Clarion West Write-a-thon 2021

Tamara Sellman

June 7, 2021 12:00am - July 31, 2021 11:59pm

Write-a-thon daily writing life journal

Typewriter, Retro, Writer, Writing, Vintage, Old  How I lived 
 my writing life 

SAT JULY 31, 2021

  • TODAY ends my ClarionWest Write-A-Thon effort. I am proud to say that I am closer to reclaiming my writing life today than I was 6 weeks ago. I've found a new writing group, have reinserted a creative writing schedule into my days, signed up for several upcoming workshops or masterminds, and--by looking at my report below--find myself doing "all the things" that are part and parcel of the writing life (including, well, writing!).

FRI JULY 30, 2021

  • Real life: Remote camping trip 
  • Read (Defying Doomsday)
  • Scheduled another podcast interview
  • Planned my writing schedule for the month of August

THURS JULY 29, 2021

  • Real life: Remote camping trip 
  • Read (Defying Doomsday)
  • Wrote several pages of notes addressing plot changes for the short story, "Eminent Domain," part of the TRUST FALL collection 

WED JULY 28, 2021

  • Real life: Remote camping trip 
  • Read (Defying Doomsday)
  • Wrote several pages of notes for a new essay on living with a chronic illness [Unnamed] 

TUES JULY 27, 2021

MON JULY 26, 2021

SUN JULY 25, 2021

SAT JULY 24, 2021

  • Read (Uncanny Magazine Issue 24: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction)
  • Participated online in my first critique group in years, giving feedback on 13,000 words (all chapters, three in total), then RSVP'd for the next two groups coming up.
  • Signed up for a new in-person writing group beginning to meet in the city in August.
  • Cried about releasing my first book during a pandemic. Feeling all the feels. It's never easy, but the lack of live readings really sucks, and Zoom/social media has been no savior. Writers who are selling lots of books right now are outliers or have privileges most of us do not. 
  • Bought a book: Pocket Workshop: Essays on living as a writer

FRI JULY 23, 2021

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MON JULY 19, 2021

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MON JULY 12, 2021

SUN JULY 11, 2021

SAT JULY 10, 2021

  • Started and stopped reading a new book (not the right fit for me right now)
  • Real life: Threw a birthday dinner for 6

FRI JULY 9, 2021

  • Prepared promotional content for my new book, INTENTION TREMOR and related upcoming events (1 hour)
  • Looked for (but did not find) a face-to-face writing group (I cannot do Zoom due to neurological issues)
  • Started and stopped reading a new book (not the right fit for me right now)
  • Cried about my lack of writing community (no, 100 percent virtual is not an option)
  • Signed up for a writing sprint and two workshops linked to the Clarion West Write-a-thon over the next two weeks
  • Signed up for a new local critique group to try them out (it's online but may be returning live within the month)
  • Signed up for an ongoing book mastermind workshop in August

THURS JULY 8, 2021

WED JULY 7, 2021

TUES JULY 6, 2021

MON JULY 5, 2021

SUN JULY 4, 2021

SAT JULY 3, 2021

  • Read (Gold Diggers)
  • Prepared promotional content and latest newsletter for my new book, INTENTION TREMOR and related upcoming events (3 hours)

FRI JULY 2, 2021

  • Real life: Death in the family
  • Read (Gold Diggers)
  • Finished my first silent writing retreat of 2021 (last one was in January 2020) 

THURS JULY 1, 2021

  • Outlined and wrote 5,400 words for the short story, EMINENT DOMAIN, part of the TRUST FALL collection 
  • Read (Gold Diggers and BoysGirls)
  • Participated in a writing sprint for the Clarion West Write-a-thon
  • Continued my first silent writing retreat of 2021 (last one was in January 2020) 

WED JUNE 30, 2021

  • Revised TRUST FALL (final 92 pages, a total of 234 pages, about 45,000 words) 
  • Read (Gold Diggers and BoysGirls)
  • Prepared for and participated in my upcoming featured reading for PoetryBridge Live! 
  • Continued my first silent writing retreat of 2021 (last one was in January 2020) 

TUES JUNE 29, 2021

  • Revised TRUST FALL (144 pages) 
  • Read (Gold Diggers)
  • Consulted a successful indie writer on paths forward in self publishing TRUST FALL (while still considering small press options)
  • Continued my first silent writing retreat of 2021 (last one was in January 2020) 

MON JUNE 28, 2021

  • Read (Gold Diggers)
  • Promoted my new book, INTENTION TREMOR, in an encore interview on a live UK radio show spot (Chat and Spin Radio)
  • Promoted my upcoming featured reading for PoetryBridge Live! this Wed (7pm) in a virtual tour newsletter blast (Join the event here in Zoom)
  • Started my first silent writing retreat of 2021 (last one was in January 2020) 
  • Wrote 6 haiku

SUN JUNE 27, 2021

  • Read (Gold Diggers)
  • Listened to 1 episode of the Write Now Podcast and 1 episode of the New Yorker podcast
  • Prepared for tomorrow's live radio show spot featuring my new book, INTENTION TREMOR (1 hour)
  • Listed my writing, reading, editing, and researching goals for my upcoming silent writing retreat (tomorrow through Friday) (30 minutes)

SAT JUNE 26, 2021

FRI JUNE 25, 2021

  • Read (Gold Diggers)
  • Prepared work for reading at the PoetryBridge Live! event next week (1 hour)
  • Prepared promotional content for my new book, INTENTION TREMOR and related upcoming events (1 hour)
  • Listened to 1 episode of the Write Now Podcast

THURS JUNE 24, 2021

WED JUNE 23, 2021

TUES JUNE 22, 2021

MON JUNE 21, 2021

SUN JUNE 20, 2021

Welcome to THE FLARE...

...where author Tamara Sellman returns to speculative fiction and magical realism after a really long hiatus. Tamara is the founding editor and publisher of Margin (2000 to 2010) and Vitamin ZZZ (2018 & 2019). Her first book, INTENTION TREMOR, was released in January 2021.

Goals for the CW Write-a-thon 2021

Reclaim daily time toward my creative writing endeavors. No time or word goals, just a daily practice. I write for a living and it can be very hard to turn on my creative writing brain after using my work brain due to issues with a neurological disorder. But I miss my creative writing life and want to reclaim it. I wrote about this act of reclamation at Medium. Thanks for your support.

Current works in progress

  • Short story collection: TRUST FALL (launching 2022)
  • Flash fic collection: unnamed but hoping to launch 2022/2023
  • Novel: THE FLARE (early drafts)
  • Poetry collections: Several in the literary genre

Where to find me




  • Literary
  • Magical realism/Fabulism
  • Speculative fiction
  • Social science fiction
  • Post-apocalypse
  • Dystopian
  • Experimental
  • Autofiction


  • Experimental narrative (short form prose)
  • Experimental structure (long form prose)
  • Flash prose (fiction and nonfiction)
  • Longish short stories
  • Unusual poetic forms
  • Fragments



My Badges

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Creative prose (essays, prose poems, fiction, experimental) publications, 1990 to 2021


AIM (1997)
Alimentum Journal (2012)
Bellingham Weekly (2004)
Blanket Sea (2019)
Burning House Press (2020)
Cantaraville II (2007)
Cenotaph Pocket Editions (2003)
Cezanne's Carrot (2006)
Clackamas Literary Review (2006)
Crab Creek Review (2018)
Crescent Review (2000)
Diagonal Proof (2011)
EMG-Zine (2008)
Faultine (2001) 
Fine Print (2000)
Gargoyle (2005, 2021)
Halfway Down The Stairs (2016)
Hiss Quarterly (2007) 
Literary Mama (2004, 2006)
Long Story Short (2007)
Lowestoft Chronicle (2012)
Margin (2002)
Midnight Circus (2016)
Other Voices (2001)
Outsider Ink (2003)
Pioneertown (2017)
The Nervous Breakdown (2018)
NonBinary Review (2017)
Rose Red Review (2012)
Rosebud (1997)
Sunspinner (2005)
Susurrus: The Literature of Madness (2006)
Terrain (2008)
Weber: The Contemporary West (2014)
Wordgathering (2016)
Words of Wisdom (1999)
Writing It Real (2005)
Zacatecas (2003)


Hair Trigger (1990)
Jane's Stories (2000)
Like Water for Quarks (2011)
Motherlode (2014)
MOTA (2003)
Zoetic Press: The Tales of Hans Christian Anderson (2017)
Penumbra (2011)
Something on Our Minds (2015)

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