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Sci-Fi November is in Full Swing!
Thanks so much to all of our amazing participants this year. The first week has been jam-packed with great discussions, reviews, author interviews and chats, and more. Make sure to check out the schedule on our Sci-Fi Month Information and Resource page if you haven’t already! We’re looking forward to everything you guys have planned for the next three weeks! (And a special thanks to Asti to has been incredible and keeping up with ALL of the posts and making sure the @SciFiMonth twitter account never sits idle!)
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley explored mind control methods in science fiction.
- Asti revealed her new bingo card for Sci-Fi Month 2014.
- Kelley reviewed Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis.
- Asti reviewed Parasite by Mira Grant.
- Our first SFM blogger panel discussed the definition of sci-fi.
- Day 3 of the Bookish Games: Ready Player One edition began.
And in other news, Kelley is really excited about the cute little sliders she’s employed on our Bookish Bingo Cards page and also on our Bookish Guides page. Aren’t they coooool?! (Kelley gets easily excited about these types of things. ;))
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
Well, this week has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me. I think I’ve finally realized just how impossible this getting-a-job-in-London thing is. I know, I know. I’m amazing so why wouldn’t I get a job? Surely there has to be something out there? What I don’t think many of my wonderful and supporting friends realize is that this country doesn’t want more people living here. They don’t want people staying here, taking up whatever little space they have and possibly using their benefits, when they already have so many people here. And I can’t say I blame them, it just really sucks for someone like me who wants nothing more than to just be with the person I love and work in the industry I want to be in.
I don’t want to spend more time on this than I have to, other than to say that this has been really hard for me. I feel like over the past year I’ve finally found myself thinking of London as home. I’ve made more friends here in this past year than I have over the last five years in the States. I love the publishing industry – my placements have been interesting and I’ve met some amazing people. And I absolutely love every minute I spend with Dave. There’s just so many little things I appreciate about London and I’m sad to think that each day brings me closer to the end of this amazing experience.
I’m going to try and keep my head up and enjoy my remaining time here, but if for some reason over the next three months I don’t quite seem like myself, this is probably why. I have no idea what I’m going to do once I have to move home – job-wise, relationship-wise, me-wise. There’s just a lot of unknowns floating around my head, and that’s always scary to deal with. But I’m going to do my best to keep things up blogging-wise and to be my usually book-loving self. I know I have tons of amazing friends in the book blogging community who love and support me, and to each and every one of you I just want to say thank you. <3
In Kelley’s Life…
The Cat Saga Continues this week with one neighbor joining me in the attempt to feed and water all the kitties, and another neighbor griping about all the cats “ruining her stuff” (she has 2 pretty sad-looking potted plants…). And since cats don’t observe Daylight Savings Time, it took almost the whole week for Squeakers to figure out when I leave for work and when I get home, so he can greet me with snuggles and squeaks. ^_^
In other news, my sister and I are hardcore and went to three awesome author events, three nights in a row. And because we went to all three, we won prizes from all of the authors involved! Pretty sweet, if you ask me! I got to meet the lovely Alex Bracken, whose blog posts I’ve long been a fan of on Pub(lishing) Crawl, and I got to meet one of my favorites: Robin LaFevers!
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
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On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Ashley says she cares about her numbers.
- Alysia talks about blogging slumps (including her own).
- Rachel discusses 8 blogging myths you must overcome.
- Ashley shares some posts she wasn’t inspired to finish.
- Ashley asks: do you schedule posts to go up during your vacation?
- Amanda talks about those times when blog promotion goes too far.
- Asheley explains how she came out of her latest blogging slump.
- Laura wants to know: how do you do monthly wrap ups?
- Amber discusses comments vs. page views.
- Kelly shares her guide to lazy blogging.
- Kaitlin explains what she does if she DNFs an E-ARC for Edelweiss.
- Wicked Junkee discusses bad arguments against negative reviews.
- Alice wants to know how you like your book reviews (survey).
- Erin shares her thoughts on DNF reviews.
- Allie looks at the review vs discussion debate.
- Melanie discusses the difficulty of reviewing series.
- Glass talks about negative reviews and one-star ratings.
design & photography
- Ashley explains how to find your own design style.
- Josephine talks about book photography on white backgrounds.
- Georgie explains how to draw with light (photography tips).
- Sunny lists her top ten blog design pet peeves.
- Parajunkee shares some free social icons for book bloggers.
- Ashley explains why she doesn’t like WordPress theme frameworks.
- Amy takes the 777 challenge.
- Chuck Wendig offers a list of NaNoWriMo tips.
- Chuck Wendig has two writing-related questions for you.
- Here are some NaNoWriMo success stories to keep you writing.
- Chuck Wendig on the breadcrumbs at the beginning of the story.
Things Bookworms Think About
a reader’s life
- Ren talks about finding your favorite author.
- Alana asks: how do you feel about lending your precious books?
- Kristen talks about “good” authors writing “bad” books.
- Chyna highlights different resources for getting updated on hot titles.
- Shae shares what she thinks of when she thinks of Bloomsbury.
- Mitchii debunks shippers’ stereotypes.
- Laura wants to know if you trust your gut or take a risk when making book reading decisions.
book covers and acknowledgements
- A discussion with the cover designer for Inked!
- Claire talks about book covers that never were… but should be.
- Lucy can’t stop reading acknowledgement pages.
different types of reads
- Celine talks about the art of the fun book.
- Shae shares her thoughts on graphic novels.
- Jamie talks about holiday reads.
- Celine is searching for finished series.
iNside the books
- Julie and Rose chat about paranormal creatures.
- Emz investigates plot holes and missing information.
- Charley talks about the problems with love triangles.
- Gillian discusses YA characters with romantic pasts.
- Emz rants about romances in YA novels.
- Ruby is obsessed with ideas found in books.
- Genevieve talks about common archetypes: invisible bisexuals.
- Chiara wonders if you would really fall in love with a bad boy if he were real.
- Asheley reflects on rereading and how it changes her thoughts on a book.
- Chyna wants to know if you re-read your favorite books.
- Val wonders how you REALLY feel about not reading the book first.
- Mel (sarcastically) explains how to make a great movie adaptation.
- Patrick Rothfuss recommends books with intricate fantasy world building.
- Robin LaFevers discusses her 5 favorite folktales and legends of Brittany.
- Kelly shares a list of YA books in translation.
- Hannah looks back on BEA 2014 to decide if it was worth it.
- Jessi shares her tips for YALLFest 2014.
- Kayla and Nara give us a sci-fi genre break-down.
- Ana talks about well-written alien civilizations.
- Lola shares her journey into science-fiction.
- Sarah highlights the sci-fi game Duke Nukem.
- Deanna makes her choice between Star Wars and Star Trek.
- Annie wants to know: what are YOUR favorite sci-fi tropes?
- Bieke features her top sci-fi books and movies.
- Rinn highlights her top sci-fi novels of the year.
- Nara shares some top sci-fi anime.
- Trish made a name-that-book challenge (with prizes)!
- Margot’s made a new fauxto inspired by The Girl at Midnight.
- Sarah bakes November Cakes from The Scorpio Races.
- Lyn puts together a Book Lover Holiday Shopping Guide.
- Emily is back with her latest batch of Loony Blurbs.
- Aimee will give you money if you’ve done any of these things.
- Rachel and Alexa recreate Anna’s (from Anna and the French Kiss) adventures in New York.
- Emily asks: is The Force a religion?
- What type of perfectionist are you? Take the quiz to find out! (Asti is the Prodigy Perfectionist.)
- Kayla gives us some insight into how her synesthesia works.
- Here’s the first step toward Wade’s haptic rig from Ready Player One!
- Leigh explains how Sleeping Beauty is accidentally the most feminist animated movie Disney ever made.
Videos of the Week
- And here’s another trailer for Into the Woods!
- Here’s the final trailer for the final Hobbit movie.
- Have you ever missed your stop because of a book?
- Kelley can’t stop laughing at Key & Peele’s Continental Breakfast.
- Check out what happens when this dude brings his cat to the vet.
So, how was your week?