(Lack of) Con Schedule

The move back to Southern California has, not surprisingly, been very hard on our finances. As a result, I’m not going to be attending FOGcon this year, though it’s one of my favorite conventions. I’ve told the good people at BayCon not to count on me, though I’m still hoping that I may be able to at least attend that one, even if it’s a last-minute call. That’s as far ahead as I’m looking at this point.

Have fun without me, y’all!

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