Update on the Dragon Awards and Me

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Anyone with an email address is eligible. That’s fair. Here’s the link to register. More seriously, and as noted in the statement, the folks at the Dragon Awards suggested they were willing to put in some work to listen and learn, and their reversal of their “no withdrawal” policy and their commitment to rethink aspects of their process was a good first step. It’s nice to win, but it’s nice to see other people win, too. And then someone else has to worry about how to ship a trophy home. And here is the full, updated ballot. So are you going to the awards ceremony now? Okay, then let’s get to the questions. Well, you know. If I wanted to vote, how do I do that? (Incidentally, and in case it’s not clear, please don’t paint every other finalist with the “I’m just here for the culture war” brush. I gotta warn you, I might not vote for you. You can tell which ones are around to gin up a culture war. As I noted, some of the steps they’re taking now indicate to me they want to get it right. Your mileage may vary. In my discussions with the folks running them, my sense is that they really do want to make the awards something that is viable and useful (and fun) for fans of the genre. Hopefully they’ll get there. If you voted for something you enjoyed, that’s good enough. Please? Night   Shyamalan-like twist at the ending, featuring a shocking statement from me! Yup, that’s basically right. Also, here is the Dragon Awards’ own statement, re: Alison Littlewood departing from the ballot. How did that conversation go? This is not actually complicated. Them: What if we say, pretty please with sugar on top? That stuff adds up. Me: I’d like to withdraw. Share:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email (Opens in new window) They’re new and still figuring this out, which is not an excuse but is an explanation. Me: No. They have a lot of work to do (this is, I suspect, in the nature of awards in general). Why did you change your mind? So that’s fine. In the meantime, with this as with anything, you’re perfectly within your rights to have issues and criticism. Nope, I’m still counter-scheduled in Washington DC that weekend. Enough that I was willing to reconsider withdrawing from the ballot. What if I was going to vote for you but you said not to and I voted for something else? Me: Oh, fine. Fire away. Here’s the deal: Did you enjoy reading my book? Them: What if we say, pretty please? So, wait, you were going to withdraw from the Dragon Awards but now you’re not? Otherwise, don’t vote for it, please. They’re still there and they’re still tiresome, and I’m not really looking forward to that nonsense, but, you know what, fuck it. Read them? First, read this, from Andrew Liptak at the Verge, and make sure you stick around for the M. But what about the dudes ginning up the whole “culture war” angle? I’m okay with other people winning awards I am also up for. I don’t. I still have to read some of the finalists in my category. I still have issues with the Dragon Awards. Repeat with every other work in my category, and so on in the other categories. Groovy. They’re pretty obvious about it.)
Seems reasonable and I accept your judgment. You said you just couldn’t even with those dudes. Them: We’d like you to stay. If I like them better, I might not vote for me. I’ve won my fair share over time. I’ll be no worse off. Then vote for it. I mean, that’s on me, isn’t it? Enough to vote for it over the other works in my particular category? Mostly because the administrators asked if I would reconsider. Me: No.