Yes, I am very behind on my blogging, my email, you name it. Just posting a quick note to say I am alive and I will be posting some new posts as soon as I catch up on sleep. This weekend I was at the Nebulas and got to see Connie Willis made a Grand Master. Now Connie is a wonderful, generous person. At this awards weekend, when she is the most honored guest, it was hard for us to find time meet up and spend any time together. Nearly all of our meals were booked, so we just decided to meet in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday - the day of the Awards banquet - and we sat and talked for over two hours.
Connie was my Clarion West instructor, and no one I know teaches better than she does (which is no insult at all to any of the rest of my fantastic teachers). In the course of just a few minutes' conversation, she'll say things that I digest over the next few hours and days, so you can imagine how a two our conversation was like drinking from a firehose from the font of knowledge. I'll be sorting through and picking apart what she said for months. We had a great conversation about books, plotting, and specifically romances because the book she is working on right now has a romance storyline in it.
At the Awards Banquet, she was fantastic, giving an acceptance speech that brought everyone to their feet in a big standing ovation. And yes, I did get to see her Grand Master Award. It looks very much like a Nebula - and for the uninitiated, a Nebula is a block of lucite with spherical planets made from I don't know what and glitter galaxies suspended in it. Connie is our fourth female Grand Master and one of the youngest. She has most definitely earned it, though, having won more Hugos and Nebulas than any other author, with stories that are classics.
I can sense my consciousness slipping though. I need to crash. Hope what I wrote was coherent!