Between my bees and my writing and my Blog-A-Thonning, I am absolutely swamped today. I was hoping to dash off a quick entry on Why Science Fiction Is Harder To Read Than Fantasy, inspired by some early critique on The Novel of Doom, my early reaction to China Mieville’s Embassytown, and the three attempts it took me before I could get through the first four chapters of Dune, but…. it shall have to wait.
However, as the Clarion Blog-A-Thon ends tomorrow, I’d like to remind you about it. I got about $200 in donations yesterday (thanks in part to the new fabulous prize offered up by Ms. Valente), but that still leaves me with about $300 to go to get to my donation goal of $2,000 – which is about what it takes to send a single person to Clarion. I now have six professional sales under my belt, a status I could have only dreamed of four years ago – really, Clarion changed my life in a lot of ways, showing me that really, hard work can turn a fairly average fiction writer into someone publishable.
I want others to continue to have that experience.
So if you can, please donate. There are prizes from Neil Gaiman and Catherynne M. Valente, and access to a novel-in-progress. You will be doing a good thing, and I’m doing what I can to make it worth your while. Even a couple of bucks will help.
Thanks so much, either way. I know the journal tends to become the Blog-A-Thon Central during these six weeks; I appreciate your patience and care. But, you know, it’s even better if you donate!
In a non-Clarion brief note, holy shit is the soundtrack to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson a work of brilliance. President Andrew Jackson re-envisioned as an emo rock star, with all the soap opera bits taken straight from real life? I can’t stop listening to this damn thing. Highly recommended.
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.