February 2011

As a young, idealistic library student, certain immutable facts about the contemporary library have a way of haunting me. Take, for instance, the oft-quoted statistic that 50% of library reference questions are not answered correctly or completely. (The study, by Childers & Crowley, is thankfully from the 70s and rather misleading in my opinion, but it’s still a pretty harrowing percentage when pronounced the first time in a library science classroom.)

Similarly, whenever I have a spare moment for library navel-gazing, I always end in despair at the realization that, no matter hard we try, there are books being wrong in the library.



Welcome to Scriptitious, a blog about words and ideas and how they circulate in this strange world of ours. Okay, probably it will be about other things too, but I’ll figure that part out as I go along.

If you’d like to know a little about me, I’m a twenty-something American girl who originally hails from New England and is presently puzzled to find herself living in Northwest Arkansas with her lovely archaeologist boyfriend. I’m a library science student and aspiring fantasy novelist (currently working on novel #3.5). I graduated with my English BA in 2008 and consequently know my way around an espresso machine. My favorite living writers are probably Neil Gaiman and Ursula Le Guin. Labels I am comfortable embracing include anglophile, liberal, feminist, accidental semi-vegetarian, and nerd.

I’ve had a hankering to start keeping a blog again for a while, but decided I wasn’t allowed until I completed my epic move this January from Connecticut to Arkansas and found a job. All of this went well, so next I had to think up a name. I’m really terrible at names. I can name characters in fiction, but please do not ask me to name a paper, short story, novel, project, or stuffed animal. Really terrible things will result. My all time favorite was a high school paper about The Age of Innocence called “Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder,” although “Hurts So Good” (a discussion of guilt and redemption in Crime and Punishment) was another keeper.

Finally I gave into the inevitable and spent an hour or two surfing the newfound blessing to all writers that is the OED Historical Thesaurus, picking over every word related to writing, books, and libraries used in English since before the Norman Conquest. “Scriptitious” was apparently coined by Jeremy Bentham and hasn’t been used since, but this at least means that there wasn’t already a WordPress.com blog with the name. It supposedly means “committed to writing,” which sounds like an unlikely gloss in a supermarket baby name dictionary, but also it just sounds good, like a portmanteau of “script,” “fictitious,” and “surreptitious.”

Thus Scriptitious was born. Thanks for reading – your patience and good humor is appreciated.