Joined: June 14, 2012
Last Visited: August 05, 2012
Write-a-Thon Team: Team Dispossessed
Writer Bio: I’m an independent writer, editor and photographer based in Lawrence, Kan. I’ve published books and articles, worked for newspapers and dabbled in politics. And now you know everything about me, and nothing. TO UNDERSTAND ME, you have to know that Clarion saved me. When I attended, I was in my late 20s and somewhat horrified by my life. I thought I didn't have a choice except to grit my teeth and endure the existence I had inherited. Clarion did far more than open my eyes to the craft of writing, although it certainly did that. Instructors Robin Scott Wilson, Terry Carr, AJ Budrys, Carol Emshwiller, Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm taught me to dive into myself. They put my feet on the path to authenticity. My classmates stood by me when I quaked and cried and wanted to run like heck. (Particular thanks to Pat Murphy, Avon Swofford and Steven Popkes.) What the workshop did was to make it impossible for me to ever live a normal life, and I have blessed Clarion ever since. That's why, I'm participating in this Write-a-Thon. It's time I gave back.
Writing Style: In my non-fiction, I generally tackle serious little topics. As to my fiction, well... I'm not 100 percent certain. My hunch is that I'm now writing mainstream, but that's the kind of mainstream where reality is a bit slippery. Walls breathe. Buildings delicately lift their skirts, and people are never, ever what they seem.
30000 words written
I've spent my post-Clarion life as a teller of true tales. I've published a multitude of articles, two non-fiction books and even dipped my toe into narrative non-fiction by writing a couple of bits of memoir, but I can't shake the yearning to fabricate. It's driving me nuts. So, my dear friends, I need your help to plan my novel. Give or pledge to Clarion in my name, I'll produce outline, scenes, character sketches, research notes and whatever else I need to write this book. If you do your part and I do mine, Clarion will have received $1,000 by the end of the six weeks of the Write-a-Thon, and I'll be ready to write my novel. By the way, the novel's working title is "The Urge to Connect." I'll also post progress reports and even a scene or two here.
funds pledged: $120.00
total pledged per unit: $0.0040
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