So. Uh. … That happened.

Check out the short fiction section on this link.

… Yeah. I’m actually kinda-sorta floored. I mean, I know I have people out there rooting for me and enjoying my work? And I massively appreciate that I do? I just don’t think I realized that there were that many of you.

My default assumption for a number of years, in my dark heart, has been something along the lines of ‘I am that guy with great writing that nobody has ever heard of.’ But apparently you guys have heard about me, and, well. That just makes me frustrated that I don’t have more stories to present to you guys and gals. (Although I am working on that.)

Like I said in my last post about shilling for awards, ultimately the Ursa Major Awards are about the fans, and are about the fans showing support for the creators they think are doing something special. What this nomination is, really, a whole bunch of people telling me that they are pulling for me and want me to keep at it, and that is just a wonderful feeling to have.

So, thank you, and please do remember to go back and vote, now that the votes for the awards (not just the nominations) are open. If you want to share/discuss things with your friends, or just don’t know me and my work and happen to be checking things out, there are links to Dangerous Jade’s sample first chapter, which is actually a respectable chunk of the book, in various formats/readable online over here. (And also, y’know, you can find links to buy it there, if you feel THAT interested.)

Also of interest are the other nominations for furry fiction this year. In short fiction, the other nominations got swept by Mary E. Lowd, who’s been quite dedicatedly turning out furry short fiction these past few years, and her fans have given her a colossal five thumbs up this year! She’s put up an e-book reader with her nominations, which you can check out (as I intend to) over here.

In long form fiction/novels, I am STILL sad that Kyell Gold’s Green Fairy is unavailable to vote for, and I am sadly unfamiliar with the five nominees there for the most part. I do intend to look into that a little more, and may well report back in more detail at some point soon, but I’ve heard great things about M.C.A. Hogarth’s Flight of the Godkin Griffin, and will probably start my investigations there.

So yeah. At the end of the day? Thank you for the nomination. I am quietly thrilled every time I go back and look at the page, there. This is like a big collaborative high five from all of you, and it leaves me atingle.

Now, remember to go back and vote, and to get your friends involved in the Ursas — they are your way to make your favourite furry creators all warm and fuzzy.