2022 Clarion West Write-a-thon

Marcus B.

June 6, 2022 12:00am - July 30, 2022 12:00am

My Writing Goals : The Siege Perilous

Participating in the 2022 Clarion West Write-a-thon is to enter my own Siege Perilous. The image-idea of the Siege Perilous comes to us from Arthurian legend and is that seat reserved for the knight who can complete the Grail quest. Entering the Write-a-thon is a way to challenge myself as a writer by participating in these ordeals. 

Because of the words composing the phrase, my imagination-memory tends to mis-remember the Siege Perilous as an entire castle. Is the castle the base of my imagination ?  Is it the place where my quest begins, concludes, or is it a waypoint in this story.  

Chris Claremont re-imagined of the Siege Perilous as an enchanted portal. Those who dare to step through the portal will face challenges and dangers, and will be judged. Yet by making that choice the daring ones have the opportunity to be transformed and renewed. 

Writing Sample/Progress/Updates/Write-a-thon Blog

The Summer Write-A-Thon with Clarion West is Completed !   

Rather Amazingly, I've completed this challenge.  My sincere thanks to my sponsors, and to the Peers of Emelan who've become dear comrades in writing.  I'm looking forward to many more discussions with you. 
My Great Appreciation to the Incredibly Supportive staff of Clarion West, for enabling this overflowing cornucopia of Inspiration, Learning, and Opportunity to take place.  Thanks also to the workshop instructors, your guidance, challenges, and inspiration have cast light upon the paths ahead. 

A Toast !  To Clarion West and all who participated in this Summmer Write-A-Thon !  

                                                                    CHEERS ! 


And now....week SIX ! 


Week FIVE... ! 

Week Four is Under way ! 


Here's an excerpt from one of my stories from Week Three

"A Return to the World” by Marcus B.

Tyr felt encircling restraints about xyr. The rocking of the transport felt like the drop-ship xe and xyr cohort rode into the battle at Spindrift. Images returned. The training for the Fire-Spheres. The terror of atmospheric training drops.  Xe clawed for controls that weren't present in the prisoner clamshell. The closeness, the tightness of the space felt so similar.

Where was the control interface ? The tactile controls were missing. Tyr no longer saw the status message : "Citizen Tyr is presently aboard the courier ship Lightning Wave now approaching Guardian Moon station."

The temperature ! Tyr remembered the Fire-Sphere, heat permeating through concentric layers, heating the waters to perilous temperatures. Xe’d cook within the Sphere surely...   Xe couldn't perish yet... no... xe had to impact the enemy. Controls not responding, no - xe had no controls... Capsule pressure was increasing. Would xe cook or be crushed first ? Tyr began to thrash within the confinement shell. Xyr hearts fluttered. Xe kicked for emergency release but the prisoner clam shell holding xyr was not a Fire-Sphere and there was no emergency release.


July 4th :  Third Week Begins !   I'd like to thank my generous patrons,  Kurt Christiansen, 

Hugh Barton, and Brian Clark for their donations in support of the work of Clarion West. 

This packed image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope showcases the galaxy cluster ACO S 295, as well as a jostling crowd of background galaxies and foreground stars.


June 10th, 2022 :  I've signed up to participate in the Write-a-thon. 


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