“It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot

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My bud Alex Kane was accepted into Clarion West! For those who don’t know, it is a six-week workshop (focused on speculative fiction) located in Seattle where eighteen people are picked per year to learn from a combination of instructors. This year the instructors are: Elizabeth Hand, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Margo Lanagan, Samuel R. Delany, and Ellen Datlow. Each instructor teaches one week.

I applied to Clarion West (and Clarion East…and Odyssey) in the past but never got accepted. When I heard that Alex was accepted, I was stoked! I know some of my blog readers probably know him, most may not. But Alex is a great writer and has been getting more notoriety recently, and I’m excited for him. He even was named a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest! I believe he really has a career in this writing world. He has passion and he has the talent.

Some of his work is published online and can be read. Just visit his Stories link on his site or follow the direct link here.

I am taking the time to write a blog post about this because I know if I was accepted into Clarion West, I wouldn’t know how things would be paid. Taking six weeks off from work and still making sure bills got paid in your absence, needing travel expenses, PLUS living expenses while you’re away on your own for six weeks. And the tuition is no small change, but Alex’s parents blessed him by paying the remainder for him. Alex wrote a detailed post about it. Check it out. He is basically asking anyone for any money they could spare to help him out. Now, I’m not turning this blog into a “let’s raise money for this writer and this writer and this writer” but I want Alex to be able to go to Clarion West without any reservations or worries. I want him to have fun, learn, and devote his entire mind on the workshop by soaking and writing and growing.

What he doesn’t mention in that particular post is that he has a Kindle publication titled In The Arms of Lachiga. If you prefer not to give money outright, purchase his e-book to support him. It includes 10 of his short stories — some previously published, some brand new. The cost is $2.99 and I know he would be appreciative.

Whatever you can do, if you feel it on your heart to do, please do.

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