End stage (post-Clarion West) updates re the fundraising campaign. Just posting directly from the campaign update here:
For those still following along with the campaign page, as well as any other channels I’m talking about this on:
I’m now back from Clarion West (fucking amazing experience, by the way, and you are all more ridiculously awesome than I can properly state for having helped me get there), and I’m working on making sure I’ve got proper records about who I need to contact, and what’s been promised all round.
That’s going well so far, just slowly, as I settle back in to work and other obligations now that I’ve returned to Toronto.
Should be getting around to contacting everyone in the next few days.
In the meantime, holy fuck, man. Clarion West. There will be a ton of talking to come about that, much of it done via blogs, but that was so absolutely worth it. So a HUGE round of thanks to everyone who helped with this campaign, in whatever respect (spreading the word, direct donations, or just general support). I’m wary of the term “life-changing” in regard to things like this. But, uh, yeah, it was:
A change in headspace, a chance to sort a lot of personal shit out and make some long overdue decisions, as well as encountering some decidedly unexpected developments while there. So, you know, it’s a hell of a thing.
And I will end, for now, on this note: If you’re on the fence about applying for Clarion/Clarion West, apply. The experience is not for everyone, and it’s totally dependent on a lot of factors cohesing in just the right fashion (class, instructors, being at the right place/time in your life to get the most out of it), but it’s an extraordinarily strange and wonderful thing when it comes off right. And if you have the opportunity to experience it, you owe it to yourself to do so.
Later, all :)
And with that, I’m back out. More updates as they occur :)