The Reason For My Absence

I’ve not been posting for a while because I’m in the process of moving from one place to another. Which has meant the books I had meant to write about being boxed, and the software I’d been planning to write about generally sitting around unused.

This has also meant, for the first time since college, that I’ve been dealing with wanting to look something up and realizing that no, that book either isn’t where I am or is inaccessible where I am. And while the local library in the new place is a lot better at having current bestselling fiction than the library in the old place ever was, the nonfiction section is sparse. Very sparse.

It’s an interesting feeling. I generally bought and held onto research material when possible. I checked out the clearance table in the school bookstore whenever I walked through, which was often. And on top of both of those book-accumulating practices, I didn’t sell back textbooks.

I’m used to having my own library, accessible to me.

The shelves went back up this week.

Prescription Medications, Death, And Network News

Why do the news companies and anchors keep assuming that the presence of prescription medication in the house – ANY prescription medication in the house – means that a death there just might have been caused by drug abuse?

(Oh, wait, I know – dead people can’t sue.)

The most recent occurrence of this is the death of 30-year-old Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson.

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Hello world!

*taps imaginary microphone*

Hi.

I’m a young American woman with a Master’s in a writing-related field, currently trying to finish up what will hopefully be my first completed novel.

I have a fondness for the sorts of books that end up in discount racks and the abandoned corners of library booksales, and will be reviewing some of my finds here.

I’ve also been a computer user since I was small (I’ve been banging on a keyboard since before I knew what those little squiggles on the Commodore 64’s keyboard meant). Because of this, and the fact I learned computers in the first place by poking around rather than reading the manuals, means I’ve been through more than my fair share of writing and other freeware. I’ve noticed that most of the reviews written are from either the ‘what can this program do for the programming community?’ viewpoint, the casual home ‘I want to write and print a letter to Grandmother’ level of usability need, or the ‘can we replace a $200 program suite with this?’ business market.

Only the stuff targeted directly at writers gets writer-oriented reviews, and even those are few (and usually of the non-free software that beginning writers may not be able to afford). I want to change that.

And there will also be randomness, because what is life without a little randomness?