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A woman as the Magdalen writing at a table in the interior, from the workshop of the Master of the Female Half-Lengths (16th Century; source Wikimedia Commons)

A woman as the Magdalen writing at a table in the interior, from the workshop of the Master of the Female Half-Lengths (16th Century; source Wikimedia Commons)

Day 6 of #Reverb12 is all about seeing how far you’ve come:

Compare the “you” from the beginning of 2012 to the “you” that you are now. What new skills or talents have you learned or discovered this year?

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Mulled Wine

Get the recipe at AllGirlsTalk.com

A little touch of (badly-scanning) childish Christmas nostalgia there; with December having now started, and us having put up and decorated the Christmas Tree today, I’m warming up for the weeks ahead (literally, with a glass of mulled wine to hand).

I’ve noticed a trend in my experience of responding to certain CPD23 Things; out of the two or three technological tools usually mentioned in a given “Thing”, I have only used one of them. Thing Eighteen bucks the trend; I have never used any such technologies. My other concern on this subject is that the idea of recording my voice brings back the full horror of having to do so for French and Italian classes at school, and then having to listen to it in front of the entire class. Every time, I immediately wanted to sign up for elocution lessons. Is it now time to confront my fears (and possibly get those elocution lessons)? (more…)

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About mid-way through AcWriMo, I tweeted my concerns that I had not got very far with the whole process. The lovely AcWriMo organisers and some fellow AcWrimo-ers were very lovely and supportive; I started to feel better about my lack of progress. Other people blogged or tweeted about their own stumbling blocks, and it helped to know that I was not the only person not merrily writing thousands upon thousands of words every day. Maybe it is true that misery loves company. I was particularly inspired by Lyndsay J Grant at No Matter. Fail Better. (more…)

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Since the later years of primary school, I’ve dreaded the following phrase – “assessment by presentation”. But in looking back, that horrible history is also a history of presentation technologies. In my first presentation (at primary school), about my collection of dolls in their national dress from all over the world, I had the actual collection of dolls on the table, my script written out in my own fair hand, and my presentation written on the blackboard. It was a time of technology most tangible. In First Year at secondary school, I got all high-tech and introduced a video clip as part of my history of Garfield, the Jim Davis magnum opus. At university, presenting got hardcore. It all started with flipcharts, marker pens, and groupwork; I bear the scars thereof even now. But the blank canvas of Powerpoint was not far behind, as I signed up for the University’s IT Training Scheme in my first year. I’ve used it ever since. Hopefully I’m not the only who initially carried away with all the fancy possibilities that Powerpoint offers. Who could resist the swishy noise of text rushing in from off-slide? Obviously, as time goes on, such gimmicks in your own presentations annoy you, and in others’ presentations, can inspire murderous feelings. See also: not switching off the keytones on mobile phones. These days, I use Microsoft Powerpoint primarily for user education sessions in my Library. Until last year, when I bought a new tiny laptop in advance of going to Canada, I had never used other presentation programmes; now I use Open Office‘s Powerpoint alternative, particularly for conference presentations, and have had no problem at all therewith. It’s particularly helpful that Powerpoint presentations are compatible with Open Office without there being any formatting issues. (more…)

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Speak up for Libraries (source: Speak up for Libraries website)

It is with fabulously good timing that I write my response to CPD23 Thing Sixteen: Advocacy, speaking up for the profession and getting published, as yesterday I received confirmation of my place at this Saturday’s Speak up for Libraries conference. If you cannot attend the conference itself, you can follow our discussions on Twitter at the hashtag #SUFLConf. (more…)

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I’ve been writing this post for days, at first in my head and then here on my blog. On reflection I’ve been living this post for exactly one year. Today is Samhain – traditionally the Celtic New Year, and, from now on, my personal New Year. This will henceforth be my day to reflect on the year past, to see how far I have come, and to look at all that I have succeeded in doing and being in that year. One year ago today, my life came to a painfully abrupt halt; it felt like my life was over. Truthfully, I don’t remember much of those days, for which, after some reflection, I am grateful; I see that at the time part of me protected all of me. Today, I know that life is definitely not over and that it is again moving forward, but it has taken a year of hard work to reach the point where I can say that with confidence. It took a lot, but I did the one important thing that mattered to start that journey (and yes, apologies for using the term “journey”, Strictly Come Dancing has ruined it for the rest of us). I phoned my family, and I went home. It was the best decision that I have ever made. (more…)

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Christine de Pisan, Collected Works (1407), BL, MS Harley 4431 (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

I don’t really call myself a writer – optimistically, I will add to that statement “not yet”. But I am always fascinated by the way in which writers work. Joanne Harris‘s tweets about the Shed are wonderfully entertaining, and the work that Gail Carriger puts into sustaining the Parasol Protectorate universe on a daily business is inspired. (more…)

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