shweta_narayan (shweta_narayan) wrote,

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So I was going to post...

about what the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship means to me, while you could still get tickets.

But it's ending tomorrow, and I haven't had word brain at all.

So here's the short form: it meant everything.

I don't mean Yay Clarion Yay alone here. Yes I deeply value my Clarion a-ha moments, but realistically speaking, I might have been willing to take out a loan for Clarion.

It was having that trust while I was there, and after. And needing to live up to it.

That gave me both the cluebat that I should stand for things I care about, and the confidence to do so when it scared the shit out of me. (You've seen what I had to say about assimilation, right? The scholarship, and Butler's writing, both helped me become someone other than the sit down and shut up outsider.)

If you have ever liked any story, poem, thought, or argument that I have posted here, ever, thank the Butler Scholarship, because that is where I started.

And do please consider donating, as a pay-forward.

Because, you guys, the POC at the last few Clarions have knocked my socks off, and the Butler scholarship helps some of us become people who'll knock your socks off.

And that is the last I have to say about this e-reader thing -- unless I win something. *GRINS*
Tags: cbs, e-reader drawing, octavia butler, thinky thoughts
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