Saturday, March 12, 2011

Honorable Mentionings

Yesterday was professional development at school. For those of you outside the education system, "professional development" means someone who doesn't know any more than you do comes and tells you how to do something you probably already knew how to do.

That sentence needs editing.

Anyway, I stopped into my classroom during a bathroom break, and (like any good junkie) checked Twitter. It seems one of my little tales made Ellen Datlow's honorable mention list for Best Horror of the Year. Practical jokes aren't fun, but this was for real. I checked. Double-checked.

Yes, "Cargo" from Dark Pages volume 1 was on the list, next to my name. Yes, I've checked it each year since I started writing. Yes the list is very long. This is one of those things folks outside the writing loop don't quite understand. What a lovely early birthday present.

Thanks to Brenton Tomlinson, Alan Baxter, and Blade Red for taking my little story about a strange little girl at the end of the world. And thanks, Ellen, for the mention.

I'm off to Topeka for my first signing today. I will have candy, so at least somebody will talk to me.

Have a glorious day.

15 comments:

Rabid Fox said...

Congrats on the honorable mention. I downloaded the list the other day--part 2 anyway--and happened across your name. Very cool, and she's not in the habit of praising "okay" stories, either.

And best of luck with the book signing. May there be a multitude.

K.C. Shaw said...

Congratulations! I bet that made the rest of the professional development day a lot more bearable. :)

Alan W. Davidson said...

Great news, Aaron. Congratulations on making the list!

Lee Thompson said...

Congrats, man! And have fun at the signing!

Michael Stone said...

I got such a thrill out of seeing you and Cate on that list. Well done, mate. I hope the signing goes well.

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Gef. Multitude? Doubt it. My goal is to give away all my candy and a bunch of bookmarks. Selling books would be nice, too, but people have to pay for that stuff. ;)

K.C. - Thanks! It did.

Thanks, Alan.

Lee - Congrats x3 for you, my friend!

Thanks, Michael. The signing is an experiment. Well shall see...

Natalie L. Sin said...

You rock : )

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Natalie!

Cate Gardner said...

Woot! Woot! Woot!

Aaron Polson said...

Cheers, Cate!

Daniel W. Powell said...

Awesome news! Those nods certainly help keep the butt in the seat and the fingers on the keyboard!

Danielle Ferries said...

Very cool indeed :)

Aaron Polson said...

You're so right, Daniel. Just when I feel like quitting, they keep pulling me back in...

Cheers, Danielle!

Katey said...

God, I loved that story.

BT said...

Yeah, late to the party again...

Excellent news about the Honourable mention list.

A total of 6 stories from the TOC of Dark Pages (from 14) made the list. Not wanting to blow my own horn or anything, but that seems like one great anthology everyone should buy...

But let's be honest, it was never going to be a great antho without great authors providing brilliant tales to fill its covers - and you were definitely one of them. I'm glad Cargo found a home and I'm glad I had something to do with it.