Sci-Fi Month

Sci-Fi Month 2014: We Have Lift-Off!

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This post is part of Sci-Fi Month 2014, an event hosted by myself and Oh, the Books!. You can keep up to date by following @SciFiMonth on Twitter, or the official hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.

Eeeek, Sci-Fi Month is finally here! It’s been months and months of preparation, emails, spreadsheets, brainstorming, all mixed in with a very busy schedule for all of us co-hosts. But now it’s finally here, and thank you so much to everyone who has signed up so far. If you haven’t yet signed up, you can still do so any time throughout November – just take a look on the information hub.

As with last year, we encourage all participants to share an introduction post on the first day, just to tell us a little bit about why you decided to join in. Feel free to use this format if it’s easiest, or take a look at last years – I’m trying not to repeat myself.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Haha, it’s funny reading my answers to this from last year. Then I was talking about saving for my Masters – and here I am, finally doing it. So to answer the question properly: I’m Rinn, in my 20’s, and currently studying for my Archaeology Masters so I can go off and (hopefully) work as a museum curator when I graduate. I’m from the UK but right now I’m studying in the Netherlands and loving it. I came up with the idea for Sci-Fi Month in the summer of 2013, then I spoke to various bloggers and it snowballed into a huge event last November that I was SO proud of. So I’m so happy to be bringing it back this year, with the help of the lovely ladies from Oh, the Books!.

Just hanging out in Rotterdam with the infamous 'buttplug gnome'.

Just hanging out in Rotterdam with the infamous ‘buttplug gnome’.

2. How have things changed since last Sci-Fi Month?

Although obviously I was a big fan of the genre before, or I wouldn’t have organised an event around it, I feel I am even more aware of the genre now. It’s one of the first things I look at when I’m finding new releases, whether it’s books, films or games. It’s like I have this instinct that tells me I need to find ALL THE SCI-FI THINGS so I can share them!

3. Have you been to any sci-fi related events over the past year?

Yes, I visited the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, and also attended London Film and Comic-con. I was also planning on going to FACTs, a convention in Ghent, Belgium in October but sadly it was right around exam time and I thought revision was more important. Even though it basically melted my brain.

DON'T BLINK. WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T BLINK.

DON’T BLINK. WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T BLINK.

4. What do you have planned for Sci-Fi Month?

Okay so I’m not posting EVERY DAY like last year. That was exhausting – well the whole event was, but it was totally worth it. I had tonsillitis for nearly two weeks of it last year, but I was still commenting and maintaining the schedule every day. Probably should have put my health first but… I’m fine now! 😉 I’ll be posting two or three times a week this month – I’ve got some lists, blogger panels, reviews, special editions of my usual features and some totally new ones. You’ll just have to wait and see…

I’m so glad that Sci-Fi Month is finally here! Are you participating? What are you most looking forward to?

Blog Admin, Sci-Fi Month

Sci-Fi Month 2014: Approaching At Warp Speed

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Okay, well maybe time isn’t going by quite that quickly, but it really is getting close now! This post is really just to remind participants that November is fast approaching, as well as provide some schedule guidelines, and let even more people know about the event.

If you’re sat there wondering “What is this?”, then let me tell you! Sci-Fi Month is a month long event (as the name suggests…) where bloggers, authors, publishers, readers, pretty much just about anyone can get together to share their love for science fiction. We currently have over sixty people signed up to take part. Through reviews, discussions, author interviews, various exciting games, top tens and so many more types of posts, as well as a multitude of social media platforms, us science fiction lovers can get to know each other and share the love! If you want to know more about the event, such as how you can sign up to take part or any other questions, then let me direct you to the Information Hub.

Before we move onto the scheduling guidelines, I just wanted to talk about a recent conversation on Twitter. It was asked whether participants could work together for the event, for example running your own panels or perhaps interviewing another blogger – of course this is fine! It would be wonderful to see some blogger interaction, and maybe some beautiful friendships blooming from it! 😉

And now for some scheduling guidelines, which the wonderful Kelley has put together – please make sure you read and follow these carefully, as it makes everything easier for all of us, both hosts and participants!

Post Schedule Guidelines

Just like last year, we’ve got a master spreadsheet to keep track of the posts that each participant will be posting for the event! This time, we’ve organized the spreadsheet into a few different tabs, categorized to help you find the kind of content you’re looking for, and to make the entire schedule feel a little less HUGE.

These categories should be pretty self explanatory, but if you’re not sure which one your post might fall under, hopefully these descriptions will answer that for you. (Still trying to think of what you want to post? Check out our list of things to look forward to and post ideas!)

  • Intro Posts: If you’re planning on writing an intro post, then put it here. This will be a great way to check out all of the other blogs that are participating, and see what they’re planning for the month!
  • Fun & Games: Last year we had quizzes, crossword puzzles, BINGO cards, and more. If your post includes a game or other activity, it should go in this category. Making some sort of chart? Those could go here, too!
    Discussions: This will likely be the bulk of the content. Discussions of your favorite sci-fi topics, books, shows, games, etc. go here.
  • Lists: Love making lists? Anything like topical book recs or top ten lists should be placed here!
  • Reviews: Any sci-fi reviews should go here, whether it’s a book, TV show, movie, video game, or whatever!
  • Interviews: If you’re participating in sci-fi author interviews, or have a guest post planned, please list yours here.
  • Misc: Have a post that you don’t feel fits in any of the above categories? Throw it in here!

So, how do you add your posts to the schedule?

If you’ve already signed up as a participant, you should have gotten an email from your contact person, which includes a link to the schedule spreadsheet in Google Docs. You should be able to edit the document, which means you can add your posts to the appropriate tabs.

A few things to keep in mind when adding your posts:

  • Add your post(s) to the bottom of the list. You won’t need worry about putting them in a specific order. We will make sure the spreadsheet is sorted by date.
  • Please fill in all appropriate information. This will make it easier for everyone to understand what your post is about.
  • For the Post Title & Link: type in the name of the post, and when it goes live, come back and use the Insert Link button to add a link to your post.
  • If your post includes a giveaway, please type YES in the Giveaway column, or put a description of what is being given away.
  • Please don’t modify anybody else’s rows in the table. This is just common courtesy!
  • If you need to remove one of your posts, you can delete the row completely.
  • If you have any questions that were not answered here, please feel free to ask your contact person for help!

How are you plans for the event going? Do you have any further questions? Please feel free to leave comments on this post, tweet @SciFiMonth or use our official hashtag, #RRSciFiMonth.

Blog Admin, Sci-Fi Month

Announcement: Sci-Fi Month 2014

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Due to the amazing success of Sci-Fi Month last November, I am incredibly happy to announce that it will be taking place again this year! And… well, let this badge do all the talking…

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Yes, the lovely ladies from Oh, the Books! will be co-hosting it with me!

Yes, that’s right, this year Sci-Fi Month will be hosted by myself, along with Asti, Leanne and Kelley. We’re announcing it a little earlier this year because I will most likely be very busy in August, which is when it was announced last year. In fact we all have pretty schedules for the summer onwards, but we really want to make sure this happens. And now, onto the important stuff…

What is Sci-Fi Month?

Sci-Fi Month is a month-long blog event, that I hosted for the first time last year, created to celebrate everything amazing about science fiction! From TV shows to movies, books to comics, and everything else in between, it was intended to help us share our love and passion for this genre and its many, many fandoms. It was such a success – and I honestly wasn’t expecting that many people to join in – that people were already asking in December whether it would be held again next year!

When is Sci-Fi Month?

Sci-Fi Month happens all November long, and takes place online – through each participant’s blog, Twitter feed, and other social media websites.

Who can participate?

Anyone! Bloggers, authors, readers, publishers – last year saw over fifty bloggers, twenty-five authors and three publishers taking part regularly, as well as plenty more commenting, Tweeting, discussing and sharing the love for sci-fi! Even if you’re not a blogger, you’re taking part just by reading, commenting and Tweeting!

How do I sign up?

Through this sign up form. When you sign up, you will be assigned a contact person (they will email you) and you will also be added to our mailing list. This is so we can easily keep everyone taking part in the event easily updated. As with last year, there is no deadline for signing up – if you only learn about the event halfway through November, you’re more than welcome to join!

What kinds of things should I post for the event?

We encourage you to let your imagination run wild! If it involves science fiction, then post about it! Last year, we had all kinds of activity, including:

  • reviews
  • interviews
  • discussions
  • quizzes and puzzles
  • bingo cards
  • top ten/favorite lists
  • giveaways
  • and more!

And it doesn’t have to be books. We had so many posts on TV shows, films, video games and all different kinds of things last year. You can see more information on post types etc here.

How do I add my posts to the schedule?

As with last year, we will be using a Google Docs spreadsheet – but this time, it will be embedded on our blogs, which means less updating for us! It does also mean that we ask that you follow our ‘guidelines’ when adding your post, just so it all looks neat! More information on this to come.

Is there a deadline for adding to the schedule?

Not strictly as you can edit the schedule yourself, but it’s easier for us if we know what will be going up each day!

Is there a hashtag I should use to promote this event?

Yes! Please use the #RRSciFiMonth hashtag on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and everywhere else! We also have an official twitter account: @SciFiMonth, which is being managed by the lovely Asti this year!

How do I get involved in the author/publisher interviews?

Last year, I did a lot of intermediary work between authors and bloggers, but unfortunately I just won’t have the time this year. It is therefore up to you to contact authors or publishers if you wish – although I’m more than happy to share some tips on how to approach authors or publishers!

Are there any official Sci-Fi Month graphics I can use on my blog?

Yes, and this year they’ve been created by the wonderful Kelley! I’ve made a separate page to display them, as she’s made quite a variety!

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

When you sign up, you will be assigned a contact person (Rinn, Kelley, Leanne, or Asti). Please get in touch with her first, either via email or Twitter. If you don’t get a response from her within three days, please contact another of us! Or if you haven’t yet signed up and want to ask a question first, feel free to leave a comment on this post.

I can’t wait for Sci-Fi Month 2014! Whether you joined in last year, or this is your first time – I’m excited to discuss and fangirl over science fiction with you! ❤