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March 6, 2009

I have still not heard anything about Clarion or Clarion West.  I have met no writers.  I have not sold any new stories of late.  But somehow I feel like I am starting to become part of a community of writers.

Part of it is the blog connection.  I’m still pretty new at all this and seeing other writers’ blogs and reading them and linking to them and knowing they are dropping by here…it’s all so warm and fuzzy.

Another part is the shared anticipation I am experiencing with all the writers on the CW forums (except Jordan, that show-off  😀  ) as we wait for the phone to ring.  The shared experience of simply applying for the workshop is bonding.  Imagine what the actual workshop will do…

But I am happy with the bonding I am experiencing now.  I feel like I am a writer.  Only a barrel of sales would make me feel more like one.  I’ll get to work on that now.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2009 10:52 pm

    In my defense, I totally showed off by accident. I said I’d been phoned and everyone went through the roof!

    The magazine I edit hosts a pretty active forum too. Check it out:

  2. March 9, 2009 7:00 pm

    I have to agree that the blog connection is comforting. Since applying to Clarion (SD), I keep seeing the same folks cropping up in different places, looking for that sense of community. Especially Jordan! Frankly, I’m excited to see news of Jordan’s acceptance. Maybe ours will come any day now.

    A pretty good suggestion from last year’s Clarion West forum: challenge yourself to write a completely new story before your acceptance arrives. Stave off anxiety by working toward that deadline, the date of which, of course, you don’t really know.

    Keep the faith!

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