Friendly Reminder: Voting on the Hugos.

Last night I was up late reading (I’ll talk about that in a minute) so today I woke up at the crack of noon.

Blearily, I washed my face and trudged upstairs to check my e-mail. Because I was really behind on my e-mail and the weekend is a good chance for me to catch up.

When I got to the top of the stairs, Sarah was there, staring at me, her hands on her hips, her expression exhasperated and vaugely accusitory. “Well,’ she said, “he’s a boy!”

I’d only been awake for about three minutes, so I just stare at her in confusion. I was pretty sure we’d sorted that out fairly early on.

Then I hear Oot shouting from the bedroom, “I pee in the CORNER!”

Yup. He’s just like his dad. By which I mean he’s got good comedic timing.

Rest assured that later on, after I had showered and was fully awake, I did my fatherly duty and had a talk with Oot. I explained that we pee in the toilet. We also pee in our diapers. That’s good too. We sometimes can pee outside, which is cool, so long as nobody’s watching. And the bathtub is fair game too. But that’s pretty much it in terms of kosher places to pee. Although, come to think of it, the sink is also acceptable in certain rare situations. The corner is almost never a good place to pee, except in rare situations when you might be making some sort abstract political statement or attempting to connect with your roots as a true cynic.

At this point Sarah said that my talk probably wasn’t helping much.

Parenting is kinda hard if you’re an ethical relativist.

Anyway, the real point of this point is to mention that I spent most of the day reading all the short stories, novelettes, and novellas that were nominated for the Hugo awards this year.

For those of you who don’t know: the Hugo awards are kind of a Big Deal in the sci-fi and fantasy community. If you win one, you are offically awesome. Plus they give you a statue that looks like a rocket ship. Which you have to admit is pretty cool.

The Hugos are awarded every year at Worldcon. If you attend the convention, you get to vote on who’s stuff you think is best.

In the past, I’ve been bad about voting on the Hugos. But this year I’m making an effort to change that. I’ve decided I want to be a responsible member of the community, so I’ve been reading all the books and graphic novels and stories so I can cast a smart vote.

Just like any election, more informed votes = better results. So I thought I’d post up a friendly reminder for those of you who are like me. Specifically, for those of you who tend to put things off to the last minute, then occationally forget about them until it’s too late.

So yeah. If you’re heading out to Worldcon this year, and you haven’t voted yet, you might want to get on the stick.

Voting on the Hugos closes tomorrow (Sunday the 31st) at 11:59 PST.


This entry was posted in awards, OotBy Pat12 Responses


  1. LaisLindsay
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 12:57 AM | Permalink

    Cheerios in the potty work GREAT for perfecting aim AND enticing them to actually pee in the appropriate spot. Be warned, however, that once their aim is perfected, they can sometimes move on to more interesting targets like potted plants, or in my son’s case..his twin sister. Ah! The joys of parenting!

    • Posted July 31, 2011 at 1:01 AM | Permalink

      Boy. I’ll admit that I never thought of that….

      I’d be a little worried about the associations that that might form….

      • LaisLindsay
        Posted July 31, 2011 at 1:14 AM | Permalink

        Now I admit, I never thought of THAT…. and thankfully my son didn’t either!

        • maine character
          Posted July 31, 2011 at 1:52 AM | Permalink

          Maybe tiny flaming paper boats? And he could be like Gulliver?

    • Oatmeal
      Posted August 1, 2011 at 2:04 AM | Permalink

      If you’re worried about the whole “food in the toilet” thing, they make little disposable targets that do the same thing.

  2. RH
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 8:25 AM | Permalink

    Reading the part about Oot, I hadn’t focused on the photo yet and only had a vague awareness of it peripherally. That resulted in a subconscious notion that the photo related to the story, and involved splashing pee.

  3. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 10:30 AM | Permalink

    Just wait til Oot is old enough to have a more firm grasp of the discussions you’re trying to have with him. Soon you’ll be debating the relative terms under which one may kiss a hobo.
    Good luck with all that :)

  4. dmbeucler
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

    It isn’t just boys.
    I was baking.
    My 8 month old son was playing happily on the floor with the 3 year old girl I babysit. And then I noticed the puddle. “Suzy where did that water…” I realized that wasn’t water. I scooped my son up from the puddle and stuck him in the highchair. Suzy stripped out of the soaked clothing and was banished to the bathroom to clean up while I chucked soaked toys into a bin to be washed. I rescued my son and stripped him down for a quick bath. The running water must have gave him ideas, he peed on the bathroom floor. I bathed children, got them all into clean clothes and Suzy into a spare pull up, the only one we had. Clothes were washed, the floors were scrubbed, and that was when I realized I’d burned the pie crust.

  5. Bill
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM | Permalink

    My son had problems for several years where he was peeing the bed almost every night, so we got in the habit of waking him up at 1am or so and taking him to the bathroom. We learned quickly to say “let’s walk to the bathroom”, and not to say “let’s go to the bathroom”…

  6. JohnNevets
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 8:01 PM | Permalink

    To change the subject a bit. Just so everyone knows if you go to the link Pat posted you can become a supporting member for $50. This sounds like a lot, but this allows you to not only vote, but download a ton of the best sf/fantasy for the year all from one place. I almost signed up this year, based on a recommendation from good reads, but didn’t think I had enough time to read all of it before voting was due. I’ll make a point of remembering for next year.

    Good luck to all the nominees, and everyone else enjoy the reading.

  7. QWOPtain Crunch
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

    Hugo Awards are great. Despite the fact that it’s a sci-fi phallic symbol.

    But that’s why it’s epic.
    I don’t know if this will help much, but when I was a kid, I received rewards for peeing in the right place. My mother still mentions the Kit-Kat story in her psychology class when it comes to conditioning. I wouldn’t recommend giving Oot rewards EVERY time he successfully aims the golden stream, but it would definitely help to reinforce the good habit every now and then.

  8. chat
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

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