Clarion reading

In between writing and making phone calls for freelance work, I have been jumping around the blog-o-sphere, reading what other applicants are thinking about (anxiety, anticipation, fear of failure, determination). Leaving a few comments, too. Trying not to be such a lurker. It’s nice to feel like I’m in touch with other writers on this particular wavelength.

Also, I’ve been making the rounds on library websites for books by the workshop authors. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand, at public library (nabbed it)
Nebula Awards anthology #31 and 28 (1997 and 1994) which include shorts by Hand and Kim Stanley Robinson, respectively
The Year’s Best Science Fiction 14th Annual Collection, with a story by Paul Park. He’s the only person I’m having trouble finding (for free, anyway) on the shelf

I may get started on those later in the week or while I’m munching down snacks at work on Tuesday.

3 thoughts on “Clarion reading”

  1. I hope you do not give away your zen again. No one else can validate your art for you. Whether or not you receive acceptance, I wish you the best use of your time in pursuit of your potential, instead of the expectations of others. That said, I must renew my dedication to following my own path without worrying over whether I will have companionship for the journey.


  2. I’m think I’m always giving away my zen! I have to change that habit or learn to accept it for its benefits.

    I don’t know if this is what you mean in terms of your path, but I think the grad school experience was lonely for me sometimes because I was older, commuting and have a family. I didn’t have time to hang out or go to a lot of campus events and that sort of thing. My approach and attitude was different from that of my peers, and I felt like an outsider. Occasionally, I would encounter other students who were in similar situations, and we’d always end up discussing that feeling.

    I’m really proud of you for embarking on the journey, no matter where it takes you.

  3. I thought I put a comment on this, but I guess it didn’t stick. Thank you for your support. I may write an email to you sometime to explain what I meant.


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