The Hugo Awards, a discursion

Off in another part of Teh Interwebs, someone has raised a hue and cry about the Hugo Awards and how Their Favorite Authors don’t stand a chance of getting on the ballot, specifically because the readers of TFA exist in numbers insufficient to sway the nomination process.

Let me pause here for a moment and acknowledge that I have a horse in this race. As a matter of fact, I have three horses enlisted (Saltation, Mouse and Dragon, Carousel Tides) — which this year means very little, since 2010 saw a new Miles book published, which History Has Shown will eat the lunch of every other book that came out last year.

Which brings us handily back to our topic — i.e. How To Get Your Favorite Work of 2010 Onto the Hugo Ballot.

It’s easy: You have to nominate it. Then, you have to convince about 19 other friends to also nominate it. That’s right, it only takes about 20 nominations to get a work onto the final Hugo ballot.

The nomination period is open right now. Here’s the link to the ballot. Now, notice! In order to nominate you must fulfill one of the following conditions:

1. You are an attending member of Renovation, this year’s WorldCon
2. You are a supporting member of Renovation, this year’s WorldCon
3. You were an attending member of AussieCon, last year’s WorldCon

Now, suppose you and your friends have put your nominating where your mouths are and Your Favorite Book achieves the final ballot. That’s when you abandon all hope, right? Because thousands and thousands of voters are going to vote for something else?

Well, let’s look.

Here’s the vote breakdown for AussieCon 4. A total of 1094 ballots were cast, not all participants voting in every category. According to File 770, AussieCon’s total membership was 2034. Some of those members would not have been eligible to nominate, because they had not achieved membership by deadline.

This is actually Quite Good, I’m impressed. More than half of the AussieCon attending membership voted on the final ballot. Compare that with the 2007 stats from LACon, where 500 people (out of a convention massing 6,000 members) bothered to vote on the Hugo Awards.

Now, the Hugo’s claim to importance is that they are “the reader’s award.” If you (yes, you) want them to better reflect what you’re reading, then you need to nominate, and then you need to vote.

That’s how it works, see? Easy.

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Here are the Hugo Award Rules

Here is a previous post by Yr Hmbl Narrator on this same subject

I’ll weep all night, with stars I’ll fight

Yeah, what did I do to earn Tom O’Bedlam as an earworm? On the other hand, far better Mad Maudlin and Tom than Lola and Rico.

The rest of the day hereabouts was caught up with dinner (Steve made spaghetti; mmmm, spaghetti), dishes, getting the new humidifier set up (well, starting to get the new humidifier set up — the filter beads have to soak in water for 24 hours before they can be used), and various like chores.

I did some work on George — barely over 700 words, but I’ve finally got the most enigmatic of the three main characters nailed down, so it’s all good.

It might snow tonight.

On the other hand, it might not.

Progress on The Book Presently Known as George:
29,106 words/100,000 OR 29.11% complete

“Tea is a simple comfort, of which there are too few in life.”

In which Lee and Miller appear on lists

For those who voted in the Goodreads Choice Awards (and a huge thank you! for those who voted for Saltation) — the results are in!  Let’s give the deserving winner a big round of applause!

Also!  Carousel Tides by Sharon Lee, published by Baen Books, and Halfling Moon (Adventures in the Liaden Universe® #16), by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, published by SRM Publisher, Ltd.,  hit Uncle Hugo’s Bestseller List for December

Not only that!  Four Lee and Miller titles placed in Uncle Hugo’s top 50 bestsellers of 2010Fledgling, Saltation, Mouse and Dragon, and Halfling Moon.

Man, that’s a lotta lists.  That’s a lotta chapbooks.  Motor on, Number 16; you are a wonder and a marvel.

In other news, the day-job was a zoo, and tomorrow looking like more of the same, but with the addition of a first-thing-in-the-morning visit with the dentist.

Eep.

Progress on The Book Presently Known as George:
28,377 words/100,000 OR 28.38% complete

“Excellent. You have nothing to fear from your delm,” came the soft voice. “When you speak to the delm, you speak to Korval Entire — which is nothing more frightening than speaking with your kin. Or yourself.”

Zooommmmm

No bats in the hallway today. Lists made, emails sent, more lists made.  Explodey tooth exploded.  Dentist appointment made for Thursday before work.  Not much in the way of writing done here at the home desk, but a little progress is still progress.

Progress on The Book Presently Known as George:
27,476 words/100,000 OR 27.48% complete

“I. . .expect that I will be a trader, Uncle — unless Uncle Shan finds me buffleheaded.”

Paging the Queen of Air and Darkness

Majesty, if you must send your minions, the brown bats, to wander the halls of history in your name, please remind them to be gone before daylight finds them out.  It really isn’t safe for even a very small and discreet brown bat to nap in the corner of the ceiling over the seminar room.  People do look up, and not everyone is as fond of bats as you — or I.

Progress on The Book Presently Known as George:
26,888 words/100,000 OR 26.89% complete

By the starry garters of the night. . .Riva.” Silain looked into the depths of her mug, like the tea was a window and beyond it she watched the story unfold.

In which tomorrow is Monday

Finished the scene, finished the chapter, broke 25 grand and 100 pages.  I’m gonna call that a day.

I still have dishes to was, and cat boxes to attend to. I need to find my cellphone — no, there it is, under the arm warmers I’m not wearing today. For the rest of the evening, I do believe I’ll curl up under a couple floofy blankets and read.

Hope everyone had a pleasant weekend.

Progress on The Book Presently Known as George:
25,651 words/100,000 OR 25.65% complete

An apt man with a phrase, is Mr. Golden. Indeed, it has been precisely so.”

Yet again with the commercial break

Steve’s Progress Report from Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention (August 17-21 in Reno, Nevada), arrived the other day.  I was idly flipping its pages this morning and realized that — O, the Excitement! —  The Hugo Nominating Period is now open!

Which means that I get to remind you — that’s “you” who either attended the 2010 Worldcon in Melbourne or are an attending/supporting member of the Reno Worldcon — to nominate.  You will need your membership number and/or a convention-supplied PIN in order to play.  Here’s your link

In conjunction with the arrival of the nomination period, I also get to remind you that Lee and Miller have two novels eligible for the 2010 Hugo (given at the 2011 World Convention):  Saltation, and Mouse and Dragon.  In addition, Sharon Lee has one novel eligible for nomination:  Carousel Tides.

Nomination period closes on March 26, 2011, at 23:59 PDT.

And! — while I’m here in the land of Commercial Breakness — those of you who are SFWA members, please take a few moments to reflect on your reading over 2010 and nominate those works of SF/F that knocked your socks off for the Nebula Awards.  And, yes, the Lee and Miller/Lee novels listed above are also in the eligibility pool there.

And that’s it for the commercial break.  Thank you for your patience.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.

I said, “Stand and deliver or the devil he may take ya”

Another quiet day here at the Cat Farm. I am somewhat astonished to find that I’ve written 12,256 words during my little break from work. A little better than 1,300 words a day, on average. It’s true what they say: Forbidden fruit isthe sweetest.

While I was looking at various milestones and calendars today, as records were shifted here and there in preparation for filling out the accountant’s forms, I noticed that between 2000 and 2006, we published eight original novels, three of which had been written and were sitting in a box, waiting for a publisher.

Between 2007 and 2010, we/I published six original novels, only one of which was already written.

Between late 2010 and mid-2012, we’ll write three original novels.

Is it just me or is the pace picking up around here?

Hope everyone had a lovely first day of the new year.

Progress on The Book Presently Known as George:
24,078 words/100,000 OR 24.08% complete

“My son,” she said now. “I am pleased to see you.”

Pleased. He relaxed somewhat.

“Did you not,” his mother said, then, “expect me to be pleased?”

Syl Vor met her eyes. “I had thought — surprised, ma’am.”

End as you mean to begin

My grandfather used to say that you should end the old year as you wanted to continue in the new year.

That being so, we’ve spent the day writing, here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory. In a little while, I’ll start heating the oven, and Steve and I will have a glass or two of Sangria with our pizza. Maybe watch a movie.

And tomorrow, we’ll write some more.

I hope that the new year brings us all many days of doing what we most want to do in the company of those we love best.

Progress on The Book Presently Known as George:
22,152 words/100,000 OR 22.15% complete


Veeno gave him a nod. “Little kid in the waitin’ room. Looks like a cookie’d cheer ‘im up.”