The final deadline for Viable Paradise submissions is midnight EST 6/15. So get them in if you haven’t.
I sent my application packet back in January. I don’t actually expect to be accepted, and to be honest, I almost want to be rejected, because as I may have mentioned previously, my brother’s legal trouble, added to some other financial emergencies (thanks, home and car ownership!) effectively killed my chances of being able to pay for the trip. I mean, we probably could, but it would place undue strain on the family, so no.
But if accepted, even though I’ll have to say “Thank you, but I can’t,” that’s a nice boost to the ego. If not accepted, it’s smile, nod, and go back to work, then try again next year if I still feel it’s a good idea, and I’ll be saving for it.