As We Stagger Half-Blind Onto the Shores of Marathon

by wjw on June 20, 2012

Only two days left at Taos Toolbox, and we are narrowing our focus down to the finish line.  Yet the participants have somehow retained enough brain cells to make amusing remarks, of which a selection follows.

  • There aren’t enough vegetarians in fiction.

  • I’ve been reading a lot of writing books looking for my soul.

  • While I cannot recommend “jumble and blurt” as a story method, it nevertheless seems to be working for you.

  • I am suffering from Taos Brain.

  • I flipped through some books at the supermarket and a lot of them were worse than this.

  • Thank you for the smokin’ hot ice elf.

  • You were attempting ambiguity and you succeeded all too well.

  • Behold the power of first draft!

  • I think this story needs robots.

  • Any chapter that ends “his crotch burst into flame” has my attention.

  • I dig your scenes, man.

  • I’m in the pro-troll camp.

  • I’m an author, I butter my bread with unlikely.

  • I’m not going to beat a dead penis.

  • I was concerned about hiding a straight blade in a bra.

  • It’s always good to have something bad happen offworld . . . to idiots.

  • You had me at man-eating killer unicorn machines with perky red bows.

  • You have white universe syndrome.

  • I meant to look at your synopsis again but instead I went to your room and started drinking.

mearsk June 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

So that makes it “white hut syndrome,” “white dimension syndrome,” and “white universe syndrome.” What does it all mean?

wjw June 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm

“White room syndrome” is a term indicating that the action takes place in a blank room which the author has neglected to populate with anything interesting. “White universe syndrome” is the same thing, only bigger.

Ken Houghton June 21, 2012 at 12:32 am

“While I cannot recommend “jumble and blurt” as a story method, it nevertheless seems to be working for you.”

Someone–probably Jeff and Ann VanderMeer–will get that author a contract for a series of loosely connected novellas that gets passed off as a novel. Sadly, Rod Steiger will not be around for the film version…

Not Todd June 21, 2012 at 7:42 am

“If you would rewrite this with vampires, I could sell the screen rights today.”

Ralf The Dog. June 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm


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