“Orange” was nominated (by someone) and passed the first judging to become one of the “Notable Online Stories of 2010”! I just checked the website for The storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2010, and I am in the company of writers like John Scalzi, Adam-Troy Castro, Tobias Buckell, Catheryne M. Valente and Bruce Sterling! And online magazines like Fantasy, Lightspeed, Tor.com, Suberranean, etc. Also, there are cash prizes–though only for the top 3, so probably I won’t be there, but still!!
I just posted both stories (The Right Chemistry appeared in OnSPEC in their Summer edition, and The Director’s Cut just came out this November in Tesseracts Fourteen, by Edge Press) on the SFWA site, so if any of you are SFWans, feel free to nominate either of my stories!
I got about 4000 words written, which wasn’t bad considering the new technology I was using. It worked fairly well, too. Mostly, it understood the text I dictated, though I had more trouble with the navigation commands. Still, getting text down was what I really needed, and I was able to do some edits left-handed, afterward, so it all worked out. Still have to learn more!
BTW, congratulations to everyone who was nominated for an Aurora this year. I personally know every nominee for Best Work, Long Form – Leslie, Barb, Ed, Rob and Hayden. Will make voting VERY tough! Also, congratulations to Ivan, who was nominated for short story. Not sure who else was nominated, as the official list isn’t out yet, but already I’m thinking I better book my membership to Keycon!
Should have posted this at the time, but thanks to Brian Hades, who took this photo of me with two Aurora Awards! Randy McCharles is the first person in history to have won in both a professional and fan category: Best Work, Short Form, and Fan Organizational. I was pleased and proud to be asked to accept the awards on his behalf.
Anticipation was wonderful – kept me too busy to post. However, here’s a re-cap: First, I didn’t win the Aurora Award for Best Work – Short Form. But my good friend, Randy McCharles did! So the award comes west, to Calgary, and Randy is awesome! I was able to accept the award for him (and get my photo taken) and it was a great evening. Randy also won for Best Fan Organizational, for running World Fantasy last fall, which he really deserved, so good all round!
I sat on 3 panels, did a reading and 2 signings, volunteered for SFWA and participated in a radio play. Along with visiting Old Montreal, buying (and reading) books and connecting with others, I only managed to hit a few panels, but the ones I saw were good.
In addition, I attended parties with, and was introduced to some well known writers, agents, editors and publishers, and received a couple of offers to submit work, so was very pleased with the weekend from a business point of view as well. Here are some pics:
Sheila Williams presented the Readers’ Choice Award to James Allan Gardner at the Analog / Asimov’s party Friday night.
Renee and I went out to dinner and guess who sat at the table next to us — Nick DiChario!