Best Novelette – All Systems Red, by Martha Wells

As a frequent visitor to tor.com I have of course heard of Murderbot. I didn’t really know anything about the story or the author other than I thought the name was kind of cool. So when Tor made All Systems Red the free e-book for April I immediately downloaded it and gave it a try. I found it really hard to put down.

It immediately hooked me in and I didn’t want it to let go. I’m already plotting the next Murderbot book I’m going to read. Which for some reason isn’t out yet and won’t come out until May this year followed by books in August and October. Having to wait that long for more Murderbot just makes me want to scream, NooooOooooooOooooo (#Vader). In doing a little more research on the author it looks like she’s written a Star Wars book, which is one of my life goals, so I’ll have to check that out and she has some fantasy series that I’ll have to give a read as well. I haven’t read any of the other nominees from this category yet but if they are even a fraction as good as All Systems Red, it’s going to be a tough choice for which nominee to vote on.

But, I can’t wait for more Muderbot.

No April Foolin’

Spring has officially arrived in the Tri-cities. Along with spring Camp Nano and the Hugo nominees have arrived. I’m attending my first writing convention with my co-worker this year. It’s WorldCon in San Jose and I’m pretty damn excited. One of the most exciting things about going to WorldCon, other than potentially meeting a bunch of awesome folks in the publishing industry, is that we get to vote on the Hugo awards and go to the awards ceremony. Along with Camp Nano, I’m going to start making my way through as many of the nominees for the Hugo’s that I can before we have to vote. Oh yeah we get to vote on the awards too! I’ll post a list of all the nominee’s and then start tracking what I’m reading and watching and blogging about.

My goals for April are to blog every day, write every day, and read or watch something from the Hugo awards list every day. I’ve officially listed book 2 of the Harbingers series as my Camp Nano novel but I’m also going to work as much as possible on book 1 revision. My plan is to have the first 30-40k words on Harbingers book 1, a query letter, a synopsis, and some art work and maps ready to try and give to agents or publishers at WorldCon. I’m not even sure if that’s how it works but I guess I’ll find out. My friend, who is doing the artwork for my books, and her husband will, also be at the convention along with another writer friend from work, so we should have some fun and have people to hang out with.

The book club my buddy and I who are going to WorldCon is going strong. We have our meeting for our 4th book here in a few weeks and we might assign a nominee or two as books to read. There’s lots of awesome things to read and I’m very much looking forward to it. That’s all for now, time to go revise some more and then watch a Hugo nominated episode of Black Mirror.