I Have Woneth!

Apparently, last night I won an award in New Zealand (my recent home) for Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.

The award is called the Sir Julius Vogel Award and it is given by SFFANZ (the New Zealand Sci-fi/Fantasy Fans Association) for various fan deeds, professional works, and service to the Spec Fic community.  The trophy for the award is made by the famed Weta Workshop and looks like this:

It was awarded to me based on my involvement in founding and establishing SpecFicNZ, the national association for writers, creators and editors of speculative fiction in and from New Zealand.

If you have been around my blog or website for a while, you may be familiar the with SJVs as I have had fiction nominated for it numerous times and won and SJV for best short story 2009. Yes, that means now I will have two lovely green trophies at my house.

First, thanks to all of you who have supported me and helped me make SpecFicNZ a thriving writers association. Thank you for honoring me in this way.

Second, I am very proud to be in the company of giants like Peter Jackson, Weta Worshop, Ken Catran, Margaret Mahy, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Phillip Mann, and Simon Litten in serving the amazing community of speculative fiction writers and readers in New Zealand.

Yes, this means a lot to me. So, thank you.

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Ripley Patton lives in a 22-foot camper in the woods of Southern Illinois with a cat named Lemmy. Her two young adult children, a daughter and a son, are her favorite people. When Ripley's not out exploring nature and getting her hands dirty, she's usually reading or writing a book.

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