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Toolbox Farewell

Sitting in the airport, awaiting a flight to Baltimore where Miss E and Weatherdude will pick me up and sweep me home tonight. Taos Toolbox 2010 has ended. We stayed up late last night (for me) until about 1AM, because none of us really wanted to say good-bye. But slowly, like in The Sound of Music, one by one, the TTer's disappeared. Nancy Kress went to bed early, but she came up to say good-bye the next morning. Thank you, Nancy, for lots and lots of most excellent advice! And to Walter...a very heartfelt thanks for letting me go to TT a second time to polish what I learned the first time. The story I turned in for week two, three years after it was begun, shows the growth in my process. (And yes, everyone skewered it on Friday, but then babbled all about my world, which was lots of fun.)

Walter Jon Williams, Fearless Leader in the crusade against mediocre writing:



I had the top of the Snow Bear condo, on the backside, with Amy. We had such a fab living room (complete with antler chandelier hung from a vaulted ceiling) that we used it for gatherings and plotting out klingonguy's second novel, some of which was submitted at the workshop. Rich Baldwin, richbaldwin with his background in screenwriting, turned out to be a master at this.


Lawrence and his super-kooky cogitoading roommate, Jason:


Oz and her super-wonderful roommate, Amy, a great person to spend two weeks with:


Amy sang, Rich played his guitar, and they watched the stars together at night. On Friday, we went on the nature trail and then walked back across the bunny slope.


We drove down the mountain today and turned in our rental car, with Ada and George as additional passengers defraying the gas costs.

Frog Out

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marshallpayne1
Jun. 19th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Great pix, Oz!
birdhousefrog
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Thanks! I had a swell time and learned lots!
catrambo
Jun. 19th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Looks like a great time!
birdhousefrog
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
It was awesome and just what I needed to do! I can feel my process crunching stuff. I finally finished the story I began there 3 years ago AND I began ripping apart that Mouse King story on the flight home. I've been thinking about it for 3 years and suddenly I knew how to start fixing it. Best workshop in the world!
saladinahmed
Jun. 19th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
You're pressing my nostalgia buttons, lady. Pressing them hard...
birdhousefrog
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Well, you're one of the best grads ever! But yes, it was so cool being at SnowBear again. And in one of the best units, too! It was every bit as good as it was three years ago, though you guys weren't there. I hope it's a nice nostalgia because that's how it felt being there.
kelly_yoyo
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Oh, getting teary here! Teary!
birdhousefrog
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
It was teary in some ways, but every morning I was up before almost everyone else and I would just stand on the back deck (which is private to our unit) with my coffee and watch the sun come up over the mountains. I thought about my group from three years ago and then I went inside and finished working on my crits for THIS group.
kelly_yoyo
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
That means you love us better than them, right??
birdhousefrog
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
I have love enough for both groups! Not better or worse. Two different groups and two different dynamics.
ex_triciasu
Jun. 20th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
I'm thinking I should print out that picture of Walter Jon Williams and stick it where he can skewer me with his anti-mediocrity gaze while I'm working...

Glad you had a good & productive time!
birdhousefrog
Jun. 20th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
Does he look fierce or what? Learned a ton, now have to apply it all!
mindseas
Jun. 20th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
He is the very picture of a guru with the mountain behind him.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 20th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
I think George had a productive time. He wrote two good stories. He rode to the airport with us yesterday, but was really tired and said he would need time to process TT.
caroleannmoleti
Jun. 21st, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
I wish I could have applied but it was too early in June for my family and work schedule. Maybe next year?
birdhousefrog
Jun. 24th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
You'll have to keep an eye out. Walter's schedule varies.
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