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@DenisePikolycky @PeggyDover @DMaxMJ @SusanTuttle1 @RickPawlenty @ Gwen @condawgdeuce I love the idea of a bunch of us nutcase writers all together on one train. What an adventure. I'll bring the wine (as opposed to whine... LOL)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
@PeggyDover @RickPawlenty @DenisePikolycky @SusanTuttle1 @ Gwen @condawgdeuce I wonder if we'll have to wait until 3/31/15 to hear if we get a residency or not... Or are they "rolling" out the selected authors throughout the application period? They really don't have to work so hard to confuse me - LOL Is it possible they didn't realize about a million writers would jump on this in the first few days, and a year-long application window wasn't really necessary? If we don't hear for a whole year if we won, then it really will be a surprise! I wonder if I can keep my fingers crossed that long and still type my books... hmmmm....
@DenisePikolycky @SusanTuttle1 @ Gwen Yes, there's a lovely route right up the coast, goes through San Luis Obispo (our closest "big" town) and on up the coast to SF. A very relaxing ride into paradise... : ) I'll be looking for you in 5 years (or maybe sooner, you could always do a book signing tour out here!)
6 months ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
@DenisePikolycky @ Gwen @condawgdeuce The instructions say about 10 pages, but do not specify if that is single or double spaced. It wouldn't take my first upload of a short story of about 7 pages, but that could have simply been a glitch in the system because it said the uploads were full and closed. Then I tried again with a shorter piece I did for my blog, about 2.5 pages, and it went through fine.
6 months, 1 week ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
@DenisePikolycky @SusanTuttle1 @ Gwen Feel free to come visit, Denise. Always room for more here in Los Osos, where the sunshine don't quit! LOL
@ Gwen @SusanTuttle1 Earthquake? There was an earthquake? Guess I was too involved in my new book to notice—LOL. We don't feel much where we are, I've been here 10 years and have only felt the earth move maybe 3 times. I don't ever intend to live anywhere else.
Sure and Begorra, it's a Happy St. Patrick's Day I'm after wishing all my writer colleagues. Go Green!
@ Gwen I feel your pain, Gwen, with the cold and snow, being a Western NY native... transplanted the other way, to California, mainly because of the cold and snow. Im here now on the Central Coast where the weather is always perfect—even when it isn't! Here in Los Osos we have an average of 65 degrees all year round, a marine layer from the ocean that keeps summer temperatures under control, with blue skies rarely interrupted by clouds except in the winter "rainy" season (we get less rainfall a year than I got in Buffalo NY in a month!), and gorgeous flowers blooming all year round. Right now we're inhaling the fragrance of Spring in all its glorious colors, and my magnolia bush is covered with buds ready to burst forth into palm-sized magenta blossoms. It's a tough life, but someone's gotta live it. Right? LOL
Okay, I tried yet again and lo and behold! I did not get the "uploads closed" message! So maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel. All I got was a flash and back to the Apply page, so maybe I had success this time. Now I have to simply wait until the end of March and see if there's any joy... Have the feeling the competition is rather stiff, a lot of writers out there wanting to ride the rails... will be fun to see who gets the openings! Now just where did I put my patience? I know it's around here somewhere....
6 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
Still locked out of the system because the "upload file" (without which the application is void) won't accept any files... How fair is this application process when it arbitrarily refuses applicants before the actual application is even finished? I was so looking forward to being part of this process...
Can't apply because they've disabled the upload, and they won't take the form unless you upload your writing sample. There's some kind of circular something in there! Would love to do this, but unless they can fix the glitch, it won't happen. And I was so hoping...