60 in 60: #36.5 – VanderMeer Teaching at Clarion South (Non-Penguin Crazy Idea)

(Matt Cheney‘s guns, originally intended to go with my discussion of Thoreau, #37 in the Penguin Great Ideas series.)

Nothing would have pleased me more than to continue the 60 in 60 on schedule. However, life and circumstances are trumping dead philosophers. (I’m sure Marcus Aurelius would approve…or more likely be indifferent.)

I’ve accepted an offer from Clarion South in Brisbane, Australia, to teach week 6 of their workshop, from February 8 through 14. They have a sudden need for an instructor and, after weighing all of the pros and cons of accepting a gig with so little prep time, it seemed I could be of use. Week six is the last week, the students are usually exhausted, and they need not only support but strategies and approaches for the return to their “normal” lives.

Unfortunately, Ann ‘s schedule permits her from being part of it–our teaching these days is usually inextricably woven together–but she will be reading some of their manuscripts as time permits so that they also get the advantage of the careful eye of Weird Tales’ fiction editor. (I’m going to have to make it up to her big-time for missing Valentine’s Day.)

Now, the only problem is there’s only so much time in a day, and I have a deadline of early February for Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for 21st Century Writers. (Which turns out to be perfect timing-wise for the Clarion South students, since I’ll make the book in draft form available to them; they can even test out bits if they want.)

But the only way to meet my deadline and to make sure the book is as good as I want it to be is to get rid of the next biggest time expenditure…which is the 60 in 60.

To preserve the concept, Ann’s keeping the books in a secure location until my return. I will still be reading one a day until I finish them, but the series will resume around February 18 or 19. There will be no break this time between sets, either. Thanks for your patience. (It’s a mere speck of time compared to how long some of these texts have been around.)

That said, these three, which I’ve read in the past, are coming with me to Australia, as they’re all energizing and yet calming:

22 comments on “60 in 60: #36.5 – VanderMeer Teaching at Clarion South (Non-Penguin Crazy Idea)

  1. J. T. Glover says:

    Whoa! Talk about a speedy ramp-up. Good luck with the prep, and have a good time Down Under.

  2. Will says:

    Go to Australia to talk to and with other writers? Sounds like a mighty fine gig.

  3. Matt Staggs says:

    Wow! Remind me to never piss off Matt “The Punisher” Cheney!

  4. Ennis Drake says:

    This is the last place I expected such a gross (and heavenly) display of gun porn. Is that a Scorpion submachine gun center? *drool*

    Um, Matt Cheney, if you see this, could you possibly tell me the model of that shotgun?

  5. Ennis Drake says:

    Scorpion, so I said. But I’m thinking it might actually be Skorpion.

  6. Mr. Staggs: Yeah, I wouldn’t piss him off, myself. Yew’d be in a shee-itload o’ trouble.

    Ennis: You must have missed this post:


  7. Felix Gilman says:

    lotta guns there

    are you goin bunyip hunting jeff?

  8. Felix Gilman says:

    They say no man goes a-huntin the wild bunyip and come back the same

    Ifn he come back at all

  9. Grant Stone says:

    Good luck! I have no doubt the weather will be as nice in Brisbane as it is in Auckland at the moment.

  10. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    I just realized that any Clarion South students who might check out this blog entry might get the wrong idea if they see a van full of guns, first. No, the critiquing will not be that brutal… ;)


  11. Larry says:

    I thought it would be a case of write a draft first, then taking them all out for a nice bit of snipe hunting. Harmless fun, no?

  12. Grant Stone says:

    Is this one of those things where the students *think* it’s Clarion, but really they’re going to be hunted down by the richest men on earth for their sick sporting jollies? I hear some Amway meetings are like that.

  13. That’s actually that new reality show: Biggest Producer, where writers compete to write the most words and losers are shot.


  14. Ennis:

    Matt is (seriously) teaching a class on feminism or he’d be posting this: it’s just a Remington with a sawed-off barrel (he thinks). Confirmation soon.

  15. Matt Staggs says:

    Hey, Ennis, that SMG dead center looks like an MP5 to me. A Skorpion is more of a machine pistol, I think.

  16. Ennis Drake says:

    Jeff: Thanks (to you and Matt). I had to reread “teaching a class on feminism” twice, despite your parenthetical disclaimer.

    And I don’t know how I missed that other post. Good stuff.

    Matt S.: Google proves you to be correct, sir. That is, indeed, an HK MP5. Good eye.

  17. Matt Cheney says:

    Yes, I was, in fact, teaching a college class on the history of feminism in America when questions were asked. My life has become rather interesting of late…

    The shotgun’s just a Remington 870 12-gauge with a sawed-off barrel, making it a Class III gun under the National Firearms Act — all of the guns in the car fit that description, because I’d just gotten the paperwork giving me permission to bring them to the dealer who is selling them for me (I’ve got a federal firearms license, but not for Class III, and would rather have somebody who knows the ins and outs do it for me). Matt S is also right that it’s an MP5 in the middle there, one of my father’s prized possessions. The others are an AWC Amphibian suppressed .22, a Ruger KAC556, a Steyr MP40, and three magnificent Thompsons that have hardly been fired.

    It was a rather odd experience, driving a car full of these guns 2 hours south…

    (But they are, indeed, now out of my house, so if you would like to purchase one of these fine items, just call State Line Guns in Mason, NH and they’ll be happy to help you out!)

  18. Sir Tessa says:

    They say no man goes a-huntin the wild bunyip and come back the same

    Ifn he come back at all

    That’s ’cause the dropbears get ’em first.

  19. GlenH says:

    Either that or the hoopsnake.

  20. Bill Ectric says:

    I once sat at a hoopsnake crossing all day and never seen one roll acrost the road. They must o’ put that sign up back when hoopsnakes wasn’t so scarce.

  21. An unexpected trip to Australia eh? I certainly envy you that. Don’t know if you’ll have any free time, but Paul Kelly is currently playing shows there with Leonard Cohen, an interesting double bill indeed. Looks like you’ll just miss the Brisbane show, but keep your eyes open, it’s always possible they’ll add more shows. http://www.paulkelly.com.au/index.php?page=Shows

  22. sinema says:

    At first I thought you told Google to call the library, and it did, and that blew my mind.

    Then I realized that you actually called the library, and my mind became unblown.
    I’ll get back to work…

    If you ask my opinion about this topic I really like. Thank you for sharing your friends. Hope to see you another day.

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