No, I wasn’t there, but I had a certain interest in goings on.
As it turns out, I did not win a Howie. The Special Award:
UnNon-Professional category was won by Strange Horizons. This is entirely appropriate. They have been doing awesome stuff online for 10 years; Clarkesworld has only just started its 5th year. Had I been a judge, I would have given the award to them too.
I was pretty pleased with the other winners as well, though I was always going to be a bit sad over Best Novel. Fond as I am of The City and The City, I also love Finch and The Red Tree. It would have been particularly awesome for Caitlín to win.
Also, thanks to Jonathan Oliver of Solaris, I have solved a mystery. There has been some confusion over my apparently being listed as attending the convention. It wasn’t me, it was someone else with the same name.
So, for avoidance of confusion, I hereby note that I am not engaged to be married to James Maxey, though I’m sure he’s a lovely and talented guy. As to the other Cheryl, I apologize profusely if some people were unspeakably rude to you at the convention under the impression that you were me. I’m not normally a big fan of the changing your name when you get married thing, but in your case it may well be wisest thing to do.
I also note that I am not, nor ever have been, married to a professional soccer player.