Monday, July 1, 2013

John accepted to Viable Paradise!

I'm thrilled to make two announcements today. It's pure accident that they're coinciding on the same day, but it's brought me to quite a high.

First off: The Last House in the Sky is done. It's been beta read, edited and revised into something I'm truly proud of. This novel is an absurd passion project of mine, about a trio of misfit thieves who decide to steal the last remnants of culture before a cult can waste them on blowing up what's left of the world. It's one of the Post-Post-Post-Post-Apocalyptic novels I'm always joking about, and I think when I can give it to you, you'll find it's something different.

I'll be bringing it with me to ReaderCon next week, and possibly to other events over the summer.  But something bigger looms in October.


Because my second news is that I was accepted to Viable Paradise! VP is one of the most prestigious F/SF workshops in America, hosted by Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Elizabeth Bear, Steven Gould (Jumper, not punctuated equilibrium) and a roster of professional authors.

I have to thank Moses Siregar III for turning me onto VP in the first place, and Theresa Bazelli for encouraging me to submit for this Fall. Some of the authors to emerge from the program are the top of the field, and I'm too excited to go dive deep into fiction with the hosts in October. I'm working out travel arrangements now.

What a day. There can't be many like it in a year or a decade, but I'm extremely privileged to get just one. Thanks to everyone who's extended their support over the years. I'm doing as much with it as I can.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to jump up and down a few times.

22 comments:

  1. How simply wonderful. I am doing a happy dance for you here as well. (If enough of us dance, can we make the earth move?)

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    1. I don't know, but I'm eager to try. Thank you!

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  2. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You absolutely deserve it!

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    1. Thank you, Lillie! It's a splendid day!

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  3. Congratulations on both accounts!! I've never heard of Viable Paradise, but sounds like you'll be learning from some top notch authors.

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  4. Congratulations, John! That sounds like a terrific forum!

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  5. Yowza!!! Great news indeed! I too hadn't heard of VP, but it sounds wonderful.

    Best of luck with both the novel and the workshop.

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  6. Fantastic news John! You deserve it! Have fun!

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  7. Congrats John!!!! I'm so happy for you!

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for nudging me to submit this year!

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  8. Oh my gosh such WONDERFUL news! I am so excited for you. You've worked so hard for this. Job well done!

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  9. A whole week of fiction intensity with the Pro's-- wow! You totally deserve this. I love Elizabeth Bear. Jealous!

    Congrats on your absurd novel too. A huge achievement. Hope the workshop gives you a step ahead of the others agent-wise.

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    1. Holy crap, you're alive! Thanks for both reappearing and your kind words. I'm definitely looking forward to working with Bear.

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  10. One of your future classmates here. I'm looking forward to meeting you in October!

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  11. WooHoo! Congrats on the big news. =D

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  12. CONGRATULATIONS! Throws sparkly glitter everywhere ✰ •* ˚ ♥ 。* ˛。✰˚* ˚ ★ღ   ★ ° :.˚ ♥   . • ○ ° ★  .  *☆  .✰ •* ˚ ♥ 。* ˛。✰˚* ˚ ★ღ   ★ ° :.˚ ♥   . • ○ ° ★  .  *☆  .✰ •* ˚ ♥ 。* ˛。✰˚* ˚ ★ღ   ★ ° :.˚ ♥   . • ○ ° ★  .  *☆  .✰ •* ˚ ♥ 。* ˛。✰˚* ˚ ★ღ   ★ ° :.˚ ♥   . • ○ ° ★  .  *☆  .

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS on finishing your MS, and another CONGRATULATIONS for getting accepted into that program! A virtual champagne toast! Good job, John.

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  14. Whoo hoo!!!!! Congratulations! :) (both on getting accepted AND finishing your book... both are super exciting and truly jump-up-and-down worthy!)

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  15. Sounds like an awesome day for you. Congratulations. It must feel great to finish a novel. Also, quite the honor to be accepted to Viable Paradise. I'm very happy for you. Thanks for always checking in.

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  16. And I'm jumping up and down for you! So so happy, well done!

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  17. WOW! Awesome news, John - very excited for you!!! *sending you virtual bottle of bubbly* Can't wait to read "The Last House in the Sky"!

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