If you’re working seriously on the craft of writing science fiction or fantasy stories, seriously consider whether you can shake loose six weeks to attend.
I attended Clarion in 2001. I kept a journal of my six weeks at Clarion, so I won’t bother trying to describe all the things I learned or how much fun I had, except to say that it was a lot. If you want to learn more, follow that link, or send me some email–I’d be glad to answer questions.
One of my fellow Wise Bread writers, Catherine Shaffer, is somewhat troubled by the fact that so much of what Google returns when she googles her own name is unreasonable criticism of one article that she wrote long ago.
She knows as well as I do that it does little good to try to argue with your critics. Trying to thread a path between doing that and doing nothing, she’s written a post where she tries to lay out her case at full length, unrestricted by word limit she had in the original article. I’m pleased to put whatever Google Juice I’ve got toward her effort to set the record straight–the link above goes to her post.
The posts after this are mostly old news—a side-effect of using a blogging tool as a site-management tool. I think it’ll be fine going forward, but getting the site set up entailed creating a flurry of posts to get all the old stuff into the right categories.
If I’d known what a distraction it would turn out to be, I’d probably have left the old site up for a while longer. I think there was only one day that I didn’t get anything done on the novel, but I there was nearly a week there when I was spending at least as much time on the website.
Still, it’s good to have a functional website again.