Out of the blue yesterday I got an email telling me I was one of four writers this year being awarded the Alice B. Reader’s Appreciation Medal. It’s an honour given annually to writers of lesbian fiction deserving of recognition based on their body of work. Previous winners include giants of the field such as Joanna Russ, Jane Rule, Alison Bechdel, and Katherine V. Forrest. It also comes with a juicy cheque.
I’ve been given all kinds of statues and plaques, certificates and cheques, even a lovely ceramic plate (now displayed at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame), but this is my very first medal. I’m delighted.
Here’s part of the email I got:
We readers have enjoyed all of your books and found your treatment of the death of and mourning for a beloved partner in The Blue Place and Stay particularly touching; almost too painful to read.. Your ability to capture emotions is unsurpassed. Your treatment of the uncertainties of MS, too, is noteworthy, and we thank you for your thoughtful treatment of death and illness. The mark of a great writer is that their work teaches, as well as entertains: you have mastered both of these facets of the art. We are proud to add you to our list of favorite writers. Thank you.
So there you have it. I’m officially awesome. (Picture me feeling smug and visualising myself as Sir Nicola with rows of medals pinned across my chest, sword at my side, noble steed waiting for me to leap on and lead the charge to save the world. Why, yes, I have just had four cups of tea in under an hour, how can you tell?)
35 thoughts on “I just won an award!”
This is officially AWESOMO! Congratulations. >>Well, I just had my magic tea and am all happy and sentimental, so my eyes watered while I read the bit of the email you share with us. Life is good.
I read the news to E, and she says, “Tell Nicola she’s done well. As a < HREF="http://asknicola.blogspot.com/2008/09/almost-god-but-not-quite.html" REL="nofollow">fellow Cardinal<>, I am proud of her. She is on her way to becoming pope and then god.”
Wow, that is awesome! They definitely got that part right about you being a great writer.>>You might want to slow down on that tea though. :)
Congratulations! What a fantastic week it’s been. So happy for you. Enjoy – it’s well-deserved!!
Pretty nifty, eh? Now I’m off to drink more tea–and eat chocolate. Then I’ll write a zillion magnificent Hild words. (…trailing smugness…)
So awesome Nicola!!! We’re proud of you.
That is a seriously fabulous medal. Money’s nice, too!
Wahoo! >>Ni-co-la! Ni-co-la!>>You totally rock, and we all know it. Congrats to you!>>.grin.
Congratulations Sir N!
Congratulations! You absolutely deserve it. What great news!
<>ssas, jill, wendy, janine, chadao, malinda<>, thank you. K and I are having a pretty stupendous day.
Congratulations! Have not read any of your work, but it feels good to see/hear your happiness. Continued success!
Congratulations! I love medals. They are so, so, so, “decorous”! Yes, absolutely, a long sword,leather greves, a white steed, and a rainbow banner snapping as you gallop! You already have an army of the faithful to follow you… :)>>Good day all around! Cheers!
<>vicki<>, I’m curious: if you haven’t read any of my work, what brought you here?>><>linda<>, I think someone else–y’know, one of the minions–carries the banner :)
Pick me! Pick me! Can I, please please please, be the banner-carrying minion? >>I have three years of experience, if you’re looking for qualifications—carried the Mexican flag in grades 6, 8, and 9. Don’t ask me how I came to be such a lousy umbrella holder, though.
<>Don’t ask me how I came to be such a lousy umbrella holder, though.<>>>I imagine it’s the difference between showing something off and covering it up.
Congratulations. Alice B. Reader, how cute.The group has taste, discrinination, and best of all, money. Enjoy.
<>I imagine it’s the difference between showing something off and covering it up.<>>>Ah, Nicola, you rule. >>I believe we could both benefit from brain-swapping once a month. I would take excellent care of your 1+ kg of jellylike matter and think wicked thoughts during those 24 monthly hours. Mine is not officially awesome yet, but I’m sure you are resourceful and could put it to good use. >>Hey, did you know that our brains have as many as 1 quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) synapses? That’s more than stars in the known universe. I learnt this today reading my new book and it blew me away.
I know what you could do with my mind in 24 hrs! Mashup videos, read a book in Spanish, go to the cantina and sing mariachi in perfect Mexican, plus monkey tricks. I’m writing down a bargain list, in case the “Swap Your Brain With a Friend” shop ever opens somewhere along the West Coast US-Canada border.
You should commission medals to be made as stand-ins for your other awards, & then dress in quasimilitary litfiend garb with egg salad on your breast at all times!>>WWDD? What would Dali do!
Way cool! If they’d asked me I would have voted for you too. And for your whole body of work, too. It seems to me that could be more meaningful than something for a single work. Not that any award is something to stick your nose up at. >>duff>>p.s. How do people get their photos on their comments. It has been fun to see faces.
Ah, hell, drink all the tea you want! That’s fantastic! :]>>Sarah
Congratulations, Nicola! The medal’s kinda foofy, but nothing beats a nice check in addition. And the recognition is definitely deserved.
<>barbara<>, thank you, yes, I agree: they have awesome taste. They picked *me*…>><>karina<>, oh, that’s many times many. And did you know, according to Science News, the entire universe might be just a giant hologramme??>><>evecho<>, thank you.>><>mordicai<>, don’t think the thought hasn’t occurred to me.>><>alyx<>, thank you.>><>duff<>, < HREF="http://www.blogger.com" REL="nofollow">get yourself a Blogger account<> (it’s pretty easy–just follow the instructions) and upload a picture.>><>sarah<>, yes ma’am!>><>promiscuous<>, well, the only proper material for a medal is gold, and it should be much, much bigger…
I “twittered” you a congrats, but I wanted to “formally” congratulate you on your blog, all official like and what not. You so deserve every recognition that you are receiving for your works Nicola. After reading what I have of Always and Ammonite, and still in anticipation of “ANWAGTHAP”, I am continually and UTTERLY blown away by the beauty of your words. Yay for you!!! >>*is COMPLETELY reduced to fan-girl status*
<>And did you know, according to Science News, the entire universe might be just a giant hologramme??<>>>I’ve suspected this since 1994, when one of my high school teachers gave me a book titled < HREF="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060922583?ie=UTF8&tag=teapot-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0060922583" REL="nofollow"><>The Holographic Universe<><>. He said, “One day, you’ll give it to someone else.” Are you interested? ;-)>>It ties in with the holographic-mind theory < HREF="http://asknicola.blogspot.com/2008/08/lost-find-cow.html?showComment=1220854800000#c6900329155994630360" REL="nofollow"> I’ve mentioned here before<>.
exTREMELY kewl. A medal!
congratulations!actually i am not familiar with your body of work!enlighten me please. will get back to you after i get back from my Chinese new year holidays!till next time>>PEPITO
<>realmcovet<>, thank you. Let me know what you think of ANWAGTHAP when you’re done.>><>karina<>, I used to love physics, these days it just makes my brain hurt. It all seems so…metaphysical.>><>haddyr<>, thank you.>><>pepito<>, more than you could possibly want to know < HREF="http://www.nicolagriffith.com" REL="nofollow">here<>.
I understand. I feel that way about math these days.
Nicola- Thanks for the blogging info.I was reading through it and for some reason it seemed overwhelming. But I’m going to work on that. Imagine four billion people connected this way…which, I’m sure you already have imagined. >>duff
duff, new info can often seem overwhelming the first time you look at it. But, trust me, it’s not too hard. Just read it through a bit at a time.
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