Sunday, June 17, 2012

Taos Toolbox: The Weekend

Yesterday Daniel Abraham, author of many books under many different names, arrived to give his guest lecture, which was entertaining and very well-received.  He spoke about "How to Have A Successful Writing Career."  One of his pieces of advice: "Publishing is not a meritocracy-- it is a casino.  Keep as many chips in play as you can."  By this he meant pursuing different sorts of projects, writing different kinds of books, and accepting all offered work.  There are writers who can do this (Daniel obviously among them) and some who cannot, or don't want to.  It clearly works for him.

Taos student David McAmis offered a different diversion: a computer game called "Angry Authors."  In this, you launch tiny avatars of Walter Jon Williams at "bad manuscripts" to make them explode.  It's great fun, and I was disappointed that I didn't get a launched avatar as well.  David said I'm "too sweet."  Ha!  If only he knew!

Saturday finished with a big group dinner at a local restaurant.  Sunday most people are writing, reading to critique, or hiking.  Tomorrow: back to the critique table for everyone's second submission.

1 comment:

Sean Craven said...

Hey, Nancy! Play chess with David. Do that thing you refer to as, "talking smack." That'll learn him.