My last writing update was last year, so it's about time I did the writerly waffle thing. The official Nebula nominations are also out, so I have some thoughts on that too.
My urban fantasy novel is done. I was pretty centred the day I finished. I wrote a short and long synopsis and polished my query letter. Then I flailed for a few days. But I got over it, so my first query letters are out in the world. Yay!
The plan was to move on to an adult superhero novel, but in my general state of flail, I ended up writing the start of a contemporary fantasy young adult book instead. At this stage, it probably doesn't make a lot of odds... as I can't really plan where things might be going until I know if the finished urban fantasy will sell or not. So I'm writing what I feel like writing.
(Which might mean the lack of fungi or robots in the young adult book is a surprise... I suppose even I have days where I don't feel like a bit of robot fungus.)
None of my novel or short story nominations got through to the final list. Three of the novellas did: Silently and Very Fast, The Man Who Bridged the Mist and The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary. For novelette's, also three: The Migratory Pattern of Dancers, Sauerkraut Station and The Old Equations. The first two of those are from a newer market for long work called Giganotosaurus. Not a bad start for their first full nomination year.
The Bradbury was my best success rate, with four out of five making it: Source Code, Attack the Block, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Doctor's Wife.
Norton, we're back to three. Akata Witch, Chime and The Freedom Maze.
I'm not too surprised at the results. Novels and short stories are the most competitive categories, with a lot of possible candidates. It's much more likely that people will pick very different selections. At the other end of the scale, there are fewer novelettes every year, and even fewer novellas, so there's a lot more overlap.
The Bradbury is another one with a fairly limited choice, as the number of eligible theatrical productions is relatively small (it could be higher if producers of smaller works, such as stage plays, made a copy of the performance available to voters... which would be great if they did, as I'd love to nominate a few plays, but geography prevents going to see plays performed in the US.)
The Norton, I'm not so sure about. Though I'm pleased ones I nominated got through, I felt overall, the number of suggestions people were discussing wasn't proportional to the number of eligible novels. It doesn't seem to have the interest the Nebula novel category does. But there's not a lot I can do about that, other than continuing to read and nominate YA/MG books.
Anyway, voting starts on March 1st and this is my first year of awesome cosmic voting rights. I won't be making the votes public, so you'll just have to imagine who I'm voting for. I have to keep some mystery...