While some of you probably had a nice long weekend to relax, I spent much of my time working for The Literary Lab.
Living in Southern California, I'm pretty used to warm weather all year round, but I braved the sub-zero temperatures (or at least it felt like that) of Seattle, Washington for The Literary Lab.
I rarely like to talk about writing, but I got into some hot debates over outlining vs. not, reading e-books vs. print books, and the value of having cyborgs in your stories for The Literary Lab.
I even confronted a man who beat up T.C. Boyle (in a dream) for The Literary Lab.
Yes, that's right. I went and visited...Mr. Bailey!
I had a great time meeting Scott real life and in person this weekend. We met in downtown Seattle for crumpets, then toured Volunteer Park, including a climb up some cool water tower and a thorough survey of moss. I got to see Scott and Mighty Reader's beautiful home and meet their cat, Mighty Meower. We talked of writing and rock stars, notebooks and Kindles, Michelle and Michelle*. Mighty Reader, who is an absolute delight, even made us some most excellent raspberry scones and tea.
And, we made an important new decision for TLL. We now have an official alcoholic Literary Lab beverage for those of you who partake in such things. The Moscow Mule from Blackboard Bistro contains vodka, lime juice, and Cock & Bull ginger beer and is served in the coolest faux copper mugs.
*Michelle was very missed this weekend. It's not The Literary Lab without her. My next plans are to encounter her somewhere soon. Watch out, Michelle!