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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

 

Gosh

Look at this: I've been shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award. Or rather, In Great Waters has. Isn't that amazing?

Wow. I feel like I should say something articulate about this, but between being astonished and being scheduled for an induction tomorrow (I am, for the benefit of newcomers - hello and welcome - nearly 42 weeks pregnant right now), I fear I might just babble. I'll stick to saying a big thank you to all the people involved in getting me on that shortlist, and good luck to all the other shortlistees!


And also, since I've already had one journalist contact me - the excellent Alison Flood of the Guardian - I feel I should mention that to any other journalists that, while I'll try to keep an eye on my e-mail, I might be a bit hard to get the usual amount of copy out of over the next, um, however long it takes to deal with a birth and then a newborn baby. So in the interests of being helpful, a few posts that might be relevant: Why I write made-up beasties, On writing using archaic language, The problems of Secondbookitis, A description of the little demon that I identified while writing the book, The embarrassing truth about what a scatty writer I am,

... and a couple of posts that happened during the process: the time I invited my readers to help me work out what might go wrong with the premise, and the competition where readers got to guess what the book's first sentence might be (and the results here).

Comments:
You deserved to be at least short listed.

May you all have a healthy, happy next few weeks.
 
What wonderful news about the book! Congratulations!

And all good thoughts for the little one's arrival tomorrow. (Your son comes into the world with his own international fan club already in place.)
 
Congratulations!

Not that you'll see this, probably, as it's already tomorrow for you. Best wishes for all three of you.

(And may I note that my signed prize copy is still one of my cherished possessions. Not that I'm gloating or anything.)
 
My wishes of good luck are going to be irrelevant now (it's Friday morning), so instead I'll just say that I hope everything went well and that you and the new arrival are fine.
 
Congratulations on the shortlist and on the shortie, whom I hope arrived with a minimum of trouble and is snuggling in your arms as I type.
 
So... um... how are you? Everything went all right, I hope?
 
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