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Launch Pad: I'm going to Laramie, Wyoming, in July!

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I got notice that I've been accepted into the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop! It's a one-week "NASA-funded workshop for established writers held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, Wyoming. Launch Pad aims to provide a 'crash course' for twelve attendees in modern astronomy science through workshops, guest lectures, and observation through the University of Wyoming's two large telescopes."

It's in mid-July, and in addition to NASA covering my room and meals (and tuition), they're also giving me a travel stipend to cover my roundtrip flight! I'm verily jazzed, although also somewhat anxious. I don't travel well alone, tending to get lost and thereby flustered. May there be many large signs to point my way.

teflaime is a Wyoming native, and he's informed me that I should bring cold weather clothes and also that the air is thin, so I should take it easy. Both sage pieces of advice that I will be most diligent about adhering to. Although I don't think there'll be that many opportunities to exert myself. I anticipate much sitting, listening, and looking up.

I'm taking my camera and laptop, of course. Hope I'll have WiFi access . . .

   

Writing Stuff

I checked the Mobicon website and saw that they've got their panel schedule up. I'm slotted to do three panels, all on Saturday:


- 10:30AM - Writers for Relief II with Davey Beauchamp in Magnolia 1.
- 4PM - Worldbuilding in Sci-Fi and Fantasy with Davey Beauchamp, Sharon Green, Chris Jackson, Debbora Wiles, & Linda Baker in Magnolia 1 & 2.
- 6PM - Editors: The Other Side of Writing with Davey Beauchamp in Panel Room 5.


I'm especially jazzed about the editors panel; I've never been on the talking side of the table for one of those before.


Received:
- Payment from French 'zine, Faeries, for "Of Two Minds in Lanais." Hurray!


New Words:
- 1750 on the Fox Princess novel in the last couple days after losing the beginning of the week to that freelance gig. I somehow managed not to fall behind this week, assuming I can crank out 500 words between today and Monday.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
7,100 / 40,000
(17.8%)


I did, however, lose my Club 100 place. Sigh.

Club 100 for Writers: 2
I'm feeling:
ecstatic ecstatic
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On May 11th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
The NASA workshop leaves me speechless except for one word:

CONGRATULATIONS!
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On May 11th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie! I was pretty speechless myself when I got the email.
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On May 11th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC), jerwine commented:
The Astronomy workshop should be a lot of fun. I'm certainly jealous.

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On May 11th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Aw, thank you! And remember, there's always next year . . .
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On May 11th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I know I know I know! *squee!*
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On May 11th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
Awww! I'd go with you, but I'm afraid I wouldn't be much help--I'm the same way! (And I'm hoping to go to Peru this summer. Hah! :hysterical laughter fades into the background:)

Seriously, I wish you the best of luck and loads of fun at Launch Pad--it sounds so utterly cool and awesome!
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On May 11th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie! I shall sacrifice a map upon the altar of They Who Smile Upon Lost Travelers in the hopes of clear signage and helpful locals for both of us.
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On May 11th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC), stephanieburgis commented:
Congratulations on getting into the workshop! That sounds fabulous - what a cool experience, whether you ever use it directly in your writing or not. And hurray for travel stipends, too! Have a wonderful time.
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On May 11th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you! *squee!* The trick will be not to implode from excitement before July.
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On May 11th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC), melindadansky commented:
I got notice that I've been accepted into the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop!

Congratulations! That will be wonderful. You must blog and send pictures.
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On May 11th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I am definitely planning on taking many pictures and writing up the experience. Ooo, I hope there'll be a speedy WiFi connection for me to hook into.
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On May 11th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC), samhenderson commented:
Congratulations on the workshop -- I'm going too! I'm looking forward to meeting you!
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On May 11th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
*squee squee squee!*
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On May 11th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Ooo! Good luck with next year's application!
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On May 11th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC), desayunoencama commented:
Mazel tov
and
Bon voyage!
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On May 11th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you!
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On May 11th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
Ooh a NASA astromony workshop! That is so cool! Congrats! :D
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On May 11th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, Maggie! I'm squeeing like a madwoman!
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On May 11th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC), darinbradley commented:
Too cool!
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On May 11th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Totally! *squee!*
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On May 11th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC), sargent commented:
That is awesome news about the workshop. Congratulations!
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On May 11th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks!
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On May 11th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC), ex_frankwu commented:
Congrats, Eugie! This'll be a lot of fun (I got in, too!) - and tons of info flooding into our brains. I'm cooking up crazy ideas to throw at them now...
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On May 11th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Congrats to you, too, Frank! This workshop promises to be awesome!
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On May 13th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC), palmerwriter commented:
Congrats!
That workshop sounds awesome, Eugie! I will be envying you from afar.
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On May 14th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: Congrats!
Hee! Thank you!

And I haven't forgotten about the story I promised you for that charity antho. If I don't have it to you by end of week, please do prod me.
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On May 13th, 2007 10:12 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Hey Eugie,

I got a story accepted for the Automobila Antho. I've been conversing with Jason over the last few weeks. He's really keen to find a reputable publisher, so chances are the venture should happen.

James
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On May 14th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Congrats on the sale! And I'm glad the outlook for these projects is looking better.
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