Perhaps the happiest moment of my Clarion experience was when I discovered that two months ago I booked my departure ticket for Friday evening rather than Saturday, as I had thought. Mentally, I never want to leave Clarion. But physically, I need to get the fuck out of here. My body is completely breaking down on me. I can’t sleep more than three hours a night due to horrendous coughing fits. I’m suffering from a low-grade fever and I think I’m getting an ear infection. Since me and Ben Johnson are going to Europe on the 8th of August, it’s really great to know that I’m going to be able to get an additional night of sleep.
Today we critiqued one story that really blew me away. Livia’s science fiction story was just incredibly cool for me. Even though we’ve only critiqued three of her stories, I thought I had a good grasp of what she writes. I find that writers of fantasy and horror tend to have a much more ornate style than writers of sci-fi, especially in the modern day. Most of the sci-fi that’s being published nowadays has very clear prose. But when Livia’s style was used to describe a sci-fi setting and plot, it resulted in a really dreamy world that was painted with very impressionistic strokes.
To my mind, it was sort of the opposite of what is being done with the New Wierd, where the matter of fact sci-fi style is used to describe fantasy settings and the story provided alot of food for thought. I have many favorite stories from my Clarion classmates, but this one really taught me a whole new way of looking at the genre.