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Award nominating, part two:

xmas me
And now for my stuff:

Novelette: Trickster. Not just my first sale to Clarkesworld, but also a story that I was quite pleased with, and which, as far as I'm concerned, already received the very best type of award in the form of a complete stranger who read it and got exactly what I was trying to do. I rarely pay attention to reviews but I have to admit that one gave me a strong sense of satisfaction.

Short story:

To my genuine surprise, Love in the Absence of Mosquitoes earned a Locus Recommendation and several favorable reviews, this mostly because, to be honest, I didn't think that people deliberately reading a journal about weird bugs would bother to read the one story in the issue without any bugs. Maybe they just needed the break. In any case, this was probably my second or third most popular/favorably received story of the year, a story of love, its absence, changed social relations, and oh yes, mosquitoes.

The most popular story, however, based on emails and blog comments, was probably Sister and Bones, which even earned praise from Terri Windling.

Hands down, however, the story gaining the strongest emotional reaction from pretty much everyone was, not at all to my surprise, The Woods, Their Hearts, My Blood, my happy little cannibalism tale.

Frankly, I have a hellish time choosing between those three stories: "Sister and Bones" is the lyrical piece; "Love in the Absence of Mosquitoes" the intellectual piece; and "The Woods, Their Hearts, My Blood," the emotional piece. They were all favorites from this year, and I suspect I'll be sneaking back into the Nebula forums to throw another one up, just because.

Also eligible: Green, which was my mother's favorite of everything I published this year; In the Pits of Isfhan, which hasn't had time to get much reaction from anyone yet; and Twelve Days of Dragons, which I loved, but is a holiday story, which awards tend to avoid.

I think that covers it. Feel free to suggest your own work, or that of others, in the first half of this post.

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acwise
Jan. 4th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm thrilled to have been part of the team that published "Love in the Absence of Mosquitoes". It truly is a fantastic story. Clearly, I see I have a lot of your other works to catch up on :)
mariness
Jan. 4th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
And I'm very glad you guys published it!

It was a surprisingly productive publishing year for me, despite the lack of finishing novels and other short fictions.

Edited at 2012-01-04 01:27 am (UTC)
prezzey
Jan. 26th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'm happy you enjoyed the review! Here is the permalink... I noticed you linked to one of the tags pages (disabled_characters to be precise), which works for the time being, but only because so far yours has been the only story with a disabled character. (Sigh!)
mariness
Jan. 27th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for the improved link. You have no idea how reassuring your review was.

It looks as if I will be publishing some more short fiction this year featuring disabled characters. No wheelchair users so far, but I have a few of those simmering, so perhaps later this year or next.
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