I actually was offline for most of yesterday, and when I checked in after midnight, the Rogue Poet Awards had announced the winners of Round 9, for which With This Ring was nominated in multiple categories. Thanks again to whomever nominated it! It must’ve been more than one of you guys, because the story was up for the Reader’s Choice Award, which (drumroll, please) it won! As if that weren’t enough, it also won a Judge’s Choice Award, and Best Short! I’m a bit overwhelmed. It feels like a fanfic Trifecta around here. These are the first judged awards that I’ve won, so it’s very sweet, though having popular support for the story makes it even more so. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go all Sally Field on you. But, omg, thanks! Here's the pretties, so you know I'm not making this up:
I am in great company, as many friends also came away with pretties! snickfic, moscow_watcher, deird1, lilachigh, gabrielleabelle, angearia, brutti_ma_buoni, enigmaticblue, penny_lane_42, clawofcat, and sotia were all recognized for their outstanding work, and let me just add my hearty congratulations! Of course, there were some really excellent pieces that ended out of the money (of the strictly digital graphics kind), so I'd recommend checking out the nominated stories, as well as the winners, if you haven’t already. These award sites are a great way to find good fic, which is the only reason I am here today. (“Here” meaning LJ, not Oregon.)
In other fandom news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead, and I am still going to WriterCon. I’m trying to decide what story to submit for the archive, but I’m not sure I’m the best judge of my own work, so if any of you have an opinion I’d be grateful to hear it. I’m thinking of Let the Good Times Roll (the Spike/Dru Mardi Gras story), Do You Believe? or With This Ring (both Spuffy). Also, I was accepted into the Writer’s Salon, so I’m going to be spending my lazy July coming up with 2-4,000 words that haven’t been posted anywhere yet. Also, there’s another seasonal_sd round just announced for later this month, and I’d hate to miss it. There’s just 3 weeks before Comic-Con, so I guess that’s my deadline. Wish me luck!
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Next up: My Earnest Report (with photos).