I am critiquing 3 manuscripts for the Fairwood Writers workshop. I have 8 panels and 2 readings! I'll be a busy.
On Friday night, I'll read part of Bottle Aggression a noir, near-future police procedural I wrote with my friend Jude-Marie Green.
Saturday, at the BroadUniverse Rapid Fire Reading, I'll read a portion of "Cranes' Return," which will be published by Guardbridge Books later this year in "Tales of the Sunrise Lands, An Anthology of Japanese Fantasy."
I hope to see some of you at my readings, especially Saturday night. And my writing partner Jude-Marie will be reading at the Broad Universe and reading at 1 pm Sunday. You should go, she's a great reader and a great writer. (She hasn't decided what she'll read. Maybe a little more of Bottle Aggression?) Zip over to her website at https://judemarie.wordpress.com/ to see her schedule.
What is a Story?
3:00pm - 4:00pm @ Cascade 9
Marta Murvosh (M), Cat Rambo, Curtis C. Chen, Nancy Kress, James C. Glass
Beat Writer's Block
5:00pm - 6:00pm @ Cascade 3&4
James C. Glass (M), Adam Rakunas, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Marta Murvosh
Writing to Market
6:00pm - 7:00pm @ Cascade 7&8
Tori Centanni (M), Annie Bellet, Marta Murvosh, Brenda Carre, Tegan Moore
Escher Girls & the Hawkeye Initiative
9:00pm - 10:00pm @ Evergreen 1&2
Jeliza Patterson-McGuire (M), Lee Moyer, Liz Argall, Marta Murvosh
How to Critique Art
7:00pm - 8:00pm @ Cascade 9
Jeliza Patterson-McGuire (M), Lee Moyer, Mimi Noyes, Marta Murvosh, Laura Tempest Zakroff
Reading: Marta Murvosh
8:30pm - 9:00pm @ Cascade 2
Marta Murvosh (M)
Comics for Younger Readers
11:00am - 12:00pm @ Cascade 5&6
Marta Murvosh (M), Spencer Ellsworth, Adia, Minim Calibre, Brenna Clarke Gray
Toxic Masculinity as Villain
2:00pm - 3:00pm @ Cascade 11
Joseph Brassey (M), Erik Scott de Bie, Elliott Kay, Marta Murvosh
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
8:00pm - 10:00pm @ Cascade 3&4
Marta Murvosh (M), Brenda Carre, Carol Berg, Jude-Marie Green, Cat Rambo, Dawn Vogel, J Tullos Hennig, Janka Hobbs, Chrysoula Tzavelas (Author) and Krista Wallace
3:00pm - 4:00pm @ Cascade 12
Marta Murvosh (M), Manny Frishberg, Liz Argall, Jack Skillingstead
Movers & Shakers:
I'm working on profiles for Library Journal's Movers and Shakers issue, which is due out in March. I can't tell you who the movers are but the are fabulous. I've worked on LJ's Movers since 2011 and just love them.
When I cut back on non-fiction three years ago, Movers are one of the assignments that I love too much to say no to. I compromise with just a handful of profiles, instead of 15.
Here’s a link to 2016 Movers & Shakers so you can see get your fix of amazing library people. But in mid-March, they will all be posted.
I also sold my short story "Cranes' Return" this past November to Guardbridge Books' anthology "Tales of the Sunrise Lands, An Anthology of Japanese Fantasy."
The story follows a Kishotenketsu structure with a slight modification. My friends and writing pals Jude-Marie Green and Langley Hyde helped me make it a better story. And my friend Jennifer Carter kept asking me to give her stories to read stories with cranes in them.
And I'll share the story's start line after editing and when there's a firm publication date.
Meanwhile, you might consider checking out the Guardbridge anthos "Myriad Lands" volumes 1 and 2, and other offerings. Myriad Lands features Mary Anne Mohanraj, Tanith Lee and other talented writers.
Or a list of panels you can heckle me at.
I'd rather not be heckled. More importantly, it would be extremely rude to put my fellow panelists through that. And I'm sure you all know librarians frown on rude.
This is my third year as a pro panelist at Norwescon. I'll be critiquing four manuscripts for the Writing Workshop, (run by the Fairwood Writers,) moderating panels and two Guest of Honor Q&As, and helping with the Artists' Workshop.
Dawn Vogel and I are coordinating the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading, where we'll also read a selection of our own works. I may be lucky enough to have my own reading, not sure just yet.
Here's my tentative schedule:
Fri 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Grand 3
GOH02 - GOH Q&A: Janny Wurts - (I'm moderating.)
Fri 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Grand 3
GOH03 - GOH Q&A: Dr. William Hartmann (again with the Marta moderation.)
Sat 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Evergreen 3&4
MISC13 - Finding Diverse Voices & Characters in SF/F
Marta Murvosh (M), Cat Rambo, J. F. High, Lisa Bolekaja
Sat 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Cascade 9
EP02 - The Art of Critique
Marta Murvosh (M), Caroline M. Yoachim, Leslie Howle, Suzanne Brahm, Jeremy Zimmerman
Sat 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Cascade 12
YOU06 - Tips for Young Writers
Marta Murvosh (M), Elizabeth Guizzetti, Renee Stern
Sat 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Cascade 12
ART11 - Book Cover Hero(ines)
Marta Murvosh (M), Don Maitz, Lee Moyer
Sat 7:00pm - 9:00pm - Cascade 10
MISC11 - The Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
I'll update after in mid-February once Dawn and I have the roster of writers who will read.
Some things may change and I'll post updates closer to the convention.
Library Journal, the trade magazine covering librarianship, asked me to write Movers & Shakers profiles for 2016.
Five of the roughly 50 Movers & Shakers profiles appearing in LJ's mid-March issue will be penned by me.
I'm terribly excited because there are some amazing people being featured this year.
And I can't breathe a word about them until the stories post in mid-March. I'll post here and on my Facebook as the stories go live and I carve out the time to post. (March will be really busy with Teen Tech Month, Norwescon and a very important birthday!)
Meanwhile, if you're hungry for more check out the 2015 Movers & Shakers at LJ.
I'm really, really excited to be organizing the Broad Universe's Rapid Fire Reading 7-9 pm Friday, Aug. 21 at Sasquan in Spokane.
That's the World Science Fiction Convention for all the non-SF/F-nerds out there.
The Rapid Fire Reading will feature 20 women each read 5 minutes from their latest novels or stories. It will be fast, fun, and fabulous!
For me, the Hugo is an award that says a book is fabulous, shows me something new and different, blows my mind with magic, technology, setting, culture and/or concept and above all make it accessible, immediate and visceral. I need to be able to fall into the world, into the character without feeling hitches and jerks and I need to feel deeply connected to the characters and their plight.
Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword is my pick for first.
Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor puts me in a quandary as to which book should be second place.
Ancillary Sword was not what I expected. I was expecting a imperialist space opera with a helping of milSF.
That wasn’t what I got. It was a very personal story, and I’m pretty happy with that.
Ancillary Sword is the second book in the Imperial Radch series. The first is Ancillary Justice, which I haven't read. Some reviewers have compared this series to the C. S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower series because Leckie is all about the personal.
Ancillary Sword is a space opera, just not what some people might think a space opera should be. It was very personal, not far flung, and in some ways reminded me of Iain Banks' Matter (in his Culture series.)
Ancillary Sword made my mind stretch. And it’s not because of the dominate use of the feminine pronoun. (Dudes, I cut my teen SF reading teeth on Ursula K. Le Guin's gender bending stories.)
It made my mind stretch because the protagonist Breq is trying to live ethically and justly in an unethical and unjust world, and she’s not perfect but she does care about doing the right thing
I was honored to help write five profiles about six library professionals for Library Journal's Movers and Shakers issue. They are Change Agents Perry Genovesi & Adam Feldman at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Advocate Jasmine Africawala at Dallas Public Library, Advocate Alison Macrina of the Library Freedom Project, Boston, Advocate T-Kay Sangwand of the University Of Texas Libraries, Austin, and Community Builder Sharona Ginsberg of MakerBridge.
It's my fifth year writing Movers & Shakers profiles. I'm always amazed at the talent in the library profession. Profiles will go live throughout this week.
Music librarians Perry Genovesi and Adam Feldman at the Free Library of Philadelphia help teens learn a language to discuss their favorite tunes by helping young people think like music critics. For more read Library Journal.
Jasmine Africawala saw patrons impacted by cuts to programs that help people learn English and earn their GED and used her experience with literacy volunteer groups to find ways for the Dallas Public Library to offer programs. As part of DPL’s Homeless Engagement Initiative, she found ways to improve the relationships between staff and patrons who are homeless. Read more about Africawala and other Advocates like her in Library Journal.
Archivist T-Kay Sangwand helps bring us the stories of people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Rwanda and other countries torn by violence. If it were not for Sangwand's work with human rights groups and fellow archivists and historians around the world, we would never know about the stories of people who were marginalized or victims or war and genocide. Read about Sangwand and other Advocates in the Movers and Shakers at Library Journal.
Alison Macrina leveraged her technology know-how and passion for protecting library patrons privacy into an organization that helps libraries and librarians learn how to prevent surveillance of their patrons. Learn more about Macrina who is director of the Library Freedom Project and other Advocates in Library Journal's Movers & Shakers edition. Grants are allowing Macrina to take her workshops nationwide.
In Arapahoe Library District, Colorado, Oli Sanidas has helped patrons get their hands on the newest technology so they can test out virtual reality headsets and other cutting edge devices and has transformed ALD branches into community hubs. Sanidas is one of the educators. For more about him and other educators who were named Movers & Shakers, see Library Journal.
Sharona Ginsberg is building an online community of librarians interested in maker spaces so that their peers have a place to go to find tips about the maker movement. Ginsberg's MakerBridge Project also looks for makers who are not the typical white male techno-geek portrayed in the media to highlight the true diversity of the maker movement. For more Community Builders who are Movers & Shakers, see Library Journal.
Thank you to all the Movers and Shakers for being so inspiring.
Pulp & Pixels:
An occasional blog with thoughts on words, books, tech, and of course, libraries.
Pulp & Pixels reflects Marta Murvosh's viewpoint and does not represents the library system that she works for, the publications she freelances for, or any of the professional associations that she belongs to.
Of course, if she happens say how much any of those organizations rocks, she expects there would be agreement on those points.
Find more reviews of teen books from a class on YA library services at Murvosh Reads