Swan Tower - Achievement Unlocked: World Fantasy Nominee

Jul. 10th, 2014

12:12 am - Achievement Unlocked: World Fantasy Nominee

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So I’d been having a less than stellar day, mostly on account of the fact that I’m leaving for Okinawa next week and don’t feel remotely ready and this fact is making me stressed. I was out getting take-out and running Okinawa-related errands this evening when I checked my phone and saw that hey, Mike mentioned me in a TwHOLY CRAP I’VE BEEN NOMINATED FOR A WORLD FANTASY AWARD.

You guys.

I am on a shortlist with Neil Gaiman, Gene Wolfe, Sofia Samatar, Helene Wecker, and Richard Bowes.

I . . . have still not wrapped my brain around this fact.

For crying out loud, it’s the World Fantasy Award. It’s one of the biggest awards in SF/F, alongside the Hugo and the Nebula — and if I’m being honest, it’s the one I have lusted after the most since I started publishing. The Hugos and the Nebulas cover speculative fiction as a whole, but the World Fantasy Award is for fantasy, and although stories of mine have been published as horror, fantasy is fundamentally My Genre. To see A Natural History of Dragons on the list of nominees is nothing short of gobsmacking. Like, I’m half-afraid to hit “publish” on this post because what if I’ve imagined the whole thing? (The couple dozen congratulatory tweets and emails and such argue otherwise, but y’know, paranoia knoweth few boundaries.)

I was already planning to go to World Fantasy this fall; now I guess I should plan on going to the banquet, too? And get something interesting to wear to it. Not that I expect to win — and that isn’t just modesty talking; it’s my admiration for my fellow nominees. But hey, let the record show I have promised my husband that, should I win, he has my permission to get me drunk. Which is a thing that hasn’t happened in the nearly thirty-four years of my life, so the promise is a non-trivial thing.

And what will I do between now and the con? I will write another book. Because being an author is like enlightmentment: Before nomination, chop wood, write book. After nomination, chop wood, write book. I don’t have any wood or an axe, so I guess I need to focus on the writing.

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From:stephanieburgis
Date:July 10th, 2014 08:59 am (UTC)
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Wooooot! Congratulations! And it's so well-deserved. I love that book!
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From:alessandriana
Date:July 10th, 2014 11:59 am (UTC)
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Congrats!!! Holy crap that's awesome! XD XD XD
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From:yhlee
Date:July 10th, 2014 12:19 pm (UTC)
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Congrats! :D
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From:ckd
Date:July 10th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
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"I'm here to chop wood and write books...and I'm all out of wood."

Major congratulations! That's a heck of a shortlist to be part of, and you've earned your place on it.
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From:lowellboyslash
Date:July 10th, 2014 01:21 pm (UTC)
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YEAAAAHHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS!!!! \o/ WOOOOOOOOOOOOO! YOU ARE THE AWESOMEST!!!!
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From:aliseadae
Date:July 10th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! That is super awesome!
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From:sartorias
Date:July 10th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
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That is such awesome news!
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From:la_marquise_de_
Date:July 10th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Brilliant and long overdue! Many congratulations.
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From:landofnowhere
Date:July 10th, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Congrats!
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From:chickwriter
Date:July 10th, 2014 02:34 pm (UTC)
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Congrats!!

Glad you're coming to World Fantasy, I shall actually be there this year b/c it's literally right across the street from my office.
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From:hawkwing_lb
Date:July 10th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Wow! Congratulations!
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From:ramblin_phyl
Date:July 10th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Well-deserved honor. I'm proud to have met you and work with you.

Good luck. Wish I could attend and share a few moments of glory with you.
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From:squishymeister
Date:July 10th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
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AMAZING!!! Huge congrats to you!! You are the bomb diggity! :)
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From:rachelmanija
Date:July 10th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! I throw virtual confetti in your general direction!
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From:pameladean
Date:July 10th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Oh, how splendid! Many congratulations.

P.
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From:sillylilly_bird
Date:July 10th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Congrats!!!
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From:ashnistrike
Date:July 10th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations!!!
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From:findabair
Date:July 11th, 2014 04:36 am (UTC)
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Marvellous news. So well deserved - congratulations!
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From:clauclauclaudia
Date:July 11th, 2014 04:38 am (UTC)

Fantastic!

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:)
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From:misslynx
Date:July 11th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
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That's wonderful - and well-deserved! Congratulations!
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From:alfreda89
Date:July 12th, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)

So very, very pleased for you!

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Now everyone is going to want to rub your tummy, like a lucky idol.
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From:lokifan
Date:July 12th, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
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Wow - congratulations!!
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 14th, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
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Too happy for you to comment coherently. So I shall sniffle instead.

{sniffle!}

Sabreman d--------
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From:princessmei
Date:July 14th, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! This wonderful news and it should be really fun to attend.

I don't know much about this award but most of what I have heard about women authors receiving awards is that they get photographed a lot and are often asked by their agents to wear something elegant and appropriate like cocktail wear to the party.

You certainly have the hair to do some of the fancy styles that have shown up thanks to Game of Thrones, but that might hurt.

Maybe a lovely evening dress? In your favorite color?

-Megs
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From:swan_tower
Date:July 14th, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I have Plans for my hair. ^_^
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