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Another Monday

March 14, 2010

As if Mondays aren’t ad enough, here I face a “spring forward” Monday with Clarion West anticipation hanging thick in the air, midterms at the end of the week, and the knowledge that there is no spring break following said midterms (stupid snow days).  Top that off with inexplicable lower back pain and I have a recipe for a day I don’t want to deal with.  I don’t even want to go to bed because I know that Monday is on the other side.  And I’m not usually much of a Monday hater; it’s just a day, right?

So what part of it has the most influence?  I’d say 1) Clarion, 2) back pain, 3) DST, and the rest of the pack stumbling together at the rear.

So what am I going to do about it?  Not much.  I’ll keep sloughing through the days until stuff starts to give.  The CW anticipation will end eventually.  The back pain will go away or I’ll go to the doctor about it.  I’ll adjust to the time change soon enough.  Midterms will come and go like they always do, with rotten grades.  Monday gives way to Tuesday and it’ll hit Friday before long and I can complain about the next week next Sunday.

I may avoid further writing until I hear about CW.  (“What?” ” You heretic!” “Burn the witch!”)  I have noticed, unfortunately, that when I write on my computer, I am that much closer to the internet.  I need to focus on some “real life” stuff for a little while for my distractions.  Grade that pile of papers, wash all those dishes, make that overdue run to the dump, clean a bathroom…  My back (sure wish I had a clue what I did to it) is going to get in the way of some of that, but not all.  Writing is going to have to wait until I can actually focus on writing.  The writing I’ve been doing has been glacial at best, anyway.  The stories will still be there after the call (or email).

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard Gropp permalink
    March 15, 2010 2:13 pm

    Another lurker here, waiting for CW and C-SD news. I was going to play it cool – submit and forget, keep writing, etc. – but that hasn’t really worked out. (I did manage to write 500 words on Wed, after getting my C-SD rejection, but 11 of those words were “f***.”) And now I’m just trolling the internet for news.

    What really bugs me is not hearing about anyone getting accepted to San Diego. That just makes me wonder if, maybe, just maybe, the emails they sent out on Wed. were supposed to be acceptances and they just grabbed the wrong form letter. (In VanderMeer’s blog, he _did_ suggest they’d be sending out acceptances last week.) Hell, maybe Donald Wesling is sitting at his desk wondering why nobody’s responding to the good news.

    Crazy, I know. I need someone to put me out of my misery.

    Have you heard of any acceptances yet?

    • osomuerte permalink
      March 15, 2010 2:38 pm

      Apparently the C-SD acceptances were sworn to secrecy until today. The secret seems to be getting out now. Congratulations to all the stinkers that got in. Go forth and learn a lot. 🙂

      • Richard Gropp permalink
        March 15, 2010 2:41 pm

        Yeah. Right after I posted that comment, I went to Jeff VanderMeer’s blog and saw the whole list.

        Great timing. 😛

        I wonder if the CW students already know.

      • osomuerte permalink
        March 15, 2010 3:11 pm

        I have seen no evidence to suggest they have been, but that might be the point. Until either (a) acceptances start popping up or (b) rejections start popping up, I will have to assume no one knows. It’s bad for my sanity to think otherwise.

  2. Laura Praytor permalink
    March 15, 2010 2:24 pm

    Hi Scott (and other Clarion applicants). I’ve been lurking for awhile, and I know you are all anxious to hear back from Clarion West. I hope you hear back soon You stated that you wanted to know who got into Clarion San Diego, so I thought I’d let you know that I’ve been admitted. I know how bad rejections suck, as my admittance to Clarion SD followed 7 rejections from grad programs (I’m applying for an MFA in creative writing). I was feeling pretty down about it all. I didn’t apply to Clarion West, so I know I won’t be seeing you there, but I just wanted to let you know that your blog has been very helpful. It’s nice to know that other people are struggling the same way I do. Waiting makes me crazy. Again, good luck. (Fingers crossed.)

    if you have any questions or anything, feel free to email me at

    p.s. Clarion SD just sent an email saying that all Clarion SD people could now publicize their acceptances, so I’m guessing you’ll be hearing more soon. I don’t know.

    • osomuerte permalink
      March 15, 2010 2:33 pm

      Congratz! I am jealous. GRRM. Delaney, VanderMeer squared. Good list to be working with.

      Thanks for the heads up on the C-SD stuff.

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