Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Yay, Cheryl!

As I said earlier, I figured my evening's excitement would end when I got back to my seat after unveiling the Hugo Logo. But not too long after that, the Best Fan Writer Hugo came up, and the winner was Cheryl Morgan! I was not the only person on his/her feet cheering for Cheryl. I heard a cry from the audience of "Bring back Emerald City!" Cheryl very graciously mentioned me in her acceptance speech, for which I'm grateful and flattered.

I had one other bit of excitement, as Girl Genius, my personal favorite for a long shot, won the first-ever Graphic Story Hugo Award. I'm delighted for the Foglios.

After the Ceremony, there was the usual mass scrum for photos. I got many, but have no time to process and post them. (It's nearly 4 AM as I compose this, and while I have no Business Meeting later this morning, thank goodness, I do need to get to bed Very Soon Now.) There are also pictures of me posing with Cheryl with her trophy.

I helped Cheryl carry her things back to her hotel, after which she got online and the two of us -- mostly her -- got to work updating the Hugo Awards web site, SF AwardsWatch, and her own blog. The "work" out of the way, we headed for the Delta and the Hugo Nominees Party. I got to carry the Hugo trophy part-way down. Every few meters we seemed to cross paths with other people wanting to ooh and aah over the trophy and congratulate Cheryl. I was able to bask in the reflected glory.

The Hugo Nominees Party was winding down by the time we got there, and after a few minutes we headed up to 5 and made the rounds of the Con Suite and Reno and Raleigh parties. By then, it was after Midnight and we didn't feel like trying to make the trip up to 28, so I once again carried the trophy for Cheryl. We stopped at the bar at the Intercontinental and chatted with people, then I carried her trophy -- and nearly her, as she looked worn out -- back to the room. Taking care not to disturb her roommate, I carefully set Cheryl's trophy by her computer, gave her a big hug, and headed back to my hotel.

(Lisa had come with me to the pre-ceremony reception, but these things are not really her cup of orange juice, and she left before the ceremony started. She did go make the rounds of the parties earlier while I was in the ceremony, but had returned to the hotel long before I got back.)

I'm so happy for Cheryl! Now I really must get some sleep.
Tags: anticipation, cheryl, hugo award, lisa, worldcon09

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