Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Life after Clarion

There has been a succession of family crises since I came home. It's as if the Universe saved everything up to throw at me as soon as I got off the plane. I'm spending so much time ducking and weaving it's a wonder I even get near the computer let alone write. So now you know why the blogging has been sparse.
I am starting to make some progress with the goals I set myself - much more slowly than I'd like but something is better than nothing in the circumstances. So here's some of what I have achieved on the writing front. Another Clarionite and I gave a talk about the experience to our local speculative fiction writing group. I also gave a talk on the Clarion experience to my local writing group. I have edited four of my Clarion stories and I think they are ready to go out. I ran a workshop at a writers' group on critiquing techniques and conducted a follow up workshop where those techniques were applied. I have several stories underway and am working on them whenever I can grab a moment. Finally I have been asked to be a guest speaker at a meeting of State branch of a nationwide writing organisation.
Well, that's not as bad as I thought it was. I think I'll mark my report card "Making progress but could do better."


Laura E. Goodin said...

Yeah, you just yearn for the monastic solitude and simplicity of that cell sometimes, don't you? (I know I do.)

Satima Flavell said...

Hey Helen, you've done heaps since Clarion from the sound of it, and I'm pleased to hear it. I always feel a bit disorientated after such intensive experiences and I know it takes a while to get back into the normal world. And family crises always come at such times, I reckon:-(

Good to see you blogging again. Hope to see you next month.

Imagine me said...

I certainly miss a lot of the Clarion experience. Sometimes I want to just go and rent myself a room somewhere so I can work uninterrupted.

Imagine me said...

Thanks, Satima. At the moment it's just struggling on from one day to the next but it must get better eventually.