I’m living in Durham, North Carolina with my husband, W, and our three-year-old son, M. We eagerly look forward to M being old enough to get kittens. All of our parents and siblings live in our metro area, and when we’re not under a stay-at-home order, we get to see them often. It’s really lovely.

Our state and city are both under stay-at-home orders, so now W and I both work from home and I also care for M. I wouldn’t call it homeschooling. We do a daily Zoom call with his teacher and other families from his preschool, then we do some fun activities and playing. On my bad days, we do a lot of screen time. On my good days, we do less. So far I haven’t had a good enough day to take him outside by myself. I hope I do soon.

I’m taking advantage of the rest of the world discovering video conferencing by using it as a way to talk to friends I never see. Few things make me happier than a good chat with friends, but that’s easy to forget since I’m an introvert. Kim Werker’s Community for Creative Adventurers is a balm during this time.

I passed my dissertation proposal defense for my doctorate in Library and Information Science, on February 3, 2020. My dissertation investigates how cosplayers find, evaluate, use, and share information, both online and in-person. I’m in the earliest stage of my research, identifying cosplay-related resources recommended by library professional literature and tracking down cosplay guests at recent cons in my area. The other stages will involve observing online spaces where cosplayers gather and interviewing cosplayers. I had planned to also observe face-to-face panels, but in the light of many convention cancellations or postponements, I do not know if I will be able to maintain that piece of my research design.

I’m really focusing on committing to personal blogging.

I’m back to being gluten-free and corn-free, after the extreme indulgence of the holidays. My hormones are still finding their way out of the woods in the wake of weaning my son.

🎵: Labyrinth Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, The Muppets (2011) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
📖: Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols
🎬: Picard
🦸‍♀️: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures
🎮: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Lego Marvel Superheroes, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Lego Marvel Superheroes 2

Last updated March 28, 2020.

Kimberly Hirsh @kimberlyhirsh