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Not Dead!

Not dead! Had a wonderful time at Bubonicon—saving full report for when I get back from Worldcon this weekend, and can knock it all out at once.

I returned to 34 frogs in the pond. This is more frogs, by leaps and hops, than I have ever seen in the pond. I am stunned.  I don’t know if a crop of tadpoles all suddenly grew legs and climbed up on land at once or if the hot dry weather dried up a pond and they all found their way here, but…dude. Frogs. Frogs in extraordinary quantity. I find myself fretting—what will they eat? (Answer: Bugs, worms, each other.) They’re bronze frogs and Southern leopard frogs. The blacksnake has already come by for a meal.

I know it’ll all even itself out in time, and this is probably the boom and bust of a very young population cycle, but man, you walk to the compost heap and suddenly it’s all alarm calls and SPLASH SPLASH SPLOOSH! And when I look out my window, it is Frogtown.

There is also a nearly grown dragonfly nymph in the water barrel, which means no mosquito larvae and only a few enormous tadpoles. He is SOMETHING. I’m a little scared. There’s a stick so he can climb out, but dude.

And I had a facial yesterday, as my buddy Mur decided we were going to something girly before the Hugos, goddamnit. It was a helluva thing. My face is still a little stunned. There were all manner of goops and massaging and more goops and steam and I even had my ears massaged, which is really peculiar and has never happened before. (I assume it’s part of the thing, and that I didn’t just have Horrible Damaged Ears That Required Treatment At Once.)

I am only partly recovered from travel and now I get to do it again tomorrow, but it’ll be fine! I will lose with dignity and go to the Hugo Loser’s party and drink until I fall down. With dignity.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

I desire to see this dignified falling-over-drunk. The only time I ever drank that much there was a lot of hysterical giggling. Also vodka. Well, the vodka happened first.

Aside from the part where I expect (and hope!) the post-Hugo party will be celebrating your win with a lot of booze and a total lack of dignity, that sounds right :)

Wheeee! Frogses!

Win or lose -- you will surely be the only nominee who loves frogs so much and is intimidated -- or even notices -- the universe occurring in the water barrel. =D And in 50 years, one of these things will still be exciting, while the other will be an old memory. A life worth living is still the best reward!

That said, of course, in 50 years I want you to be able to remember the shock and thrill of winning the Hugo, once upon a time.

As someone who has noticed a dearth of our amphibian friends, I am happy to hear about your frogs. Frogtown is a good place to be, unless Rowdy Roddy Piper shows up.

Are they Rule 34 frogs? (The ones we have in our pond certainly sound like they are)

Bestest of luck, and may your dignity remain longer than your concern for it.

Have fun! Good luck! Drink with the best of them, with dignity. :) And Enjoy all the girliness. Your garden sounds wonderfully, horribly, fantastically ALIVE and that is cool

There is no "lose" here. Whether you get to take the award home or not, you were plucked out of the sea of marvelous authors/illustrators as one of the best. If they decide because someone else had more people flood the ballot box that that person "wins" you are still there as one of The Best and they can't ever take that away.

There is no "lose" here.

*hugs and cheers*

Exactly. You already won the nomination.

Hmmm. I've always loved living "in town" since I got to be a grown up, because I like the sounds. I like knowing other people are around. Now you've got me missing hearing the frogs in the pond at home, dammit. I like hearing the frogs! Especially the bullfrogs. What a treat.

You were able to actually COUNT them?


I'm sorry I didn't get to see it. Stupid uSTream

I'm *really* sorry I didn't get to see the acceptance speech.

Congrats!!! Well deserved award, Ursula. I'm really happy for you!

Best Graphic Story and a Hugo to prove it!!

Congratulations!!!!!! We are so very proud of you!!!!!!