Friday, February 29th

#112: Off To Potlatch

Music: 16 Horsepower
Mood: excited
In a couple of hours, I will head off to Potlatch 17, where I hope to meet a bunch of fellow sci-fi writers and get invaluable tips on how to get published. I am tempering my expectations a little bit after my previous experience at the Gallifrey One Doctor Who convention I attended in 2006. It was my first SF convention believe it or not, and I assumed that it would be a nerd social mixer in a nerd-friendly environment, but after the day's programs ended, the attendees retired to their rooms. I didn't mind because I got to drink all night in the hotel bar with several writers and actors from the new series of Doctor Who, most of whom were Whovians themselves! While it was not included in the price of admission, it was by far the best part of the weekend for me. I hope that the folks who attend Potlatch are a little more social!

In other news, I have ultimately decided to not submit an application for the Clarion West writer's workshop. The deadline is tomorrow, and I could whip one up and submit it, but it is not only expensive to attend, but I would have to take a month off of work. It sounds like it would be great, but I am not a rich writer yet and need to keep my steady paycheck coming in. If I do indeed switch careers soon, it wouldn't do to take a month off right after I get a new job. I am going to continue to focus on getting the book published instead.

My friend who is a professional editor is also currently reading the book while on vacation and is really enjoying it, which is really awesome!

I'll tell you all about the convention later on this weekend!

santo26 on 02.29.08 @ 04:21 PM PST [link]

Thursday, February 21st

#111: Picking Up Where I Left Off

Music: Talkdemonic

Isn't it funny how a month can just fly by? After I completed the last edit, I decided to take another break. All of a sudden, it's nearly March. I am meeting my friend who is an editor on Saturday to give her a copy of the book to read, so I need to slap some headers on it and get it printed out tomorrow evening. I also plan on reading the book myself. The Clarion West workshop deadline is next week, so I need to take a long hard look at whether I want to apply or not. I do not know if I can take a month off from work to attend, but I have been alerted to the existence of an arts grant from the City of Seattle, so I am considering applying to that as well.

Next weekend is Potlatch 17, which is the sci-fi writers convention put on by the Clarion West folks. It'll be my first time socializing with my fellow sci-fi writers, and should prove very interesting and informative. As I write this entry, I am energized and ready to bring the book to the next stage, but I need to get better at balancing work with my real work (writing) and enjoying myself. Like everything else since I have committed to the path of being a writer, it's a constant trip of self-discovery, trial and error, and learning to be in the moment.

In other news, I just finished watching No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Martin Scorcese's documentary on, well, Dylan. I have always respected Bob Dylan but after seeing I'm Not There I wanted to know more about him. I hadn't really listened to him since I was in high school, and all I had was a Greatest Hits tape without any context. It was so fascinating to watch him interact with all these utterly sincere young baby boomers who thought he had all the answers. I wanted to close today with some wise words from Dylan from the documentary:

"An artist has got to be careful never really to arrive at a place where he thinks he's at somewhere. You always have to realize that you're constantly in the state of becoming, you know, and as long as you can stay in that realm you'll sort of be all right."

santo26 on 02.21.08 @ 05:49 PM PST [link]

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