Launch Pad: I’m going to Laramie, Wyoming, in July!

I got notice that I’ve been accepted into the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop! It’s a one-week “NASA-funded workshop for established writers held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, Wyoming. Launch Pad aims to provide a ‘crash course’ for twelve attendees in modern astronomy science through workshops, guest lectures, and observation through the University of Wyoming’s two large telescopes.”

It’s in mid-July, and in addition to NASA covering my room and meals (and tuition), they’re also giving me a travel stipend to cover my roundtrip flight! I’m verily jazzed, although also somewhat anxious. I don’t travel well alone, tending to get lost and thereby flustered. May there be many large signs to point my way.

teflaime is a Wyoming native, and he’s informed me that I should bring cold weather clothes and also that the air is thin, so I should take it easy. Both sage pieces of advice that I will be most diligent about adhering to. Although I don’t think there’ll be that many opportunities to exert myself. I anticipate much sitting, listening, and looking up.

I’m taking my camera and laptop, of course. Hope I’ll have WiFi access . . .


Writing Stuff

I checked the Mobicon website and saw that they’ve got their panel schedule up. I’m slotted to do three panels, all on Saturday:

– 10:30AM – Writers for Relief II with Davey Beauchamp in Magnolia 1.
– 4PM – Worldbuilding in Sci-Fi and Fantasy with Davey Beauchamp, Sharon Green, Chris Jackson, Debbora Wiles, & Linda Baker in Magnolia 1 & 2.
– 6PM – Editors: The Other Side of Writing with Davey Beauchamp in Panel Room 5.

I’m especially jazzed about the editors panel; I’ve never been on the talking side of the table for one of those before.

– Payment from French ‘zine, Faeries, for “Of Two Minds in Lanais.” Hurray!

New Words:
– 1750 on the Fox Princess novel in the last couple days after losing the beginning of the week to that freelance gig. I somehow managed not to fall behind this week, assuming I can crank out 500 words between today and Monday.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
7,100 / 40,000

I did, however, lose my Club 100 place. Sigh.

Club 100 for Writers: 2

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34 Responses to Launch Pad: I’m going to Laramie, Wyoming, in July!

  1. The NASA workshop leaves me speechless except for one word:


  2. jerwine says:

    The Astronomy workshop should be a lot of fun. I’m certainly jealous.

  3. arkady says:

    Oh wow. You are sooooo lucky!!

  4. keesa_renee says:

    Awww! I’d go with you, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be much help–I’m the same way! (And I’m hoping to go to Peru this summer. Hah! :hysterical laughter fades into the background:)

    Seriously, I wish you the best of luck and loads of fun at Launch Pad–it sounds so utterly cool and awesome!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks, sweetie! I shall sacrifice a map upon the altar of They Who Smile Upon Lost Travelers in the hopes of clear signage and helpful locals for both of us.

  5. Congratulations on getting into the workshop! That sounds fabulous – what a cool experience, whether you ever use it directly in your writing or not. And hurray for travel stipends, too! Have a wonderful time.

  6. I got notice that I’ve been accepted into the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop!

    Congratulations! That will be wonderful. You must blog and send pictures.

  7. samhenderson says:

    Congratulations on the workshop — I’m going too! I’m looking forward to meeting you!

  8. nojojojo says:

    Wow, thanks for letting me know about Launch Pad. You find all the cool stuff. Congrats on getting in! I’m applying now myself, for next year. =)

  9. Mazel tov
    Bon voyage!

  10. Ooh a NASA astromony workshop! That is so cool! Congrats! 😀

  11. sargent says:

    That is awesome news about the workshop. Congratulations!

  12. frankwu says:

    Congrats, Eugie! This’ll be a lot of fun (I got in, too!) – and tons of info flooding into our brains. I’m cooking up crazy ideas to throw at them now…

  13. palmerwriter says:


    That workshop sounds awesome, Eugie! I will be envying you from afar.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hey Eugie,

    I got a story accepted for the Automobila Antho. I’ve been conversing with Jason over the last few weeks. He’s really keen to find a reputable publisher, so chances are the venture should happen.


  15. ktempest says:

    I got accepted, too 🙂 I’m squeeing all over the place here. There is apparently going to be wifi (I’ll need it cuz I’m working remotely) so we shall not be internet-starved.

  16. Great LaunchPad news!

    You are going to have so much fun!

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