Speculative Chic Round Up: Week 2

Wonder-Woman-Teaser-posterHave you discovered Speculative Chic, yet? We just finished our SECOND full week of posts, and below is what you may have missed:

On Monday, Nancy sat down with Sharon, Casey, and Carey to discuss their Favorite Things: spoiler alert: Lindsey Stirling, Heavy Metal Comedies, and Female Superheroes are involved!

Then Tuesday brought us our second Sound Off! where Nancy, Keyes, J.L. Gribble, Betsy, Whitney, and Sherry all told yours truly what they REALLY thought of Star Trek Beyond. Spoiler alert: comments get controversial!

Wednesday brought us the second book in our Hugo Best Novel examinations with Snow Crash-loving Keyes thoroughly examining Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves. She tells us the good, the bad, and the perplexing. The amazing woman even read the book twice!

On Thursday, our convention-guru Venessa Giunta sat down to explain what conventions are, why you should go, and most importantly, HOW TO SURVIVE. I’m telling you, I wish I had this advice two years ago.

113Last but not least, our Creativity Coach Sherry Peters came back on Friday to talk about the value of having a creative outlet, and how there needs to be no other goal than creativity for creativity’s sake. For someone like me who has to make EVERYTHING competitive, it’s a damn good reminder.

What about next week? NEXT WEEK WILL BE EPIC! It’s the first week we’ll be doubling up: not EVERY day, but at least TWO days: you’ll get one post first thing in the morning, as usual, and then another will go live in the afternoon (assuming you’re on the East Coast, of course). We’re wrapping up our Hugo Best novel reviews with Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Jim Butcher’s The Aeronaut’s Windlass, and Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy. We’ll also have our weekly mash-up of favorite things, and a few other treats besides!

So don’t miss out! You can’t guarantee I’ll remember to put up these round-ups EVERY week, so the best way to get every post is follow the blog or subscribe to the feed,and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, where our moderators are doing more than mirroring Spec Chic posts: you’ll find a TON of fun, extra goodies!

And if you’re already there? Be sure to show the love: like what you like, share what you want others to see! And feel free to stay in touch: is there something you’re hoping to see on our ‘zine? Just let us know!

This concludes my weekly, shameless plug for attention. You may now continue about your regularly scheduled activities.

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Speculative Chic Round Up: Week 1.5

fifth-season_0I don’t intend do to this every week, but it’s been a week and a half since Speculative Chic launched, and I wanted to give you all a chance to see what kind of awesome my contributors have been publishing. So, if you haven’t yet started following Speculative Chic (the best way is subscribing through email/Wordpress), here’s what you may have missed:

Welcome to Speculative Chic

Sound Off! Ghostbusters

My Favorite Things: Soundtrack Love, Fairytale Dectectives, and Awesome Aps

You Can’t Kill The Truth: Re-Reading Mira Grant’s Newsflesh Series Part One: Feed

51OXCIqV26L._SX277_BO1,204,203,200_Broken Earth, Broken Characters: A Review of N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season

Welcome to the Bookstore

Dear Sherry: Scared to Share

As you can see, we’ve already got a lot of content to sift through, and that’s not going to change! Excepting weekends, you can expect to see at least one new post daily, and the content varies from fangirling, commentary, reviews, writing advice, and the inner workings of bookstores. And it varies week to week!

So if you haven’t checked us out yet, please do! Feel free to like posts and comment on those that catch your interest: let Spec Chic’s authors know how much you appreciate their work!

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Announcing: Speculative Chic

So, if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know I’ve been jabbering about SEKRIT PROJECTS!!!  Sekrit Project #1 was Calico in Conversation, now wrapping up its second month and going into the third.

But Sekrit Project #2 is much bigger. Bigger, more complex, and a little bit crazy.

Guys? With a little help from my friends, I’ve started a fanzine.

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That’s right. A FANZINE. For those of you who used to follow me in my book blogging days, consider this a SUPER BLOG, with far more people contributing than little ole me, as well as a diversification of content. Yes, there will be book reviews, but contributors are talking about movies, writing, conventions, cosplay, music, games…. all kinds of things!

So please, go visit Speculative Chic.com. Learn what we’re about, see what we have to say. Follow us any way you can: subscribe, email, social media, whatever works best for you. And please, if you like what you see, or if you’re remotely interested, please spread the word!

I’m super excited to finally unveil this to you, as this has been in the works for MONTHS, and it’s already involved blood, sweat, and tears.

Welcome to Speculative Chic

Please enjoy. And while I continue to toil away with both Calico in Conversation and Speculative Chic, it’s time for me to embark on . . . you guessed it . . . yet another SEKRIT PROJECT. Three Sekrit Projects in a year…. I’m not sure how I’m going to survive all of this!

Introducing Calico in Conversation

I’ve been working on some SEKRIT PROJECTS the past few months, and of the two, one is finally coming to fruition!

Back in February, I put up a side bar: Authors I Know. The purpose of this was to bring some recognition to the writers who labored in the trenches with me and have managed to get out there and get their wonderful words in the hands of the public. This post gave me an idea: why stop there? Why not highlight them individually? And how would I do that?

The result: Calico in Conversation: an organic interview where I would start off each interviewee with the same question, and then see where the conversation takes us.

So it’s with great excitement, and some trepidation, that Calico in Conversation kicks off next Tuesday, June 7th, with part one of my interview with Maria V. Snyder, author of the recently published Night Study, and one of the most prolific authors I know personally.

Yes, you read that right: PART ONE. Maria and I got into chatting so much that the interview has to be broken into THREE parts, so expect additional installments on Tuesday June 14th and Tuesday June 21st! Then in July, I’ll move onto another author. In August, yet another author. And so on and so forth until 1) I get bored and/or 2) I run out of authors to torment.

I won’t claim to be a professional journalist or interviewer, and I suspect my skills will sharpen as time goes on. But it’s great to get back in touch with these friends and colleagues of mine to talk shop, motivations, inspirations, and what life looks like outside of writing! I hope you’ll have as much fun with these interviews as I have, and if you’re wondering who to expect in the future, just take a gander below: if you have any questions for these fine folks, you can either comment here for me to slip them into the interview, or comment when the interviews go live for the authors to answer themselves!

Stay tuned!!!!