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Jun. 8th, 2017 12:56 pm
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I started watching Twin Peaks on Netflix. It's....weird. I mean, it's David Lynch, so of course it's weird. Not a lot happens, but at the same time, a lot happens (if that makes any sense). On the surface, it's just another murder-in-a-small-town mystery, but there's a lot of other stuff going on in the background. I'm still no closer to figuring out who killed Laura Palmer, though.

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Jun. 8th, 2017 09:32 am
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According to all these reports and stuff, the job market is great and unemployment is down... So clearly I'm defective for still not being able to get a job.

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Jun. 6th, 2017 10:54 am
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So, I read Hotel Iris in about a day. While I respect Ogawa's wordsmithing, I really didn't enjoy reading this book. It was...really raunchy. And I'm pretty sure that the first sexual encounter was rape, no matter how much she said she wanted to provoke him into being rough with her. So, yeah, I don't really recommend Hotel Iris. Revenge and The Housekeeper and the Professor are much better and waaaay less squicky.

Right now, I'm working my way through: The Hero with a Thousand Faces, To Rescue Tanelorn, Vinland Saga Omnibus Vol 1, Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't Tell You, and a handful of ebooks. I am determined to make a dent in that backlog of mine!

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Jun. 6th, 2017 09:00 am
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I may have been stressed out over nothing with the interview yesterday. As it turns out, this is just a screening process for a list of potential applicants for any openings that might happen in this library system. So, they didn't have a specific job in mind. They said it might be a couple weeks to up to six months before I hear anything back, if I hear anything.

So, it's back to the hopeless grind of job hunting.

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Jun. 4th, 2017 08:50 pm
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I finished Mortal Coils today, but the used book store didn't have the sequel, All That Lives Must Die. I am going to have to wait and check back every so often.

I quite enjoyed Mortal Coils though. It was interesting to see the author's take on different mythological figures and the Hero's Cycle. I am looking forward to finding the sequel sometime soon... C'mon, 2nd and Charles. Don't fail me now!

In the mean time, I'm reading Hotel Iris. I liked this author's other works, The Housekeeper and the Professor, and I absolutely adored Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales, so I have high hopes for Hotel Iris.

Tomorrow is the big Skype interview. I'm pretty nervous about it,especially since I have to perform like a dancing bear. At least once it's over, I can focus on something else for the rest of the day, maybe the day after. Honestly, they don't tell you that the interview process is going to be like this when you're in school. Usually, you're expected to give presentations and stuff once you actually have the job.

At any rate, it'll be over soon. And then I can go back to slogging through job ads and wondering what's wrong with me.

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Jun. 3rd, 2017 09:14 pm
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Man, they cram as much play-time into the final Palace of Persona 5 as they can, huh? There are, apparently, five different mini-bosses I have to fight, plus I have to do this whole "maze" on a cruise ship to get to where I can actually clobber said bosses. I kind of feel like the last few Palaces were just made based on templates from other games. The Egyptian tomb had some really annoying puzzles where you had to do a lot of running around back and forth. The space-station maze had the most maddening airlock puzzle in it, and the casino had this entire maze where everything was pitch-dark and you had to rely pretty heavily on your Thief Sight (or whatever it's called.... third eye?) to get around and find your way out. I mean, at least the casino had an arena battle area that you had to clear, which was new and fun.

I haven't maxed out very many social links. I am looking forward to doing that in NG+.

I have heard rumors of a more polished version getting released at some point in the future, which would add content like extended play, extra boss dungeons, and some content to flesh out the plot and characters a little more. I would personally love to have met Haru, one of my team-mates, a lot earlier in the game and started building a social link with her earlier in the game. By the time you meet her, you only really have about two months to max her out in addition to everything else. Plus, if you do decide to pursue a romance with any of the girls, it'd be nice to have all of your options laid out for you fairly early. In an "ultimate"/"golden"/"crimson" edition, I would like to have a female protagonist (like P3 FES) so that I could pursue some of the male social links with romance as a goal. But, since the male protag got his criminal record (and therefore entire reason for being in Tokyo in the first place) from trying to protect some woman from a drunk, horny, and politically powerful person, I'm not sure how they would manage to pull off a comparable "crime" for a female protagonist that would have the same consequences.

I do think that the climax of the game was sort of rushed, since there's this enormous exposition dump that takes two in-game days to get through. I mean, they could have handled that part a little better - maybe spread it around a little more in between. Then again, I don't know how they'd have managed the Big Reveal about the Traitor without handling it the way they did. I 'unno, I just think that the info-dump was kind of a clumsy way to do it, even for a JRPG aimed at teens.

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Jun. 3rd, 2017 06:47 am
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I was reading Mortal Coils before bed, and I think it made me have this weird nightmare where my own family was trying to kill me.

I've been trying to establish a routine. I have been staying up way too late, and I have been spending too much time on electronic devices before bed. So, I have decided to stop playing my video games, watching t.v., or being on any computer/screen device by 9:30 (or as soon as I can get to a save point), and spend half an hour to an hour reading a physical book (rather than an e-book) with the bedside lamp as the only light on in the room. It has helped me to unwind better at night so I can get to sleep by 10:30, but it is still hard to get my lazy self out of bed by 6:30. Also, I apparently should choose better bedtime reading than Mortal Coils. I mean, it's not like I don't have a million unread books from the used bookstore....

If nothing else, I hope that establishing this routine will help me pare down my backlog of books. And, if I ever get to the point where I can get up at 6:30 on a regular basis, I hope to be able to add an exercise regimen to the mix. Heck, maybe I'll even throw in a morning meditation session to really get the day going. We'll see.

Today, however, I am awake because I committed to helping the Cub Scouts with Clean The Bay Day. The nice thing about going out this early in the day is that I'm less likely to get sunburned.

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Jun. 2nd, 2017 10:15 am
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Borrowed from @alwaysbeenasmiler
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Jun. 1st, 2017 11:19 am
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Okay, I think I've got my program presentation down. I just have to memorize the script and get my demonstrations together. I hope it doesn't come across as too "little kid". Oh well, if it does, it does. I'm more concerned with getting through these presentations.

Today, I have to go and get some supplies for my presentations, too.

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Jun. 1st, 2017 08:39 am
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I'm almost finished with my first run of Persona 5. After the penultimate Palace, there's a looooong info-dump that...could have been done better.

Still working on my presentations....

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May. 31st, 2017 10:50 am
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Aaaaaagh! How is it that I can write for almost an hour and it only amounts to less than three minutes of talking? I'm going to have to do a lot more experiments/demonstrations if I'm going to get this to stretch out closer to the full 15 minutes.

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May. 30th, 2017 02:54 pm
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Argh. So I actually have to read to these people... I just got a whole bunch of books to plan. I really want to read Tippy, Tippy, Splash (it's so cute!), but I think it's too long for a group of kids under 5. So, now I have to find some good rhymes and stuff. I'm going to feel like such a dork doing this over Skype. Not only am I doing this without the normal feedback, but I also have to do this in a semi-public location. I am using the big study room at the library, and there aren't blinds on the windows... I hope no one looks in and sees me or I will D-I-E of embarrassment.

I also need to create a short talk about aviation for my 8 - 12 year old program.

And I need to have this all ready by Monday. Uuuuu... T_T

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May. 30th, 2017 08:40 am
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I have got to start some healthier habits. Perhaps June will be a good starting point. Well, after the Greek Festival...

I have another interview today. I hope I don't get lost. It's about half an hour away, and part of the highway is under construction. I don't like driving on the highway in general, since semis make me extremely anxious (I drive a tiny car), but driving on a highway where the lanes narrow due to construction while having to pass (or be passed by) semis really cranks my freak-out level to 11. At least I can take the scenic route home.

I am still waiting for some information regarding the Children's Librarian interview. I am not sure if they want me to present the story-time and program as though I am talking to the kids, or if I just have to demonstrate my planning for them. I can't imagine that they want me to read and sing songs for 15 minutes... Would they? I mean, surely not. But, if that's the case, then this is less of an interview and more like an audition. Oh well. It's not like I actually expect to get the job. I'm just doing this for the experience.

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May. 27th, 2017 08:08 pm
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I have my "themes" for the demonstrations, so now I just need to gather my materials and write my script. I'm still not 100% confident about this, but I'm going into this basically with the attitude that it's for experience. Sure, it'd be nice to get the job, but honestly I don't think I'm the best qualified person for it. I think that they are interviewing me because I meet the eligibility requirements, but I think that their preferred person is going to be someone with a stronger background in working with kids. I'm going to do my best, but I'm not going to be totally shattered if I don't get it. Mostly, I'm doing this for interview experience.

I mean, sure, a full-time job would be nice, and it'd build experience, but I don't want to move several states away only to get fired a few months later because the learning curve was too steep (again).

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May. 26th, 2017 11:51 am
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I think the Storytime demonstration might be easier than coming up with a programming demonstration for tweens...

I went to my local library and talked to the children's librarians there. They're super, super helpful and have offered to send me some resources to look at. They're also some incredibly supportive and encouraging. I hope that, if I do get this job, I can be as good at it as they are.

I think it might be easiest to go with some kind of theme for each "program". I'm having a hard time coming up with a good theme right now, but I think I just need to stew on it for a little bit. Once I have a theme, I can start looking for books and songs/presentation ideas. 15 minutes is a really long time... a really, really long time.

I will be honest, I'm starting to feel kind of overwhelmed by the whole thing.

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May. 26th, 2017 08:53 am
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Okay so...this interview? I have to do presentations. I have absolutely NO experience in doing children's programming, and I have to do two 15 minute demonstrations. I have to do a 15 minute storytime presentation for 0-5 year olds, and a 15 minute program for 8-12 year olds. I'm kind of tempted to cancel the interview, but I need the experience. So, now I have to do a butt-load of research....

But I think ultimately this isn't the job for me. I am a pretty uptight person, so doing silly songs and stuff isn't my thing...

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May. 25th, 2017 02:14 pm
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Another library contacted me to do a Skype interview. I've never done one of those before, so that will be interesting.

If I got it, I would have to move to Jacksonville, Florida (oh, damn...). I don't know that my chances are that great, since it's a children's librarian position and I don't have any experience in children's librarianship, but on the other hand, I frequently act like a child so... We'll see. If nothing else, it's practice.

I've played a lot of Persona 5 lately. I've finally beaten Futaba's Palace, but the next Palace is pretty tough. I've also decided that, once I get into better shape, I want to cosplay Noir. It's a totally cute outfit, complete with hat.

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May. 23rd, 2017 01:33 pm
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Aaagh. I've been stressing about this temp job thing. Plus, I got another request for an interview somewhere else. I've accepted the interview for now. The recruiter at the temp agency told me that if I was waiting for responses on interviews, that I should probably hold off on completing with them.

I asked about the library job that I applied for to see when they were planning to do interviews. They hadn't even started the process, so that could be a month, it could be two weeks... ARGH why does it take so long?!

It doesn't help that I'm an indecisive person, and I hate unstable environments where there are a lot of conditional factors to consider. I want to make the best choice I can with as much information as I can get. I want to have backup plans. But it's hard to do that when so many things hinge on factors outside of my control. It's amazing I've survived this far....

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May. 22nd, 2017 10:43 am
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So, I talked to the temp agency. I didn't sign anything or give them my full SSN, but I did let them do a drug test.

I'm kind of conflicted, to be honest. Signing on would mean income and something to fill an employment gap. However, for the position I've applied for, I wouldn't have the flexibility in the first 90 days to pursue any potential interview or job openings in my preferred field. And in the end, there's no guarantee that I'll get the position at the end of the contract, either.

I wish I had someone I could ask for advice. I can't really ask family, because they'll tell me to just take the job and suck it up for three months. Maybe they'd be right... it's not like libraries are hiring left and right around here, and even when I do apply, I get more rejections than interviews. And then when I do get the interview, I still don't get the job. Maybe three months won't make a difference? I don't know....

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May. 21st, 2017 11:08 am
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Someone needs to keep me away from 2nd and Charles. I bought nine books yesterday. I mean, they had buy three, get the fourth free in their fiction and, well.... I have no self control. It's a good thing they don't do those kinds of sales on cheesecake slices or something. (Mm...cheesecake....)