So life trundles on. I’ve been crazy busy at The Day Job (trust me, it needs those capitals. I test the Code of Cthulhu) and will be for at least another month or so. It’s really sad when I look forward to a convention as an opportunity to rest.
That’s right. Ravencon – where I have a pretty solid schedule – will be rest time for me. It will also be interesting in the Chinese Curse sense, because I’ve long passed the point where my “polite society” filters crapped out (this happens when I’m tired, and with the way The Day Job has been, I’m never not tired. It’s just a matter of degree). This means that whatever I’m thinking is likely to come out of my mouth without any filters to prevent me offending 150% of the entire universe. Possibly the entire multiverse and several abolished dimensions as well.
I’m talented that way. My best (worst) puns happen completely unintentionally. So do some of my more interesting and inspired writing efforts – this is why I can never tell how well I’ve done when I write something. I have to wait until I’ve had time to forget it.
In other news, this of the Puppy-related kind, I’ve heard rumors from several sources (but nothing official, alas) that more than 4000 Hugo nomination ballots were cast. I’ve also heard there are some saying that Sad Puppies 4 is a nonentity, that it’s run out of steam, it’s dead, pining for the fjords, gone to a better place… (erm, sorry?). Well, no.
Sad Puppies 4 is waiting to hear who the nominees (*ahem*. The Hugo Site says they aren’t being called nominees any more. They’re ‘finalists’ from a shortlist. Whatever) are before congratulating them for their recognition, whoever they are, and starting the next round of campaigning to boost involvement in the Hugos process.
I’m not going to claim Sad Puppies 4 was responsible for nearly doubling the nomination ballot count: with my negative publicity skills, the likelihood of that it somewhere close to zero. I will claim to have had a part in making the nominations a little more healthy (nearly twice as healthy, even), and plan to keep doing my best to increase voting numbers as well.
So yes, if that 4000+ number is correct, Sad Puppies 4 can claim a modest victory in the nomination phase, no matter who is nominated… shortlisted. An increase of nearly 100%? That’s a big boost and a very good thing.