Son of a Motherless Goat.

So, as people who actually read this thing know, I applied back in February to Viable Paradise, a writing workshop taught by some of the best writers and editors in the field, such as Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Manager of SF at Tor Books),  Theresa Nielsen Hayden (Tor books consulting editor) to Debra Doyle, Steven Brust (BRUST! Writer of the Vlad Taltos books!) and Steven Gould (current SFWA President and one of my favorite writers), among others.

I had no real hope of getting accepted, but what the hell, thought I.  And this past weekend, a message came down the email pipeline from James D. MacDonald, saying “All invitations have been sent.”  And I didn’t get one.

I was ok with that–bailing my brother out of jail, and spending the money to go to Oregon to do that, pretty much killed the fund I had been creating to cover the VP tuition and boarding, as well as airfare.

But today I got a message that made me wonder, so I sent a query that basically said “Uh, did I get this by mistake?”  And I got back a message saying “Oh sorry!  We thought we sent you an invitation to attend!  No no no, you’ve been accepted!”

(A bunch of crap deleted, because really, Michael?  Really?)   OMG I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!   This will be an opportunity to really see what I’m doing wrong, and what I can fix, and how to make it all work better.  And maybe even get some of this stuff published!

One thing is sure–I will be doing more writing, and less video game playing, over the summer.


About Michael Johnston

Father of a fifth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Forty-six years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA
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2 Responses to Son of a Motherless Goat.

  1. M.E. Garber says:

    Hi Michael! I’ll see you in October, it seems. Can’t wait!

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