Okay, so this morning, I get a comment on my last post from Sandra, congratulating me all cryptic-like. Naturally, I endeavored to find out why. It turns out The Big Score was named a finalist for this year's Derringer Award!
So yeah. Wow. Big thanks to Sandra for tipping me off, and to Richard Helms, editor of The Back Alley, for putting my story out into the world. Thanks also to Patrick Shawn Bagley, for getting me to write the thing in the first place. And finally, thanks to the Short Fiction Mystery Society, for totally making my day.
I'd also like to take a moment to congratulate all the other finalists, particularly the fantastic Sophie Littlefield, who was nominated for her brilliant short A Taste for It. In all honesty, I'm glad she and I are nominated in different categories; that story blew me away, and going up against her, I wouldn't much like my odds.
Oh, and for those of you reading who happen to be members of the SFMS: don't forget to vote! If you vote for me, great. If not, that's cool -- there are a bunch of fantastic stories on the docket. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some chair-dancing to attend to...