No Clarion for me this year. I received rejections from both UCSD and West, much to my disappointment.
I know that it’s not the be all and end all, and I intend to continue to work hard on my writing. I will keep submitting. I’ve got three upcoming publications within the next 2-4 months and a few more irons in the fire.
Still, I would have loved to have taken six weeks away from my day job to write, to learn, to meet people and to improve my craft.
Next year. There is always next year.
I’m reminded of one of my favourite Robin Hobb quotes:
“The fight isn’t over until you win.”