Things said during Viable Paradise

During the Viable Paradise seminars, a  lot of pretty funny or profound things are said.  I won’t be giving context here.  I’m sorry, but this post is primarily for my fellow VP17 students, and we already know the context.  I invite my VP17 family to add more in comments.  

“Plot originality is overrated” – Teresa Nielsen Hayden

“Your but zooms” – Elizabeth Bear

“The failure mode of ‘clever’ is ‘asshole'” – Patrick Nielsen Hayden, quoting Scalzi

“Don’t use a 20lb sledge when a ball peen will do.” – Scott Lynch

“You are a dissector of magic, Jim–a vivisectionist of wonder!” – SL

“Why should I believe your FTL when you can’t handle a firearm?” – Jim Macdonald

“Often, two or three bad ideas can be slammed together to make a good idea.” – TNH


Published by Michael R. Johnston

Father of an eighth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Fifty years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA

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