Monday, March 21, 2011

Big big big news.

I have big news. Big news that's been under a publication ban, none the less, so I've had a while to think up clever intros for this blog post. And all the clever intros that I've managed aren't really that clever, so I'll just go for it.

I got into Clarion 2011.

Wait, what, you say? What are you talking about?

Well, remember that blog post I wrote a little while ago about this workshop I applied to that was super competitive? The one that was full-time for 6 weeks in California, tought by professional authors, and described as "boot camp for spec fiction writers?" And how I was wondering how I'd deal with the rejection of not getting in, because of course I wasn't going to get in? They only take 18 people, for goodness sake?

I'm one of the 18.

This is a screen cap from this link. 
(Also, I'm trying to resist the urge to stalk those people. There is PLENTY of time for that later.)

So yeah. I'm going to California, June 26- Aug 6th. No big deal.

Who am I kidding, I have to scrape myself off the ceiling every few hours, I'm so delighted. Every part of this news delights me. Let me count the ways.
  • I get to travel there. 
    • On google earth, the distance is just under seven thousand miles. I love technology.
  • On my travel back home, I get to see my friends all across north america.
    • I have something like a month to fill there, and I can visit YOU, probably. Maybe. I'll look into it?
  • I get to write full-time.
    • Your JOB is writing and reading and talking about writing and reading. HAVE I FOUND HEAVEN EARLY?
  • My writing was considered good enough by a panel of people whose job is to judge writing. 
    • Given that it's not uncommon for people who have published to attend Clarion, I'm taking that as a sign that I might get published. Like, on a viable timeline, not just "Someday."
  • I get to spend 6 weeks devoting myself to the process of getting better at writing.
    • *dies of euphoria*
  • Because Room and Board is included in the price of the workshop, I don't have to eat my own cooking. 
    • I can't really stress too much how important that is, right now.
  • I get to meet people who have the same career goal in mind as me. 
    • This doesn't happen a lot. So I tend to glom onto those people, when I meet them. If anyone of the students is stalking ME and you found my blog, consider yourself warned. I'm sorry in advance for any weird behaviour.
  • Even the fact that it was under a publication ban delights me.
    • I hear all the time on twitter from authors who have exciting news that they can't share yet. And then I had my own news. *beams* 
    • Though I did follow the twitter lead and tell my family and alpha readers and give notice at work? Which is okay, right? 
      • I hope...

So yes. There's my big news. 

Is it June yet?


Spartezda said...


(and you are right down in San Diego, so if you want me to come say hi, I can totally swing it)

Merc said...

Oh. My. Freaking. God.

CONGRATS!!! Dude, I am SO excited for you! :D *beams*

*dances around and flings confetti about*

That is awesome! :D *does more happy dance*

(I will try and not abuse the exclamation points, but. Well. This deserves them!)


Snazel said...

@Sparky: It's a PLAN! Well, it will be a plan once we get the kinks worked out.

@Merc: ^______^ You make me grin a lot. Thank you!

Jacqueline said...

Yeah! I'm so happy for you! Congrats!

Snazel said...

Thank you very much, Jacqueline! I'll try and blog more, to keep people updated. :D

Merc said...

Indeed, I would love to hear all about it, Snazel!

Bethany said...

Amazing! :) I love adventures. And steps towards a the career you love!

Bahnree said...

CONGRAAAAAAAAAAAAAATS! I'm so proud of you! It's so exciting! AHHHHH I might die of excitement. :D And when you come visit me you can describe every single second that you spent there, LOL!


Kenmore said...

Congratulations! Remarking that this is an excellent opportunity seems like a) an understatement and b) the kind of thing you already know.

So just "Congratulations!"

Snazel said...

@Merc: Now I just need to buy a camera...

@Beth: Thank you! And I hear that if I can still love it after this, I can definitely prepare to make it my career. :P


@Kenmore: Thank you! I'm glad it looks like a great opportunity from the outside to. :P

Tabor said...

Congrats! Make sure when you get there you don't keep using "should of". Otherwise they might rethink! ;)

Snazel said...

I'll just use it in the spoken sense and then I'll be fine. :D

Annie Bellet said...

Hi! I'm one of the 18 also :) It's gonna be crazy fun times this summer :)

Snazel said...

Hi Annie! :D

I think it will DEFINITELY be insane fun. Probably with the emphasis on the "insane."

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