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daffodilkhan

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About daffodilkhan

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    Trainee Detective Constable

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    @discord: IreneG#6290
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    Female
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    Tennessee, US
  • Interests
    Lovecraft, Lee Child, Timothy Zahn, Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Babylon 5, Psych, Miss Fisher's Mysteries, Poirot, Batman, Hell Blazer, D&D, Call of Cthulhu RPG, VtM, Going to the Movies (ACTION MOVIES), letter writing, The Modern Rogue on YouTube.
  • Favorite series 1 episode
    The Blind Banker
  • Favourite Series 2 Episode
    A Scandal In Belgravia
  • Favourite Series 3 Episode
    His Last Vow
  • Favourite series 4 episode
    The Six Thatchers

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  1. Actually, as an introvert, being a librarian is awful. I don't just shelve books; I have to organize my own programs and help out with other programs as well as offer one-on-one service to help patrons find what they want. We're told to kind of hover around patrons who come in at the last minute - some people try to hide in the stacks or start setting up a base camp at one of the tables. If a staff member is nearby, people are more likely to get what they came for and leave. Yeah... until their mid teens, children can smell fear and it excites them. It was one of those state-paid-for training classes that make you wonder how someone is getting paid for giving it. I felt it was a filler question to pad the "entrance questionnaire". If it wasn't the Dewey decimal system (F DOY = Fiction, Author: Doyle & 364.973 Sch = Nonfiction, Criminal Justice Today by Schmalleger), it may have been in the Library of Congress system. (PZ3.D772 Si2 PR4622.S44 = The Sign of The Four, A Scandal in Bohemia, and Other Stories & HV9950 .S35 2005 FT MEADE = Criminal Justice Today by Schmalleger) It seems crazy, but the LC system is designed not only to categorize the books, but also to independently identify the location. It makes sense considering their VAST collection.
  2. I just finished an online class for my yearly training requirements. One of the essay questions we had to answer was: what kind of people do you believe are drawn to librarianship? Mostly I just summarized my paper.
  3. I think children's librarianship attracts people who feel driven to encourage the passions of others. In the grown-up/adult section, most patrons just want to browse their books and be left - for the most part - alone in the stacks. Children sometimes want a little space, but often they just want someone to listen to them while they ramble on about something that excites them. Children's librarians listen, share our own experiences, and try to encourage our little patrons to find what they enjoy and revel in it. Fandom is the grown-up and not-so-grown-up version of this same thing. We share our own excitement and take time to enjoy the excitement of others. I don't know if that's true of all children's librarians, but most of my coworkers in the children's library have their own fandoms to follow: one is a die hard B-movie aficionado, another loves all things music and homesteading, and our teen librarian is into a little bit of everything from anime to Sherlock to Star Trek and beyond!
  4. DK is fine. My profile picture is actually the Yellow Sign. It's a symbol from the Robert W. Chambers book The King in Yellow. It's a collection of stories, some of which refer to a play called The King in Yellow which drives the audience mad. The Yellow Sign was associated with Hastur in Lovecraft's works. Hastur isn't technically a creation of Lovecraft, but the Lovecraft mythos spans several authors whose stories borrowed and shared a collective world or at the least a collective connection to the unknowable and unspeakable horrors beyond. Chambers wrote his book more than 40 years before HP Lovecraft wrote but inspired his works.
  5. I completely agree! Doyle's stories in The Strand Magazine were the action adventure entertainment of its time. When the pulps started - almost 40 years later - the charismatic leads and trusty sidekicks clearly walked in the shadows of Holmes and Watson. Further reading: https://www.pulpmags.org/contexts/essays/golden-age-of-pulps.html#:~:text=The first of these had,was Astounding Stories%2C dated Jan. https://thepulp.net/pulpsuperfan/2013/12/16/a-closer-look-at-sherlock-holmes/
  6. In many of the adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty becomes a greater fixture in the Holmesian universe. He is a mastermind behind the scenes in many more of the detective's cases than the canon stories suggest. Most even have Irene Adler becoming Moriarty's puppet or pawn at some point. I've never liked that idea. For me, Adler's complete separation from Moriarty in the canon only made her more of an idol for Holmes. How do you feel about the Moriarty the Great Mastermind trope? In your headcannon, did he have a hand in many more of Sherlock's cases than the canon implied or were most of his exploits elsewhere and removed from Holmes's reach?
  7. My handle is derivative of Lovecraft's eldritch creation Hastur - also known as the king in yellow. Daffodil for yellow and khan being a term for a ruler. Also, Khan was one of my favorite Star Trek villains - whether played by Ricardo Montalbán in TOS and Wrath of Khan or Benedict Cumberbatch in Into Darkness.
  8. Ha ha! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - the most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but only slightly less known is "never click on clickbait when death is on the line!" Death might be a little extreme. Pride? I've always felt a little chagrined when I click on one of those ridiculous "news" articles that very clearly hooked me with the internet equivalent of a PT Barnum peanut pitch. "never click on clickbait when pride is on the line" just doesn't have the same effect does it? Now for the promised introduction - which I suppose makes me better than clickbait since those blasted things rarely deliver on their promises. Hello! Longtime Holmesian, first time poster. I started reading Sherlock Holmes stories when I was about 9 - after I saw some of the Granada series on PBS. For me, few mystery stories can compete with those told by Dr. Watson. (I'm not a Doyalist; besides, who doesn't love the Great Game?) After finishing all of the original stories, I started to work my way through many of the pastiches and homages published over the years. Most recently, I found the Cthulhu Casebooks by James Lovegrove which tell three Sherlock stories through a Lovecraftian lens. I'm also a fan of several police procedural shows 🍍. Beyond Sherlock Holmes, I'm an avid science fiction fan (film, tv, and print) as well as the genre of good-bad movies that is as hard to quantify as they sometimes are to watch. IRL I work in a children's library and read storytime to infants and toddlers - well, I did before COVID. Now, I mostly clean and sanitize things.
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