Well, at least six more, and then I'll die of exhaustion. ;)
It wasn't too weird, because the only person I knew about was me. I really expected less people to declare rejections! It was strange.
Thank you. And like I said in my video/post, I hope to see everyone here typing away during the Write-a-Thon!
Radio silence is over... My bittersweet news is that I did get in, but I'm sad that so many cool potential classmates didn't! Here's what I had to say about it: http://plunderpuss.net/wordpress/f5ing-the-clarionwest-hashtag
Good luck next year, everyone, and make sure to write six stories during the Write-a-Thon. Then when you sell them, you'll have some cash toward tuition next year!
EEEEEK! (consider yourself hugged)
Congrats! While I can understand some ambivalence, don't forget that YES YOU DO DESERVE THIS. I'll be writing in spirit with you during the write-a-thon.
Bittersweet. Yes, indeed.
Happy to be going.
Wish a few of the deserving applicants that I know would be there.
Excited to meet my classmates!
It's good of you to say so, and I'm trying to convince myself that it's true.
Must make it true. Must write more! Must write better!
Those who are accepted get sworn to radio silence for a while, so you won't be hearing from anyone on that score until CW gives the okay.
Some of us who are complaining about being rejected might even be lying.
Not me, of course.
Hi, super lurker here. Just got rejected as well. I went back to the story I submitted, expecting to see how stupid I was for thinking it was worthy. But I still... like it. I'm not sure why it was rejected, maybe in a year I'll be a better writer and see why. Or it could be just the wrong story in front of the wrong people: success in writing is the luck of getting the right story in front of the right person, I think.
And rejection didn't hurt as bad as I thought. I'll keep submitting the story and see if my feelings are true and that it will get accepted, somewhere. I encourage everyone else to do the same. At the end of the day, it's just one rejection. Even if it's someone saying no to something you were looking forward to. It's just a rejection. I hope those who do get in have a blast. Good luck!
Yeah, I wasn't kidding about that, either! I mean most of what I said was jokes, but the part about instructors not getting in if they applied anonymously as students? I absolutely believe that.
Like you said, all established authors get rejected lots--and most of them still get rejections even after they're bestsellers. There are books they want to write that no one will buy; there are screenplays they write that their agents give up on or let collect dust; and there are anthologies they get invited to, but the editor chooses not to take the story they wrote for it. (So Ms. Bestseller is stuck trying to sell something she wrote just for "The Mermaids of Manhattan Time Travel Anthology" or "Welcome to the Punhouse: A Tribute to Xanth.")
I like the idea of a slew of applications from such potential students as Larry Rosenblum, Giro Hoto, George R. R. Morten, etc.
I'm with JCKey18. You may remember a nice rejection from Shimmer you posted awhile back that you seemed to believe was true (and it was--I should know!). I think you should give the same benefit of the doubt to what you heard from CW. :)
P.S. Jealous of your Comic Con tickets. >:D
Lawson, I read your blog post and I would say don't throw away their comment so quickly! Of course, it could be just a form rejection, but I don't think it's an 'early' rejection, as around this time in the previous years everyone already knew. It seems like they prepare everything/finalize the lists and then just let everyone now in 1-2 waves.
All that said, you know your submission better than I, just commenting that you could have very well been highly ranked!
PS: I like the aesthetics of your blog.
I like Chris' idea. I'm thinking about writing a story based on the suspense in this forum, where there are more people that want something than can have it, and they all deserve it. I like how amazing it is that everyone here has been so supportive of one another even though we're actually competing.
Actually someone named Collins already wrote that book and it's a movie now >:| haha But seriously I want to use it in a short story, because it FEELS like we're in a story, doesn't it? We should all write something using this experience--that way we can make it serve us.
And now the real nervousness sets in.
Sorry to hear of your rejection, I know it stings. Apply next year, though, and keep on trying. And send stuff out in the meantime. The worst thing anyone can say is "no."
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