Mari Ness (mariness) wrote,
Mari Ness

Award nominating, part two:

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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