FINALLY !

Posted by: Barbara

FINALLY ! - 05/09/00 04:15 PM

I've been writing for twenty years, but not once have I ever been nominated for an award...not even the Tuesday Tea Ladies' Award for Orthographic Excellence. But it's FINALLY happened. My story "The Reluctant Op" (EQ, Sept. 99) has been nominated for the Shamus Award, given annually by the Private Eye Writers of America.

The only PI story I've ever written.   ::sigh::
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/09/00 04:44 PM

When will they make the decision, Barbara (so we can keep our fingers crossed at the appropriate moment)?
Posted by: David Dvorkin

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/09/00 05:10 PM

Congratulations!

Damned shame that it took so long to nominate one of the best mystery writers in the biz. Hmph.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/09/00 06:41 PM

A big virtual kiss for David. Andrew, I think the winners are announced in September, but I'm not sure about that. I need to check.
Posted by: Jon

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/10/00 08:18 AM

David beat me to the sentiment; I honestly had no idea of this appalling state of affairs. I figured that surely such wonderful work must have been nominated dozens of times.

But in any case congratulations on the new turn of events!
Posted by: Kay

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/10/00 12:26 PM

Congratulations! And, as noted, high time!

As for the reason for the lack of nominations: Why, just for instance, did no one connected with (so far as I know) either Cookie's Fortune or Tea with Mussolini, two of the best films of 1999, get nominated for anything by the MPAAS?

In the former, at the very least, Glenn Close should have been nominated for a Best Actress (and, you will recall, she has NEVER won even when she was nominated)...I'd have nominated Pat Neal for supporting actress, as well.

In TWM, Plowright, Smith and Cher all did excellent work and got nothing.

I can't explain it....I'm sure there are other examples of such "oversights" in every endeavour.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/11/00 02:57 PM

The Shamus winners will be announced at Bouchercon, held this year Sept. 7-10 in Denver.

PIWA gives four awards: best hardback novel, best pb novel, best first novel, best short story -- with five nominees in each category. Of the twenty nominees this year, only three are women (the other two are in the best first novel category). I'd say the male PI has made a comeback, wouldn't you?  
Posted by: PH

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/11/00 03:35 PM

Congrats on the nomination, Barbara -- and best of luck!
Posted by: David Dvorkin

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/11/00 05:35 PM


The Shamus winners will be announced at Bouchercon, held this year Sept. 7-10 in Denver.


And I'll be there, to jump up and down. Barbara, I assume you won't be?
Posted by: Barbara

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/11/00 11:24 PM

Alas, you assume correctly.
Posted by: Julia

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/21/00 10:51 AM

Congratulations on the nomination
Sorry to be a bit late with the congratulations, but I've been working at our Netherlands site for the last month, and the firewall there doesn't like this board.
I loved that story (of course), and I'm pleased to see it get the recognition it deserves.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/21/00 12:24 PM

Thanks, Julia; I remember that nice review you wrote. What's your Netherlands site???
Posted by: Julia

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/21/00 02:49 PM

The company I work for merged with our Dutch counterpart a few months ago. It didn't make much difference to most people, but the research devision got well and truly reorganised, and I ended up working for a Dutch-based department. I'm still based in the UK, but I was asked to go and work in the Dutch lab for a few months,as they had more work than people, and we had the opposite problem...
Since my husband's still working in the US, it seemed a good opportunity, and I've been working in the Netherlands for the last month or so. Unfortunately, the company laptop I was given insists on accessing the web through the firewall, which has taken a dislike to your bulletin board. I'm home for the weekend, catching up on a lot of things
Posted by: Barbara

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/21/00 05:10 PM

Clues:
  • international
  • research division
  • lab
Q: What kind of company does Julia work for?
Posted by: Julia

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/22/00 04:56 PM

One whose employees get too used to having a spool chucker, by the looks of things...
Posted by: Barbara

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/23/00 09:19 PM

I wasn't going to ask. I was determined not to ask. So all right already, I'm asking. What on earth is a spool chucker?
Posted by: Scribbler

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/27/00 06:32 AM

Well, not that it answers the question of what sort of company she works for, but....

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One whose employees get too used to having a spool chucker, by the looks of things...
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At a guess, she's been looking at reports and such, where the employees ran the SPELL CHECKER, but never proofread after that. Thus, they've just been using a SPOOL CHUCKER!
Posted by: Barbara

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/27/00 01:57 PM

Ahhhh, a spoonerism. Thanks, Scrib.
Posted by: Julia

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/27/00 10:11 PM

Correct. "Spool chucker" was one I saw in the newsgroups for my ISP and its favoured email/news software, shortly after said software acquired a spell checker. Some of the resulting posts where people hadn't realised the thing had been "correcting" their spelling were quite entertaining.
Posted by: BJRahn

Re: FINALLY ! - 05/29/00 10:55 AM

Hey, Barbara, I finally made it onto your message board! Only six months or so, huh?
Of course I didn't do it alone; a friend helped me. But now I am registered and can visit again. I found this thread interesting but don't have anything to add at the moment.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: FINALLY ! - 09/03/00 07:33 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by David Dvorkin:
The Shamus winners will be announced at Bouchercon, held this year Sept. 7-10 in Denver.


In yesterday's Guardian, Simon Hoggart mentions an imminent mystery writers' convention in Denver as part of an article about St Louis, US airlines and Rex Stout. Keeping my fingers crossed for you, Barbara!
Posted by: Barbara

Re: FINALLY ! - 09/03/00 10:53 PM

He barely mentions the convention, and not by name. But the man's a Nero Wolfe fan, and that speaks well for him.

That bit about Americans being more "docile" about airline delays made me laugh, though. A couple of weeks ago NBC (?) News was running a series of items about passenger outrage. It's gotten so I really dread plane trips any more. When my son and grandsons came to visit, their plane got in five and a half hours late -- it's an hour and a half flight from Boston to Pittsburgh. And that same weekend my DIL and granddaughter went to a wedding in Rochester, which is even closer to Boston than Pittsburgh; they got in at three in the morning instead of their scheduled arrival at 7:30 the evening before. Air travel is out of control.

And I just noticed BJ (whom I'd been bugging to get online) posted here THREE MONTHS AGO...and I didn't see the message until now. Oy, oy, oy.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: FINALLY ! - 09/04/00 09:56 AM

The air travel delays are at least partly due to a job action by pilots of one of the airlines (Continental?). They are working without a contract, and are refusing to work any overtime. The airline evidently doesn't give a damn how many future fares they lose, just as long as they don't give in to the Union.
Posted by: Kay

Re: FINALLY ! - 09/04/00 11:03 AM

On the subject of US air travel, see:

http://rtonline1.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story99046.html

one of two letters to the editor in today's Roanoke Times...the other has to do with our excessively high fares because we are a small regional airport....but obviously subject to the same problems as the big boys.
Posted by: Barbara

Re: FINALLY ! - 09/08/00 11:59 AM

Well, I didn't win. Boo hoo.
Posted by: Julia

Re: FINALLY ! - 09/09/00 03:36 AM

Rats