Jul 10, 2013

Links! News! Excitement! Happy Dances! Exclamation Marks!

Snoopy doing a happy dance
Some of you might have witnessed me doing happy dances across various social media platforms yesterday evening, but I thought I’d share my good news over here as well: I’ve been made full-time at work! This is exciting for several different reasons: first of all, hooray, finally a living wage! Secondly, I feel extremely blessed to be able to make a living doing something I love — especially in the current economic climate, when full-time public library jobs are a bit like unicorns. It’s an enormous stroke of luck to have been able to secure one, and I’m so immensely grateful.

This is a particularly exciting time at work, as we’re preparing for the Summer Reading Challenge (my first!). I love that being around more will give me the chance to get more involved, and perhaps even to start a couple of projects I could only daydream about up until now. And on a personal front, making more money means I’ll finally be able to save for a big trip I’ve been planning for years — I’ll hopefully see some of you across the pond next year?

Moving on to bookish news, I’m currently reading Patrick Ness’ More Than This, and it’s seriously making me want to explode with bookish glee. It’s so good! How is it possible that it’s this good? (This thought somehow coexists with “of course it’s ridiculously good — it’s Patrick Ness.) Anyway, before I get all exclamation mark'ed out, here are a couple of interesting links:

That’s it from me today. I still have a little bit of time until I actually start working full-time, so hopefully that will give me the chance to write All the Reviews. Oh, and out of curiosity, how is everyone coping with blogging sans Google Reader? I have to say that the transition to Feedly went better than I expected. The platform is different, but my reading habits and routine have remained the exact same.

37 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!! That's amazing news!

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  2. Yay for you! And for them, for taking advantage of such a great employee! :--)

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  3. I already said this, but CONGRATULATIONS! I cannot type it big enough. :)

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  4. Wooooo Hoooo!!!!!! I'm so happy for you.

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  5. Oh well done Ana! I just caught this on Twitter and thought I would come and congratulate you. xx

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  6. Congratulations! They were smart to grab you!

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  7. That's wonderful news - congratulations!

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  8. Congratulations on going full-time!!! That's so exciting. And I'm about to start More Than This! I read a few pages the other night and had to lay it aside before I completely forgot everything else I was reading.

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  9. It may have been an enormous stroke of luck that a full-time position came up, but it was not an enormous stroke of luck that you got the job, Ana. I can't imagine a person more deserving, and they're damn lucky to have you. <---ALL TRUE, AND DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT DISAGREEING. NOT EVEN IN YOUR OWN HEAD.

    And yep, I'm still SQUEEEEING about it, and got the pleasure of telling Rich when he got home, and then we got to happy dance together. Happy dancing session extended when I told him that this meant you would likely be coming to visit next year. :D :D :D

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  10. Congratulations! What great news. :)

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  11. Yay! Congrats on being given full-time! That's awesome.

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  12. Yay congrats again!

    Also, yay that you are loving Patrick Ness's new book!

    I've also been interested in Stories We Tell though I haven't had a chance to watch it yet.

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  13. Woo, congratulations on being made full time! That's excellent news, I am so happy for you. \o/

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  14. Congratulations, Ana!!! I'm very happy for you.

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  15. Such great news! Congratulations!!! You really deserve it. :D

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  16. Hooray: great news! Congratulations.

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  17. Ana, that's awesome, the BEST NEWS possible! Full-time work!!! Oh, hugs and more hugs from Ottawa!! I'm so thrilled, from the bottom of my soul, for you. Congratulations, my friend. And a big sigh of relief, too.

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  18. Congrats! That's great news. Yay!!!

    I saw Ness' rant, and honestly I agree with him 100%.

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  19. Congratulations!! Earning a living wage doing what you really love is one of the best things in life.

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  20. Congratulations!!! That's so amazing and you deserve it.

    Patrick Ness is awesome, and I'm so glad you're enjoying More than This. I have it on my Nook right now, but have been putting off reading it out of fear that it wouldn't be as good as Chaos Walking. I remember you had -- it seemed like? mixed feelings? about The Crane Wife?

    I'm going to see Much Ado with my sister pretty soon, and I promise once I have I will write a post about gender issues in that play and how Joss Whedon deals with them. (I have an idea about how I WANT them to be dealt with, but Joss Whedon does not live inside my head.)

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  21. Congratulations on your fabulous news, Anna! That's wonderful.

    Thank you for the links... the titles with one letter missing was a hoot! Especially liked The Rave :)

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  22. Ana I am so so so happy for you! Congratulations!!!!

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  23. Yay! What a wonderful post! If your travels take you over to the San Francisco Bay area, let me know. You always have a place to stay here!

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  24. Thank you so much, everyone <3 I feel like you guys have seen me through a lot, and it's wonderful to finally be able to share this news with you.

    Jenny, I did have mixed feelings about The Crane Wife - so much so that all these months later I still can't quite make up my mind about it! But I finished More Than This and really loved it. Not quite as much as Chaos Walking (but then again, a new all-time favourite series like that one only comes along rarely), but... this is a book with the same sort of sensibility behind it, if you know what I mean. It's so very Patrick Ness. And yay - I'm really excited about your Much Ado post :D

    Daphne, the West Coast of the US is definitely on my mental list of places to visit! That is so kind of you to offer, and I'll definitely let you know if I'm in the area. Needless to say, the same goes for you if you come to the UK.

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  25. Congrats on corralling your very own unicorn! Great news, and very deserved. Enjoy your summer and your celebratory weekend :)

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  26. I'm so happy for you Ana! I knew it was just a matter of time and am so glad that you found a job doing something you love plus one in which you can hopefully share your thoughts and enthusiasm about books! Congratulations!!!!

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  27. Woooooo hoooooo!!!! I am so excited for you Ana! I know this is a huge thing for you. I'm so happy!!! *happy dance*

    And SO JEALOUS you read More Than This. I'm assuming you've finished by now. I can't wait to get my hands on it!!!

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  28. Congratulations on your full-time job!

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  29. That's wonderful news, Ana, I'm so happy for you!

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  30. Thank you so much, ladies :D "Corralling your very own unicorn" made me laugh out loud. And yes, Heather, I've finished More Than This! I'm dying to talk about it, but I'd just annoy everyone if I did it this far ahead of publication date - and plus its a hugely spoilable book. I loved it, though, and I can't wait for #teamboycolt to gather on twitter squeeing about it :D

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  31. Congrats on your job!!! It's rare to find one where you get to do something you love. I can't wait to watch Much Ado About Nothing!

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