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Lee Battersby
Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 03:41 pm:   

Big announcement time.

I have been invited (and accepted. What am I, stupid?) to tutor at the next Clarion South workshop, in early 2007. My co-tutors will be Robert Hood, Simon Brown, Janeen Webb, Kelly Link, and Gardner Dozois.

Quite chuffed, me :-)
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AT
Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 07:36 pm:   

Congratulations
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 09:02 pm:   

Very nice! It's hard work but worth it. Send any terrific stories my way, please :-)
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2005 - 06:21 am:   

Finder's fee? :-)

I'm so damn scared to send you anything myself, it's one of the big things I have to get out of my way before I get there. Everything I finish, I just look at and think "Gah, not good enough..."
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2005 - 08:19 am:   

Lee, that's silly :-) (not the finder's fee, the fear of submitting stories to me)...
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2005 - 04:01 pm:   

So the finder's fee is on, then? :-)

I expect 2006 to be a big writing year for me, after a somewhat turbulent 2005, and Sci-fi.com is definitely on the list...
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2005 - 06:45 pm:   

Dream on :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 12:24 am:   

best of luck with it, lee. teaching can be fun if the mix is right.
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 04:35 am:   

Yeah, I've done quite a bit of teaching before, so the crowd control aspect is something of which I'm aware. I'm looking forward to it, and seeing what influence I can have. With any luck I can kill a few cheery hobbit sidekicks before my week is out.

Now I'm not getting paid a finder's fee I guess I'll have to work for a living... :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 06:08 am:   

i don't much worry about crowd control. i just worry about connecting with what a student needs from me. everyone has different needs and you got to be able to find them, i think. sometimes you don't--or a couple just don't connect. but so long as you're working the majority...

maybe you should find other things for ellen. sunken pirate booty, perhaps.
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 03:59 pm:   

The Clarion format is an excellent combination of group and individual consultations, and the attendees are encouraged at every turn to be forthright about what they want, so I'm hopeful that I'll be able to tune into people's needs. I've a couple of pals that have been tutors or attendees, so I've already had buckets of feedback on what to expect and what will be expected from me. Ellen, for example, has been very helpful (Thank you, Ellen!), as have the likes of Sean Williams, Ian Irvine & Shane Jiraiya Cummings.

I'm expecting a busy week, fer sher.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 05:45 pm:   

If I buy a story because a tutor recommended it to me (and it wins a Nebula, as did the Tom Disch- recommended Ted Chiang novelette "Tower of Babylon" you get my neverending gratitude and a mention whenever I remember :-) ).

If I buy a story because a tutor recommended it to me (and don't win an award for it) you get the former's student's gratitude and mine too --but maybe not "undying."

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Ben Payne
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 05:50 pm:   

Congratulations Lee! Good company to be amongst! Clarion should be cool.

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Lee Battersby
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 01:45 am:   

So all I need to do, then, is persuade Ted Chiang to sign up as a student at Clarion South...

I can't wait to get to Clarion. I think it's going to be a grand adventure. I'm also rather glad it's a year and months away. I need to get some big stuff under my belt before I go, something beyond my 'solid local writer' tag.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 10:34 am:   

Nope. Just someone of his ilk--he wasn't "Ted Chiang" when he took Clarion, after all. He hadn't been published before anywhere, as far as I know.
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 06:26 am:   

That's all right, I wasn't Lee Battersby until the operation..... :-)

Boy, the people who don't actually know me or my sense of humour are really wondering now.

If I find any proto-Chiangs I will be sure to send them on, Ellen. In fact, I'll be talking a lot about market stuff. It's one of the big blank areas for beginner writers, in my experience. Anybody who wants to send me bookmarks, fridge magnets, promo stuff of any description x 17 will be happily chatted to if they contact me at llbatt@dodo.com.au

I have a sad attachment to putting together showbags.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 06:41 am:   

Lee, please send me on anyone you think promising --encourage all the students to send me stories!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 06:43 am:   

And your post above reminds me. Are there two L Battersbys--Lee (you) and Lyn (female)? I'm totally confused now.
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 05:06 pm:   

Yup, there's two of us. I'm Lee, the original :-)

Lyn is also a writer, and my wife. Up until March this year she was another writer called Lyn Triffitt, but she upgraded :-)

Lyn wrote 'The Memory of Breathing' which appeared in ASIM 17 this year, and which I'm backing to win the Aurealis Award for Best Horror Story this year. It's an exceptional tale.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 08:29 pm:   

Whew. I thought I was going nuts (I googled photos of each of you).
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2005 - 05:50 am:   

It's amazing the difference a shave and a haircut can make.

To really confuse you, we're just about to submit to you a story we collaborated on...
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2005 - 01:18 pm:   

See? Now that would have made it all clear!
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Lee Battersby
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2005 - 04:32 pm:   

Yes, we're the new Henry Kuttner, except we're at least starting with the same surname.

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