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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-03-31 22:32
Subject: [travel] Swimming in mud
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Location:Las Vegas, NV
Music:hotel noises
Tags:books, personal, photos, travel, vegas
Today has been a swimming in mud day. The plane was late to Portland, so our departure was late getting out. It was snowing rather dramatically in Denver, and that plane was late as well, so by the time we boarded and de-iced, we were an hour late out of there. The cab line at McCarran airport was transcendentally insane, literally about a 1/4 mile long, though the cab starters kept it moving quite briskly.


There was another 30+ minutes gone. Never did manage to coordinate dinner with skidspoppe. PW from work and I went out to a restaurant down the street, where the service could kindly be described as glacial.

On the plus side, walking back from dinner I got to see this example of American taste making.


And I read a book! jimhines Goblin War Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy ], to be precise. Yay me! Yay Jim, too. Go read it. A lot of fun!

Off to the CTIA trade show tomorrow morning. Expect mo better blogging soon, as my topics list has backed up. In the mean time, feel free to treat this post as an open questions thread.
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lt260: Cheers
User: lt260
Date: 2008-04-01 06:04 (UTC)
Subject: Two ? and a Whoo-Hoo
Great artwork.

Open Question #1: What is the difference between critique groups and beta-readers? What are the pros and cons of each? Is there a graduation process? If so, at what point does one move from one to the other? Which has helped you improve your writing the most?

Open Question #2: I have a writing friend in Australia who won a fellowship to be mentored by a local pro. Evidently, and I am not at all sure about the details, she entered a contest in which the winning prize turned out to be two-weeks of tutoring by an accredited author. While I have heard of numerous authors here in the USA teraching creative writing courses (Joe Haldeman, Jim Van Pelt, Bruce Taylor, etc), and I know of a plethora of cons that offer writing workshops, I have not heard of this being done within fandom. Have I missed the boat? Should I get out of my cave more often? Or is this something not very prevalent in SF/F/H circles? Or is Clarion as good as it gets?
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Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation
User: johno
Date: 2008-04-01 06:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
1) If notice their butts are shinny from being rubbed all the time.

2) We met (briefly) the lady in the middle. She was still performing at the show when we saw it and was doing a meet-n-greet/autograph session after the show.
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robin catesby
User: deedop
Date: 2008-04-01 06:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A caption for photo #2:

"Han Solo's time in the carbonite sculpture vault wasn't all bad."
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russ: watchmen
User: goulo
Date: 2008-04-01 07:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ha ha! Comments like this make me wish LJ had a "thumbs up" feature!
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jezebellydancer: present arms
User: jezebellydancer
Date: 2008-04-01 13:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:present arms
I nearly spewed CokeZero all over my keyboard!
Thanks for the mid-morning laugh.
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Misty Marshall
User: mistymarshall
Date: 2008-04-01 07:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hee I love that their butts are super shiny :)
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dinogrl: Nemo butt
User: dinogrl
Date: 2008-04-01 08:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Nemo butt
So, did you really see anyone making taste on the sculpture?
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dinogrl: shiny
User: dinogrl
Date: 2008-04-01 08:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, this is NOT the Sekrit Projekt Jay is referring to. I think we'll go with silver. Definitely.
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