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It has been quite a pair of days on these here Internets.

The post on gendered discourse is very probably going to clock in as the most popular post I’ve ever written in ten years of LJ. For sure it’s the most comments I’ve netted in a 12 hour period. I’m stunned by the response and glad that, a few bad eggs aside, it’s been civil and interesting. For those of you who are new here, having clicked through to that post: Hello! I write novels. I don’t always write about feminism, but when I do, it’s a doozy.

And this afternoon, the Hugo Awards were announced.

I am up for three of them. THREE.


Specifically, for the SFSqueecast, Apex Magazine, and for Best Novella for Silently and Very Fast. You guys, I am so excited. I am so honored. I am so grateful to everyone who nominated me. I cannot believe it. I am so very proud of my friends who popped up all over the ballot. Congratulations to everyone, I am thrilled to be counted among your number.

Please, please, if you have the means, get a Supporting Membership so you can vote. It doesn’t matter who you vote for. But choose to have your voice heard.

Of course, the real question, since I never expect to win (and haven’t!) is what shall I wear? Because this is our Oscars. It is our Big Night. I see no reason not to treat it as a Giant Occasion and wear a goddamned ballgown. No matter what goes down in Chicago I intend to dress like a SPACE ROCKET PRINCESS.

Unfortunately my dressmaker friend has quit the business. But if any of you want the gig, please ping me! I might start a Pinterest board. I hear the cool kids do that these days.

Because authorial life does not stop for shiny, I must adjourn to work on Moar Books. But I am blown away. I am dead of amazing. I love everyone.

See you in Chicago.

Mirrored from cmv.com. Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.

Congrats - you deserve every nomination you received, and it's going to be a tough voting year!

Congratumalations! That's incredibly exciting news!

Congratulations! How wonderful.

However, I recommend against the traditional space rocket princess, since their attire tends towards the diaphanous and translucent-verging-on-invisible.

Unless you want to, of course.

Hurray! Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!

Also, hells yeah you should wear a ballgown - I myself have way too few excuses for wearing the one gown I've got. I hope someone pops up and makes you something AMAZING.

Love you!

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I just devoured "Silently..." and absolutely LOVED it. Especially the incorporation of the narrative structures of myth and fairy tale, which speaks very much to my current interest in the ways in which cultural memory operates.

I'm currently reading your "Labyrinth", in small doses because it is intoxicating and I want the reading experience to last longer.

They are well deserved nominations

Edited at 2012-04-08 07:55 am (UTC)

YAY! Very excited, and I will actually be in Chicago!

Have to say, I wish Deathless was on the list too. I love that book.

Three Hugos?! I'm so glad for you. Congratulations, this is well-deserved.

Edited at 2012-04-07 11:39 pm (UTC)

Congratulations and Yay!

I tried to get you on in a few more categories, and those categories are somewhat disappoint, now. :P

But I'm ever so glad you got the nod for Silently. You write real genuine SF for sure, m'dear.

Congratulations! And I may be able to help with the dress depending on what you want. Most of the clothes I make are sort-of late Renaissance meets Goth. Lots of kilts and princess cut dresses and big full skirts/angel sleeve chemises (which I tend to wear with corsets, which I don't make).

There are pictures up of some of my clothes at http://alumiere.livejournal.com/432505.html and I will dig up some of the princess seamed dress pictures if you'd like to see them as well.