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I just updated my tags to be "taos toolbox" instead of "taos." Makes more sense and I want someone searching on "Taos Toolbox" to find them. Search on Taos and you could get just about anything.

I've been thinking of some useful tips for anyone going to Taos Toolbox.

1. Pack layered clothing. Include long pants and warm tops. It can get cold.
2. Do your critiques.
3. Bring your party manners and make friends with someone who has a car.
4. Or, rent/drive a car to the workshop and be instantly popular.
5. Plan to provide something...movies, special foods, a game. Something to break things up a bit.
6. Learn to survive on cold cuts and bagels.
7. Bring lotion for dry skin and sunblock.
8. Don't try to do everything offered for entertainment, but plan to do at least one touristy thing or to use the hot tub.
9. Remember to write.
10. Be kind to your roommate(s). Sometimes they get care packages or have access to chocolate. They also know how to short sheet your bed.

And above all:

Trust Walter to have put together a good group. Trust Walter to have picked the right accommodations, to have paced the work, to know when to pile it on and when to back off. The only way to get the best out of Taos Toolbox is to really believe that Walter knows what he's doing. Really. I promise. Even when he looks like he doesn't, it's all smoke and mirrors and there's a big reveal coming.



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Jul. 24th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
My additions to the list:

Grab some groceries to break up the monotony of the breakfast and lunches.

Don't forget your bathing suit, and take every opportunity to exploit the hot tub.

Drink tons of water, especially in the first few days.

If you're coming from sea level, consider arriving a few days early to acclimatize to the elevation.

Don't forget your camera!
Jul. 25th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
And if you're the one with the car and running errands, make friends quick so the ride down the mountain won't be lonely.
Jul. 25th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
Give and ye shall receive.

You *can* live on cold cuts and bagels for fourteen days, though possibly not for fifteen.

Beware the Norwegians! Okay, not really.

Take time with the ladies down the porch.

Jul. 25th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Not only do your critiques, but do as many of them as you can ahead of time.

Also, know you'll have to submit something during the second week too. Consider bringing that second thing you want to work on (a second chunk of your novel or a second short story) and revising it after the first week rather than starting from scratch.

But when you do submit the piece for the second week, realize that people are frantic and consider limiting your length to something under the 10K work limit.
Jul. 25th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Hey Oz. I started a new joural, which is why you got the "added to friends" notice. Probably more wacky stuff like my adventure in Austin with Jessica's liver How ya been?
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