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20 September 2009 @ 09:30 pm
Weekend of marvelousness  
Just back from a writing weekend at the Oregon coast with kateyule, amberdine and her Chris, Corie J. Conwell WINOLJ, zellandyne, calendula_witch, and Executive Chef jaylake who tried to kill himself with a knife on the first day and spent the rest of the weekend trying to kill the rest of us with delicious high-calorie goodies. (Mmm, momos.) Despite which we somehow had room for a stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory for ice cream on the way home.

In addition to the eating, much writing and hilarity ensued. Walks on the beach. Gossip. We decided that the Next Hot Thing will be unicorns, but unicorns as unlike the typical boring sparkly old-hat unicorn as the fast zombies in 28 Days Later were unlike the shambling zombies of yore. We're talking carnivorous, ancient, implacable, anthropomorphic, shapeshifting unicorns. We're going to make it happen, just you watch.

I spent my writing time revising a short story and a novella. I realized that the reason I hate revisions is that when you're drafting, you know when you're getting close to the end, but when you're revising -- especially if what you're trying to do is "make the story more (x)", e.g. "make the character more sympathetic" or "make this plot point more plausible" -- it's hard to know when you've achieved that goal and when you need to do more. Double especially when, as seems to be the case more often than not for me, the feedback you're trying to address is "make the story more (x)" when you already pulled out all the stops and made the story as (x) as you possibly could in the first draft.

We dropped off amberdine and Chris at maryrobinette's new digs, where they will be spending the rest of this week and we were all treated to a delightful vegetarian dinner and conversation. Marlowe the cat decided not to entertain us by demonstrating his Helmet of Invisibility.

A grand time was had by all and it's not quite over yet. Corie is spending the night here; tomorrow morning we drop her off at the airport. Then we will have another house guest (square dancing friend Mark WINOLJ) tomorrow night. But for now... to bed.

Keffykehrli on September 21st, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Wow, sad I missed it! Sounds like it was a lot of fun.
CJ Smithcjsmith on September 21st, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
Oooooo, Tillamook ice cream. Scrumptious. :-) Glad you are having a great weekend!
jpeace on September 21st, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Did someone say carnivorous unicorns? Methinks you'd do well to skim back a few pages on mutleyjames's LJ. He had quite a run of those. :)
Musical Musingsamysun on September 21st, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
I think the unicorn trend may have already started with "Rampant" by Diana Peterfreund. I haven't read it yet though, so can't be sure. :)
John A Pittsbravado111 on September 21st, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great weekend. Let me know when you announce the anthology you and Jay will be editing on angry unicorns. :)
Nancy: funnynancymcc on September 21st, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Angry unicorns
How about a convention event: a simulation of human-unicorn combat? Or unicorn-on-unicorn. I know you guys won't write it unless you understand the how the built-in weapon comes into play.
Jay Lakejaylake on September 21st, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Angry unicorns
Come on. That would just be horsing around. :p