I’m a Book Club Leader: All Shall Love Me and Despair!

October went by in a flash, so here are some personal updates!

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I was put in charge of the New England Science Fiction Association’s (NESFA) Reading Group, which is a monthly book club that meets in Somerville MA. I’ll be organizing the schedule and leading discussions (really, just asking questions to get readers talking).

I’m excited! I joined NESFA to get exposed to new SF books/ get to know the industry better, so I’m glad to give back.

This November 30th (7pm) we’re reading Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology.

This January we’re doing a throwback and reading Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama.

If you’re in the area, feel free to join!

Other Stuff:
As for writing, I’m nose-deep in NaNoWriMo, and it’s going sorta well. I keep resisting the urge to edit/worldbuild. Hoping to get to that 50k mark! I have some short works I’m editing, and one of them is a rewrite + resubmit request from an editor I really want to work with, so here’s hoping I can succeed!

Also, my baby and I were awesome this Halloween:

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The tiniest officer in Star Fleet

Excelsior!

Of Course I Spent St. Patty’s At A SciFi Book Club WTF Did You Do?

Yup.

I spent St. Patrick’s day at a science fiction book club discussing John Scalzi’s Redshirts with a bunch of guys my dad’s age.

Just to contrast ourselves to socially amiable people wearing greenshirts. Also there was no booze, also fanny packs were present.Why are you asking how high school went? Why is that relevant?

Shirt color aside, Redshirts was amazingly fun and hilarious.

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The Picardigan!

“The pulse gun is ineffective against Borgovian Land Worms!” Davis heard Science Officer Q’eeng say over the unspeakable noise of thrashing worms. “The frequency of the pulse sends them into a frenzy. Ensign Davis has just called every worm in the area!”

You couldn’t have told me this before I fired? Davis wanted to scream. You couldn’t have said, Oh, by the way, don’t fire a pulse gun at a Borgovian Land Worm at our mission briefing? On the ship? At which we discussed landing on Borgovia? Which has fucking land worms?

I needed it. Read it if you find yourself needing a laugh.