Victorian Award

Some quick notes from Mexico:

1. Mexico is celebrating Independence Week, and there were rockets whizzing past our balcony this morning. Total rockets!
2. Mexican waiters are so cool. They urge on my halting Spanish, saying Muy Bien and Perfecto! like I’m James Bond ordering in perfect French.
3. Humming birds are everywhere, and when one gets caught in your house and beats its little wings against the resonating heavy lead-glass Mexican windows, it’s like a helicopter in your living room! If hummingbirds were our size, they’d totally crush us like bugs! (And I, for one, would welcome out hummingbird overlords.)
4. So Yesterday just got short-listed for the Victorian Premier’s Award! This is a huge deal, and as always it’s nice to have my work recognized in Australia, my adopted home.

This is my new writing space, until it gets too sunny. Note the astonishing number of hummingbird-attracting flowers.

16 thoughts on “Victorian Award

  1. (And I, for one, would welcome our hummingbird overlords.)

    You should also remind them that as a trusted YA novelist, you can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground nectar caves.

  2. Ooh, but Scott, you’re up against Running Man, that “poignant and tender exploration of udgment” etc. what robbed me of the CBCA Award – not that I’m bitter or anything.

  3. Congratulations on the nomination! That’s fantastic news.

    Meanwhile, I read Midnighters #2 yesterday, and dreamt about being an acrobat and flying through the air. somehow we were flying over water, lakes and boats and so forth. and through storms, which was kind of cool. the scary part was through the high-roofed school buildings!

  4. I just wanted to tell you that I read the first Midnighters book last week and loved it! I’ve got Peeps too and can’t wait to start it! I also have a question for you. How did you end up writing for so many different publishers?

  5. Wow… Mexico is so gorgous… I would be going there if I didn’t have to go to Washington D.C. with my school for spring break.

  6. Thanks for all your congratulations! And your envy!

    Ted: Mmm, sweet, sweet nectar mines. But today the overlords were these white butterflies. They kept getting caught inside and having to be sheparded out. Not very clever, bugs.

    Margo: What, “bitter” is too strong a word? Let’s face it, you can’t beat poignant and tender with a stick. Much as you’d like to.

    Shana: I used to have flying dreams all the time. I think that’s what my acrobat power is based on.

    Jennie: The many-publishers story is a very long one. But Eloise Flood, my current editor at Penguin, used to work for Alloy, who sold MIDNIGHTERS to Harper. So she’s one thread of connection. Part of it is living in NYC, which means I sort of know a lot of people from different houses.

    Tevans: That MIDNIGHTERS deal is just an option, which means that the WB hasn’t committed to it yet. They’re just fooling around with scripts at this point. But I’ll let you know when and if anything real happens.

  7. I usually don’t have flying dreams, which made this one all the more unusual. that and the big cargo ships that i was bouncing off.
    the people chasing after me were not so unusual, alas…

    margo: try a baseball bat. pink baseball bats of death work pretty well.

  8. As the original coiner and sole owner of the aforementioned baseball bat, I’d like to point out that it’s the Pink Baseball Bat of Style and Doom, or the PBBOSAD if you’re in a hurry.

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