Writing and Learning

Some time ago I mentioned I applied to the Viable Paradise Workshop held every October on Martha’s Vineyard (this year is the 19th workshop). The post where I mentioned all that is HERE. That post also contains a copy (minus the epilogue) of my submission and a copy of my cover letter. 

There are many reasons . . . well, a few reasons why I applied. Were I to boil it down to just one, it would be this:

I want a fair, unbiased, and honest appraisal of my writing.

That is the main thing, but of course I expect to gain more from the experience than just someone patting me on the head and saying “run along now, and let the big boys work” or “you’re ok; not great, but, you know . . . ok”

In a post predating the one where I decided to apply (HERE) I covered my often strained relationship with instructions and me wanting to do things my way. That is not to say that I eschew instructions. Au contraire! I crave learning but do so with the understanding I will outright take some of what I learn, adapt some of what I learn to how I do things, and outright reject some of what I learn as not fitting me. 

Two subsequent posts (HERE and HERE) had me attempt to find out if I have a “strong voice”. Apparently, it’s something in high demand and expected from real writers. I’ll spare readers the effort of clicking on those links; the metrics I examined say I have no voice

Man . . . I already stutter, but now I find out I also have no voice. 

A further blow was dealt me by articles covered in THIS post. I’m too old, don’t have the right education, I started too late . . . things are not looking good for me.

It sounds to me as if my only chance at VP is if there are only 24 applicants for the 24 positions. I tried finding out the number of yearly applicants, and it’s not something easily discovered. Some say a few hundred per year. Some say higher, and some say lower. 

I guess I’ll ask them when I attend the workshop in October. Oh, yeah; did I mention my application was accepted?

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below. 

WAIT! . . . I should include a photo . . . 

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14 Responses to Writing and Learning

  1. Mm mm. Well this should be interesting. At least for the photos of MV …

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  2. mybrightlife says:

    This all sounds extremely subjective…With all those stats against you the only choice you have is to blow this thing right out the water. Good luck.

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    • disperser says:

      There’s water?!

      . . . I’m not a good swimmer; can’t even thread water as by buoyancy level is about a foot underwater.

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      • mybrightlife says:

        Last time I checked MV was a coastal area? A favourite holiday hangout of the Clinton family if my memory of TV reports from my teen years serves me…or am I completely wrong? As far as the buoyancy goes, that is easily corrected by floating on your back, filling your lungs and sticking your stomach out. Having a bit of middle age spread doesn’t hurt either…

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      • disperser says:

        It’s an island, and yes, many ‘nose-up-in-the-air’ do vacation there, although we will be on the island after the prime season.

        As for buoyancy . . . nope, won’t work. I know because we had a pool at our Michigan house. Threading water was a very laborious thing and barely kept my chin out of the water. I had friends who could float with the water line at mid-chest, and do that with little or no effort.

        Floating on my back did not work because my legs dragged me down (pretty lean and muscular). I should mention I had rickets when I was younger, leaving me with a deformed rib cage and diminished lung capacity. That is probably what accounts for the fact that when I totally relax I “float” in an upright position with the surface about 6-12 inches above my head (and that’s with my lungs filled).

        . . . plus, not much of a middle-age spread.

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  3. Ranger says:

    Congrats, ejd! You so do have a voice and this proves it. Enjoy the workshop.

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  4. Eddy Winko says:

    Congratulations! I wish the glass was half full of beer though.

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  5. sandra getgood says:

    Congratulations! This could be fun…looking forward to some interesting posts about the experience.

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Sandra. I doubt I will have time to write any blog posts while attending, but I do plan, as I always do, a recap and look back once the experience is behind me.

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  6. You DO have a voice…a good voice that I enjoy listening to (reading)! :-)
    YAY! Congrats! I’m so excited! I know it will be a good, interesting…even fun…experience!
    HUGS!!! :-)

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you, and regarding me having a voice . . .

      Nah; I did the math. That does not mean that someone may not like the voice I do have; a few do, but it’s not a literary voice.

      . . . from a literary standpoint I’m the equivalent of a mime.

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