Library Grand Opening

This weekend was a special one. My local library is a historical landmark thus making it super old. The architecture, however, is beautiful. Still, it was lacking a whole lot – mostly keeping up with modern times. They finally were able to remodel and the library grand opening was on Saturday and I was proud to attend.

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What My Library Lacked

Most the libraries in surrounding towns have evolved with modern times. They have updated technology, study rooms, and the like. My library didn’t have that. We had two floors of books, the lower floor being the children’s room. It was a beautiful library and while there was an open space on the second floor with tables, chairs, and a handful of computers, that was about it. We had a beautiful field so, especially in the summertime, they were able to have fun events for kids.

My writing group meets there once a month but we were always in the employees’ break room. I don’t know about the rest of the members, but I always felt like we were taking over their space – especially when an employee has to come in to get their dinner. I felt like we were taking their break away since they really had no where else to go. My writing group had come together in January 2015. It’s been four years and now we’ll finally have a “home.”

Two Years In The Making

It took a long time and it was tough for the library to get approved for such renovations. A whole lot of money and two years later, the library was finally completed. They had their grand opening on Saturday where we were able to walk around, explore, and start taking out library books again.

The library is five minutes away from my house and Kris works right across the street from it. It’s been interesting to drive by it each day for the past two years and see the progress they made. They estimated it would be complete in March 2019 and I’m impressed that they stayed on schedule.

The Grand Opening

I have never been to any event where they had giant scissors to cut a large ribbon. No, that wasn’t the best part, but it was really cool. I witnessed history being made in my hometown and while I didn’t have a direct hand in any of it, I’m proud I was able to attend and join in on the celebration.

Kris and I arrived 15 minutes before the ceremony began. We waited outside in the cold weather – it was actually fairly warm with the sun but it was a super windy day. The high school marching band performed, an a cappella group sang our national anthem, a few people including the mayor made speeches, and then the host of my writing group, Morgan, read a poem he wrote about libraries. I couldn’t see anything and honestly, the host of my writing group was the loudest one so I heard him the best. (I barely heard the marching band, if you could believe that.) Then the ribbon was cut. I don’t even know who cut the ribbon because I’m short. I did see the scissors though – I didn’t know they made them that big!

Inside The Library

The speeches took about 30 minutes and then, because of the crowd, it took us another 10-15 minutes to make our way inside the library. We were standing outside for about an hour. My nose was so stuffed up.

When my sister and I finally made it inside, we veered off to the right because we saw Morgan standing off to the side. We said our hellos and then went off to explore the library. And holy crap, what a wonderful place it is.

We now have three floors. Kris and I started on the bottom since we were sort of swept away in the crowd. The bottom floor has a program room for… well, various programs. The children’s room is also down there. It’s much bigger than it was before. Aside from books there was a computer station as well as library card kiosk for kids to make their library cards. There was a separate room for story and craft time as well. The space is amazing.

Next, we went to the third floor, again following the crowd on the spiral stairs. Down a long hallway with some tables and chairs, there was an archive room off to the side. There are also three study rooms now, one is a little bigger than the other two. Hopefully my writing group has a home now!

Finally, Kris and I went back to the first floor. The new library is wall to wall glass windows. It looks really cool, but totally out of place with the old architecture. They preserved it since it’s historical. So, looking on the outside, it looks great but kind of weird. Going inside, however, I’m really impressed and pleased with the way they did it.

The first floor is a circle. When we came in through the front door, we went to the right where the new construction was. There are rows and rows of books plus a new room which we didn’t have before, a teen room. Guys, it has a Nintendo Switch. I’m happy with that. But anyway, as you keep walking around the circle (the middle of the circle, by the way, is part of the old architecture that’s blocked off but can still be admired by the glass walls) you’ll end up in the fiction area where they integrated the old building.

It’s hard for me to explain. I know I won’t do it justice, but one half of the first floor is the old building newly renovated on the inside and more polished, but still preserving what our library was before. The other half is the new building. It’s really cool how they integrated both to show that the library is one with the new and old all the while keeping the historical parts.

I’m Proud Of My Community

I don’t know many people who go to the library that much anymore. Myself, included. I’m often found at Barnes & Noble. One, because they have a cafe there and two, because I can be louder in there than the library.

I’ve always said I need to go to the library more often though. In fact, one of my goals for 2019 is to visit the library a couple times a month. Get some books or just be in the atmosphere of it. Granted, I’ll do that anyway because of my writing group, but I want to actually be apart of my library.

My original point, though was that I was shocked to see the crowd that came to the opening. I have a big city and it was great to see so many people come together for this moment. I saw so many people I know as well – a ton of people from my church were there, the kids I babysit were there, and I even saw a lot of kids who I don’t know but see coming out of the school when I pick up the kids I babysit. We ran into Kris’s best friend’s parents as well. We chit-chatted with a few people we don’t normally see often or talk to that much.

Overall, it was a great experience. It was certainly a memorable day for my city.

Do you visit your library often? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Day 6

17740/50000 Words

 

I have to say that I am quite proud of myself. I have been trying to write at least 2000 words a day and so far it has been working. Except, due to school and work getting in the way, I was unable to write anything yesterday. I was determined to keep up the 2000 word pace so I decided that I was going to write 4000 today to make it seem like I never skipped a day. And guess what?

I ended up with a little over 6000 words! It turns out that I can skip tomorrow and still be at my quota (I don’t know if that’s the right word…just trying to sound smart xD). Of course, I am not going to skip writing tomorrow because I have hopes of not only reaching 50K, I want to finish the whole novel. And the whole novel is not going to be 50K…it will be well over.

The only thing that stinks is that I wrote all of this today at school because it was my long day and I have a three hour break in between my two classes. I was excited because I knew that I was going to write a lot. However, an old friend of mine found me in the library and we ended up talking for 45 minutes. My goal today was to try to get up to 20k or 21,340 (which would have been an even ten grand that I wrote) just so I could make it even or whatever. But losing those 45 minutes made me get a little behind.

I was sad about it for about two minutes and then I got over it because 6K is pretty good enough. And it was nice to talk to her again because I haven’t seen her since high school. Anyway, I hope that tomorrow is another good day for writing, but again, I have school and work so we’ll see how it goes. Even if I just write the normal 2000 words for tomorrow, I’ll be happy. I’m well ahead of the game. 🙂

Of course I am starting to get frustrated already. I’m not getting writer’s block, my characters are doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing, I’m following the outline nicely, and the plot is actually moving along. I’m more mad at my typos. Do you know how many times I have called my main character Blake “Bake” or “Lake”? Seriously, it’s bad. If I wasn’t do OCD, I would have kept the typos in so I could count how many times I screwed up. I kind of wish I did that. I’m sure it would have been well over 100.

Anyway, as I said, I’m aiming to finish my novel. I don’t know how many words that’s going to be, but I’m aiming to go way past 50K. Is there anyone else who is aiming higher than 50K? Or maybe you’re aiming higher than 50K because you’re writing more than one novel?

I tried aiming for 100K last year because I wanted to write 50K each for two stories…or it might have been the year before. Either way, it failed miserably. But I got sick, too which really slowed me down.

Speaking of being sick, I have another doctor’s appointment for a follow-up of my pneumonia. I finished my yucky medicine this morning so I’m praying to God that my pneumonia is okay enough so I don’t get any more medicine. On the other hand, I’m hoping it’s not and the doctor tells me I can’t go to school or work. Isn’t that sad? But I think it would be nice to have a week off and do absolutely nothing. Well, except write, of course.

Anyway, let me know if I’m in this whole “aiming over 50K” thing alone or not. It would be nice to compete with someone. >:) No, I’m just kidding. From the comments I got on my last post, it seems that everyone is doing quite nicely on their own NaNos.

Kepp up the good work, guys! I’m proud of you! Good luck with the rest of the month, too. We’re probably going to need it…

Home Alone

Not Really, I Got The Two Dogs, Cat, and Turtle…

Comet is actually being quiet right now…I gave him a bone, that’s why. Chip is whining because I did not give her a bone. The reason for that is because she has about a million bones hidden throughout this house. If she really wants a bone, she can use that tiny powerful nose God gave her and find at least one of the many bones. I know she has at least two…one is buried in my pillow and the other is buried in my blankets. Damn dog. Hunter is howling at absolutely nothing, but I think it’s just too quiet for him…or maybe he thinks he’s home alone. I don’t know why he cries like that. Raph, I think, is finally going into “hibernation mode” like she should have a couple weeks ago when the weather started getting cold, but instead she got more hyper.

She flipped her house over and then began using it as a playground…

Right. She should not be doing that in the fall. However, I noticed that she has been “redecorating” less and has not been trying to walk through the tank glass as much to get out. I think she thinks she can walk through walls. No, instead she has been like this:

On her way into the pool…then she said, “nope” and wasn’t having it.

Yes, she was in that position for a very long time. Of course, as I type this, she is knocking on the glass shouting, “Let me out!” I can’t complain, though. I like working while she’s walking around. I feel as though I have company. This is what it comes down to…I have no friends.

Just kidding, I do. But they’re all at school right now. You wanna know why I’m not at school? I only had one class today and it was cancelled. I am super excited! Not because I was able to sleep in, no, because it was my health class. And my teacher for my health class bites. I mean today we were supposed to meet in the library to do research on our projects. Of course, I’m doing something else that I will not go into because it’s a long story, but to keep it short and sweet, I’m exempt from the project. So I don’t even know what I would be doing, anyway. It would probably have been nothing.

But this is great because now I have the whole day to myself…well, until I have to go to work. But I would much rather be at work than go to school…especially when I have health. What am I to do with myself? I could go some more homework done so I have less to do while working on NaNo. I could work on outlining my NaNo some more. I could clean, I could sing and dance, I could play video games…preferably Pokemon. But I just don’t know because I am just way too excited right now!

Speaking of NaNo, I am outlining Saving Each Other (SEO) and I decided that I might as well write it for NaNo. It’s almost the middle of October and I don’t know how long it will take me to outline SEO plus another novel and then decide between the two. I’m on chapter twelve for SEO and I have no idea how many more chapters there will be.

The other reason as to why I decided to write it for NaNo is because I was thinking a lot about it the other day…well, yesterday. In the shower. I don’t know about any of you people out there, but I do my best thinking when I am in the shower…or trying to sleep. Which is probably why I never actually sleep…huh. Anyway, in the shower I was thinking about the novel and thinking about the outline and realized, “I’m on chapter twelve, but really, nothing’s happened yet.” I mean, let’s face it: at this point, I’ll be on chapter 100 and the plot will just be beginning. Then I realized…what is the plot?

Seriously, I really had to ask myself this question. I honestly had no idea what the plot was. I came up with a cool title, I made up some awesome characters, I even came up with a cover for the novel. But what is the plot? Someone is after them, yes, I understand that. But who? And why? I got nothing. But when I was in the shower, I came up with a wonderful idea. I am not going to tell you what that idea is because I don’t want to give anything away, but…I guess you could say that it’s kind of “cliche” for a fantasy novel. But that’s alright, because I have tricks up my sleeve.

The summary for SEO is in the post right below this one…just so you know. So scroll down. A lot. Or…turn to the last page or something, I don’t really know how my blog works…I never really look at the finished product. I just type, proofread on here and hit “publish.” The summary was something quick I whipped up for you guys. It’s not the “final” summary and still needs a bit of work. Just a warning…

So I still don’t know what I am going to do with myself today, but I know first things first: get some more coffee. I drank it all while writing this. Don’t worry…it’s decaf. We ran out of caffeinated. Boo. 🙁

16 Pages

And Still Counting…

I have been busy with homework the past two days that I haven’t written anything. Well, I haven’t written anything that I want. I did technically write. Has anyone heard of Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith? Well, here it is:

I had to get this book from the library for my math class and do a project on it. The book is for young children and it basically just shows how everything you do in life can be a math problem. It’s a cute story. Of course, I couldn’t understanding half of it, but that’s just me. Anyway, we had to re-write this book only with our own routine and the problems we face every day that have to do with math. That’s what I have been working on for the past two days. So I guess you can say that I have written, but I’m not counting it as anything. Although, that would be 21 extra pages I would have…19, actually. I guess you wouldn’t count the cover and about author page.

Anyway, I just wanted to touch base with you guys. I really have nothing to say. I have written 16 pages total towards the 360 page goal for the end of the year and I have been planning out that short story collection a little more, but I haven’t really started working on it, yet. I hope to get some writing done, but I have two classes and work tomorrow, so I don’t really know how the day is going to go. We’ll see.

I’ll keep in touch whether I do anything productive or not. Have a good one.