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Yeah yeah yeah. All right, all right, i'll do it…

25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about me.

1. I compulsively flip my hair when i'm nervous. I'm told people think i'm trying to look like a rockstar when i do it.

2. I wrote, produced and composed the soundtrack for a short film that aired on PBS repeatedly for years.

3. I don't own a TV, listen to commercial radio or read mainstream newspapers. I believe commercials and mainstream news are psychologically damaging.

4. I lived with a ghost who opened all my cabinets and closets every night for a year.

5. Once i started to write, four years ago, writing became so important that the rest of my life has warped around its gravity.

6. My entire family was nearly murdered on a camping trip when i was one.

7. I unconsciously form a thumbs-up with my right hand whenever i walk, run, or exercise. When i notice, i force myself to stop.

8. I played the villain in a really bad direct-to-video horror film. One could tell i was the villain from my black eye-patch.

9. I've been deeply in love three times.

10. I usually cry when i finish writing a novel.

11. I was the engineer for a number of famous 90s industrial bands.

12. I use the lowercase "i" when writing about myself.

13. I owned a recording studio, but lost tens of thousands of dollars (as did my parents) when my partner ran with all the equipment.

14. I identify as bisexual, but have only been in relationship with three men in my life.

15. I've lived in four or five intentional communities, depending on how you count.

16. I hitchhiked around Ireland using a coin-flip and a map to choose where i would go next.

17. I've (so far) recorded six albums of my own music.

18. I am descended from Irish pirates on both sides of my family.

19. I believe if anyone has a soul, then everything has a soul.

20. My band toured the country in a short yellow school bus. One of our shows was in a country western bar. There was a riot out front while we played.

21. I used to be in a queer vigilante group called the Pink Angels that patrolled the gay neighborhoods of Chicago. I quit, disillusioned, when the group voted against patrolling lesbian neighborhoods. After i quit, i became a volunteer counselor for queer teenagers.

22. I tested for Mensa, then declined to join when i passed.

23. After 911, i voluntarily lived below the poverty-line so none of my tax money would go to the Bush administration. This year may be the first time i've paid taxes in eight years.

24. I had never eaten ethnic food (except for Mexican and Chinese) till i moved to Chicago. Now i generally refuse to eat American food. I love Love LOVE spicy food, rich food, and sauces!

25. There are five words that i find disturbing in and of themselves. One of them is "slacks." I wont tell you the other four.

I LOVE

Posted by ON in Dear Diary

My friend Grace posted a picture that i was so touched by that i was compelled to do the same thing myself.

Try it yourself. Picture of your eyes and the sheet. No commas, random order, your own definition. Who do you love?

Go to Clarion!

The Clarion Writers Workshop

I cannot say strongly enough how much the Clarion workshop has changed my life.

Yes, it effected my writing in crazy and wonderful ways. It took everything i thought i knew about writing and turned it on it's ear. It took me three months to process everything i learned.

Am i finished learning as a writer? Not even close. We never are, but i feel i keep hitting these plateaus in my writing, and each one is harder than the last, and Clarion got me to the next one.

Go to Clarion.

I met people i'll be friends with for the rest of my life. I networked with folks who could potentially help my career in ways i can't even imagine.

I've never done anything like Clarion. It was one of the most powerful experiences of my life.

Go to Clarion.

The Clarion Writers Workshop


Announcing the
2009 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop

@ UC San Diego

June 28 to August 8, 2009

The Clarion Workshop is widely recognized as the premier training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction short stories. Many graduates have become well-known writers, and a large number have won major awards. Instructors are among the most respected writers and editors working in the field today. The 2009 writers in residence are Holly Black, Larissa Lai, Robert Crais, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Hand, and Paul Park. The six-week workshop is held on the beautiful beachside campus of the University of California at San Diego.

Since its inception in 1968, Clarion has been known as the “boot camp” for writers of speculative fiction. Each year 18-20 students, ranging in age from late teens to those in mid-career, are selected from applicants who have the potential for highly successful writing careers. Students are expected to write several new short stories during the six-week workshop, and to give and receive constructive criticism. Instructors and students reside together in campus apartments throughout the intensive six-week program.

The application period for the 2009 workshop is January 2 – March 1. Applicants must submit two short stories with their application. Scholarships are available. Additional information can be found at http://clarion.ucsd.edu.

Apparently i’m an indigo-haired goober with a pony-tail…

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With bemusement i note Ingwit takes issue with my name, Clarion, and the face-washing habits of its participants.

I was rubbing marinade into a piece of raw meat yesterday when the name Gra Linnaea popped into my head . . . it galvanized me for some reason . . . such a fantastic name and out of nothing . . . I was clenching the beef between my fingers without meaning to, the thick barbecue sauce oozing underneath my nails staining the distal edges from off-white to dark red . . . I frantically reviewed my recent reading, trying to determine where I could have encountered such a fantastic name . . . for example was Gra Linnaea an 18th century Swedish botanist? the site of a pre-Gallic settlement? an exotic liqueur, possibly green in color like damp moss, comes in a swell-bellied bottle with a posh purple velvet carrying bag . . . many possibilities, too many really . . . I repeated it under my breath, turning it into a mantra . . . sweet incantations . . . then I researched it a little more and remembered Gra Linnaea is an indigo-haired goober with a pony-tail that paid a bunch of money to go to San Diego and learn how to write speculative fiction in a room that probably smelled like feet and medicinal face cream . . . such disappointment . . . thanks a lot Gra Linnaea . . . thanks a lot for nothing.

Ingwit, i will endeavor to make you, and Carl, proud.