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Monday, August 22nd, 2011 by Carrie Vaughn
Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going (Or, I engage in a bit of time travel)

By now, I know whether or not my short story “Amaryllis” won a Hugo.  But since I’m posting this a week in advance, I really don’t know.  I probably won’t be able to update with the news because I’ll be flying to Michigan for a signing.  Whichever way it goes — went, rather — I’m incredibly happy about the nomination.  It’s one of those external benchmarks that ends up meaning a lot because this is such a crazy business that doesn’t always give us concrete feedback.  I think this is one of the reasons we have so many writing and book awards: it’s a way to provide concrete feedback, or to impose some kind of order on the mass of books and writing that appears every year.  That may be a discussion for another time.

I’ve been reflecting a lot on my writing and the progress I’ve made in the 22 years since I sent out my first short stories.  Because I think “Amaryllis” is the kind of story I tried to write in high school and college and couldn’t.  A thoughtful, solid science fiction story like the kind I grew up reading.  As a teenager, I didn’t have the experience  — the emotional experience, the raw life experience to draw on (John Scalzi touches on this in in his advice to teenage writers).  I didn’t have the ability to write about several threads and plotlines at once, which is one of the things that makes for good stories.  (I could barely write one at a time then.)  I didn’t have the ability to craft, to take the feedback I got on the story from a very trusted reader and use it to shape the story into something more powerful.

It’s been a startling revelation, that I actually seem to have learned something, or internalized something.  I mean, of course I have, I should hope one wouldn’t work at an art or craft for twenty years and not learn something.  But I felt a strange time dilation, considering that I have written something, without really realizing it, that my teenage self aspired to write.

Whichever way the award goes — or went — I got a great dress for the ceremony, which is/was co-hosted by our own Ken Scholes, and plan(ned) on making an event of it.  If I get internet access I’ll try to pop in and say how it went.

Monday, April 25th, 2011 by Carrie Vaughn
award news

Just a brief note with a bit of news:

The nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards for science fiction were announced yesterday, and my short story “Amaryllis” is among them.  This means that more people than my mom and dad liked it enough to nominate it.  Woo!

I have to admit, I’m awfully excited.  As someone who’s read science fiction since I was a wee small girl, “Hugo” has always meant something special.

Also — I’m really glad I still write short stories!

“Amaryllis” is online at Lightspeed magazine.  The magazine and its editor, John Joseph Adams, were also nominated.