Clarion West Write-a-thon 2021

Neile Graham

June 7, 2021 - July 31, 2021

My Write-a-thon Information!

My Writing Goals

I will write the first draft of a poem a week, which I will share in a weekly report with my sponsors and supporters. I also hope to add at least 2,000 words a week to my fiction projects-in-progress.

Writing Sample

From Chapter 1 of The Silver Bones my current work in progress.

Fuck, I'm cold. Icy spindrift (or rain, or both) rolls down my face. I let go of the side rope to wipe it off, so of course the boat lurches, then I'm butt down in the bilge where the wave-slosh has been collecting ankle-deep. Ugh. I drag myself back up onto the seat. This is a royal storm of joy. My jeans are soaked.

The team calls this boat-thing a Zodiac, which seems to me too celestial for an outsized, outboard-equipped kiddy pool. Now we've turned, and the boat's slamming down against the wave-swells. Again and again. I can't decide if I'm excited or about to puke. I keep one hand tight on the rope while I squeeze water out of my jeans. My frozen leg beneath barely registers the touch. I'm sorry now that I didn't accept Aunt Tamar's help when I couldn't afford the rain pants that matched my rain jacket. But I didn't want to take guilt-presents from my beloved Aunt Tamar because I don't want to think about her daughter, the infamous traitor and coward, Nayiri, so I'm back to stressing over will-I won't-I puke. Despite the vaunted beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the only scenery I have is wave after wave or the lurching row of waterproof backs in front of me. All those backs all have matching rain paints. 

Writing Progress

What I Write

I write mainstream and speculative poetry and speculative romance novels. I have a passionate interest in how mythic patterns play out in people’s lives (especially ballads–they’re all betrayal and cruelty and tragic love, just like your life, right?) so that tends to be a big factor in the stories I tell.

Publications List

I have four collections of and a CD of poetry,  and over 150 poems in various venues. Even a little fiction out there. See my publication list.

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My Fundraising Goals

$510.00

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My Supporters

  • Bob Angell July 2021 $10.00
  • Jesse Buerk Happy Write-a-thon Neile! Hope you had fun and got in some good creative time. July 2021 $25.00
  • Carol Ryles Go for it Neile! Can't wait to see your novel. July 2021 $50.00
  • Carlie St. George July 2021 $20.00
  • Anonymous July 2021 $200.00
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  • Anonymous July 2021 $200.00
  • Mark Gurley Good luck, Neile! xoxo June 2021 $125.00
  • Carol Ryles Go for it Neile! Can't wait to see your novel. July 2021 $50.00
  • Klaus Kluge June 2021 $50.00
  • Jesse Buerk Happy Write-a-thon Neile! Hope you had fun and got in some good creative time. July 2021 $25.00
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