Outdated yet startling news
I've been meaning to mention that a few weeks ago, somewhat out of the blue, I was contacted for permission to reprint St. Ailbe's Hall in an anthology called "The Ursa Major Awards Sampler."
I had two thoughts on this:
1. Sure, why not? I'm generally pretty willing to let people reprint my short fiction.
2. What are the Ursa Major Awards?
3. The title of the anthology implies that I won an award and no one ever told me. What the heck?
So, I did some googling. I didn't win the award, but I was nominated for it in 2005. The Ursa Major awards are for best anthropomorphic fiction and are described on their website as the Hugo Awards of Furry Fandom.
So, yes, apparently back in 2005 I was up for the Furry Hugo and NO ONE TOLD ME. The editor of the anthology was startled to hear that this was the first I'd heard about this.
The worst of it is, if I'd WON, no one would have been there to graciously accept the award. I wouldn't have been there even if I'd known; this was when Kiera was still really young, so the whole family had to go to cons, which curtailed my con-going schedule pretty sharply. However, I would have at least found someone to accept on my behalf and sent a speech expressing gratitude for the honor. So thank goodness I didn't win, really; I would have looked like a complete asshole!
(And yes. I am aware of the Geek Hierarchy Chart and the overall attitude toward Furries in SF Fandom. But you know what? NO ONE ELSE has ever nominated me for THEIR Hugo or equivalent award so all you furry-haters can go snicker somewhere else. Furries are clearly AWESOME.)