How I Spent My Afternoon

Today I received the 2016 Governor’s Award for Arts in Ohio, in the category of Individual Artist (along with Janice Lessman Moss, who is a fiber artist), and the award came in the form of some very striking prints of flowers, made by Paula Wilmot Kraus, each chosen with specific intent for the particular recipient. Mine, for example, was of poppies, which look sort of otherworldly. It was a lovely gift, given during a lovely lunch and ceremony.

I had been genuinely surprised to be given the award, since in the history of the award, which stretches back a couple of decades at least, it was only very rarely given to a writer, and never before to one who specialized in science fiction. So I was delighted to received it and very happy the Ohio Arts Council decided to go a bit into left field for the choice. And of course it’s nice to be recognized by one’s state for what one does, which in my case is to sit in an office in the tiny rural town of Bradford and write about the whole rest of the universe.

Thanks, folks. It’s deeply appreciated.

36 Comments on “How I Spent My Afternoon”

  1. Photo by Athena Scalzi, incidentally.

    Also, for those thinking “I thought Scalzi wasn’t accepting any awards this year,” that’s specifically for work created in 2015, which keeps me out of the running for Hugos, Nebulas, etc. This award is, more or less, a career award, and I felt good accepting it on that grounds.

  2. How I imagine they chose the flowers:

    “Hey, I finished the prints for the award for that Scalzi guy!”
    “Great, thanks Paula – wait, what’s this?”
    “Poppies. Didn’t you say he liked them?”
    “I said he talks a lot about puppies on his blog! Puppies!”


    Oh, and congratulations for the award of course!

  3. Congratulations! As a fellow Ohioan I am happy to have bestowed this upon you. Or is it bestowen? Well, having had nothing to do with it actually, I am very happy to have you feted by our state.

  4. Ellie Maloney – Writer, collector of typewriters and shoes. My #scifi #historicfiction novel 👽 329 Years Awake 🔛 . Short film 329 Years Awake: The Descendants 🔜🔛 Twitter @elliemaloneyfic @329YearsAwake Facebook @elliemaloneyfiction @329YearsAwake Instagram @elliemaloneyfiction YouTube Ellie Maloney
    Ellie Maloney

    Congratulations, Sir! Despite the fact the fact that you didn’t Bryant any awards this year, they seem to plague you anyway! But that’s a great problem to have!

  5. Those prints are gorgeous! I’m proud of my native state for doing such a good thing.

  6. Congratulations! And poppies are otherworldly. Just recall Margaret Hamilton in her green makeup intoning, “Poppies….” while casting a spell over Dorothy.

  7. Excellent sir, congratulations!
    Nice pic Athena. I especially like the lighting that gives Krissy an indigo hair streak. It looks pretty :-D

  8. kameamoonmaiden – Norman, Oklahoma United States – Reading and writing have been my favorite hobbies since I was a little girl. Along with healing, it's what nourishes my soul the most. Mother of six and nana of three - my kids are my life. I'm a massage practitioner just emerging from a long sabbatical due to a failed neck surgery which is healing nicely. So while healing myself I have been studying lots of healing modalities including shamanic studies, Reiki, aromatherapy, herbal treatments and remedies, energy transmissions. As a Rainbow Warrior, I'm here to help consciously co-create the new earth as we enter the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. It's really happening, folks, so loving ourselves unconditionally and shining that Light on others is such an important part of our transformation. This woman always seeks the Peace which passes understanding. Blessed be.

    Congratulations, what an honor! Beautiful creations, thank you for sharing this!

  9. Congratulations. How cool of the Ohio Arts Council to choose a science fiction writer and a fiber artist. Great picture!

  10. JaDonnia B. – Greater New York City area – An educator, counselor and parent, my personal and professional interests center around cultural diversity, family and youth and the interconnected systems they navigate every day. Identifying strategies and evidence-based family engagement practices and policies, my aim is to broaden perspectives, foster empathy, and build capacity. Offering 'food for thought' and inviting discussion, I also highlight seldom discussed 'truths'. The home and schools are the two most powerful settings where societal change is made possible. A holistic culturally-responsive approach to teaching, learning and engaging others begins with respect. I promote curricular diversity in formal learning settings! Collaboration with families is necessary, because parents hold the master key that unlocks doors to child health and wellness, academic achievement, and believe it or not, teacher excellence and stronger school communities.
    JaDonnia B.

    Congratulations on your wonderful recognition, and may you spend many more afternoons such as this one! Events of this type affirms the work that you perform, and says you that you’re doing it ‘right’!
    So, don’t stop now, because certainly the best is yet to come.

  11. Richard Winks – Long time Sci/Tech lover and practitioner, socially tolerant, fiscally conservative, apolitical, unremarkably ordinary, admitted pedant, long suffering cynic. @dwinx49r on Twitter
    Richard Winks

    Well deserved! Congratulations to one of my favorite authors.

  12. geekybrownguy – Originally from Karachi, Pakistan.. now in Lakewood, Ohio, USA. A pretty standard, cliched geek... I like the usual suspects of sci fi/fantasy, am a Trekkie and a Whovian, play D&D and computer games, read lots of graphic novels. I do have an odd weakness for British sci-fi, especially some of the older classic stuff.
    Assad Khaishgi

    Congrats, congrats!

  13. Congrats! And what a nice idea to give a personalized print as the award, instead of a generic certificate.

  14. Congrats, & that’s a remarkably well-composed picture of you. You look happy, contented. Don’t normally talk about these things but the reds against those blues came out really fine for a composition. But what’s with the shadow? Otherwise, a signature pic, to me.

  15. Congratulations, John. I’m glad the state of my growing up days is recognizing worthy artists such as yourself.

  16. Very well deserved and how lucky for all Ohioans that you were there in left field. What a beautiful pierce of art for an award. Lucky is the man who can stand next to a beautiful woman.

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