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In my day job as a technical writer, I've grown used to tracking things in spreadsheets. So, what did I do after downloading my Hugo Vote Packet and checking out the contents? I created a tracking spreadsheet.


Does this sound like something you'd like to use? Thanks to Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinette) for hosting the spreadsheet, you can get your own copy.

I'm using the spreadsheet to track which materials I have (the vote packet is not complete, and I don't own everything), which I've read, and my ranking (to be prepared for voting). A second tab lists all materials not included in the package (with the exception of editors and artists). For the artists not included in the package, in the Comments column I added the URL of their artist sites. Including for the fan sites!

BTW, today I went out to purchase materials not in the package and found out that Girl Genius Volume 8 is not yet in print! It's still at the printer. I'm really confused, because I thought that the Hugo nominees were for works published in 2008 (or also including 2007 for Campbell nominees), but I haven't read the rules. Girl Genius is also available as a web comic.

*UPDATE* Girl Genius Volume 8 ran online from February 4, 2008 to November 19, 2008. Click here for the first page.

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epi_lj
May. 26th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
I'm really becoming curious about what will win. I've been working through the material myself, but it's slow going because a lot of these are stories that I don't particularly *want* to read.
mmarques
May. 26th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Do you think you'll get through everything? If not, perhaps work first on categories that include works that you want to view / listen /see. Looking at the work of the artists might be quick and help you feel like it's not so slow going.
cyberneticnomad
May. 26th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
FYI, 'Published' does not necessarily mean on paper.

Also, the Hugo administration committee does check every nominee and makes sure it is eligible before publishing the ballot. So no worries there.
mmarques
May. 26th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That's a good point! I sent an email to Girl Genius to find out which episodes of the web comic are part of book that is up for a Hugo. Although, if I don't hear back, I'll just read all of 2008.
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