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still alive

(barely)

In fact, I'm doing great: This month each year is simultaneously the most satisfying, fatiguing, energetic, inspiring, frustrating, and motivational 8.3% of my year, but golly gee, is it tiring.

The Workshops were fantastic, with a full roster for both the novel and short sections, and we had a couple of writing-retreat folks, too. Not only that, the social dynamic was great across the board. That was two weeks of intensive immersion into writing, talking about writing, thinking about it, and so forth. All day, every day. I even wrote a few thousand words during that time, though it meant sacrificing some sleep to do so.

The Campbell Conference / SFRA Conference was fantastic, though even more utterly fatiguing. So many great guests, so many wonderful presentations... I wish I could have attended *g* I don't think I sat down for more than 10 minutes all weekend. The best part is that people reported on how well-run and well-organized it was (they must not have noticed that we were putting out fires every few minutes just before they became a danger).

The SF Institute started on Monday, and that's going great, too: huge class with great participation... so much so that we're getting together every evening shortly after class lets out for dinner and discussion until midnight. Each day, I'm writing more notes about upcoming writing projects, new CSSF programs and updates to current ones, and notes about revising my novels. So inspirational! So full of energy!

So tired! I wish I didn't have to sleep, though fatigue is really beginning to set in, and I have to be all full of beans for this Sunday, when I fly out to Pittsburgh to teach at Alpha Young SF Writers workshop. And somewhere in there I need to finish my evaluations of the Return to Luna fiction contest entries.

Next week, I begin writing and revising stuff in earnest. First up: well... that's a lie. I have a few priority-zero projects: Working on Jim's novel (yes, Jim Gunn asked me to collaborate with him on a novel!), revising my two good novels and submitting to an agent, getting more stories out into circulation, starting the YA-SF novel, starting the mainstream novel, writing the next Jupiter novelette... yeah, it'll be a busy year. Oh, and then school starts.

With that, I'm off to bed.

Chris

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kijjohnson
Jul. 17th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
I'm doing my 200+ words. :-)
woadwarrior
Jul. 17th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Were they all different words? Or did you cheat...
kijjohnson
Jul. 17th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
I did double-up some "the"s.
mckitterick
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I'm... well, I'm doing a lot of note-writing for stories and novels, and I think that counts.

Edited at 2008-07-17 03:42 pm (UTC)
blzblack
Jul. 17th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
That's awesome about the writing, Chris! (I talked to Prof about the collab last weekend--I hadn't forgotten. :)
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piezocuttlefish
Jul. 17th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Geez, dude.

Sounds like my friend who once said, "What happened to February? And who got all this work done?!"

Of course, she was hopped up on ketamine.

Hope you make it out alive.
renegade500
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
I was reading all this and thinking gee, isn't school going to start soon for you guys? :-)

I hope you can get some rest before classes start!
mckitterick
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'll have about a week to prepare for Fall semester, which by comparison will feel like a break *g*
clevermanka
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
The best part is that people reported on how well-run and well-organized it was

Christ. We must be super-stealth-solution-people. Kudos to khellekson.
mckitterick
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Karen ROCKS. You ROCK. Thank you again for all your hard work.
gryphonrose
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Very cool, amigo. One of these days I'll make it back for the shindig. I hope!
astein142
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it was a rousing success and that you're all fired up creatively. Sorry I missed it this year.
cmt2779
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
So you're taking off in the middle of the institute? I really don't think that's allowed.

Seriously, how much of the institute will you miss?
mckitterick
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
*g*

I'm taking off on Sunday morning and will be back on Wednesday afternoon. Those running Alpha wanted me to stay through the weekend for the SF convention, but I really didn't want to miss a full week of the Institute!
ericreynolds
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
The best part is that people reported on how well-run and well-organized it was (they must not have noticed that we were putting out fires every few minutes just before they became a danger).

I was going to mention that to you as well. From the events I attended, from my perspective everything seemed to go so smoothly and it was a whole lot of fun (as always). Rose and I look forward to the Campbell Conference every year.

You're collaborating with Jim? That's very cool! Looking forward reading that one.
clevermanka
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
from my perspective everything seemed to go so smoothly and it was a whole lot of fun

Hearing words like this makes the craziness worthwhile. Thanks.
ericreynolds
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
And thank you. I always come away from those in a good mood.
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