The events of the past week can only be described thus: the universe is a large, enthusiastic Afghan dog, and it's licking me in the face - actually kind of slobbering all over it. Earlier in the week, I found out I was on the Locus 2012 recommended reading list along with a number of distinguished authors - 2012 was a great year for books and stories, and I'm very happy to be counted among them.
As if that wasn't enough, I've won the Crawford Award which is "designated for an exceptionally promising writer whose first fantasy book was published the preceding year." The shortlist for the award is nothing short of fabulous: Rachel Hartman for her novel Seraphina (which I grabbed at World Fantasy and absolutely loved), Saladin Ahmed for Throne of the Crescent Moon, Roz Kaveney forRituals and Kiini Ibura Salaam for Ancient, Ancient. It's an honor to be in that kind of company.
So, how to celebrate? With editing of course.
And by joining the writing crew on The Monitor Celestra, a Battlestar Galactica LARP that will be nothing short of amazing. 360 degrees of immersion, gritty realism, amazing dramaturgy, all brought to you on an actual battleship. It's great to return to writing characters for a while, something I used to specialize in. For those not familiar with Nordic LARP, we're talking about hyper-immersive, realistic and full-contact play focused entirely on storytelling. More about the style can be found here.