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I warned you. Here it is. :)

Please support me in the Clarion Write-a-Thon. We start writing on June 24th and continue until August 4th, the 6 weeks that Clarion is running this year in San Diego. My goal is to write at least 500 words every day and to finish 1 short story a week, for a total of 6. So you can sponsor me per story, or just give a flat donation, whichever you choose.

What's Clarion

Clarion is a science fiction and fantasy writing workshop held every summer for 6 weeks. ~17-19 students come together with a different professional author instructing them every week. They write, they read each others' work, and they critique it. In the awesome weather of San Diego.

Since it requires people to have 6 weeks free, it often means people are in the midst of a transition. They may have just finished school, they may be out of work, they may be changing homes/careers/spouses, about to embark on parenthood, just retired, or something else entirely. In a lot of cases having 6 weeks off also means money is tight. I received a scholarship and I very much appreciated it. This is my opportunity to pay it forward and our opportunity to together help someone else attend Clarion who wouldn't be able to otherwise.

I know it's cliche to say 'every little bit helps', but in this case what I mean by it is that the more people I have supporting me, the more guilty I'll feel if I don't write!

Another link to my writer page if you missed it the first time.

Thank you!
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I'll be doing the Clarion Write-a-Thon again this year. I haven't had much of a chance to really sit down with it, trick out my author page, hit people up for money, etc. What with Wiscon and work and then getting sick. But! I will. I will totally hit you guys up for support (monetary and non-monetary). So watch this space.

If you're a writer and are looking for motivation to write and want to help out Clarion, you can. You don't have to have gone to Clarion to join the Write-a-Thon.

Look! Here's a link and all!
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Nearly an hour after I left my house, 35.50$ poorer, I am now a 5 minute car ride away from my house. But, hey, free wifi. Anyway, it turns out an airport shuttle is cheaper and while it wouldn't pick me up directly at my house for that price, it would pick me up at the hotel across the street. This bus is more crowded than I'm used to seeing it.

So because I procrastinated and because airlines go under and restructure and whatnot, I couldn't get a reasonably-priced plane ticket straight to Madison. This year I'll be flying into Chicago and taking a bus from there. It's not ideal, but I couldn't justify the ~300$ otherwise. Maybe when I'm rich and famous. Or at least rich. Although if you're famous, it's easy to be rich. Funny how that works.

Have now run out of things to do to take advantage of this free wifi and am contemplating turning the comp off and reading a book on the ereader.

Plan tonight is to get to the hotel by 6ish *fingers crossed*, check in, get some food, and see if Access or any other con department needs some help tonight.

Still don't know what I'm reading at the OA reading, but I printed out two Clarion stories if I fail to write a new story in the next 48 hours or so. Turns out I really gayed it up at Clarion. :)

In other news, I submitted two things to markets yesterday. Should hear back in a few weeks.

While I have your attention, I'll be doing the Clarion write-a-thon again this year. So be ready to support a great writing workshop!
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Hey, haven't forgotten Livejournal exists. Just one of those phases where I don't post anything and then even stop reading flists.

Re: Clarion Write-a-Thon. I need to figure out who I owe reviews to and ask them what they want me to review. I know, I know. In the end, though I intended to write 6 stories, I wrote 2. Which is an improvement over 0! It's like.. infinitely more than double 0. So far the first one has been rejected twice.. in both cases probably for being too long. Which is ironic because A) I already cut it down quite a bit! And B) I don't write long stories! As my school English teachers, at least one of them, told me, I am terse. Too terse in the opinion of English teachers. Oh, the other story is still in a mix of longhand and Google Doc. I need to get that into a cohesive whole in a single medium. And edit it. And start sending it out.

Now, the big thing. School! I started library school. At San Jose State. Only not at San Jose State, because it's online of course. One day I will be Noah Wyle's character from The Librarian. Not simply by being a librarian, but by having tons of master's degrees and PhDs. Because degrees are cool.

Speaking of... still a tad behind on Torchwood. I will probably have some thoughts to share on it once I finish watching the whole series/season/whatever it is.

New shows start soon and I don't even know what I'm watching. Except that it WILL include House and probably include Biggest Loser. I'll take suggestions. I should probably drop some of the silly reality shows.. watching way too many auction/storage unit/picker shows. Reclaim some time for reading, doing homework, and stuffs.

If you're looking for me doing stuff, you can find me on Facebook, reviewing stuff and discussing Nebula novels on Triple Take and posting book-related and library-related stuff on my new blog, Fledgling Librarian.

I started a professional writing blog/site, but I feel like I need more than a couple publishing credits before I start using it. Or maybe that's an excuse and really I'm just distracted by the new library blog.

So, yea, now you're all caught up with me, I guess. Maybe if I'm feeling wordy, I'll talk about OSC or #yesgayya at some point.

Update

Aug. 6th, 2011 01:03 am
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Tried to update earlier.. yesterday, I think, and the posting page wasn't loading with CSS. But, not it is. So.

My bookfast has ended. I even went into the giant used bookstore... the day before Harry's birthday, was it? And did not buy anything. Gasp shock. There was a sale and a coupon on top of that and everything.

I general, I don't know that the bookfast helped much. Maybe it wasn't long enough. Maybe I just need to dump all these library books I still have kicking around.

On the day of breaking my bookfast, I grabbed Beauty Queens by Libba Bray on my way out the library door. (Okay, yes, I swung back around to get it checked out first!) In a way it was an impulse checkout, but in a way it wasn't, because I'd had my eye on it for awhile.

Lord of the Flies. With beauty pageant contestants.

Only more awesome than that.

Maybe it's whatever the reverse of Stockholm Syndrome in that I had just finished The Feminine Mystique, which I did not find very easy to get through. So a nice, funny sf-y YA was just what I needed. And it was new and shiny! Or maybe it really is as awesome as I think. Have not finished it yet. Because very busy...

I started library school also on August 1st. The first class is a 1-credit pass/fail self-paced course just designed to get me used to using the courseware and the school library and things like that. (Oh, it's online. But that's a given, right? No such thing as meat schools anymore, is there?) I'm blazing through it, because it's.. new and shiny. And easy. And because that's the best way to fight procastination. I'm also going on a mini-vacation with the family next weekend-ish, and then a longer break... also with family. (Did I say 'break'? Hrm.) That's around Labor Day, which is about the time my first 'real' class starts.

So if I can get the first course mostly done by next week and finally done before the other class starts, it'll be real good.

Still reading and reviewing and discussing for Triple Take, including our Nebula Project.

Between those things and laundry and not being here next weekend, this weekend is feeling a bit full. Meh.

Oh! And the Clarion Write-a-Thon ends tomorrow, so I want to bang out as many stories as I can in a final push. (Did I mention I'm a procrastinator? Oh, I did? I wonder I didn't save saying that for the end of the post...)

Thanks to all my wonderful sponsors so far! I say so far, because it's still not too late!

Sponsor Me!

So.. yes... off to chill some more tonight before the big push on er.. several things.. tomorrow.

1d5h until I can watch Torchwood. Unless some seeds start to sprout (JA said cryptically.)

Movie Update: Have not watched movies! Have not watched Harry Potter 7.2! Have not watched Cowboys v Aliens! & Aliens? Or Aliens? NOT Aliens? Have not watched Captain America. Have not watched Neil Patrick Harris make out with Brainy Smurf. Last movie I saw was X-Men. ------- Have watched some DVDs, generally on LGBT themes. It was a substitute for not being able to bring books home from the library. Have yet to figure out where the Band is in The Boys in the Band. (You mean the movie isn't about glam rock? Srsly?)

Okay, really going now.
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And screw you, hackers.

So, yea, um.. sponsor me in the Clarion Write-A-Thon. One week left!
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I didn't write/finish a story in week 2. Clearly I need more sponsors to spur me on!

We're more than halfway through week 3, which does show more promise.
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Thank you to my two sponsors. Yes, that's right, only 2 sponsors!! *sad face* But thank you to the two of you nonetheless!

The Write-a-Thon is working for me so far. I finished a story Wednesday night and sent it off. For those interested in sponsoring me by word, it clocked in at 2487. Fairly lengthy for me. I was rather surprised. Of course then I had to CUT IT. The market it was written for wants under 2000 words, and preferably closer to 1500. I did what I could.

I hope it made the story better, because I'd hate to think it didn't! Did cut some stuff I rather liked. And it resulted in having to come up with a different title.

This market responds fairly quickly, so I hope to be able to let you know how it did before the Write-a-Thon is over (if not well before).

I had my eye on two anthologies, one with a deadline of yesterday and one with a deadline of today. I won't make those.

I'll probably write stories to those themes anyway, but I'll be looking at Duotrope's list of themes and deadlines and trying to find one for mid-late July.

So, that's the update.

You can sponsor me here!
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As another class of Clarion workshop students arrives at UC-San Diego, over a hundred writers from around the world will be joining them virtually in the Clarion Write-a-Thon.

I'll be one of them.

Please sponsor me and your money will go towards keeping Clarion affordable and towards scholarships for those to whom 'affordable', still isn't quite.

What's in it for me:
You'll be encouraging me to write more. My plan is to finish one short story a week for the six weeks. That's six more stories that I can sell that I couldn't sell before, because they didn't exist!

What's in it for you:
Fabulous prizes

Awesome new stories by me! And by Clarion students who wouldn't be able to be Clarion students otherwise.

If you're an American, it can be a tax writeoff.

And a special offer to my donors only!

For my top two sponsors and for one sponsor chosen at random, I will review one short story or novel chosen by you. Maybe you want me to review your novel. Maybe you want me to review your friend's novel. Maybe there's this awesome story you just really think I should read. Your choice!

How to Sponsor:

Go to my writer page. Click 'Make a Pledge' if you'd like to pledge me by word or by story or by any other criterium. Or you can make a straight donation right now with the 'Donate Now' button. Either way is A-OK with me.

Did I mention the fabulous prizes?

Help me reach $150 and I get some Clarion Write-a-Thon swag. And I really really want a Tshirt!!

Thanks, guys.

Let the writing begin!
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I want to offer perks to my donors for this year's Clarion Write-a-Thon. The only thing I've come up with though, is offering to review a book of the top donors' choosing. Which I will be doing. But I'd like to offer something else too.

I'm not an awesome artist or crafter, so I can't offer you something cool like that. And you wouldn't want me baking you something either. And, sorry, I don't have the means to promise you an iPad! (Though you can help me try to win one. ;) )

Anyone have any suggestions?
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Mishell Baker issued a challenge to write at least 500 words a day for as many days as possible in July. So far I haven't missed a day, although on July 4th, I fell short. Back-to-back classes on the Harry Potter game left me braindead and then I crashed. So I never went back and wrote just 12 more words. (I hadn't had time to count, either, so I didn't know just how close I was.)

So far they've been all beginnings. I'd start something new for my 500 words. That's easier for me, and none of them has grabbed me enough to keep going. So far, I think doing 500+ words every day is a good discipline. So I'm not going to worry about not continuing and not completing things until it becomes more of a problematic trend.

This Write-a-Thon thing is working for me so far! I don't know if I would have been as motivated without the forums though. So if you're a participating writer or a sponsor, do be sure to sign up for the forums and check in there. As a sponsor, you can issue challenges to everyone. Always wanted to see a flash piece about werehedgehogs? Just offer 10$ to the first person who writes you one and your wish may come true!

In pledges, we're halfway to that $300 that'll get me to put a short story online for free for you to read. Now.. if you also want to help me win an iPad, then I'm about 600$ short of being in the lead for that. Just saying. ;)

Top Three Reasons to Sponsor Me:

1 -- You'll get to read my awesome stories! Because, for once, I'll actually write them.

2 -- You'll be supporting Clarion and the future classes of science fiction and fantasy writers. Without Clarion, those people may still become writers, but perhaps not as quickly or not as awesomely. And the sooner they become awesome writers, the more time they'll have to write cool stuff. And that's a win-win for everybody.

3 -- You can join the Write-a-Thon forums, which are pretty cool already, I must say.

Small pledges are welcome, by the way! Even a few dollars adds up when it's a lot of people doing it.

If you want to help me out for free, then please signal boost. Let everyone know about the Write-a-Thon and why they should support it.

Links!

My Sponsor Me! Page
All Participating Writers Page -- If you want to donate to more than one person, go to this page and click the red button.
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Here's one more reason to sponsor me (or any of the other fine writers) for the Clarion Write-a-Thon. Sponsors get invited to join the Clarion Write-a-Thon forum. Keep track of our progress. Challenge us. Egg us on. Just stop by to chitchat. It should be a ton of fun.

Sponsor early and get access to the forum for all 6 weeks.

You can sponsor me on this page:
http://www.theclarionfoundation.org/writeathon/wrtn-writerpage.php?writerID=4251

Small amounts are just fine. Whatever you're comfortable donating. There is a transaction fee incurred by Clarion, however. So if you plan to sponsor more than one person, use the red Donate button on this page. One transaction, and you can specify who it's disbursed to and how.

And send good thoughts to the Clarion class of 2010, who are starting their journey right this very minute!
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I'm participating in the Clarion Write-a-Thon. The first time Clarion UCSD has joined in. So, first, some background.

What is Clarion?

Clarion is a six-week intensive writing workshop for science fiction and fantasy writers. Each week is taught by a different, stellar instructor. Most of the workshop is focussed on writing and critiquing each other's work. Short stories for the most part. Sometimes an instructor will have a formal or informal lecture, or discussion. And guest speakers may make an appearance.

There are three Clarions -- Clarion (East, The Original) which is held at the University of California - San Diego; Clarion West which is no longer really West of East, but it's in Seattle; and Clarion South which is in um.. okay, Australia somewhere!

Why is Clarion Awesome?

I attended Clarion the first year it was at UCSD, 2007. Our instructors were Gregory Frost, Karen Joy Fowler, Jeff (and Ann unofficially) VanderMeer, Cory Doctorow, and Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman. My classmates were awesome, and you may have seen some of their names in print!

Why Does Clarion Need Money?

There's the costs from the university -- dorm use, food, etc, etc. There's a coordinator who needs to be paid. And instructors to be flown in. And just, in general, running something like this isn't cheap.

Clarion does charge tuition and room and board, but not nearly as much as other six-week programs run at universities. Just try to take one summer class and see what you get charged!

As it happens, though, the people who attend Clarion tend to be in transition stages in their life. Who can afford to take 6 weeks away from home? People who are still in college, who have just left college, who are changing careers, who are moving across country. In short, generally people who don't have a whole lot of money to spare.

That's why it's important that Clarion be able to keep what it charges students as low as reasonably possible. And that's why scholarships are really, really, really important.

I wouldn't have been able to attend Clarion, as I was unemployed at the time, without the help of a scholarship and without the help of my parents. Some money given to Clarion goes to fund scholarships. You can even sponsor a scholarship yourself if you want.

Clarion needs money to continue to exist, first of all, and to continue to be affordable to any student with the desire and the ability to attend. Whether a student goes on to become a known writer in the field, or contributes in other ways (editing, publishing, agenting, academicking), Clarion is an experience that's worth it. And that's worth supporting.

What's the Clarion Write-A-Thon?

For six weeks, I and others will be writing our little hearts out. Sharing in spirit with the current class of Clarion UCSD, 2010. We'll be doing it to raise money for Clarion, for its future, and its future students.

How do I sponsor you?

You can pledge (by telling me about it) a certain amount per word, or per story, or per day I write. And then you can donate the money to Clarion at the end of the six weeks.

Or, you can trust I'm going to write and just donate whatever sum you like right now. Or at any point during the six weeks.

The page to do that on is right here.

My stated goal is $1000 and I would really like to hit that target.

What's in it for me?

Okay, okay, you're not that selfish, right? But for every $300 sponsored, I will post a short story, online, for free. I will even make downloadable PDF and EPUB versions.

So if I hit my $1000 target, that's 3 awesome stories of mine you'll get to read for free! And you'll make me very, very happy.

And you'll be helping a future student find his, her, or hir way to Clarion. Adding another voice to the science fiction and fantasy genre.

Anything Else I Should Know?

Yes! If you'd like to sponsor some of the other cool people who are doing the Write-a-Thon, go right ahead! I don't mind (much).

Here's the list of participants.

If you'd like to donate to more than one person, say, me and all of my classmates, then you can click the red Donate Now button. That form will let you specify who and how much. You'll only have to fill out one form that way, and your card will get charged once. (I presume.)

Anything Else?

No, not really. Watch this space for updates on my progress.

And thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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