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Returning to the Mountains

You can go home again. Sort of. But it's best not to expect home to be the same. Which I don't.

When my buddy klingonguy said he was accepted into Taos Toolbox 2010, I emailed Walter and asked if I could be on an alternates list. That is, if he had room, could I go a second time? And I promised myself to focus differently. Because, yes, I'm going to TT again.

Three years ago was different. I was just learning things about short stories. Walter and Connie gave me a lot of input that I needed to process and it took a couple of years. And they covered things I wasn't ready for. Especially with respect to novels. So this time I'm focusing on a novel and I'm going to be listening for how novels should be shaped. What's the same and what's different from a shorter piece.

I wish some of TT 2007 could be there, too. Especially as we're going to be back at Snow Bear after all. But I feel lucky to be going at all. And in June, there's bound to be snow. And no, I'm not a workshop junkie. It has to do with expanding what I learned, what I absorbed.

Frog Out

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klingonguy
May. 3rd, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Do you think Walter will let me do all my critiquing in Klingon?

{{{:-)
birdhousefrog
May. 3rd, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. Your secret talent that gets you into Slytherin!
kelly_yoyo
May. 3rd, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Two workshops in three years does not a workshop junkie make.

I wish I could go back, but I haven't absorbed enough yet from three years ago. Maybe in a few years, maybe. Maybe. Or maybe I'll just go back to NM!

I'm so glad you're going! I look forward to your reports.
birdhousefrog
May. 3rd, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
I know you do and that life has kept you from being able to focus on the lessons learned. Life does that. And it's a good life. The writing will be there when you have time again. It's not going away. {{{{}}}} Been there, done that.
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birdhousefrog
May. 3rd, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
Don't be nervous! Walter arranges all. But I confess I was extremely nervous last time because I didn't know anyone else in the group. It didn't make a difference in the end. The energy of other creative minds is incredible and we were all good friends by the end. Some of us are still really close three years later.

Oz
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birdhousefrog
May. 3rd, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Argh! Stop being so beforehand! I'm not ready, not even close to being ready to turn in my first piece. Which will possibly make me late if he calls for them real soon. And yes, we read the first week's critiques ahead, but all of us then reread them the night before they were assigned. The critiquing work can get heavy because it's usually a 10k limit. Actual verbal critiquing will be limited to 2 minutes, but your notes to the person will generally be extensive.

Oz
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birdhousefrog
May. 3rd, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
If he runs it like last time (and I can't see why he wouldn't), you'll have a couple of weeks (or more) to read the first submissions from everyone and critique them. That's what gets 'turned in.' The actual critiquing happens when we get to TT. So if you're ready to turn in 10k or whatever now, wow. Go you.

Oz
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birdhousefrog
May. 3rd, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
There will be two critiques of your own work, I expect. One each week. For the second week, it would be something you've been working on based on the first week's writing lectures or a tricky part of your novel that you want feedback on. Most folks submitted the opening of their novels (or in my case, a short story) for the first week. We would do just over 2 per day with 12 people and 5 working days.
mindseas
May. 3rd, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you'll both have a wonderful time! Wish I could be there too!
birdhousefrog
May. 3rd, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, but AUSTRALIA!!! Awesome! And Dorothy to RUSSIA!!!

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