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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.


A worthy win.

- signed, a fan from a prior generation.

Congratulations on a well-deserved Hugo win!

Woot! I just saw the results, congratulations! I do hope you were able to adapt your dignified-drunkeness to the winner's party!





Congratulations on your Hugo!

So, convinced you're not dreaming yet?

Hell, even I'm finding it strange to think that an internet artist I started following years and years ago because someone linked me to her weird chupacabra comic and paintings of gears has gone on to win a Hugo (not to mention being a succesful children's author). Can't imagine what it must be like to actually BE you.

Re: Hugo Award---I'd venture that most of your fans are delighted but not at all surprised.

Way to go, Ursula!

*POP* of virtual champagne cork (and many real ones, I have no doubt)--


Sonuvabitch you won! Hells yes and congrats!

This is going to be the best podcast episode ever coming up, I can smell it.

Here's hoping the Hugo Winner's Party was at least as much fun, and that the ground was softer when you hit.


Congrats on the Hugo Award, awesome person!

Congratulations! I rooted for Digger since the nominees were announced. But I didn't even hope, it will take an actual award as the competition looked very tight. So happy you won Hugo, that was the best news I heard at morning!

Congrats on the Hugo! Very well-deserved!

The Hugo! I squealed so loudly when I read it on the Twitter feed that my girlfriend was deafened. In a good cause, I feel.

I was initially turned on to Digger when someone mentioned it on a Diana Wynne Jones list. I think that was somewhere in what turned out to be the second volume. Anyway, I became a total Ursula fan.


CONGRATS! You are awesome and so deserve it!