Monday, April 22, 2013

Accepted to Odyssey Writing Workshop (and Seeking Guest Bloggers)

I'm delighted to share the news that I've been accepted to the 2013 Odyssey Writing Workshop. As you might imagine, this is a pretty big deal for me. Since I started writing seriously almost three years ago now, I've been committed to growth every step of the way, and the intensive experience that Odyssey offers is just what I need to take the next step on that journey. For six long weeks, I will be pulled out of my comfort zone and immersed in the craft, toiling with a small group of peers and learning the ropes from authors and editors that have walked the path ahead of us. I'm excited, to say the least.

There is a down side, however. Since I'm going to be out of town and swamped with work for six weeks starting in June (and spending most of the month leading up to it preparing), I'm not going to have the proper amount of time and energy to keep up with my blog. I toyed with the idea of pre-writing a bunch of entries to post while I'm away, but that's not really feasible either considering the amount of preparation I'd like to put in before the big day arrives. So as of just a couple of days ago, I was certain this would mean a long blog hiatus. But I'd really like to avoid having to do that, if I can.

You can help with that, if you're up for it.

Seeking Guest Bloggers

In an effort to avoid a blog hiatus, I'm opening up my blog to guest posts. I update the blog every Wednesday, and I'd like to stick to that schedule if I can, so I'll need at least six guest posts for the time I'll be away. As I said earlier though, I'll also be spending a lot of time on preparation work before I leave, so I'll gladly take more than six if enough people are interested. I don't know if I'll get that many, as I've never really opened the blog up like this before. But even if I don't get enough people to fill the amount of time I need, a short hiatus is better than a long one.

The only real requirement I have for a potential guest post is that the subject have something to do with writing or speculative fiction (this could mean books, movies, video games—anything related to science fiction, fantasy, or horror). If you can combine the two in some way, even better. Self-promotion is fine, as long as the work you're promoting is speculative fiction. I'd also be willing to let you write a piece for my Speculative Spotlight series, if that sounds like something you'd enjoy (please read a couple of them beforehand, so you know what I'd be expecting in that case).

If you're interested at all, shoot me an email at JWAlden[at]AuthorAlden[dot]com and let me know what you have in mind. And if guest blogging isn't your thing, but you know someone who might be interested, I'd very much appreciate it if you'd share this with them.

Any questions? Feel free to leave a comment.


  1. Congratulations!
    Might take you up on the guest post request. Let me look at my schedule.

  2. Many congratulations! Go download all the knowledge from those people's brains and use it to take over the world! Mwahaha!!

  3. Oh, wow! Congratulations!! I know you'll have a blast. I would!

    1. Thanks so much, Krystal! It's definitely going to be a blast, but also a lot of hard work. I'm trying to steel myself for it while I can!

  4. JW CONGRATULATIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONS! That is super awesome news and I'm totally pumped for you! You have yourself the best time ever. I can't wait to see what awesome insight you bring back for us!

    1. Thanks, Randi! I'm sure it's an experience that will come with all kinds of insight, news, and reflections that I'll want to share.


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