the-art-of-rebellionBlogtober hasn’t quite worked out for me this year. Real life would not have it so, and so that commitment, made to myself, must be put off until another time. Maybe I’ll take part in Blogtober in March. Nobody will see that coming. Happily, I am not so busy that I cannot honour blogging commitments of a smaller nature. Today’s post is a book review for France Book Tours. It’s nice to do a little writing here and there. O dear; “nice” is such an offensively bland word for what I’m trying to say here. Clearly, I need to consider a post on the art of writing at some point, but today is all about the art of rebellion. As a secondary school librarian, I have become accustomed to the daily tempests of the adolescent life, so Gabbi seemed a rather familiar character, albeit with very different concerns.

I have tried not to put too many spoilers into my review, but it does include discussion of plot points, particularly as regards the story’s ending, so you may wish to skim past it to the giveaway (if you’re in Canada). The review also discusses an attempted rape which takes place in the story. Continue Reading »

It’s been a long day – a good day, but long. I am tired and lacking inspiration. When words fail, why not turn to pictures? There have been some striking sunsets in the first few days of the month, and below is the photo I took on 1 October:


The first October sunset of 2016 (my photo)

Next weekend, through the auspices of the Glasgow/Edinburgh chapter of the Geek Girl Brunch, I will be – finally – learning to play the game Dungeons and Dragons. It is a game which fits entirely with my interests, yet I have not played it until now. When I was 16, my best friend, Nosferatu by nickname (in line with my thoughts on public nomenclature) and I made an attempt to take our first steps on the path to role-playing games. But that day we ended up, instead, for various reasons, falling for the film The Hitcher (1986), an equally valuable part of my youth.  Continue Reading »

things-bump-theme-squareEvery month, the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club have an official theme; what else could it be in October but Halloween, and all things spooky, under the heading “Things That Go Bump? With each theme comes a dedicated blog post, handily known as “Inside the Theme”. Each post contains a series of questions to get you thinking about the theme. You can answer these – or not – how you choose, in the forums, or in a blogpost, as I am doing now. Continue Reading »

It’s National Poetry Day on Thursday! And so I have two school libraries to festoon with verse over the next three days, and two poetry competitions to organise. Continue Reading »


I like to call this “Sunset over the Bus Station, or, Failure of Nomenclature Imagination”  (my photo)

It’s the 1st of October! How did that happen? Suddenly it’s dark even earlier than I was expecting pre-clocks changing, but on the plus side, there are gorgeous sunsets, like the one in my photo above, to admire on the way home. Continue Reading »

I really should have written this yesterday, but Comic Con and family time took precedence, as they should. WordPress wished me Happy Anniversary, with a notification that my blog is now 5 years old. How did that happen?!? I started writing as part of my preparations for my first visit to Canada, with this post. I couldn’t have foreseen at that point how much Canada would come to mean to me, or how I would make some very good friends through my subsequent visits. The blog’s name, The Victorian Librarian, has become my preferred pseudonym, if not my alter ego (which still needs some fleshing out). I even have my own crest now (below), featuring two of my favourite flowers, the iris and the bluebell, in addition to my absolute favourite thing, a book.


The Victorian Librarian crest, designed by Lora Jones 

How should I celebrate my 5th anniversary? I think that the best thing to do would be to write more regularly here, to stop neglecting my blog. Working full time for the first time in four years, in addition to other real life commitments, has taken priority, as it must, but I don’t want to get out of the habit of writing. Will this be the year I sign up to NaNoWriMo just to keep me writing? Continue Reading »