In any case, I do have criteria and notes to preface these selections:
- You may disagree with my selections, but I hope readers of this blog will understand that they are a reflection of a) what I was able to read/view/etc. from last year, and b) my personal taste. There are enormous gaps in my reading. However, if I missed a truly exceptional work, please share it with me!
- I will only nominate works that I believe were "the best." I don't care how popular a book was in 2013; if it is not as good as a book that sold 1/100th the number of copies, then it will not get a nomination. I believe the Hugos are an award to celebrate the best, not the most popular.
- Some of my sections will contain empty slots for various reasons, but the most obvious will be this: I can only think of X number of things to nominate. As I've noted above, I will only nominate works I consider to be "the best." If I liked a work, but I don't think it's award worthy, then it's not getting a nomination. In some cases, however, I may not have enough to nominate in a category. As such, you're free to suggest something (there isn't much time, obviously, but I still appreciate the gesture).
Some categories may be quite empty, such as fan artist. Why? Because I don't follow that particular field and haven't the foggiest what I should select anyway. And I really don't have the time to go through the Internet looking, either...
- There will be no pissing and moaning about what others are nominating in the upcoming posts on this subject. I'm sure I disagree with what others have on their ballots, but I'm really not interested in pissing all over other people's personal tastes this week. That's for later (not really :P).
And that's it, really. Let the games begin!