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Wonderful, Exciting, Jaw-Dropping News with a sad corollary…

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.

Two Things

I’m still beaming about my acceptance into grad school and can’t really talk about it other than a very loud squeal and pumping my fist into the air repeatedly. So on to other things:

1) Botanical Architecture! Take a look at a building in Seoul, South Korea that has foliage covering both the internal and external walls. Although the city boy in me fears the bugs that might be rampant in such a structure the secret science freak within thinks it’s pretty super cool.

2) The Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop is now accepting applications. It is:

Launch Pad is a NASA-funded education/public outreach effort supplementing Mike Brotherton’s space-based astronomical research.  Our budget allows us to provide a workshop that is essentially free to participants.  Our primary goal is to teach writers of all types about modern science, specifically astronomy, and in turn reach their audiences.  We hope to both educate the public and reach the next generation of scientists. Therefore selection will be based in part on audience size as demonstrated through print runs, downloads, or sales figures when available.  Secondary considerations will include the content and potential of applicant work — to what extent science in general and astronomy in particular are likely to be a significant factor in their future publications.  Applicants should address these points when they apply.  Several slots will be reserved for the strongest minority/female applicants who may have additional promise in reaching groups less represented in both the physical sciences and hard science fiction.

I would apply but seeing as it’s right in the middle of Clarion and I’m still waiting to hear from them I’m going to hold off until next year. But I do recommend anyone interested to apply, it sounds pretty damn cool and it’s run by NASA. C’mon who could pass up the chance to grill some NASA scientists on what they really found on the moon? And what planet are the grey men at Area 51 really from?