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Welcome to Paradise! Also today I’m not here, I’m there.

Surprised Goldfish
Surprise!!! by Benson Kua

I’ve also got more good news to share, and whenever I say good news, I know you all will think its something to do with a certain novel. It does, but its likely not what you expect. I sent the first two chapters as an application to Viable Paradise, and I’ve been accepted! I’m in for an intense one week science fiction and fantasy writing workshop experience this October.

I’m feeling more than slightly intimidated (just check out the instructor list). I’ve read good things about it (frequently colored with a slight shake of crazy), but I’m mostly nervous because I’m a little shy. I still am thrilled and excited though!

I’m also a bit dazed. I was up late baking sourdough when the email acceptance came. I didn’t expect one so soon, and clicked it without thinking what I might be. I had to read it several times to make sure I wasn’t reading it wrong. E’s been super sweet and supportive about it. He checked out flights and travel logistics for me. He also booked a ticket to Boston (I haven’t even paid the tuition yet!) as a gift.

Today’s also a special day because I’m guest posting over at Courage 2 Create, where I have a few words to say about picking yourself up off the ground quickly after a failure or rejection. I hope you check it out πŸ™‚

Lastly, 15 year old Will (John’s cousin) needs an emergency liver donation. If you’re type A or type O, I hope you check out the post on John’s blog for more information. Finding a match isn’t easy. If you are healthy, your liver should recover (only a small piece is taken).

Now off to google some more future classmates. I’m kind of ashamed, but you all do that don’t you? Ok maybe not…

12 Comments to “Welcome to Paradise! Also today I’m not here, I’m there.”

  1. Wow. Congrats on getting into Viable Paradise.

    I’ve coveted attending one of these high-profile SF&F writing workshops for a while (Viable Paradise, Clarion, and I can’t remember the others, but I know there’s one or two more). But (a) they’re usually expensive and (b) I’ve never had enough free time (and significantly less so, now). But I’ve heard lots of stories about how they can really kick-start a writing career, and definitely a big deal getting to hob-knob with the big names.

    Good luck! Not that I think you need it… I think this’ll be a great way to your name and the quality of your work in front of the eyes of some important SF&F luminaries.

    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      I was actually surprised that the instructors choose who to accept into the program, so they’ve already read my writing. (EEP!) I already know that some of the people going are agented, and way more experienced than me, but I think it runs the gamut. Thank you!

  2. The class list is impressive, isn’t it? But we’re all moving at our own pace with our own specialties. I made it in this year with a novel submission rather than my previous short story submissions. I’m not even going to compare. Our differences are going to help us in so many ways.

    And don’t worry about being shy. I’m typically a little shy as well, until I get to know people. By the time the workshop gets here, I’m sure we’ll all be really comfortable and be ready to jump into it.

    See you in October!

  3. Wow, that’s great. I have a friend who went to Clarion in the early 1970s and he’s been writing professionally ever since (of course, there were other factors — but that was a big part of it).

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