I didn't win either of the Vivi Awards for which I was nominated. However, I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me and this collection of general silliness and oddities. It was a tremendous amount of fun and excitement, and I really had a great time with the whole thing.
I also want to congratulate all the winners, and I particularly want to congratulate Dorn and Dad (not my dad, but he's a dad, I think) for their wins. Losing isn't so painful when the competition is just that damn good.
In other news, the book writing is going well. I've torn past the 60,000 word mark which is most likely about half-way by my estimations. I'm hoping to end somewhere around 120,000 before I start the slicing, dicing and rewriting. Establishing this sort of goal is a new approach for me since my writing style is to normally just stumble out of the gates and run until I drop. It's also really hard making the transition from writing short stories to extending a metaphor in such a way as this. It's fun, but sometimes it seems that the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel is a very long way off. Right now, though, it's the size of a solitary pixel. It's tiny, but at least it's there to give me a little hope as I head into the locker room at half-time.
The thing that bothers me most is that I wish I could tell you all about it. I am horrible at keeping secrets when it comes to things that make me twitch with excitement. But, I will say that it takes place in a not-too-distant future, but it's not science fiction per se. There are no aliens, flying cars or big, honkin' space cannons (although.... hmmm). It's got a lot of silly bits that have had me laughing out loud like a lunatic as I write, but there's also a serious underlying critique of today's world. I think people will like it.
Unfortunately, I've said too much. Now you all must be destroyed. Sorry about that. Please try not to take it personally.