About two weeks ago, I fell on some ice and hurt my shoulder (actually more my neck, it would seem). Ever since then it’s been bothering me on and off, and this last weekend it got worse, so I finally went to the doctor. I spent about two hours waiting to be seen, and then got told, basically, “You hurt your arm. You should take it easy.” Thanks, guys. I was given some drugs, and later I went to see the chiropractor, who was more helpful. Today I’m doing a bit better, and hopefully this’ll be the first step on the road to recovery, rather than whatever road I’ve been on for the past two weeks.
But I didn’t start this post to complain about my injuries or about the vagaries of the medical profession. I started this post because I just learned the other day that my article about monsters and supernatural fiction (“The Condition of a Monster,” you may remember it) has won first place in the Strange Horizons readers’ poll for articles! Thanks to everyone who voted for it, and congrats to fellow articles winners Molly Tanzer, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Selena Chambers, as well as to Saladin Ahmed, whose story took fourth place in the story section! And, of course, congrats to everyone else who placed, too, these are just the people I actually know.