Word Count

SFWA’s Nebula Awards ballot had something interesting happen this year. After the final ballot was announced, one of the novelettes was determined to be only 7,070 words long, and was removed from the ballot because novelettes are works that are at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words. I need to emphasize that I am not part of the Nebulas committee and I am not in any way privy to how this error happened, but this is a great opportunity to talk about word count and how it has changed since I’ve been writing.

Yes, something as simple as how many words there are in a story has changed, and radically, over the years.  Continue reading

Year-End Wrap-Up

Well, it’s that time of year again, when every author should post the list of what they published that can be nominated for various awards. I encourage everyone to do this, even if, like me, they don’t think they’re writing on the same level as the folks who do get nominated. That first nomination always comes out of the blue.

It’s nice for those of us who nominate to be able to visit your blog and find out if that story we read this year and loved is eligible or not.

So here’s mine:  Continue reading

Obligatory Year-End Post

It’s that time of year again, when I encourage all writers to make a handy list of what you’ve had published this year that is eligible for awards. It’s also the time of year when we all reflect back on the year that has been. So here’s the year that has been for me:

  1. Finished grad school.

Don’t laugh.  That’s enough.

Here’s the list of awards-eligible work from 2014, including the stuff that no one should be considering for anything other than the annual “worst of” lists: Continue reading