Shelly the celebrity pet
This is a juried prize, so the prize is based on the opinion of a few people. There were a number of good collections this year (for example Magic For Beginners, by Kelly Link and from what I've heard--not yet having read it--A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, by Yiyun Li) that didn't make the final three. One man's meat and all that. But it still feels so nice to be picked. It's hard not to think of it as validation for...something.
So I have to go shop for clothes because I don't think I want to go in corduroy pants and a sweatshirt. I'm thinking I should take Shelly the dachshund. It would kind of be like Paris Hilton taking her dog everywhere she goes except instead of a chihuahua in a diamond studded collar I'd have an ill-mannered dachshund with a weight problem. As alter-egos go, there is something fitting about that.