So I got a call yesterday to invite me to attend Clarion West!!!! I was so shocked I did not know what to do, shocked and pleased. It’s amazing to get that kind of validation on my writing because they only take those whose work is approaching publishable status. To think that industry professionals believe that about my work is just jaw-droppingly amazing. Also a friend told me they got a huge number of applications this year, so that makes it even more of an honor.
What is the sad corollary, you ask?
That I can’t attend, this year. I just got a job and started today I can’t very well tell them, “Hey I know I just started but I need 6 weeks off this summer.” So while I turned them down I did assert that I would definitely be reapplying next year. And I’ve made a decision that if they let me in next year I will go come hell or high-water. This is more than something I want to do, it’s something I need to do.
So there you go, amazing news, sad corollary but all in all it leaves me bouyant because I got in and no one can take that knowledge away from me.