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OMG Nebula! OMG Philcon!
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EXCITING THINGS HAVE HAPPENED!

I was at Boskone all weekend, which was crazy and wonderful by turns. It’s been about eight months since I’ve been to a con and it was amazing to not be burned out on cons while at one. I really needed the rest, and I was so happy to see my friends.

AND THEN I GOT NOMINATED FOR A NEBULA OMFG.

I heard the news right before Boskone and couldn’t tell anyone while I was there! Even at the Clarkesworld reading where I read form Silently and Very Fast! Which is what was nominated! In the novella category! EEEEEEEE!

Seriously, this is insane. I wrote Silently for WSFA because I was the GOH at Capclave. Normal people give them short story reprints or a trunk novel. But I got it into my head that I should write an original AI story because then I could commit SF without anyone being all PLZ STAPLE YOUR DEGREE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE TO ALL SUBMISSIONS. From scratch, digging up an idea I’d been nesting on since I first moved to Ohio a million years ago but didn’t know enough about AI to write, a long, long story that was not long enough to be a novel but too long to be a short story. And then of course the deadline came as I was so exhausted from touring I was nearly catatonic.

It is what you call an unlikely contender. This is, in fact, my first Nebula nomination. The Andre Norton Award is Not a Nebula, as stated by large and bolded print in the rules. If I manage to get nominated for a Stoker some year, I’ll have the royal flush of nominations (Hugo, Nebula, WFA, and Stoker). No wins, but I’ve been nominated. I’ve been invited to the game. It’s a big deal to me, personally, and especially because SAVF is my first major work of SF as opposed to fantasy. It’s a work that I’d been planning for five years, learning and researching so I could get smart enough to write it. It means maybe there’s room for me in the science fiction club, after all.

Speaking of, my other big news is that a lovely gentleman waited in my signing line (I had a signing line! It was long! Wow!) so that he could ask me in person to be the Principal Speaker/GOH at Philcon 2012 this fall. Philcon is the oldest SF convention in the country, and I am floored to be asked. So I will see you all in Jersey just north of Thanksgiving, right?

It has been a long weekend of silent, repressed squeeing. Now I squee from the rooftops.

Yawp, too.

It is for times like this I made this icon.

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Congratulations times a million, Cat!!! :)

w00t! Congratulations ma'am! :D

Neat! I've heard of Philcon and I've wanted to go for a few years now.

Well, you'll see us at Philcon, which isn't in Philly anymore. Hasn't been for a few years now.

That's so awesome, Cat!

(Aaand I've been reading The Hunger Games too much, nearly typed "Catniss" instead of "Cat". Catniss is totally one of those character names I wish I'd thought of.)

I don't know...it's so close to cat piss it kind of squicks me.

Congrats, and see you at Philcon!

Fantastic! Congratulations, and it's wonderful that when you step through something slowly sometimes it works out so beautifully! I'm a fan of the "this isn't done cooking yet" slow creation model of writing sometimes; it sounds like that really paid off for you here.

Congrats Congrats Congrats!!!

Congratulations on all counts!

I was so sorry to miss Boskone this year

I had been hoping to be there to have you sign my copy of Robots: The Recent A.I. which came out just before the con.

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