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25 June 2008 @ 09:51 am
Belatedly from Les Semaines, June 22, 2008  
Clarion West 2008 Begins

My brain hasn't quite gotten around to the idea that another workshop is beginning--has begun.

The house is ready, the rooms are full, we've made copies, arrangements, folders, name plates, arranged a classroom and admin space, and then some, and now there are eighteen people here at the Clarion West workshop, all poised to start a six-week exploration into their own writing talents, first under the guidance of Paul Park.

Away we go.

I feel like I would love a week of sleep before the workshop starts, but I'm sure Leslie (workshop co-administrator) feels this even more so, as she has been attending the weekend's Locus Award and Science Fiction Museum Hall of Fame events and helping make the Clarion West 25th Anniversary celebration event (Nancy Pearl interviewing science fiction great William Gibson) happen.

I missed that, as it happened the same evening as our 25th wedding anniversary.

We celebrated quietly, with a lovely sushi dinner at one of our favourite restaurants, then sharing some of our recent poems. I had a poem for Jim that I wrote the first draft of at La Push. I frantically revised it until moments before I read it to him. I also read him the first scene from my new novel--so he's the first person who has seen/heard any of it.

For my recent listening, reading, writing and obligatory cat pictures, see Les Semaines.
Amy Sissonamysisson on June 25th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Congrats on that milestone anniversary! What an accomplishment! We are almost precisely to the halfway point of where you are. And the time has flown.

Have fun (and get some rest!) during the workshop!
Neile Grahamneile on June 26th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
I can't believe it has been so long. If I had to say how long it felt like, I'd say maybe half that, so in my mind I'm where you are.

Definitely having fun, but not so much rest yet...
Melinda Danskymelindadansky on June 25th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Go Neile! I've been thinking of you and the Clarion West house all May/June. I hope it's going well.

Neither you nor Leslie can live off the dew of a single leaf and ambient creativity forever. Get some sleep.
Neile Grahamneile on June 26th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)

Yes, everything is going well, and the ambient creativity really is keeping me going. Seriously.

We're at the house we were in year before last. It has fewer rooms, but no inside critters. I'm grateful for that!
Stephanie Burgis: cupcake!stephanieburgis on June 25th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to you and Jim on your anniversary! And good luck with the first week of CW. Have fun!
Neile Grahamneile on June 26th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)

Thanks, Stephanie! Congratulations on your anniversary, too!
Stephanie Burgis: imaginative girlstephanieburgis on June 26th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
marzipan pigmarzipan_pig on June 25th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
I love that CW started at around the same time that you guys got married :)
Neile Grahamneile on June 26th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)

Very busy summer. If only I had known, that at the time I probably wouldn't have been interested in more workshops. I didn't think I was so interested until Jim talked me into applying and there I was, having my mind expanded.

Kind of like our marriage, actually, too.
Chris Fursttheclownhunt on June 25th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary! Our 25th is next March.

Good luck with the workshop.
Neile Grahamneile on June 26th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)

Thanks! And early congrats to you, too!

When are you moving to Seattle?
Chris Furst: grinning clowntheclownhunt on June 26th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
When am I moving? The spirit is willing but the dollar is weak.
Neile Grahamneile on June 29th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)

Damn! Let's go dollarhunting.
Chris Furst: detective clowntheclownhunt on June 29th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Amen. I've got the pick and shovel.
Ada Milenkovic Brown: Viva Las Vegasaccordingto_ada on June 25th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
What an amazing synchronicity! Congratulations, Clarion West and congratulations, Neile and Jim!
Neile Grahamneile on June 26th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)

Thanks, Ada!
timalynetimalyne on June 26th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary! Lovely.

Also...could you please tell Leslie that Timalyne says hello?
Neile Grahamneile on June 26th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I definitely will.
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Neile Grahamneile on June 29th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)

Sleep is even more important for you than me. I hope you catch up this weekend. Next week will be on us soon. Pow!