It’s been a year (more like 11 months and 29 days, or 363) since I first posted about NaNoWriMo. Last year, I didn’t win which sucks! I got to 20,762 words, and sure it’s not 50k but it’s 20k and I was pretty proud (well still am), my 2008 novel only got 1,724 and my 2009 novel got 2,000. I skipped 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 because of class. This year, it’s going to be different I only do class two days a week and I now am a volunteer worker at my old school library probably once or twice a week. Though the minimum word count to get to 50k on the 30th is 1,667 which is pretty easy mind you.
This is a blog post I’ve been wanting to write for… God knows how long. It’s been on my mind for at least a few months and look who’s finally writing it as they avoid everything known to man kind. But so far my blog has been about school things, which yes if you’re e-mail subscribed to me I’m sorry, but I am a serious procrastinator (I mean the previous sentence says it all). Though I do intend to finally write own my thoughts on subjects and opinions and such that I have of certain things like society, my own life, media, etc.
In libraries, most of them go via the Dewey Decimal System which is simple enough you have numbers between 000 and 999, you can find them in the non-fiction area and they’ll have pointers as to what is what. In the fiction area they go by how many that author will have and the first three initials of their last name, so say I have a book in a library it’d be under ‘TAY 005’ that means that the start of my last name is TAY and that I have 5 books with that library already, though sometimes it might be different as there is another person who has written books that has the same three initials then most libraries would move them so they’d be ‘TAY 032’ in case I or someone else whoever got the first five already and they tend to write more.
A question has been posed “why are activities such as story time so important to libraries?” My local library has story time, three sets of story time – one for babies 0 – 9 months, one for toddlers under 3 years of age and lastly one for children between the ages of 3 to 5. The babies one is called ‘Born to Read‘, the toddlers one is called ‘Tiny Tots‘ and lastly, the one for children is called ‘Preschool Storytimes‘ and they’re all different.
Literacy is important for everyone, having a good reading comprehension is fantastic! Australia’s literacy rate is at 96%, with both male and female at 96% giving it a 0% difference, with the world statistic at 86.1%. Overall literacy is something that we use everyday, we read everyday no matter if it’s a book or words on a sign. Our understanding of our native language is important and wanting to read and the promotion of reading is important too.
Here in Australia we have a TV show hosted on ABC called The Book Club, with Jennifer Byrne as the host (she’s amazing, honestly one of my favourite TV personalities to be honest). Talking about promotions and book reviews in a previous post I was asked to… review and talk about The Book Club, so hey here I am. There might be spoilers for the book, so you know you’ve been warned.
Online universities are cool, and I love that you can live where I live (Victoria, or better yet South of Melbourne) and I can do a course (essentially) at Griffiths University in Queensland (close to Brisbane). You can find many online courses at Open Universities Australia (given, you’re Australian), and it’s just an interesting way of study now in the first half of the 21st century.