March 7th, 2006


Preliminary Ballot

"Under the Skin" did indeed make it to the Preliminary Ballot of this year's Bram Stoker Awards. It's not quite as meaningless a distinction as it used to be, after a rules change allowing for fewer titles on the Prelim was put in place in an effort to allow voters a chance to actually read everything. Previously, pretty much everyone and their grandmother was on the Prelim, to the point where it was basically indistinguishable from the loosey-goosey recommendation list, but now the ballot is smaller and a tiny bit harder to get on. So while I'm honored, it should be pointed out that it's still nowhere near the accomplishment of being on the Final Ballot and achieving actual nominee status. Here's hoping the fourth time's the charm, though, and "Under the Skin" becomes my first story to progress from the Prelim to the finals.

In other news, I've noticed I'm saying "like" a lot in conversation these days. I think it's because I'm writing a novel with a teen voice that's stuck in my head. It's embarrasing.