Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Talent Crush and Some Librarian Humor

So it's really a Tuesday.  The kind of Tuesday that tries to convince you that it's Monday, and lovely Wednesday is not one sleep away.  And in the midst of this Tuesdayness, I get a big 'ol box of happy - in librarian speak - a book order came in.  And now I get to touch them, and smell them, tell them that I love them, and make them mine (with a stamp, lest you misinterpret).

Our box of - "What there's MORE in that series?
How did I miss that?"
Of course the one that is truly mine isn't here... it's out on submission, waiting to see if it will ever get to be here - or any other librarian's desk, for that matter.  And so, in paging through the pile of happy, looking for certain four letter words, body parts (euphemisms included), and always the word "bed" - 'cause any scene that has that word in the opening paragraph, I probably need to be aware of - I often come across some awesome writing that makes me go - DAMMIT!  Why didn't I think of that?

Stupid talent crushes, making me feel all inadequate.

Dostoevsky also makes me feel inadequate, but that's a given.

But I'm quickly saved from a dark mood of "Mindy Will Never Be Published, Her Inadequacy Knows No Bounds," by some really awful, quite terrible, librarian humor.  Ms. District Librarian and I have a bit of a competition going to see who can make the worst jokes... we're about nine years into it with no clear winner in sight, but many, many losers (those unlucky enough to be around when our flashes of humor get... uh... flashed).

Today's Bad Librarian Humor?

DL: I'm trying to talk a student out of attempting too broad of a topic.  He wants to write his research paper on both hunting and fishing.

BBC:  Doesn't he know they're two totally different animals?

Yarggity Yar!!


Anonymous said...


Amazing what Tuesdays can do to one!

Jenny Phresh said...

I never knew librarians were so wild and crazee! No wonder there are so many sexy librarians in movies, flinging their glasses aside and letting their hair go all loose and wild and drape over the stacks of books. It is all true.

Mindy McGinnis said...

Yes, it's behind the scenes at the YA library. You just never know what we'll say next. I did spend most of my day yesterday erasing pensies from the dictionry, so... every day truly is nto quite like the one before.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm groaning over here!! :)

Getting boxes of books is so much fun!!! One of the best feelings in the world!!

Anita said...

Ah, Mindy, Mindy, Mindy. How I remember those crazy hazy days of censorship. LOL!

Good luck on that sub girl!! Crossing everything I don't need to type on my WIP for you! Um, that basically just leaves my ankles and toes, but you understand my conundrum, right? Heh. I knew you would. ;-)

elizabeth seckman said...

I feel jealous of you today. Just thought I'd let you know I know the feeling. :)

Mindy McGinnis said...

Jemi - yeah, a box of books means I'm stuck in my office for a few days, but I don't mind. My office is a wonderful place with a Dexter calendar, Lord of the Rings posters, and about a thousand sticky notes above the desk to instruct me how to do my job an at any given moment.

Anita - You have now pledged. Everything must remain crossed until I get good news. Hopefully you're okay with that :)

Mindy McGinnis said...

Elizabeth - surely it's my bad joke you're jealous of, right? Not the gleaming pile of shiny new books? : )