I had a fantastic time at the Nebula Awards in DC. I got to meet and hang out several of my fellow nominees, including Aliette De Bodard
, Chris Kastensmidt
, J. Kathleen Cheney
, Eric James Stone, Rachel Swirsky, Vylar Kaftan, Mary Robinette Kowal and Paolo Bacigalupi. Plus I met many members of Codex (my online writing group), several fantastic editors, and two of my former Clarion West instructors. Phew! Lots of wonderful people and I'm sure I've forgotten some!
On Friday, Peter and I went on a guided tour of the Air and Space Museum. It was so much better than just wandering around the museum (which would still have been good), since our guide had plenty of information/anecdotes about all the exhibits. Friday night there was a reception for all the nominees, where I got a certificate and a pin (and free drinks!).
Saturday's activities included a SFWA meeting and a really helpful workshop by Mary Robinette Kowal on how to read your stories aloud for an audience. The web is no substitute for one-on-one feedback, but Mary has posted all kinds of helpful tips on her website
And, of course, Saturday night was the banquet and awards ceremony. I didn't win, but I am genuinely thrilled for my friends Eric James Stone and Rachel Swirsky, who took home the awards for novelette and novella, respectively. And a big congratulations to all the winners!
A couple pictures from the awards ceremony on Saturday night:
Caroline and Peter Yoachim (Photo by Ellen Datlow)
Nebula Award-winning author Eric James Stone, with Nebula-nominated authors Mary Robinette Kowal and Caroline Yoachim.
Overall I was terrible about remembering to take photos, but there were plenty of cameras around -- for tons of pictures check out these posts by Ernest Lilley
and Ellen Datlow