They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me


I didn't join LJ and start blogging until 2005. So I have no entries directly about the 2004 Clarion workshop. Some day I might remedy that -- had thought the 10th anniversary might be the time, but alas I can't get down to the basement and dig out my notebooks. But it is ten years, so I went and re-read John Schoffstall's excellent daily blog at the 2004 Clarion.

If you start here, you not only start at the beginning, but you get to see the comments and get LJ's links to next/previous entry.

(BTW, John, your last entry has been comment spam bombed -- 25 of 27 entries.)

If you're worried by John's angst, relax. You can't see straight while you're in the middle of Clarion. Six weeks is a long time to foment doubt in yourself and stew in it. To some extent it never goes away. Some never write again. But...

John won the Grand Prize at the 2004 Writers of the Future, with "In The Flue", which had been one of his Clarion admission stories, published in WOTF Volume XXI.

Do Clarion stories, as in 'written at Clarion' as opposed to 'in the Clarion mold', get published? Yes...
"Fourteen Experiments in Postal Delivery, Strange Horizons, June 5, 2006.

I love John's blogging style. It's tough that he didn't identify some things, but then I was there and most of you were not, so it's for the best.

I miss my friends and having that exhausting energy for six weeks. But I don't miss 99°F and 99% humidity indoors -- at midnight -- in the sorority house. Of course back then I could walk... And sleep on a mattress on the floor.

Good times.

Dr. Phil

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