This is an exciting week for me! Two books that I have pre-ordered come out tomorrow, The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – the sequel to The 5th Wave; and Echoes of Us by Kat Zhang – the finale to the Hybrid Chronicles. I can’t wait to read these! I am going with Yancey’s first, I simply loved The 5th Wave, it’s one of my favorite books and I tell everyone I can to read it. I am really excited for Zhang’s finale too though, it seems like it’s going to send me on an emotional roller coaster and I am really interested to see how Eva and Addie’s relationship ends up.
That’s what I’ll be reading, but you can expect to see book reviews/discussions on the first two books of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series up here on Tuesday and Thursday.
Wednesday I will be chatting about my writing progress this past week. If you note the word count bar (left) there was certainly some progress, and it entails a notebook! Friday will be a bit of an exciting announcement about a new book idea I messed around with last week, I’m really excited about it!
Work for me is also something I’m looking forward to this week. I enjoy my job, I really do, it can just be extremely frustrating sometimes, as I’m sure everyone’s is. Anyway, the Registrar and I are working on four new exhibits! Three will focus on specific individuals who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor, we are stoked about it! It’s really going to add an element of personal connection to the museum and it’s story that is desperately lacking. The fourth is my project, to revamp our “time tunnel,” which right now has a bunch of generic photographs from when the museum first opened. It’s in dire need of an update, and we have a great photo collection – so I am going to pull photos from our archive to create an actual story in our time tunnel.
Like I said, I like my job, but this is what I love about it. Being able to use our artifacts to tell a story, to create a personal ties between the visitor and the principle of the exhibit. It’s something I think a lot of museums (especially older ones) overlook. Without empathy, museums are just cases of old stuff. We need to use all that “stuff” to translate the tone of an era, the fear and joy of the people we highlight, and to create a story that takes you back in time and makes you feel like you knew these people. I want people to look at my exhibit and have to wipe away a tear when they see that this kid – who’s smiling and laughing with his friends in this picture – died on an island in the Pacific. I want them to walk away laughing like the guys who are golfing in nothing but their underwear. I want them to create their own aircraft nose-art after looking at the cartoons and pin-ups these soldiers created!
Ok, ok. Got a bit carried away there. But seriously, these next couple weeks are going to be awesome at work while we work on all of this!