Neile Graham (neile) wrote,
Neile Graham
neile

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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