Sunday, October 1, 2017

Like Pizza

So, Fall has fallen. 
I keep saying to people it was like someone flipped a switch. One week we had 90 degrees and no wind and the next we were barely cracking the 60s with high winds. I have lived in this state for 7 years now and I don't know why it always surprises me, but it does.
It's my favorite season. Slightly gloomy but not completely bleak. And I like rain.
Judge me all you want, I like a nice pumpkin spiced whatever (which really just means they put cinnamon and allspice in it...you can do the same thing with your coffee at home on the cheap, which I do).
The literary festival went better than I could have possibly hoped. As I've said many times, you can never tell what you're going to get with authors. This time around I lucked out and they were all complete rock stars. Not just knowledgeable about their professions and talented, but also very approachable for the students. Books by them that I highly recommend:
Stephen Graham Jones's amazing werewolf novel, Mongrels
Nickole Brown's incredible poetry collection about her grandmother, Fanny Says

and Jessica Jacobs' equally amazing poetry collection, Pelvis with Distance


So that ended on a high note and I can pass the responsibility for the next one off to someone else for a bit.
The new Star Trek debuted. Of course, there were all kinds of signs of trouble ahead of time, but as it turns out it wasn't too bad. I mean, I've been a life long Trek enthusiast, so they already knew they had me, but even I got a little worried when reviews were embargoed until the day after the premiere. Usually when that happens for a movie or TV show, it's a sure sign of doom. They don't want word of how bad something is getting out before you see it. Turns out, though, I don't know why they did that. All signs point to the fact that enough people liked it that it will stay afloat. Were there some questionable choices? Yeah. The whole first two hours are spent with a crew and a ship that we won't really see again...effectively a two hour cold open (as one of the hosts of a podcast I love dearly said). Still, I was on board enough to buy David Mack's prequel novel, Desperate Hours.

See, though, that's how I feel about science fiction--like pizza, even when it's bad, it's still pretty good. And Star Trek: Discovery isn't bad so far. I don't love having to pay for another streaming service, especially because there isn't anything else on the service that I really like (except the after show for ST:D hosted by one of my biggest crushes, Matt MIra who is a super cutie). Still, though, I don't mind supporting science fiction when I can.
When I say things like that, though, people ask--well, you've got novels out there...why not write some science fiction? The truth is because it's the holiest of holy things. I've got one cooking, though, and I think it might even be the next one after the one I'm currently working on. We'll see. My academic book on the subject is coming along. Hopefully I can get that one done soon.
You've likely noticed that my reading/reviewing activity on Goodreads has slowed to a crawl. This is because my opportunity to teach for the university that I mentioned has me reading a novel a week (often re-reading..many of the books on the syllabus are ones I've read before but need to revisit because it's been a long time, like Lolita) to keep up with their pace. Bear with me on that front and I'll get back to it soon.
So, with that, I hope that your Fall is going well and that you enjoy your Halloween if you're in a country that celebrates it. Tweet me pics of your costumes! Who knows, I might even dress up and hand out candy for the first time ever here in the new house.
Anything is possible, you know.

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