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26 July 2010 @ 08:42 am
This writer's weekend  
Back from the Washington Coast where jaylake and I were "writer gurus" at the annual Writers' Weekend. LJ users present included calendula_witch, maclark2005, therinth, csinman, criada, and of course our host awritersweekend. Jay and I each led two critique sessions for 3-5 stories each; I gave two lectures (on plot, and on using props and sets to define character and build emotion) and gave my Mars talk. Delicious meals were provided by our hosts. The rest of the time we walked on the beach, swam in the pool, relaxed in the hot tub, and talked.

The conversation ranged widely, from hardcore writing and publishing advice to extremely silly. One of my favorite moments was a series of Other Sith Lords, including Darth Congruous, Darth Corrigible, and the ultimate winner of them all Darth Sectivorous. At one point calendula_witch came up to a group and asked what we were laughing about, and we told her "Thundercat slash." "It's a gas, gas, gas?" she replied without missing a beat. I 'bout died laughing. And one of awritersweekend's nieces introduced us to a Salish word pronounced, approximately, "lobstaboot," which means "don't do anything you'd regret" and which we used as a farewell for the rest of the weekend.

Sometimes I worried that Jay and I were dominating the conversation, but then I realized that the Jay and David Show was part of the point of the whole exercise. This made me feel weird, but over the weekend several people came up to me and told me that they found my critiques, lectures, advice, and blogs useful, so what the hell.

Good critique, good food, good chat, I made new friends and got to know old friends better. What's not to love?

Luke McGuffholyoutlaw on July 26th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
I like Darth Sectivorous.

I've also heard of Darth Kwell (which isn't original with me).
scarlettina: Writingscarlettina on July 26th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear it was such a good weekend, David. Time well spent.
calendula_witch: armscalendula_witch on July 26th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
It was an awesome weekend. Thanks for your very insightful crits! Am still thinking about that last piece--about the title and first line...
griffinwordsgriffinwords on July 27th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
Though I wasn't in your critique group, I found your presentations really worthwhile. Thanks for all your efforts, and it was nice to meet you.
Cliffobadiah on August 1st, 2010 07:14 am (UTC)
Awesome hanging out at Writers' Weekend! I've still got Pippin songs going through my head. :-)

Also, I found your critique and talks very useful.

I finally wrote up a brief LJ entry about the weekend and put some pics up here.

On the ride back to Sea-Tac, Karen said they needed some kind of logo for the new incarnation of Writers' Weekend. I suggested a Lobster wearing boots might be appropriate....