Thursday, April 24, 2008

Nebula Awards Weekend 2008

It's finally here!!!

Tomorrow, I am hopping on a plane (and by "hopping" I mean that I'm arriving at the airport several hours early and staring fixedly at the Arrival/Departure board in hopes that by sheer force of will, I can prevent the flight from being delayed or cancelled -- I am not what you'd call a relaxed traveler) and flying to Austin, Texas, for the 2008 Nebula Awards Weekend.

As I think I've mentioned (only about a hundred times), Into the Wild is a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction. I am really, really, really excited about this. In fact, as soon as I got the news, I booked my flight to Austin, where they will be announcing the winner, live, at the awards ceremony! Just like the Oscars! Sorta.

Don't misunderstand -- I am not expecting to win. I am up against some really stiff competition (Elizabeth Wein, Ysabeau Wilce, Steve Berman, Adam Rex, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, and some unknown writer by the name of J.K. Rowling). But I am ridiculously excited to lose in person.

And to wear a pretty dress.

I can't remember the last time I wore a dress. Writing isn't really a dress-wearing sort of job, which is probably a good thing because I can't walk in high heels for more than five minutes at a time and I haven't the faintest idea how to put on makeup. (Last time I wore makeup was at my wedding ten years ago. I still own that makeup. It's probably all turned toxic by now.) But I went to the mall five times to find the perfect dress for this weekend. Finally found it last week. Snoopy Dance of Joy!

Some Random Model Wearing My New Dress

Do ya like it? Do ya? Do ya? Now I just need to make it through the banquet without spilling anything on myself. So not going to happen.

On the Friday of Nebula Awards Weekend (this Friday), there's a massive book signing event at the hotel. I'll be signing along with a huge collection of other authors (click here for the full participant list). Should be a lot of fun. Here's the key info:

Friday April 25th from 5:30 to 8pm
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Longhorn Room (3rd floor)

700 San Jacinto at 8th Street
Austin, Texas

It's open to everyone, regardless of whether you're attending the awards ceremony, so if you're in Austin this weekend, I hope you'll stop by!

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At 1:04 AM, Blogger E.C. Myers said...

Good luck! I wish I could attend the Nebulas this year to cheer you on. Whatever happens, you're in excellent company. :)

At 1:11 AM, Blogger Q said...

The dress is very appropriate for the book, though it would be even more so if it were green... Pretty patern!

I am sure you can adapt to heels if you need to--as long as they aren't too skinny and high you should be all right.

As for makeup--who needs it anyway, right?

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Very pretty! And yeah, very appropriate to your book. :)

At 8:08 PM, Blogger Faith said...

Gorgeous dress. And break a leg! (Um, not literally, of course) And no clucking like a chicken allowed. :)

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Meagan said...

You should really keep random models from wearing your clothing. I think they sell chemical tablets you can put in the pockets to keep them away. That might be moths, I'll check into it. In the meantime, good luck in Austin!

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Tasha said...

The dress is gorgeous:) I wish you the best of luck at the Nebulas.

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Enna Isilee said...

Fab dress. And you're getting closer to Utah. Just a few states more...

I got my "Got Wild" shirt. I'm totally going to show it off. It's fab.

At 9:39 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Eugene: Thanks so much! Wish you could've been there too!

Q: I survived the heels. Yay!

Erin: Thanks! I couldn't resist the vine pattern. I even wore matching vine and flower jewelry.

Faith: Pleased to report that no clucking occurred, though it was a close call a couple of times.

Meagan: LOL! Thanks! I'll keep an eye out for those model-repellent tablets.

Tasha: Thanks so much!

Enna Isilee: Yay! Glad you like how the T-shirt turned out. When I arrived home from the Nebulas, I was greeted by my husband wearing the T-shirt. :)

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