I finished my last Movers & Shakers profile today (until next year. ) I love writing those.
Now I'm all ready for the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Soooo much to do there.
Then back to work on Tuesday just in time to have fun with tweens and Ozobots.
Don't forget to check out Library Journal in March. These Movers are fabulous. (I know I say that every year but it's true.) And a few might be at ALA Midwinter 2019.
It took me a while to realize I hadn't posted links to the five profiles I wrote for Library Journal's Movers & Shakers issue from back in March.
I also realized that I hadn't updated my Recent Clips with any clips since 2015 or 2016.
My nonfiction bibliography is now updated. I added Life + Library | Innovation, a story about libraries partnering affordable housing groups to offer a building with low-cost rentals for seniors in the same building as a library, and Community Central, about the now-open Wichita, KS, Central library.
Back to this year's Movers.
I can't say how much of a privileged it is to write about the innovators, change agents and other stupendous folks in the library world.
I've been writing Movers and Shakers profiles since late 2010 and I've interviewed about 90 people over the past 8 years. (Those of you who wonder why I'm so busy during the winter holidays, this is why.)
This year, I was excited to interview:
So everything is now up-to-date until June.
Sometimes next month, an article I wrote for VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) with my colleague Danielle Dreger-Babbitt will post online. More after that is published. Or more two or three months from now because that's my blogging track record.)
Wait, next month is tomorrow. Noooooo!
Graphic novels, writers workshop, diversity, YA, Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading, freelancing and getting beyond sexism, etc.
Adia (second from left) is schooling us all at 2017's graphic novels for young readers panel.
Here's my Norwescon Schedule:
I'll be at the con helping with the Writers Workshop but no other panels. I expect to be at the Small Press Party and of course bar.con with an ice tea in hand.
Reading: Marta Murvosh
11:30am - 12:00pm @ Cascade 4
I'll be reading "Mothers and Daughters" and giving away chocolate (dark, just like my fiction.) I'll also give away a copy of Tales of the Sunrise Lands, an Anthology of Japanese Fantasy (Guardbridge Books, 2017) which includes my story “Cranes’ Return” and the sublime Richard Parks, as well as other writers you should read. If there is time, I'll read the starting scene from another dark delight.
Writing Comics for the Younger Generation
12:00pm - 1:00pm @ Cascade 7 & 8
Marta Murvosh (M), Adia, G. Willow Wilson
I'm terribly excited about this panel because Adia and G. Willow Wilson! Adia was so much fun last year on the young readers comic panel and G. Willow Wilson! (I will stop fan girling now, really, I'll stop soon.)
Diversity And Representation In Youth Literature/Media
3:00pm - 4:00pm @ Cascade 12
Marta Murvosh (M), Brenna Clarke Gray, Susan Chang, Kate Ristau
Don't miss this panel. This will be a great one and I don't just say that because I'm moderating. This is a great line up of pros.
Intersectionality and Comics
4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Cascade 11
Minim Calibre (M), Marta Murvosh, Donna Barr, Gabriel de los Angeles
Another important panel.
YA's Role In Genre
1:00pm - 2:00pm @ Evergreen 1 & 2
Marta Murvosh (M), Jennifer Brozek, Tina Connolly, Susan Chang, Fonda Lee
I'm super excited for this panel. Fonda and I were talking about YA in speculative fiction at World Fantasy and it will be super interesting to discuss this topic with talented writers and editors who are making major contributions to the field.
I Am a Teenage Geek
2:00pm - 3:00pm @ Cascade 5 & 6
Marta Murvosh (M), Gabe, Ryo, Gabe Ewing
Teenagers telling it like it is. Awesome.
7:00pm - 8:00pm @ Olympic 1
Lisa Mantchev (M), Amélie Mantchev, Marta Murvosh
Lisa is letting me bring a maker project, miniature light sabers made out of glow sticks, duct tape and decorated with a sharpie.
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
8:00pm - 10:00pm @ Cascade 12
Marta Murvosh (M), Dawn Vogel, Amanda Cherry, J Tullos Hennig, Janka Hobbs, Nikki McCormack, Tina LeCount Myers, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Erin Wilcox. Nine writers, each with 8 minutes, come find your new favorite writer, enter the drawing, eat the chocolate.
10:00am - 11:00am @ Cascade 11
Marta Murvosh (M), Laura Anne Gilman, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
The writers on this panel will have great advice to share.
Beyond the Chain Maille Bikini
2:00pm - 3:00pm @ Cascade 5 & 6
Marta Murvosh (M), Christen N. Sowards, Liz Courts
This is going to be fun and (I hope) take us to a new level.
Guest Pro Squee!
I was invited to be guest pro at the 2017 World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio, Texas. My friend Jude-Marie Green and I used the convention as a chance to visit the city and tour the historic sites and tourists' traps.
I moderated a panel The Women Men Don't Read Or Do They? and was asked at the last minute to be a panelists on a graphic novel panel. Both were tons of fun.
Jude-Marie organized the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading and that was fast and furious and a blast.
Something that I didn't know about Jude-Marie, even though we've been friends for almost 12 years, she's an amazing baker.
She made these yummy ginger cookies with lemon frosting for the Tiptree Bake Sale and they sold out. Fortunately, she had some crumbled cookies that she allowed me to sample to ensure quality control.
The two of us loved the city's River Walk and it inspired a setting and character for me. Now I just have to flesh out a plot. Well, a plot that will fit into 5,000 words, not 10,000.
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!
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 written for a class on YA library services at Murvosh Reads.