Thursday, September 30, 2010

I got a star.

And that star is blue and shimmery. I Thanks to Jeffrey Beesler and the gods of random luck for including me on this starcapade.

I will now give you FOUR other exemplary candidates with which to award this most prestigious of accolades:

Patrick Hester - because he writes a lot and he writes often, and he podcasts even more than that. He is an interesting fellow and I expect, nay, I demand excellence from him in his fantastical science-fictiony worlds.

Brian Knight - because he runs and supports a great community of would-be authors seeking to improve and find that eventual day of first publish.

John Anealio - because he amuses the literal crap out of me with his beautiful songs. Have you heard his I Should be Writing song? Or George R.R. Martin is Not Your Bitch? Then you need to get on over to his site and have a listen. Or if you've heard them and want to finally buy them go to

Author Mancuso - check out this author's great, stylish sci-fi  world-building. One day they'll be on the shelves next Hopefully, or at least a few letters down...H and M aren't THAT close.

Blake Charlton - Ok, yes I'm jumping past the limit of 4 (and I'd like to add more), but Blake is hard not to add here too. He's a med student now into his residency (I think), and with Spellwright published, another almost out, with a third to come, and more of course—he is a busy man. Somehow in the middle of all that he managed to pull off a wonderful new story that certainly pulled me into his world. (Don't worry Blake, I'm not expecting you to post this silly little thing on your blog, but...IF you have the time.)

All of these writers are worthy of a visit and a congratulations, however facetious it may be. Now I will notify them of their amazing award.

For my acceptance speech of this starry award, I'm now supposed to share my unique writing habits. Well I don't know if they're that unique, but I'll tell you how I manage the time and muse to put words to the screen.

I write as often as I can in as many different places that I can manage. I write whenever a thought hits. So I have notes that I have typed up on my phone, voice notes I make on my phone, and scribbles that end up getting input in the computer eventually. There are notes that wind up throughout my prose because I can't take the time to find an appropriate place and stash it and there are notes that actually go where they should.

My writing is mostly on BART, breaks and lunch, for a whopping total of about two hours each work day. Though it is split up, with interruptions and often I am mentally unprepared. I do what I can, because that's all I've really got to spend on it. Not a sob story. Just MY sob story. Despite the restrictive time, I feel like progress is being made and my goal of being published may very well come true one day.


  1. Clifton, so long as you don't give up, your goals of getting published will come true one day. Just hold on there, and in the meantime enjoy your award.

  2. Thanks Jeffrey, I won't. I do this for the enjoyment, not for eventual publish. Which, ironically enough, is a major factor in my (wholly inexperienced) opinion to getting published. If the project isn't something I'm passionate for, then how do I expect others to find that passion that I'm lacking? I would expect it to just seem cookie cutter then and derivative of other works.

    Yes, I do want to get published. But only so that I can do this full time.

    Until the day I win a Hugo I will cherish the Blue Star Award. ;-)


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