This is nearly your LAST CHANCE to register for the Dragon Awards.
You may register to receive a ballot until Sunday, August 28th at 11:59PM (EDT).
Now, obviously, I don't want you to sign up for the Dragon Award just to get me a Dragon. I'm fairly certain that Brian will kick my ass. When even Vox Day's only commentary on his voting for Brian is "Sorry Declan, you're screwed," I'm relatively certain that, well, I'm screwed.
However, I'd like for this year to start out solid. The first ever Dragon Awards. Won't that be awesome?
I mean, look at this trophy....
Okay, this is probably not the trophy, just some proposed mock up, but dang, it looks awesome. Especially with the crushed Hugo.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Rabid Puppy ... mostly because I don't think the Hugos are worth that much energy. I don't think we need the battle cry Hugo delenda est, mainly because I think it's like watching the Hindenburg and deciding it needs gasoline poured on the flames. Or watching a man slowly die after one has pulled his life support. Or, as I've usually said, the Rabid Puppy's desire to destroy the Hugos feels like watching a drowning man, and decide that he's not drowning fast ENOUGH.
And hey, maybe the Sad Puppies are right and they can reform the Hugos. Why not? Dumber things have happened. Hell, if you don't believe me, look at the David Truesdale fallout -- you even have Moshe Feder saying that this has all gone too far. That suppression of Free speech is a Really Bad Idea.
Perhaps there's hope for them. However, there are at least three documented cases of people being banned from WorldCon / MACII / Whatever, all because they "made someone uncomfortable." This includes Truesdale, the audience member who yelled back at the fellow bellowing at Truesdale, and a friend of a friend who needed a lawyer present. Big freaking deal. I'm sure I can make those pearl clutchers wince just with some of my t-shirts. So, no, I don't hold out hope for WorldCon, the Hugos, or any of their friends.
As it is, I would like the Dragons to be as big as possible. I've only seen a handful of people even mention the Dragon Awards. It used to be hard to find even on DragonCon's own page. Then I realized that DragonCon has it's own app, so you can register for the award that way.
Anyway, if you have a few minutes, go, register for the award now, and when the email comes in, pick out your favorites. And, IF you have no one else you'd rather vote for in horror, and IF you wouldn't mind, THEN vote for Honor at Stake.
But vote here: http://application.dragoncon.org/dc_fan_awards_signup.php