Reviews of speculative fiction, YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, along with stray thoughts, links, and pictures.
I did actually finish a couple of books this weekend, and now have a small backlog of reviews to write, but I want to take a moment to discuss some projects projects for this blog.
2018 Hugo Ballot Project
This year's edition of the same series I ran last year: a series of posts reviewing categories in this year's Hugo ballot. I'll be discussing the entries, the voter packet, and my ballot. I've nominated and voted most years since 2011, when I figured out that all I had to do was join Worldcon to get to do so. Last year, Series was ratified and YA is also now on the ballot, though the name hasn't been finalized. I'm working on these posts right now, but they may not all appear until after voting has formally closed. There is a lot to write about.
Fantasy Flights Project
I joined a book club last year that meets at a local tap room. Beer and speculative fiction, what could go wrong. Rather than getting together to discuss a specific book, we have a theme each month and trade recommendations. Each month, I've spent a bit more time thinking through what I want to bring, and pulling odd bits of trivia for titles. I'm not sure it's enough for a monthly column, but may as well give that a try.
Year in Review Project
Seems like I should have topics for next year's Year in Review. I'll do the same summary style post (with counts, best reads, and basic stats), the rape post, and a post comparing planned to actual 2018 titles read. I may also do an Owl Crate review after having the service for several months (but not the whole year). Any other topics I should be tackling?
All that, plus still trying to get at least a small review for every novel I read and keep up with the gardening. Ha.