Daily Thoughts 55: SELF-e, Online Learning

Author's selfie Feeling a bit better this morning after a good night and a brisk morning walk. Only one zombie chase this morning! In Zombies, Run! I have chases set to easy at this point. Still working my way up to running more. Speaking of games and gamification, with the new semester I’m starting INFO287-11 Seminar in Information Science: Gamifying Information today. I was very happy this morning to see the well-organized course materials. That’s not always the case.

SELF-e

Cover art for Sinful FolkToday I saw that Library Journal had posted The Most Read SELF-e Books of 2016. It included one published through Timberland Regional Library’s portal, Sinful Folk: A Novel of the Middle Ages by Ned Hayes.

Sinful Folk is the story of the terrible mid-winter 1377 journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to claim the promise of her past and create a new legacy. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and redemption.

Biblioboard and SELF-e provides an opportunity for authors to share work through libraries around the nation. Library Journal staff curate the best of submitted work.

Daily Thoughts 54: New Beginnings

Author's selfie I haven’t been feeling the greatest the past couple days. Headaches, upset stomach, and tired. Nothing too serious, just not on top of my game. It doesn’t help that I’m also down with the news about my grandfather’s death. Earlier, while listening to the Great Courses recording, the lecturer talked about Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings” story. They die and happy endings are a lie. Not really something to focus on when you struggle with depression, but Atwood does point out that “beginnings are always more fun.” She also talks about savoring the bits in between. I think that’s good.

New Beginnings

Tomorrow kicks off the Spring 2017 semester and the start of my final set of classes in my MLIS program. I’m going to be very busy! Besides classes, I have a trip coming up, work, and everything else. Two of the classes start tomorrow, and another on Monday. That last class (Seminar in Library Management: Political Advocacy) is a short 4-week class which I’ll follow by another (Social Network Analysis and Social Analytics) for the rest of the semester.

I’m looking forward to the new semester! It should be fun.

Once I get into the classes, I’ll have a better sense of how much time I have for other projects, my reboot efforts, and the rest. I need to focus on classes first, that’s the top priority. If nothing else, I’ll have more time once summer starts. And in the fall I’ll only have my concluding e-portfolio project to work on.