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My Facetious Resume

Molly Miller: Professional Resume

Phone: 555-555-5555 Address: State of Delusion Email: fakersgonnafake@fake.edu

Education: B.A. Stephen F. Austin, 2012; M.S. UT Austin 2014

Professional Experience:

Broke College Student, 2008—Present

Department: English Literature

Job Duties: Crying over my eighth consecutive meal of Ramen Noodles, bemoaning my future in a capitalist society, bargain hunting like a BAMF.

Key Mistress, 2010-2012

Department: Residence Life

Job Duties: When you were drunk off your ass and realized you lost your key at that awesome toga party on the weekend your roommate/suite-mates were out of town/incapacitated elsewhere, I was all that stood between you and the unalloyed glory of unlocking your door and passing out on your bed—before the desk closed at 3am, that is.

Awesome Unemployed Person, non-consecutive dates

Department: Pajamas All Day

Job Duties: Obsessed over job descriptions and font size of resume, practiced answering stock interview questions while pretending my dog was the interviewer

Student Library Minion, 2012-2014

Department: Dewey or L.C.? That is the Question.

Job Duties: General library awesomeness, getting lost in Perry Castaneda Library A LOT, discovering I don’t want to be a librarian

Bookseller/Retail Champion, 2014-2015

Department: I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

Job Duties: Counting cash LIKE A BOSS, cleaning up after gross people LIKE A BOSS, trying to hide my disillusionment with the retail industry LIKE A BOSS, making the occasional book recommendation (the highlight of any day) LIKE A BOSS, mentally shopping while re-shelving books LIKE A BOSS

Professional Skills:

  • Window Mural Painting
  • Last-minute skit writing
  • Amateur Choreography
  • Christmas Carol Singing
  • Mopping with one of those super old-fashioned mops
  • Getting credit cards to work on Verifone card swiping machines
  • Listening to angry customers/residents/parents without rolling my eyes
  • Determining when a key is just too bent to work properly
  • Scaring the crap out of unsuspecting Philosophy students as they crawl into the library at 8am with just a simple “Good morning.”
  • Bulletin board decorating
  • Book stamping
  • Telling kids (and sometimes adults, for shame) not to run or play or sit on the escalators
  • Checking for counterfeit bills

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Two Epic Heroines and the Ethics of Care

The Hunger Games trilogy is a fantastic ride, filled with
heartfelt emotion and heart-pumping excitement, but it’s also
a journey of moral development. Along with Katniss, we grow
into a deeper understanding of the complexity of morality and
moral reasoning. Experiencing Katniss’s trials, we come to
recognize that sometimes the answers to ethical questions are
more complicated than the one-size-fits-all answers offered by
the impartial morality of the justice perspective. Above all, we
must follow Katniss’s example of cherishing our memories of
natural caring and letting them instill in us the ideal of ethical
caring. In that way, we prepare ourselves to answer the cry of
a world that’s hungry for people who care.

Averill, Lindsey Issow.“Sometimes the World Is Hungry for People Who Care: Katniss and the Feminist Care Ethic.” The Hunger Games and Philosophy. Ed. Dunn, George A. and Nicolas Michaud. 175-6.
Hunger Games Philosophy
In addition to having read this chapter in The Hunger Games and Philosophy, which discusses Katniss and the ethics of care, I also recently applied the ethics of care to Daenerys Targaryen of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. Because both series are wonderful, and Katniss and Daenerys are some of my favorite fictional heroines, I thought I would take some time to discuss my thoughts on them here–in relation to the ethics of care.
What is it about Katniss and Dany that make them both such marvelous heroines? My theory is that one of the reasons why readers find these ladies irresistible not to root for, is because they are deeply caring, humanistic characters who adhere to the ethics of care.
 
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Yes, Katniss may be a bit rough around the edges and have a difficult time expressing her emotions and understanding her own feelings. Yes, Daenerys might occasionally breathe fire. But at their core, they truly care about the people that inhabit their world, most especially the people they consider their family. Averill argues that Katniss moves from the act of natural caring (caring for our family and people who are very close to us) to ethical caring, which is applying that natural care to people who are perhaps tangential in our lives, people on the periphery, or people who are suffering that we have never met before. It is very obvious that Dany makes this sort of progress as well. She begins not just to care for her family (her dragons and her khalasar), but also for the Unsullied soldiers who follow her, and ultimately for the masses of slaves that she frees.
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Katniss and Dany are both protectors–both mothers, in their own way. Katniss continually grows to extend her care to all the people of Panem–even people of the Capitol (once considered wasteful, frivolous, and overly privelaged) as Dany extends her care to all slaves (even though a slave women was the original cause of losing her husband and unborn child). Both Katniss and Dany are fierce in their caring–and we love them all the more for being so. There is a lot more the ethics of care that I’m not covering here.
For more reading on the ethics of care, see the very helpful article below:

Held, V. (2008). Gender identity and the ethics of care in globalized society. In R. Whisnant & P. DesAutels (Eds.), Global Feminist Ethics (pp. 43-57). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Also see my thoughts on Daenerys’ care ethics and the privacy of minors (for my Information Ethics course last semester):

Daenerys and the Ethics of Care

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January 28, 2014 · 10:31 pm

Fashioning

Recently I have actually been asked to blog or write an article about my personal fashion sense and my clothes picking/shopping strategies.

I find this surreal and utterly impossible to believe as I own a pair of both Halloween AND Christmas themed striped knee socks and I often use Doctor Who themed pins to cover holes in my blouses. Also, up until I entered the collegiate world, I dressed like this:

High school photo of me

(See y’all, academia is good for more than just improving those book smarts)

 

This one isn’t so bad: I tried to find the picture I have of myself in high school wearing a plaid skirt, fuzzy knee socks, and my Josh Groban concert t-shirt but failed in my search.

So here goes: fashion, fashion, fashion, fashion. What do I think about fashion?

Being a feminist and a socialist, I have read and heard a great deal bemoaning the fashion industry. As a socialist, I have problems with the exploitive pursuits of the fashion industry in terms of some companies’ outsourcing and manufacturing methods and working conditions in developing countries. As a feminist, I have problems with the exploitive pursuits of many of the fashion industry’s advertising campaigns. You shouldn’t have to be half-naked to feel desirable (and besides, unless you live here in South/Central Texas in the summer, it’s really just too chilly for that).

But besides these problems, I’ve also always felt that fashion and those who enjoy expressing themselves through creating their own style, have been unjustly looked down upon. Fashion and those who enjoy fashion have often been labeled as “silly,” or “vapid,” or “vain,” or “shallow.”

And that is not, in my opinion, necessarily the case. Throughout history and most especially in Europe and the United States during the Victorian period, women and men used clothing and accessories to express themselves and their views. Those times were not the most expressive times in terms of speech. Freedom of speech (especially in Britain and Europe, but in the U.S. as well) for women (or even men) was not encouraged. Victorians often used their fashion sense to express some of those feelings they were not allowed to feel or not supposed to feel.

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From the Metropolitan Museum

For me the clearest examples of fashion as self-expression come from the Victorian period (let’s face it–the bustle was meant to accentuate something folks, and it was not necessarily the Angel in the House’s modesty!) But this is really true of all time periods.

Because fashion has been in recent centuries associated with the feminine, I think it has been looked down upon and labeled as silly and shallow. I think anyone with this attitude needs to watch a good, healthy dose of What Not To Wear reruns (Stacy and Clinton are fashionistas, but they are clearly capable of being deeply caring, intellectual human beings).

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This will conclude my quick rant on fashion. Now on, to my own personal style tips.

Here are some fashion/shopping guidelines I live by:

1. If you are buying pants, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS  try them on. Pants are deceiving in nature. Holding them up against your waist to check the length only is not a good way to measure how long they will be on you. Trust me people, I know these things, I’m short.

2. If it has an owl on it, say yes. If it is neon yellow, say no.

3. Avoid stores with too much overhead lighting and obnoxious techno music. It’s best to be chillaxed when picking out clothes, not raving/hyperventilating.

4. Head for the clearance aisle/rack first and then make your way around the rest of the store.

5. To guarantee the most successful shopping trip possible, only shop in one of these circumstances: go when you’ve been dumped, when you’ve dumped someone, when you’re not supposed to be shopping, with friends you haven’t seen in more than two months, or with your Mom (or other close female relative).

6. Shop with no expectations whatsoever. In other words don’t go to the store with an agenda such as: I need to find black pants. Or, I need to find professional clothing. THIS IS A SUREFIRE WAY TO NOT FIND ANY CLOTHING YOU ARE WILLING TO BUY AT ALL. (Note: this ONLY applies for shopping for clothes for oneself; I am usually perfectly able to find something with an agenda if I’m buying gifts–but I mostly do this online.) Go instead with an open mind, an open heart, and more importantly–a very open wallet. Go with the simple thought: I might spend some money on clothing for myself today.

7. Goodwills, salvage, non-profit, and charity clothing shops are the bomb dot com. It’s harder and takes more stamina to rummage through all those aisles of overalls and musty-smelling, velveteen recital dresses from the eighties, but helping other people when you can, even minimally by purchasing something from one of these shops, is always worth it.

 

Now, I will leave you with my style icons below:

 

Audrey Hepburn (The Classiest in Class!)

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Kate Middleton (Obvious)

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Queen Victoria (We are most amused!)

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Magenta from Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Oscar Wilde (No one can pull off a fur coat and pimp cane like he could. NO ONE)

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Rachel Berry of Glee

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The  Pretty Little Liars

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Kiera Knightley in ANY MOVIE

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Stevie Nicks

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and…the finale: my main fashion icon: Zooey Deschanel

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*I just want to note; this blog post is not meant to be scholarly or informed at all. I did not do research to write this and I will not be posting sources to back up my statements/opinions. These are merely my opinions and views that I have gathered throughout my somewhat limited years on this planet earth. Also, all of these pictures were found on a Google image search (except for the one of me of course; Google Molly Miller, and you will get a lot of images of fish….)

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Animal Personalities in Fantasy Novels

Animal Personalities in Fantasy Novels

This summer I completed two fantasy series, The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima and A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. Chima’s series is YA and Martin’s is adult. After reading these two series, and having been an avid fantasy (YA and otherwise) reader for many a year, I have really begun to notice the tropes and the novelties of the genre (my favorite genre, and the genre I write fiction in myself). One of the major similarities I’ve really begun to notice and think about is the use of animals to denote character personality traits.
In the Harry Potter series, the four Hogwarts Houses each have an animal to symbolize the key traits of that House (Slytherin, the serpent, accepts students for their “cunning”). As an added bonus, wizards and witches of the Harry Potter world can cast the patronus charm. If it is a corporeal patronus, it will manifest as an animal that has personality traits or great significance tied to the character (for instance, the meaning in Severus Snape’s doe patronus).
believe it or not, this is my desktop background! I love me some lions. House Lannister: Hear me roar!!!!
These animal symbols often aren’t just symbols for the characters to wear on a patch or signs for them to display (such as the House sigils in A Song of Ice and Fire). These assigned animals often manifest themselves in the story and play a great part in the characters’ lives: for example, Raisa (of the Gray Wolf Throne) can see the prophetic gray wolves who are her ancestors, sworn to protect her by giving her warnings.
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Another example would be the significance of Shae constantly calling Tyrion “My lion” (of the Lannister’s sigil), Daenarys’ ability to hatch three (real, non-sigil) dragons from stone, and the serpent Nagini which Voldemort uses as a final horcrux.
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This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot. While I’m sure there is already criticism on this, I think comparing the use of animal personalities in these three series specifically would make for a fascinating paper topic one day. Obviously, these are just loose thoughts and I still have a long way to go before making any major assertions. What animal do you think represents your own personality the most? Post these and any thoughts you might have on this subject–I’d love to hear what you guys think!

My animal is a lion: that makes me House Lannister and Gryffindor. Hear me roar!
gryffindor

(Ps. Just FYI, I was actually asked the question “What animal represents your working personality” in an interview when I was trying to get a job at a clothing store in a mall in high school. My humor was lost on the interviewer when I answered “An animal that can fold sweaters quickly!” I didn’t get the job, but no love lost there…I soon was hired at a bookstore, much more my speed)

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September 10, 2013 · 9:59 pm

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Plus Extras)

siege

“I know what you feel when you’re with the tracker,” he said.
“I doubt that.”
He gave a dismissive wave. “No, not the absurd pining you’ve yet to outgrow. I know the truth in your heart. The loneliness. The growing knowledge of your own difference.”
He leaned closer. “The ache of it.”
I tried to hide the shock of recognition that went through me. “I don’t know what you’re talking about, I said, but the words sounded false to my ears.
“It will never fade, Alina. It will only grow worse, no matter how many scarves you hide behind or what lies you tell, no mater how far or how fast you run.”
I tried to turn away, but he reached out and took hold of my chin, forcing me to look at him. He was so close I could feel his breath. “There are no others like us, Alina,” he whispered. “And there never will be.”
~Siege and Storm 54-55

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
This is the sequel to the wonderful Shadow and Bone
Siege picks up very close to where Shadow and Bone left off. Alina and Mal are on the run until they are captured once again by the elusive Darkling. This time, though the Darkling makes a mistake by buying the services of one privateer by the name of Sturmhond. However, Sturmhond’s plan all along was to create a mutiny and defy the Darkling. Alina, Mal, Sturmhond, and the crew are able to escape, but the Darkling still lives. He haunts Alina as she makes her way back to Os Alta to reorganize what’s left of the Grisha in order to assemble a force strong enough to take down the Darkling. But are the Darkling’s words true? Are they one and the same? As Alina’s power grows, she feels inevitably changed, but will she ever be strong enough to defeat the Darkling?

My thoughts on the novel are below, but be warned: there are wee spoilers here and there! (Yes I’ve now picked up using the word “wee” from my travels in Scotland, am working on mastering the brogue….it might take awhile)
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A Poem

Since it is National Poetry Month and  all, I thought I’d share one of my poems!

The beauty around us
is in the things that remain
that wait to be picked up,
swept away,
into the neat corners
of our hospital bed world.
It is in the blue painted shards
of broken glass,
the yellowed, discarded condoms,
the brown, crusty leaves that pile up.

It is in the spilled blood,
the gray and white strewn feathers,
the measures of a life spent in flight.

For what is more beautiful
than things about to be taken away,
but always linger on the edges,
these steadfast reminders
that life will go on?

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INCONCEIVABLE!

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Ten things I have found absolutely inconceivable since moving to Austin, Texas. (Not in any particular order).

1. How good a Torchy’s Tacos taco is.

2. Bicyclists in the left lanes of major roads throughout the city: what do you think this is???? A world where we (automobile drivers) actually share the road with cyclists????

3. In order to buy quarters from HEB it costs a minimum of $10 and 20 cents. I’m just a poor graduate student trying not to smell like I’ve fallen into the Bog of Eternal Stench (from the movie Labyrinth), you know?

4. The amount of churches in just a two mile radius in Hyde Park.

5. Kerbey Lane’s seasonal pancake flavors. Word.

6. The Austin Teen Book Festival. You mean….there’s an event in Texas that actually exists where I get to see a plethora of my favorite authors speak and they sign my books? It’s just truly….well the title says it all.

7. The amount of homeless persons congregated in front of the Co-Op on a Monday morning playing on banjos and guitars singing songs about the many wonderful merits of a special lady in their lives, “Mary Jane.”

8. ZILKER PARK!

9. For all the amazing, multicultural restaurants and gourmet dining experiences to be found here in Austin, all anyone can ever seem to talk about are the (let’s face it: semi-disgusting) breakfast tacos–not to be confused with the aforementioned amazing Torchy’s.

10. How much it costs to live here. Seriously, we aren’t in California. This is TEXAS people. It should never cost this much to live in a state that reaches temperatures of 100 on a daily basis in the summer months.

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