I am participating in this year’s Clarion Write-A-Thon. For those who aren’t familiar, here is a brief description of what the Write-A-Thon is, and what is supports:
The Write-A-Thon has been hosted annually for the past few years by the Clarion Foundation, a wonderful organization that provides funding for the highly respected Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Workshop at UC San Diego. Clarion is the oldest writing program of its kind. Many of the greatest figures in science fiction and fantasy have honed their skills and launched careers there. Check it out on the web at clarion.ucsd.edu. Writing programs across the nation are under tremendous financial pressure and Clarion is no exception. Last year’s Write-A-Thon raised over $17,000 in support of the workshop.
A Write-A-Thon is like a walk-a-thon, but instead of walking, I’ll be writing, and instead of lining up pledges for miles, I’m asking for pledges based on “hours in the chair”–time spent writing. I’m attempting to write 60,000 words (about two-thirds) of the second draft of my first novel during these six weeks. That number is based on how much I have written over the previous 6 weeks, and it amounts to about 42 hours1 of work on my part. Hours makes it easier than words for folks who want to pledge based on units (e.g. $1 for every hour, instead of $0.000005 per every word, or whatever it turns out to be).
I will post updates here and on social media, and you can also follow my progress on my profile page. Every contribution that comes in will show up on my profile page. The Write-A-Thon begins on Sunday, June 22, and continues through August 2.
Thanks in advance for your support. And don’t forget to check back, beginning on Sunday, to see how things are progressing.
- This also happens to be the answer to the question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Also, I am 42 years old. ↩