The nominations for the 2009 Shirley Jackson awards (for "outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic") were announced last week and Midnight Picnic is nominated for best novella of 2009. ("Novel" is 40,000 words or over... Midnight Picnic is around 39,000 words.) Also nominated but in the Novel category are the estimable Helen Oyeyemi, Victor LaValle (who blurbed Fires), and Brian Evenson.
I've been back in L.A. about 36 hours. Yesterday I dealt with the police, moved into my new studio, and met a TV writer/producer who's like an idol to me. You wouldn't know his name offhand, but he wrote and executive-produced my favorite episode of my favorite TV show of all time. Now he's making the show I'm most excited to see later this year--more on that eventually.