An Exercise in Narcissism: Introduction Post

Hello friends, and welcome to my world. This blog will contain just a little bit of the slightly deranged workings of my mind. Be prepared: sarcasm is a given and a sense of humor a must.

My name is Melissa, and I am, of course, a caffeine-addicted bibliophile (as my tagline would suggest.) This is me (Well, sort of. This is the most flattering picture I could find of myself, because what is the internet for if not making you appear far more attractive than you really are?):

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I live in Wyandotte, MI, with my husband of three years, Joel,  and our crabby yet adorable cat, Severus. Strangely enough, Sevy is a female cat, but she’s lovingly called after my favorite Hogwarts professor, and she’s oddly suited to her name.Image

I have a BA in English from the University of Michigan, which is, of course, about as useful as a doorstop in terms of seeking gainful employment. As my mother would say, “That and 2 bucks will get you a cup of coffee.” So, it was either grad school or panhandling on the street, and since I’m a ginger and sixty seconds in direct sunlight turns me into a lobster, I opted for more education.

The choice to study Library Science was easy; I’ve been a devoted reader since I was four years old, and my home is overflowing with books. I mean that fairly literally– I own over 600 volumes at the moment and am rapidly running out of space. If I die in tragic accident, I’m fairly certain it will involve being crushed to death in an avalanche of literature. But what a way to go! I’ve got one of those newfangled devices the kids are always on about– a Nook. But who could completely cut from their lives the heavenly smell of musty old paper or freshly printed pages? Not I. And by the way, get off my lawn, you young whippersnapper.

Aside from the unbelievable love of reading, I crave information, and am endlessly fascinated by the increasing availability of shared knowledge juxtaposed with the problem of unreliable sources. Google is a wunderkind, but by George, if you don’t know how to tell the pearls from the swine you’re in for a world of hurt. Teaching people how to simply improve their search terms can be very satisfying, and I’m looking forward to learning how to do that even more effectually. Being a librarian is all about connections: connecting people to the information they need, connecting readers to the books that will transform their lives. Professionally speaking, I’m also interested in the the debate about privacy versus freedom of information. I’m hoping to become a children’s librarian and introduce kids to the characters they will fall in love with for a lifetime.

In order to keep the lights on and buy Sevy all the Meow Mix she can consume, I write freelance and substitute teach. The freelance writing is generally tedious– just how many articles can one write about making origami animals of various persuasions??– but the substitute teaching is downright unpredictable. I enjoy working with kids and have a passion for children’s literature, but when you’re stepping into a new classroom every day you never know what’s in store. It’s definitely not my dream job; I hope to be a real author some day. I’ve won various writing awards and scholarships for both poetry and fiction and am currently 35,000 words into a young adult novel. I’ve maintained a writing blog on Livejournal for ten years and was regularly published in U of M’s literary magazine, Lyceum.

Aside from writing, my hobbies are varied but reveal the fact that I’m a die-hard geek. I enjoy photography, playing the flute, knitting, and hanging out with my exceptionally large family (I have five siblings plus three siblings-in-law.)  I’m a Christian and I love old music. I’ve got a handful of close friends that I cherish, and generally consider myself a creative and interesting person (Then again, does anybody really believe they’re boring? “There’s nothing so commonplace as to wish to be remarkable.”) Here are some cool pictures I took:

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Converse- Selective Color

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Fun facts about me:

— I was either named after the Allman Brothers song “Sweet Melissa” or a fat waitress from Texas called Missy. My parents can never get their story straight.

— I was born in Dallas, Texas at Parkland Memorial Hospital, which is the hospital JFK died in. Morbid but sort of cool.

–Favorite movies: Star Wars, Office Space, Dirty Dancing, Pride and Prejudice, You’ve Got Mail, Star Trek, Remember the Titans

–Favorite tv shows: Doctor Who, The Office, Sherlock, Supernatural, Friends, The Newsroom, Castle

–Favorite foods: Lasagna, dill pickles, salad, garden omelette

–Favorite books: The Three Musketeers, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Good Omens, Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, I Capture the Castle,  Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,  the poetry of Pablo Neruda,  The Princess Bride, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

–Favorite music artists: Al Green, Van Morrison, Fall Out Boy, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Otis Redding, Journey, Paramore

Favorite season: Autumn

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite quotes: “You don’t have to stay anywhere forever,” — Neil Gaiman, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live,” –Albus Dumbledore, “I write for the same reason I breathe; if I didn’t, I would die,” –Isaac Asimov

 

Team Building Stuff and Logistics:

I’m a MS Office expert and can learn new technologies very fast. I’m also a grammar geek and proficient wordsmith; I enjoy writing and editing and have won awards for my skills!  My research skills are exceptional and I am definitely an out-of-the box thinker. In group settings, I’m comfortable either taking a leadership role or being more passive, and this flexibility makes me very easy to work with. I believe in communication and compromise and like to get projects done early! I’m entirely an online student and can be reached at adkinsmelissa85@gmail.com or here on my blog!

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