The Ugly Hugo Ballot of 2015

I might regret this post later…

The Hugo Nominations are out and the ballot is largely spoiled in my opinion.

In case you haven’t heard about the Hugo fiasco of 2015, Black Gate (who deserve to be on the ballot, IMHO) does a great job of explaining some of the controversy and why they accepted the nomination here.

In my early writing career I attended the Hugo Ceremony in Toronto in 2003 and learned that Speculative Fiction had this wonderful event where they celebrated the works of their creative talents.

“Wow,” I thought. “Maybe one day I’ll be on that ballot.”

This was the same feeling I used to get as a kid, watching the Juno Awards and hoping against hope that one day I would be on that ballot. As my life unfolded, I learned many lessons about the music business and my own temperament that ruined the Juno Awards dream forever. And so began my less enthusiastic position on the sidelines of the music industry instead of in the spotlight.

Years later I learned about the back room politics and endless promotion that is required to earn your way onto any award ballot. The company that my then-husband was then-employed with worked tirelessly to be recognized by the television and movie industries. Which led me to this conclusion:

Getting recognized is largely based on a drive to be recognized rather than talent and merit alone.

Notice I used the word “alone” because talent and merit are often part of the equation. That will always be true.

As much as the audience members watching and clapping want to believe that awards are based on merit alone, however, that’s rarely the manner in which it all unfolds.

I’m sure that sometimes awards are based on merit. I’m sure that volunteers work with faith behind the scenes to make awards as honest, forthright, and genuine as possible.

I’ve been on the Prix Aurora Award ballot 4 times and won once and I’m very proud of that accomplishment.

I dont suck miniOn the other hand, I’m not naive enough to believe that my Aurora nominations or wins were based solely on my merit, especially since I’ve read fiction by Canadians that really deserved recognition but was’t nominated/didn’t win, and I’ve also read fiction that was nominated/did win that I felt was undeserving.

I’m also not naive enough to believe that my work is so freaking awesome that it is that deserving of much of anything. Believe me, I fluctuate between pride in my work and fear that I massively suck and should stop this whole delusion that I’m a writer at all. Which is why I tweeted this photo in January to remind myself that I don’t suck…flowers sent with love from my boyfriend, and the Aurora Award that I won in 2012.

Today the Hugo Awards became another Juno Awards for me. Something that I used to hope for, because if I was on this year’s ballot I’m not sure how I’d feel about it.

I no longer have a starry-eyed and enthusiastic belief in the “big one” of the Speculative Fiction awards. And that is really sad.

Suzanne’s Schedule for Ad Astra 2015

Ad Astra Convention is April 10th to 12th.
Elements-5.5x8.5-100dpi-c8 Suzanne will be reading from ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction

Her schedule for the con:

Saturday, April 11th

11:00AM-12:00 PM After Acceptance: The Fun Begins Kelley Armstrong, Suzanne Church, Charles de Lint, Arlene F. Marks, Monica Pacheco (Richmond A)

2:00-4:00PM Signing Sessions Various authors (Richmond A + B)

6:00-7:00PM Writing in the ‘Loo Reading Suzanne Church, Marcy Italiano, Vanessa Ricci-Thode, Sarah Tolmie (Markham B)

7:00-8:00PM The Tip of the Tongue, The Teeth, The Lips: How To Read Your Writing To An Audience Anne Bishop, Suzanne Church, Lesley Donaldson-Reid, Catherine Fitzsimmons (Markham A)

8:00-9:00PM Believable Characters and Dialogue Kelley Armstrong, Suzanne Church, Nina Munteanu, Douglas Smith (Markham B)

Why not drop by and say hello!

The Epic Reveal…

And now, the reveal you’ve all been waiting for…

new-eg-shield-smallI’ve been using the code-name 3XN  as a placeholder to discuss my new novel project.

Recently I revealed that 3XN had been upgraded to (3X+Y)N. So what does all of that math gibberish mean?

I can now finally explain!

“N” stands for Novel. That’s the easy piece.

“3” stands for the number three. Duh. Yep, I’m talking about a trilogy.

“X” refers to the Hellmaw realm created by Ed Greenwood.

I’m writing a three-book series about the serial killer daemon Videx.

“Y” refers to the new fantasy world code-named: Pony Island created by Ed Greenwood.

I’m writing one novel set in this new fantasy realm.

Please click through the links above to learn more about the EdVerse, and all of the other creatives involved in this venture.

NaNoWriMo Begins!

The super-fun NaNoWriMo has begun. For the month of November, Suzanne will join in with people all over the world in an attempt to write 50,000 words over the thirty days in November.

She has participated many times, and hopes to win again this year. If you’d like to add her as a NaNoWriMo writing buddy, her userid is canadiansuzanne.

To keep up with her NaNoWriMo adventures, visit her LiveJournal blog.

Suzanne’s 2014 Daily Dragon Articles

While attending Dragon Con, Suzanne volunteered as a reporter for The Daily Dragon.

Follow the links below to read her articles from this year.

Guardians of the Galaxy and the Brothers Gunn

Panelists James Gunn and Sean Gunn shared all of their awesome experiences from the making of the hit Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy

Spotlight on Karl Urban

The versatile actor Karl Urban who’s appeared in Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Dredd  as well as many other films and television shows spent an hour entertaining fans and answering questions.

Agents of W.H.E.D.O.N.

Panelists Amy Acker, Ron Glass, and J. August Richards discuss their experiences working with Joss Whedon

Voice Acting

Panelists Steve Downes, Bill Farmer, Erin Fitzgerald, and John Ratzenberger tell stories and offer advice on the world of voice acting

Battlestar Galactica: A Visit to the Fleet

Continuing her yearly tradition, Suzanne covered the Battlestar Galactica  panel with actors Richard Hatch, Tricia Helfer, Michael Hogan, and Kate Vernon

Party in the Baen House

A report on the festivities at the Baen Party, including readings and Q&A’s with authors John Ringo, David Weber, and Timothy Zahn

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

After nearly passing out from the Atlanta heat, Suzanne discusses the importance of hydration and pacing yourself during big conventions like Dragon Con.