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Clarion call

Somehow, I have no idea how (ah, the mysterious ways of the Web!) I stumbled onto three LJ'ers who are currently attending Clarion West. Now Clarion West is something I've thought about/dreamed about/desperately wanted/been terrified to apply to for several many years. It's part of why I joined the online writers group I belong to, to polish my skills to the point that I wouldn't feel a total schlemiel when and if I accumulated sufficient spinal material to try for it. So -- although I feel vaguely stalkery for doing so -- I went back to the beginning and read all their entries about Clarion to date (there are two weeks left), and positively wallowed in the discussions of writer-instructors (Elizabeth Bear! Nalo Hopkinson!!), surprise guests (OMG Ted Chiang, only one of the best writers evah for whom all superlatives would be woefully inadequate), writing, critiques, readings, lectures, tips, and of course books, etc etc etc. All the while picturing myself THERE. *sigh* original Clarion at UCSD is equally stellar this year (Elizabeth Hand! Kim Stanley Robinson!!!). *sigh(2)*

Applications for Clarion 2010 are due sometime in the early spring, I think. Must start gearing up. What's the worst that can happen? It's not like I'll get laughed at for trying, right? Grrrr. Must locate and purchase self-discipline and spinal material at earliest opportunity. Wonder if they carry it at Wal-Mart? No, maybe the local co-op, I don't want that artificial mass-produced stuff that craps out at crucial moments...

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nnaloh
Jul. 20th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Oh, just send in an application. If they turn you down, curse, shrug, and do it again next year. Rinse, repeat.
delphipsmith
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
Lo, the ways of the web become even MORE mysterious: now how on earth did you find ME?!? Thanks so much for taking the time to offer a very junior apprentice in the craft a bit of encouragement/kick in the pants; I am both humbled and gleeful!! I spent most of last night mentally paging through stories in my head, wondering which ones should be my emissaries and would best plead my case (a brand spankin' new one? an old polished one?), so we shall see...
nnaloh
Jul. 21st, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
:) How did I find you? Accident. I was looking for the blogs of people at Clarion and Clarion West 09. Plus you. put. my. name. on. the. Internet.

Best of luck with your application!
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