exactly the kind of thing a Florida baby like me needs. I want to enjoy …

Dec 11, 2020: Just a little light reading from sister.is on the first day of my break from my dissertation.

Dec 11, 2020: Baby’s first latkes. (I am the baby in question, and it’s my first time making them, not eating them.) It turns out potatoes fried in oil …

Dec 11, 2020: The dissertation revision nightmares have started, so, that’s cool.

Dec 10, 2020: So what I learned from Disney Investors Day is that Muppets Now is probably the last Muppets content we’ll be getting for a while.

Dec 10, 2020: Dissertation Draft Finished + Pandemic Parenting and My Body I sent off the introduction chapter for my dissertation to my advisor a few minutes ago. I also decided to do a total page and word count for the …

Dec 10, 2020: That feeling when you decide to cut a big chunk of your outline out of your dissertation intro chapter because it’s unnecessary, you’re …

Dec 9, 2020: Want to read: The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World by Virginia Postrel 📚

Dec 9, 2020: I really enjoyed reading this piece about Star Wars stormtrooper strategy & tactics, which is super unlike me. 📺🍿 🔖In ‘The …

Dec 8, 2020: This is just to say I have eaten the kisses that looked like Santa hats and which I said I was saving for our child Forgive me they were chocolate and …

Dec 8, 2020: Instead of the usual fullscreen symbol, the PBS Kids website video player has a circle with the word “BIG” inside it, and if I’ve …

Dec 7, 2020: Household division of labor: W - cooks, cleans, does yardwork, generates 80% of household income, parents hardcore Me - installs software, snuggles M …

Dec 7, 2020: I’m really hung up on how nothing is neutral and every decision, intentionally or not, is value-laden and communicates values. Thanks, academia!

Dec 7, 2020: If you’re into it, Star Wars is pretty much the ultimate in comfort media, so I’m going to overlook all your hot takes about lines being …

Dec 7, 2020: The Imagined Academia and How I Still Love It I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. I’ve spent my whole life on campus. Before I even entered elementary …

Dec 6, 2020: You know when you are writing and then ideas start flowing and words come out of you expressing those ideas and it isn’t like pulling teeth or …

Dec 6, 2020: I am so close to done with my discussion chapter with almost 3 hours of childcare left to go! Time to grab some food and then finish this chapter up.

Dec 6, 2020: Finished reading: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 📚

Dec 4, 2020: When you’re pretty much secular, but descended from 2 faith traditions and mostly just really like fire. And don’t have your act together …

Dec 4, 2020: I'm Jew-ish, but not Jewish. I know Hanukkah is not a major religious holiday. But my connection with Jewish heritage and culture has never really been religiously driven. I am, …

Dec 3, 2020: Making stuff is a vulnerable act. The end of a PhD is a weird time, especially if you don’t have your eyes set on the tenure-track. (I recently decided that I probably …

Dec 3, 2020: I’m just gonna buy 8 matching purple sweatsuits and say I’m cosplaying as Kate Bishop every day.

Dec 3, 2020: Pretending that signing up for texts from Zooey Deschanel’s community.com number is the same as being friends with her.

Dec 2, 2020: Updated my now page!

Dec 2, 2020: I am not a piece of 💩 and neither are you. Austin Kleon says to write the book you want to read. If I were to write a book in this moment - more that I need, than I want - I would title it, …

Dec 2, 2020: Check me out with my #wipwednesday. This is the beginning of the Habitat Cardigan. Lion Brand Heartland in Great Smoky Mountains. 🏞️ ♥️🧶

Dec 1, 2020: This is how my year sounded on @Spotify. Get your 2020 Wrapped now #2020Wrapped open.spotify.com/wrapped/s…

Dec 1, 2020: I'm pressing publish every day with Leonie. I woke up this morning to an email in my inbox from Leonie Dawson’s newsletter, sharing that Leonie is going to be pressing publish every day in …

Nov 30, 2020: Reading Chani Nicholas’s *You Were Born for This" and only tearing up a little at the intense accuracy of her description & reflection …

Nov 30, 2020: You, a reasonable person: Don’t you have a dissertation to finish? Me, a Kimberly: Okay but I’m SO FAR BEHIND on Star Wars lore.

Nov 30, 2020: Okay okay but hear me out: what if you ALSO watched the OLD Animaniacs on Hulu?

Nov 30, 2020: What’s a weird skill you have that you will possibly never use again? I’m REALLY good at knowing exactly when to black out the lights for …

Nov 30, 2020: I wrote a page in my Discussion/Conclusions chapter! YAY ME! (Turns out trying to move discussions into findings just led to me trying to write more …

Nov 30, 2020: Present Kimberly is over here agonizing about the discussion piece of her dissertation. Meanwhile, Past Kimberly (from September) already figured out …

Nov 29, 2020: Holidays are lovely but I have to give myself time to recover after them. (The thing about having all your family local and beautiful weather means …

Nov 28, 2020: My kid just explained to me an imaginary informational text he has that explains why Grinches don’t like Christmas. Thanks, Magic Treehouse!

Nov 26, 2020: I’m 20 minutes into Happiest Season and it is every bit as cute as I thought it would be, though I’m distracted sometimes by the …

Nov 26, 2020: Oh right. Knitting stresses me out. Better for re-learning when I have the bandwidth for something newish and am looking to grow than for when …

Nov 26, 2020: I think it’s time for me to re-learn to knit. I find myself craving the kinds of textures that are easier to achieve with knitting than with …

Nov 26, 2020: I have only dabbled in Horse Girlery, but I’m delighted by Polygon’s Horse Girl Canon. It’s missing Piers Anthony’s Mode …

Nov 25, 2020: It’s happening.

Nov 25, 2020: I’m super thankful for my fellow doc students, who today have dropped off a laser printer and Candy Cane Joe Joe’s. There are some really …

Nov 25, 2020: I’ve been enjoying the Animaniacs reboot, while not finding it as rapturous as the Animaniacs of my youth. But let me tell you, there’s a …

Nov 25, 2020: I’ve been enjoying the Animaniacs reboot, while not finding it as rapturous as the Animaniacs of my youth. But let me tell you, there’s a …

Nov 25, 2020: My advisor just said “Let’s enjoy our time off!” which is code for “Stop working and go eat pie,” right?

Nov 24, 2020: Worn down to a nub from moming. Retreating to bed. Definitely going to sleep, NOT to watch The Mandalorian.

Nov 24, 2020: My kid just told me I’m “very proper” because I want him to “put on all the clothes.”

Nov 23, 2020: Me: Okay, I’m going to finish reading Frankenstein. W: Didn’t you finish reading that last night? Me: Did I? Oh I did!

Nov 23, 2020: I'm having trouble with my dissertation discussion. My goal for November’s #AcWriMo was to write the discussion chapter for my dissertation. After finishing that chapter, all that would be left …

Nov 22, 2020: Finished reading: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 📚

Nov 22, 2020: My household will be celebrating the Yule Book Flood this year. I can’t afford to buy everyone in the world books, but if you ask me between now …

Nov 21, 2020: Bare tree branches against a clear blue sky remind me of lace.

Nov 20, 2020: On some level, THE MANDALORIAN really is just about parenting a young child. “Don’t eat that.” “I told you not to eat …

Nov 20, 2020: Want to read: Ruinsong by Julia Ember 📚

Nov 20, 2020: Just got an email inviting me to join a network of patient influencers because I’m active in the healthcare space and it feels really weird.

Nov 20, 2020: I’m happy to have new Animaniacs and I’m also happy to have old Animaniacs.

Nov 20, 2020: My kid woke me up at the wrong moment in my sleep cycle and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be groggy and cranky all day because of it.

Nov 19, 2020: When writing is both scholarly and beautiful, that’s a sweet spot.

Nov 18, 2020: WHERE DID NOVEMBER GO?

Nov 18, 2020: Just cleaned the 15+ yrs of storage gunk (not too bad really) off my sewing machine. EXCITEMENT!

Nov 18, 2020: Say what you will about screen time, when my kid and I binge-watch remote library storytimes he gets exposed to new books and I get extra snuggles.

Nov 17, 2020: No YOU’RE spending too much time looking at vintage tartan and/or velvet blazers on Etsy.

Nov 17, 2020: But before I go I’m just going to say that listening to my genius husband present about pedagogy is… um… pleasant.

Nov 17, 2020: Today, because we’re on migraine day 3, I’m looking for scientific evidence that when I have a migraine my cognition is, in fact, …

Nov 17, 2020: Welcome to Kimberly’s Migraine Day 3, brought to you by Lowered Estrogen and Serotonin!

Nov 17, 2020: You ever watch a rom-com & forget the characters don’t know they’re in a rom-com? Things are looking their darkest and I’m like, …

Nov 16, 2020: Y’all I am so scared about this current COVID surge. I haven’t had a real strong COVID anxiety spiral in a few weeks but I feel one …

Nov 16, 2020: Tonight my kid requested a bedtime story about @emilyvgordon & @kumailn’s cat, Bagel, and asked me to sing the Kim Possible theme for his …

Nov 16, 2020: Y’all, the Rockapella Holiday album is… different than I expected.

Nov 16, 2020: I coded an interview with a migraine. Aren’t you impressed?

Nov 15, 2020: This thread terrifies me. It's looking like we've turned the corner at my house, so I'm going to tell you a story about love and a pandemic. It starts …

Nov 15, 2020: Okay spoiler for Dash & Lily I guess but I have so much empathy for all the worried adults in her life and watching the end I was just like …

Nov 15, 2020: I just finished episode 2 of Dash & Lily (which, just like the book, I love) and spent WAY too much of it focused on figuring out how to recreate …

Nov 14, 2020: Our family has been exploring our playgroundless city parks. Today we went to Sandy Creek Park, which has a couple of trails and gorgeous wetlands.

Nov 14, 2020: Want to read: a tumblr book by Allison McCracken, Alexander Cho, Louisa Stein, and Indira Neill Hoch, editors, doi:10.3998/mpub.11537055 📚

Nov 13, 2020: Put Bert & Ernie Sing-Along on while my kid was in the bath this morning and we’re listening again now. It’s brought me joy all day.

Nov 13, 2020: Added details to my discussion chapter outline, input new code system into data analysis software, time to eat trail mix and watch a 2020 holiday …

Nov 13, 2020: It’s possible I am putting way too much thought into this discussion chapter.

Nov 13, 2020: I did what I wanted during my PhD and I regret nothing. Six months ago today, Inger Mewburn published the post, Where I call bullshit on the way we do the PhD. From where I sit, things are not better or …

Nov 13, 2020: Listen. If you want to get a jump on the winter holidays now with decorations and baking, I say go ahead. Cheer is sorely lacking and I see no reason …

Nov 12, 2020: Brain fog has returned but I got the kid to sit next to me instead of on me and squeezed in 5+ pages of Abigail DeKosnik’s ROGUE ARCHIVES. Yay …

Nov 12, 2020: Kimberly problems: when your brain fog lifts enough for you to read scholarship but you can’t go get your book stand because your kid is sitting …

Nov 12, 2020: What do you think are my areas of expertise?

Nov 11, 2020: The burnout is real. From September 8 to October 2, I attended a virtual dissertation writing boot camp. I have childcare each day from 1 pm to 6 pm. I have standing …

Nov 11, 2020: The more I go nowhere and do nothing, the more money I spend on books… Which is why I’ll probably be taking advantage of the Duke …

Nov 11, 2020: All 3 Roger Rabbit shorts are on Disney+, this is not a drill.

Nov 10, 2020: Everything hurts but it’s too hot to wear my “everything hurts” sweatshirt: the Kimberly Hirsh story

Nov 10, 2020: Current status: counting “figuring out which book will tell me how to write my discussion chapter” as my dissertation activity for the …

Nov 10, 2020: Bunnies and fishes at For Garden’s Sake.

Nov 10, 2020: Put on my podcast for M, who likes to listen to “the Mommy Podcast” and he said, “We should do a podcast with me and my guests, you …

Nov 10, 2020: Kimberly Hirsh Presents: Things of Bronze Episode 3 - Teacher's Pet It’s here! The long-awaited all-librarian episode of my Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast! Transcript & show notes forthcoming.

Nov 9, 2020: I’m reasonably well-rested today and yet my brain still just… won’t.

Nov 9, 2020: W & M were drawing boats so I drew mine but 1. I had to make it a shape I could sit in and 2. I’m so out of practice I couldn’t …

Nov 8, 2020: I just took a minute to call my dad to see how he’s doing in the wake of Alex Trebek’s death. He’s okay. (My dad does not like me to …