Final Nebula ballot -- disappointment (and relief...)
The final 2005 Nebula ® ballot has been posted on the SFWA site and while "Keyboard Practice" wasn't selected, I'm very happy it made it as far as it did in such distinguished company. All the novelettes this year were exceptional, and best of luck to everyone on the final ballot.
Truth to tell, a part of me is actually, well, a bit relieved. It would be a pretty scary burden to be a Nebula nominee with just your third published story. And I had no idea, if it came to that, how the hell I would have gotten to Tempe. I don't fly, and Amtrak was obscenely expensive.
Lemonade out of lemons? You bet. But the glass is half full, and it's on to the next story.