Friday, September 16, 2005

Bad Zette -- Bad, Bad Zette


Bali Mynah


Have you ever found yourself doing something that you just know you shouldn't be doing? But you keep going back to it, just because you're having fun. You don't get other things done, and suddenly you look up and it's the 15th of the month....

LibraryThing.com is my addiction. I have 868 books added into the database so far. I should be doing any number of other things. Well, besides writing, which is about the only other thing I'm getting done outside of this madness. I have started a reworking of the FM site, moving things a few at a time late at night. And I'm editing Freedom and Fame and working on the nonfiction chapter. Ada is up to 26,000 words, so I've not completely lost track of that... but there are people waiting for things from me. People in the 2YN class whom I promised to critique. I've only done half the Vision payments -- but there's a reason for that, at least. I got the PayPal ones done, but the checks have to wait a little longer until I get a check, which should be in the next few days. So I guess maybe I haven't completely abandoned the world.

The LibraryThing is addictive to someone who loves catalogues and lists and things, and who always wanted to get her books in a database, but didn't see any easy way to do it. Since LibraryThing goes and finds them in the Library of Congress or Amazon.com, a person doesn't usually have to type in much. I've found that ISBNs will do the trick 99% of the time, and even for the older books, title and author will pull up the right one about 60% of the time. The others you just enter manually.

I'm going to get most of the hardcovers in without much trouble. I don't know if I'll ever get to the boxed paperbacks (30 some boxes of them). I have added a few of the paperbacks that are just hanging around here in my office -- recent buys or reads, mostly. In hardcovers I think we're going to hit about 3k. That's actually less than I thought we had, but still not a bad number. (grin)

I should be working on other things. I know I should.

The only good thing is that eventually I really will run out of books to catalogue.

5 comments:

Joy said...

*goes to look at LibraryThing.com*

Okay. That's evil. *wimpers* I'm a librarian. That's *really* evil!

Carter said...

I agree with joy. Bad Zette!

So much for getting anything done this weekend. *sigh*

Emily said...

Goodness, you have a lot of books!

Envy!

Joy said...

Emily - We're writers. Isn't it a law that we have a lot of books? *grins*

Eponin

Zette said...

I don't know why people keep telliing me I'm evil.... (grin)

I hit the 1k mark last night. I can't decide how many more books there will be, over all, but I know it will be over 3k. There were more books in my office than I expected (about 550) and fewer books in the 'library' room than I thought -- I'm not done there yet, but I think it's going to be less than 1k. Most of the shelves there have been usurped by our video collection, which is something over 3k tapes. Those are catalougued, at least!

I'm really enjoying this for the most part. I wish I could get them done faster because I would love to have them pretty much finished over this weekend. Once it hits Monday I'll have less time again. I should, really, work through the weekend on other things, but this is just way too much fun!