Not quite the beginning but it’s really kicked off now

Not quite the beginning but it’s really kicked off now

A couple of weeks ago, I got home from a meeting in the city. It was 8pm and chilly but I stopped to get the mail on the way into my building anyway.

There was an envelope from the Vermont Studio Center. Even though I figured it was a polite rejection of my application to a fantastic four-week residency, I jammed my files and magazines under my arm and ripped it open right there in the cold.

And this fell out:

VSC Resident Handbook

I dropped everything and found the letter amongst the bits of paper in there. It said this:

Acceptance letter

Then my head exploded.

Exploded head

A couple of days later I found out that Tom Cho, a vague acquaintance and a writer whose work I adore, also got accepted and it was officially confirmed that I am completely out of my league. Like, in a good way. For instance, even though I have hardly any publishing credits for fiction and I applied to write a novel, the folks at VSC decided I was a good candidate. Obviously they liked my story overview, project planning and writing sample, but I think what got me over the line was the fact that most of my novel is set very near to the center. Which in no way diminishes the AWESOMENESS of this news. This acceptance is pretty much a giant leapfrog ahead for my career as a creative writer.

Since I applied, things have changed a bit so I’m not going next month as it says in the letter; I’m going in February 2013 instead. On this blog, I’m going to document what happens from now until I get the book written.

Meanwhile, there are static pages with more info on the project, me, the story and the purpose of this website.

1 Comment

  1. Mum
    28 Sep 2012

    I’m so proud of you. Just the ticket for so many things in so many ways on so many levels.

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