Y'all! I went to Clarion West in 2005 and it was awesome. I spent six weeks talking about writing with amazing people--instructors and classmates both. Less than six months later I made my first sale, a story I'd written for week 6, one that ended up in a years best antho. Coincidence? I think not!
Well, maybe it was. There's no proving it wasn't. But it was an incredible, life-changing experience for me.
I was lucky. Hell, I am lucky. I had the money it took to go, and lots of amazing help from my family, and since I was a stay-at-home mom there was no problem with taking off work. You guys, I can't even tell you how lucky I am to have the life I have, just generally.
Going to either of the Clarions is a big deal, it takes money and time that not everyone has. The time--well, there's probably no fixing that. Tuition doesn't cover all of Clarion West's expenses, but both the Clarions, as far as I know, try to offer scholarships so that money isn't a barrier to someone who really wants to go.
So, the Clarion West Writeathon. It works like this: a bunch of writers have signed up, and many of them have posted goals they want to meet during the writeathon. You can sponsor any of these writers by clicking on the PayPal link on that writer's writeathon page. Any little bit helps. My writeathon page is here.
I'm diving into the next novel, a sequel to the one that's...yes, out on submission right now! Which I'm not stressing about at all, because I figure that's Seth's job. My job is to write at least a thousand words a day on the first draft of novel number two. Come sponsor me! Toss in a buck or two if you can and wish to!
I'd put the seven meme thingy here that's going around, but the WIP is really pretty drafty at this point, and besides I'm working in Scrivener which doesn't tell me what page anything is on. So instead, have a wordle!