Novelist Jim C. Hines has been a Best Fan Writer nominee for about three weeks now. He says it’s been a learning experience. And what has he learned? According to “Hugo Lessons Thus Far” some has to do with underwear, with fashion preferences, and with cupcakes. There is also one genuine pearl of wisdom:
Do not read people’s blog posts about the Hugo ballot…
- Blogger A said they were happy to see me on the Fan Writer list and would probably vote for me. OMGYAY SOMEONE’S GOING TO VOTE FOR ME I’M TOTALLY GOING TO WIN!!!
- Blogger B said they were going to vote for someone else, and asked why a professional writer was on the Fan Writer list. AW CRAP I’M SO GOING TO LOSE AND EVERYONE WILL HATE ME FOREVER!!!
Yeah. I think it’s best if I just stop reading those posts…
Agreed, that way lies the path of true joy. However, as Anthony Trollope wrote in Phineas Finn, “But who is there that abstains from reading that which is printed in abuse of himself?”
Much as I’ve enjoyed Hines’ blog – see Why Princesses Need Chiropractors — I’m basically in Blogger B’s camp. Yet what should I say? I wasn’t much of a factor when I tried to keep John Scalzi and Fred Pohl from winning the Best Fan Writer Hugo. Based on that performance, Hines probably ought to hire me to campaign against him then get on with writing his acceptance speech.
What if this time I endorse the pro? Reverse psychology! After all, most of my picks for the FAAn Awards ended floating face-down at the bottom of the poll. I possess the kiss of death! Yes, I think that would be the biggest threat of all.