If we were having coffee… Welcome to Night Vale edition

Sometimes, coffee is hot. Sometimes, coffee is cold. Sometimes, it’s a gibbering mass from outside our time and space.

Welcome to Night Vale.

*cue opening music by Disparition*

If we were having coffee, I would definitely tell you that I have spent the week listening to a new podcast – Welcome to Night Vale. This one comes to me highly recommended by a number of sources. The problem before hasn’t been interest, more just that I had not integrated podcasts into my life at all.

I was dubious after just listening to the pilot. The community radio style they’re going for, the NPR style they’re going for, is not something I’ve listened to before. The Lovecraftian subject matter, the Arkham-Horror-card style descriptions and strong sense of genre-awareness, is something I could listen to. So by the second episode, well, there was a line that hooked me…

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I’m not the only one. There’s merch with that on it!

This has me thinking about a short story project I’ve been planning. The Mists of Juneau. What I’ve been needing is not a plot or a feel, but a voice. And while I don’t want to rip off Night Vale’s voice, I do think that level of genre awareness could be just the right thing.

And now, I bring you the weather.

I’ve also been processing a lot more digital files at the library this week – including the university’s literary journal. So I think I have a place I’d like to see if I could get The Mists of Juneau published. Which means I also have a deadline. Which with that, it should be everything I need…

Assuming time continues to exist in such a way that I can make that deadline. There’s no guarantee of that. There’s no guarantee of anything.

How about you – ever listen to Welcome to Night Vale? If not, the librarian in me would recommend the Summer Reading Program. But until next time, good night, Night Vale.

Good Night.

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Science Fiction Today – Libraries (The Sunday Re-Blog)

Comparative Geeks

LLast week we lined up Health Care and Immunization, and this week it’s Knowledge and Libraries. A couple of sets of things that go hand-in-hand as we look at the future. And while Holly and I might be outsiders looking in at the world of health care, there’s an inside-track when it comes to libraries: I am a librarian. So I have to try to make this post not about that…

What this post is about is the fact that libraries don’t always appear prominently in Science Fiction – though they feature prominently in Fantasy. Often there are other ways the information is kept or passed on in Science Fiction – the sorts of things Holly talked about yesterday with Knowledge. In  a world where all of human knowledge is at our fingertips… what does the future of libraries look like?

Libraries in Fantasy

“Libraries really are wonderful. They’re…

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Making Comics and Graphic Novels with Kazu Kibuishi – The Sunday Reblog

If you get a chance to see a writer at work and talking about their craft… I highly recommend it. I got to watch graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi at work at the recent Alaska Library Association conference, and it was just amazing. And so I wrote one of my longest ever posts…

Comparative Geeks

Last week I wrote quite a rant about comics, and about how I don’t find them to be a bad thing. I tried to also stress the point that this hasn’t made me blind to the state of the world, doesn’t make me a child. Well, somewhere in the process of writing the rant, I got it all pretty much out of my system.

Kazu Kibuishi Presentation - Amulet Covers

Which was a good thing, because the next day, I had the opportunity to see graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi presenting on “Making Comics and Graphic Novels.” And I pretty much came at this with my mind clear, which led to five and a half pages of notes (taken on my iPhone no less). There’s no way I can include all of the insights from Kazu, so at the very least, I need to pretty much leave myself out from here.

Kazu is known for a number…

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Run like you have to get to the library.

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A Step in the Right Direction!

As I have been trying to grow my writing presence here, there hasn’t been much talk for a while about one of my other many hats – the library. Well, as of this week, I am now full-time employed in a library! Since getting my Library Science degree last year, I have been working part-time at the local university library, and they have bumped me to full-time.

I’m excited, as this is a step closer to being a full-time librarian. I had been doing some minor professional work as a reference librarian, working the desk for some of the extended hours (evenings, weekends) and some during the day at times as well. Now, doing reference work has been written into my job description! So more and more of good experience, and of the library showing trust and faith in me.

As to my writing, you may well be like “hey David, why didn’t you do more while you were part-time employed?” Well, a lot of that time was taken up by working other jobs – the reference work, and other part-time jobs. Breaking into a career is hard work, and as one interviewer put it, what I have been doing “shows a lot of sacrifice.” I think that going through this whole process has taught me and shown me a lot – and I hope that it shows me most of all that it’s going to be a lot of work and sacrifice to become a writer!

So the math is funny, as I’m not at the most money I’ve ever made, but I am at the highest hourly rate I’ve ever made. Moving upward, and no overtime, so I’ll take it as a plus. I’m happy, and more secure, and that’s all to the good. So thanks for listening to a moment of my personal life, and I hope your life has you in a good place as well!

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Banned Book Week 2014 - Student Responses

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