If Walls Could Talk: Nominations

M.H. Norris

Not too long ago, yet at times it truly does feel like a lifetime ago, I started coming to the realization that perhaps I could take this little hobby of mine and maybe attempt to make a living out of it.

I’d been writing short stories for ages and have a couple of notebooks of old short stories and files of early attempts that make me just want to cringe and wonder how I thought that maybe I could make a living off of this.

Granted, by not giving up and continuing to improve my craft, I have become the writer I am today.

I got into a discussion about writing and making it to a point where one can make an actual living off of it. It takes time for most writers to get to the point where they can sustain themselves in this business.

Can you get to the point where you can?


Is it going to be easy?


I’ve been a published author for four years now and feel like I’ve still got a ways to go to be where I want to be as a writer.

I’m not discounting the people who became overnight successes.

But I’m not depending on that for myself.

Earlier this year, I was recording my first ever episode on the Television Crossover Universe Podcast. When James and I wrapped up with the gang, we discovered that Badge City: Notches had been nominated for Best Novella in the 2016 Pulp New Ark Pulp Awards.

I was an award-nominated author.

It wasn’t even that I’d won yet. At that point I hadn’t. It was that I was even nominated in the first place that made my day.

I’ve mentioned it a few times here but often I feel like my writing isn’t that good and I wonder how Notches did as well as it did…

But to be nominated for an award…

I think I called half my phone telling people I’d won when the winners were announced. The awards were going to be given about 600 miles away from where I live and I figured I wouldn’t be able to make it.

But then my mother got it in her head that this was something I shouldn’t miss, accepting my first ever award for writing. She went through a lot so that I could be there.

I got to meet J Patrick Allen, author of the Dead West series, while there. He won an award as well and it was fun meeting another 18thWall author.

Now the award sits in my office, letting anyone who wanders into my domain that I’m an award-winning author. A friend had gotten me a blown-up framed cover for my college graduation, and now I’ve got the two arranged.

So, by now I’m sure you’re wondering why I decided to talk about this today. Or rather, why James let me ramble on about this for a week.

The 18th Annual Preditors and Editors Readers Poll (http://critters.org/predpoll/) is out and myself along with some of the other authors from around the Wall are nominated!

Here’s our current nominations:

Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel: The Dragon Lord’s Secretary, by Nicole Petit

Best Mystery Novel: The Whole Art of Detection by M.H. Norris

Best Anthology: After Avalon

Best Artwork: After Avalon

Best Editor: Nicole Petit

Another nomination, albeit one that isn’t around the Wall: The Time Travel Nexus is up for best review site as well.