CM 005

Nov. 11th, 2008 01:11 am
watcher_diaries: (teatime - percythejock)
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005 "What's a daily activity you must do that's not one of your favorite activities?"

I have always loved books. There is something intrinsically satisfying about the smell of an old leather-bound volume that has been well-cared for. When I was very young I believe that I identified it as the scent of knowledge. (It seemed akin to Connelly Minor claiming to be able to detect an “odour of sanctity” in churches. That must have been incense, of course.)

There is something satisfying about the weight of a book, the texture of the paper; reading is, in fact, almost a sensual experience. In many ways I enjoyed my time as a librarian. I had a choice of what books the library held (at least, unless Schneider or the school board interfered.) A library is, in itself, a strange and magical place; a well-stocked library with an occult section is a place where the barriers between the worlds grow thin. (To be frank, some do have a problem with dimensional portals, particularly in the older buildings.) When I was younger I found it satisfying to reflect that all the knowledge in the world could be found within the covers of our books.

Writing was certainly a creative experience. I mean the simple act of sliding one’s fountain pen across the paper. Many people practiced calligraphy as an art, in the far past. I could understand why.

Now, of course, things have changed. I use a computer. This laptop has become outdated in the 5 or 6 years since I replaced the Windows 98 desktop. The keyboard is cramped and the inbuilt mouse is almost unusable; (my hands sometimes hurt. I am told that keyboard users suffer early onset arthritis. In the years when I used a pen the possibility never crossed my mind.)

While using a computer may never be one of my favourite activities I had grown used to XP. Now, apparently, this has been replaced by something called Vista, an operating system so different that I could barely recognize the word processing system. The information that I gained about this is not reassuring by any stretch of the imagination.

Apparently, Vista amounts to friendly fire in the field of technological warfare and I have been continually advised to get a Mac.)

I have spent days with my books and in contact with other Watchers, trying to find out more about that dancing demon who once tried to take Dawn as his "queen". At this point there is no doubt that he has turned up again. I even contacted Harkness at Torchwood and he started to sing about my …

I have been unable to discover anything whatsoever about the creature by traditional means. I am about to try Google.

Muse; Rupert Giles,
Fandom, BTVS
Words 432

Date: 2008-11-11 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Harkness at Torchwood doesn't need a demon to turn into a singing queen.

Just saying, that's all.

Date: 2008-11-11 08:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I must admit that I do have that impression, although I had not heard him sing about it earlier.

Date: 2008-11-11 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Don't worry. I can't figure out computers, either. Seriously, where's Willow when you need her?


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