Friday, April 04, 2008

MidSouthCon and the Darrell Awards

It was a very fun time in Memphis last weekend. I'm sorry it's taken me this long to steal the pictures Mary Ann took and put a sampling up on the blog.

While we were there the whole con, Saturday had the highlight events for me. The Darrell Award people put together this combined reading, managed by the ever-energetic Selena Rosen. (I forgot to bring my table tent and she whipped one up for me on the spot.)

The readings were very short -- all of us participated during the one-hour event. But the people who left in the middle to attend another track event quickly came back and said the reading was better. A good time was had by all.

My three pages of the novel went by with no major stumbles. I liked doing it. I think I'll be signing up for more readings in the future.

Then came the banquet and as this was the first time I'd ever suffered through the will-I-win trial by fire, I was pleased by the outcome, not the least by the fact that I won the Best Novel category. But, to be honest, I misunderstood when they read the list of finalists and thought, "Oh, I didn't get it." But then, a few seconds later, I did. It's nice to know that I didn't suffer agonies during the few heartbeats when I thought I'd lost. Something good to know about myself.

And no, I hadn't planned an acceptance speech. But I did know what I wanted to say, if it happened. MidSouthCon was a wonderful convention and I loved being around a convention where there were so many age groups well represented. It gives me hope for the future.
I picked up my plaque and Selena was kind enough not to pick on me as much as she had the others.
I know I'll remember that day for a long time to come.


4 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Congratulations, Henry. Well worth missing AggieCon for, and a sign of more good things to come, I hope.

Benjie said...

Congratulations, Henry. I'm really enjoying Roswell or Bust and am looking forward to more from you.

Henry Melton said...

Thanks. More books are definitely in the queue.

Karen said...

That's so awesome that you won! We're so happy for you! You deserve it!

My mom says congrats too. She's here right now.