So, this is a thing that has happened.
Clearly, this is proof of the multiverse theory. There’s a hundred million and one universes where there’s some version of ‘me,’ and in a hundred million of them this never happened. But this me gets to be lucky enough to live in the single, solitary, unlikely-as-hell universe where it did! Oh. My. Betentacled. God.
Huge thanks – and all the actual credit for teh pretty – to Natasha Snow, for doing the cover for Arroyo. Obvy I’m still gonna flash that nomination badge, which I get to parade as proof I’m smart enough to commission Natasha!
But even bigger thanks to all the readers who liked the stories. Thanks for spending your time on my words. And, just, ALL THE GRATITIDE for the people who nominated Kraken and Arroyo: Giulio (Best Book Debut!! Seriously??? *faints*), Susan A., Elizabetta, Wintermute, Tully (Echo), Achim, and Dee Wy, and special thanks to Wintermute (again) and Irish Smurfette, who tried to nominate a book each for Best Free Story, to no avail.
You’re all far, far kinder than I deserve. In all seriousness, I can’t communicate what this means to me. So I’ll just flail inarticulately in the corner for a long while. Thank you.