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27 July 2009 @ 12:38 pm
Les Semaines July 26: Fifth Week of Clarion West 2009  
The editor's week is always tense. It's partly a matter of timing (getting near the end but not the end), partly ambition and worry (what will this person who actually buys stories think of my stories), and the workshop alchemy (all this stuff mixed together with weather, no sleep, deep bonds and irritations).

This actually was a great week. David Hartwell is a wonderful presence and it was a special pleasure to hear him share the width and depth of his knowledge about the field.

The students were great, too, and seem to be holding together well. Several of them turned in stories that were their most impressive work so far. For some of them it was when they hit the wall. This is the way it goes.

I did both this week. Luckily the latter before the former.

But Seattle now has an excessive heat warning in effect until 6 pm Thursday, so we'll see how everyone weathers the final week.

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For my listening, reading, and writing updates, and the July 16th entry of my 1997 trip to Scotland, see Les Semaines.

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morgan_x on July 27th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Does the Clarion house have air conditioning? It looks like an unpleasant week without it.
Neile Grahamneile on July 27th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Alas, no air conditioning, as the house isn't normally occupied in the summer.

We get a breeze (praise the breeze!) where we live, but it's blocked by buildings near the house.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on July 27th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
If you've got excessive heat, then we'd better brace for more, hotter, and longer, sigh. I keep counting, only four months of summer to go.
Neile Grahamneile on July 27th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
So strange, when Seattle is hotter than Chicago or NY!