Every week at Clarion, Shaun Farrell of the podcast Adventures in Sci-fi Publishing would pop by and interview the instructors, then in the final week he interviewed us, the Clarionites. You can listen to the result here.
Be aware, I have not yet listened to this myself. The thing they don’t you when they let you in, is that leaving Clarion is PAINFUL. Imagine making eighteen best friends and then losing them all on the same day. Thats the last day of Clarion in a sentence. Add in my new found longing for the blue skys of California, and I’ve been pretty miserable since my return. I almost wish Clarion 2008 had collapsed into internecine squabbling and awful cliquiness so I would now have some hatred to buffer me against the pain, but no, I love all of my Clarion friends equally. Consequentialy, its still a bit too raw for me to listen to everyone on that podcast just yet. (Yes I know, beneath that British stiff upper lip I’m just a big softy)
But as the pain of Clarion withdrawal has lessened over the days, I’ve realised that far from being an end, Clarion is really a beginning for all of us. No force in the verse will keep me away from at least one con a year where I can hook up with as many Clarion alumni as possible. And I’m going to carry on reading, critiquing and writing for our online Clarion group, and staying up late to IM accross the Atlantic. And I even feel an extra incentive to scale the heights of Mount Publishing, just to get an American book tour.