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Had dinner with neutronjeff, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Brenna whose-last-name-will-soon-by-on-a-Tor-book, and Ellen Guon Beeman on Wednesday; good food, great company. And strangely, more gamer-oriented than I would have suspected.

I know Larry's work from Dragon, of course, and it turns out they are both roleplayers. Larry and Mercedes were on a library tour around King County, but not a reading tour. They put on more of an improv Q&A show, humorous, freewheeling, as much about art as about writing. They answered common questions about creativity, including the theory that writer's block is just your subconscious trying to stop you from making a mistake. Not sure I agree, but I'm still pondering exactly why I think it's off the mark.

Anyway, their audience was young fantasy readers much more than older fans, and that's a very good thing. I must confess I used to be quite a snob about the books, mostly because she writes so darn many of them (50!), but I guess I've mellowed. She's brought a whole new generation of readers to the field.

Speaking of the pulp tradition, I recently finished Crystal Rain, by Tobias Buckell. It's a classic adventure yarn in the Burroughs style, and it made me feel about 12 again. I loved it to death and hope Buckell has a long and successful career writing similar books. His pacing is incredible; I think I picked up some tips on how to improve my throughline.



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Jul. 21st, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
*dreams of taking as much shelf space as Mercedes Lacky* I'm already 20% there!

I think the theory on Writer's Block has merit in a wide, sweeping and broad sense. But not on a more details one. I read something once upon a time that had like 9 different kinds of writer's block and rang very true. If only I could find the darned thing again...
Jul. 21st, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Jul. 21st, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the pointer.
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