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Mysterious monster goes by the name Windy

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Apartment and tenement dwellers in the Southeastern region of the United States have been harangued by a mysterious creature that haunts the outdoor stairwells of their buildings.  “My boy was coming home from school and saw this thing crouching under the stairs and looking at him through the steps; it was making some kind of whispering noise and scared my boy half to death.  He ran and got the security guard but by the time they got back to the stairwell, the thing had vanished,” attests Joann Collins of Indianola.  The Collins’s aren’t the only residents of Greenacres that have seen the creature.  Apartment manager, Rod Dylan, has a stack of resident complaints on his desk and has ordered extra security services to help the residents feel safe.

Dr. Everret Blakingson suspects that these stairwell sightings are directly related to other, equally mysterious, ‘fly-by’ incidents. “These two sets of sightings happen near each other and in the same spaces of time at every location where sightings of either sort are reported,” he says. The ‘fly-by’ sightings happen most often after rain when the sky is still partially shaded by dispersing clouds. Multiple people have seen a large winged figure pass quickly above. Many more people have been surprised when the shadow of a large winged creature flew over them. Windy2 Oddly enough, the ‘fly-by’ sightings are often associated with rainbows.

Al Johnson, one of a group of people in Live Oak who experienced a ‘fly-by’ sighting described the creature as terrifying with large bared teeth and flashing eyes.   “It looked like there was lightnin’ comin’ out of it’s eyes and it’s mouth was open in a crazy manic grimmace you know, like a crazy person, but it weren’t no person!” –Johnson.

The police of cities where the sightings have been most prevalent have either declined to comment or said that they are investigating civilian reports of danger.  Joel Hanson of the Hoover police suggests residents, “report strange persons if they see them and lock house and car doors if they feel unsafe, just as they should with any perceived threat.”

Just in time for the holidays

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Free access to my recent article:”Copyright Instruction in LIS Programs: report of a survey of standards in the U.S.A,”  written with Michael English, until January 14, 2016:  http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1S5sBMYb61gqR.

National Novel Writing Month

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“November 1-30. The world needs your novel.”  — National Novel Writing Month

If you know me, you know I am a big sucker for NaNoWriMo.  And that I often don’t finish and have taken myself out of the running for a little while in order to work on started but not finished novels.  This doesn’t mean that NaNoWriMo is no longer a big part of my November thinking.  To the contrary.  Though I won’t be urging you to join me on the NaNoWriMo, I am urging you to find the novel deep within that you never really believed you could write.  Find it, and believe me, You Can Write It!  Whether you sign up for NaNoWriMo or not, write with me this fall.  I want to read your story.

Tom Dooley

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The shadows around her moved like cats, fluid and sometimes fast.  They made a crackling hissing sound like fat frying on the stove.  They said murderer.  Anne raked her slim fingers over her face and moaned in grief.  She could still see him holding out his hand, still hear him professing that he didn’t harm a hair on Laura’s head.  He didn’t look at her then, but Anne knew he had hoped she would’ve come forward.

She reached over to the drawer in the night table and pulled out a worn picture of Tom in his uniform.  It used to lie at the bottom of a box in the wardrobe, but recently she’d taken it out to keep it close.

When he had professed her innocence, he hadn’t thought it would be his death, and now he haunted her.  He’d haunted her for four years.  She could feel him pulling her soul down with him.  She would not get out of her bed today.

Anne’s cousin Laura stared at her from the shadows in the corner, her dress stained with soil and blood, her knees folded up in front of her like a defensive child.  She didn’t make a sound when James strode into the room and sat in the chair between her and Anne.  Anne stared at him aghast.

“Laura,” she croaked.

“Shhh, now.  That’s all over with,” James rumbled lowly.  The look on his face was one of resignation.  It was a look he often directed at Anne, ever since the trials, ever since all her wash had been laid out to public view.  He wouldn’t have to suffer the stares and the whispers much longer, though.  Anne was dying.

“I should’ve stood up, Jim; I shouldn’t have let Tom go alone,” Anne’s voice was raspy and weak.

“This isn’t the time,” James raised his hand as if it would stop her from continuing.

Ann shook her head back and forth with what little energy she had left.  “There’s no other time, Jim.  I’m guilty and I let Tom die alone.  I love him and I betrayed him like that.  I can’t die with that on my conscience.  I can’t die with Laura on my conscience.”  Anne’s convulsive hands crumpled the picture and let it roll over her side before she reached out for her husband’s hand and grasped it, wild eyed, “They haunt me so!  They follow me around like lost dogs!  I can’t turn a corner but I see one of ’em there.”

“Shhh,” James soothed again.  He tried, but couldn’t find any other words to give her.  Her hands squeezed his harder as she seemed to look through him for a painful, wild, minute.  Then she relaxed, slowly falling back on her pillow, her hands dropping onto the bed.  She was still then, eyes aimed at the ceiling.  James watched her not moving and not breathing until the evening shadows reminded him that he had calls to make.

note:  I went in search of the story behind the song “Tom Dooley.”  It’s a good’un, and well covered online starting with:  Tom Dula – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and “A bit of justice for Anne” Wilkes Journal Patriot, among others.

LeEtta 1995 ’cause I was inspired by laughter

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I could not keep my composure while reading The Teen Years: 9 Cringe-Inducing Realizations | Wait But Why, because it is so spot on and hilarious.  And because I am human and all humans like to think they are different, and perhaps not as ridiculous as everyone else is even though they are, I dug through my stack of old journals for your enjoyment…

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I remember being excessively proud of this Jester poem when I was 15.  That memory caused me to laugh out loud and scan this for ya’ll above any other poem in this multi-color pen monstrosity.  It is not the worst thing in there.  The green inked companion poem in this picture isn’t even the worst thing in there.  I can only embarrass myself so much.

I also found LeEtta circa 1997 while I was looking.  I include this ’cause I actually like it and it seems much more than two years different, to me at least.

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Professional Publication

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Are you hankering for a good read on the resource sharing trends in Latin American libraries?  Well, look no further; I just got one such article published and I’m giving you (at least the first 50 of you) a free copy:

Schmidt, LeEtta M. (2015) Interlibrary Lending in Mexican, Caribbean, Central American, and South American Libraries.  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve.  published online first May 21, 2015.

Penelope Sea and Ocean End

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It’s all true.  Penelope Sea and Ocean End will be sold through Amazon, published by me.  The Kindle edition is out now!  A print edition is on its way.  Once it is out, if you buy the print edition you can get the Kindle edition for free. You have so many options!

Writing assistance

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I am planning a writing holiday; a week long stay-cation dedicated to getting some writing done.  This spring has felt exceptionally devoid of holidays and vacations and I have at least three stories that I’ve started and not finished.   I also have a lovely library slash dining room/office that makes working on the computer very enjoyable, indeed.

To get in the right frame of mind I am considering some software specifically developed for writers.  The first, Qiqqa is a free resource for PDF and research management.  It might be more suited to my academic writing persona – with PDF management, highlighting and reference lists.

Sigil can help turn what I have into an ebook layout (also something I was thinking of).  There are a few other recommended programs on Techradar that look interesting. Then there is Scrivener,  which is $40 after free trial, and offers a complete writing studio.  I first heard about this on a author’s blog who was describing the detriments of Word.  I am intrigued by the bulletin board function.  The notebook, looks a lot like how Evernote is laid out and functions.  I make heavy use of Evernote already.

If you are big into concept mapping or brainstorming, like I am, then you might want to start with free mind or bubbl.us.  The host of Scrivener, Literature & Latte, also has a list of other resources divided up by OS.  If I pick something, I will let you know.

Penelope Sea Chapter Six | The LeEMS Bean

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Chapter Six of Penelope Sea and Ocean End just posted on The LeEMS Bean.

Penelope Sea and Ocean End: Chapter Five | The LeEMS Bean

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Yup, Chapter Five has posted on The LeEMS Bean.

Penelope Sea | The LeEMS Bean

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Chapter Four of Penelope Sea just posted on The LeEMS Bean.

Set Your Thoughts Free – Hemingwrite

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My house needs one of these; my husband and I would be fighting over it all the time.  The Hemingwrite allows you to type, with the tactile pleasure of a real typewriter keyboard, offline while still providing the ability to sync what you’ve written with your cloudy documents.   It is projected to have a six week battery life and 1 million page, plus, memory, so get one when they are get-able, pack your gear and go camp writing; I’ll join you.   Set Your Thoughts Free – Hemingwrite.

Read my professional publications

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Hey there.  Taylor & Francis has this service for authors called eprints, i.e. free copies for authors to give round of their article.  Since I edit a journal under the T&F umbrella and tend to publish there most often, I have a whole handful of articles with available eprints just sitting around, not getting used.

Do you want to read some professional library literature written by yours truly?  If you do, each of these links will get you to a free article until they are used 50 times.  Have at it.

(2014) From the Editor:  Introducing Reports from the Field.  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve.  24(1-2) 1-3.  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/zGq5Mif8eAHwCMtDCzeB/full

(2013) From the Editor:  The State of Our Libraries.  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve. 23(4-5) 175-178.  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/5f4fCKXwddzziNpYNcwU/full

with Rebecca Donlan. (2013) From the Editors:  Do Your Part for Resource Sharing — Add to the Knowledge Base Through Writing and Publishing.  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve. 23(3) 123-126.    http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/vz228u8YRcjqZJnZ8txB/full

(2013) Planned Flexibility for Course Reserves.  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve.  23(2) 47-56.  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/KAcIXPeGQiiccrRga9An/full

(2012) When the Pilot is Over:  Picking the Program and Making It Stick, Purchase on Demand at the University of South Florida.  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve.  22(1) 59-66.  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/uKg2sqP9aVMa8p9KhKEa/full

with Kristine Shrauger and Mary Radnor (2012)  The Case for a 60-Day Interlibrary Loan Lending Period.  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve.  22(1) 47-57.  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/dYj2ZZepJp2jTSFNiKuq/full

with Dennis Smith (2012) The Florida State Libraries Resource Sharing Initiative:  Unity Among a Disparate Group.  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve. 22(1)  9-15.  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/VRMe7sbHpIRHV6DtH5Bb/full

(2011) ILLiad, CAS, Shibboleth, and PHP:  The Road to Single Sign-On.  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve.  21(3) 149-156.  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/bp5phUubxImcNEKfsy89/full

The Devil of Westhope-Fairview

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I am not doing my best at writing today, so I made a cover for my Nanowrimo novel instead.  I present:  The Devil of Westhope-Fairview.

Westhope and Fairview were each very small towns in the same valley in Wyoming, recently relocated so that the valley could serve as a water reservoir.  To save money and labor the two towns were combined into one not far from the shores of the reservoir.  All of the townsfolk are settling into their new, factory shiny, homes, and the local government is gearing up for an election season to trim the duplication of town officials.

Charley Albright, formerly of Fairview, thinks one of the mayoral candidates, the Westhope attorney Hilary Beedle, is the antichrist.  Charley has made it his mission to stop Beedle at all costs, to save the town and all the world.

NaNoWriMo is coming

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And I am all set for it.  I’m ready and waiting.  I know what I’m going to write:  a novel idea I had brewing but didn’t allow myself to do much more than jot down ideas ’cause I had too many other stories to finish.  It is The Devil of Westhope-Fairview, and it’s going to be awesome!  Come write with me in November.

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