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Steven Brust: “A masterful storyteller of contagious glee and self-deprecating badassery” —Skyler White

Viable Paradise 18 Report


Dreading the one-on-one about the story I couldn’t get into: Check

Being the only one in the small group who thought a story was wonderful: Check

That helpless feeling when I couldn’t fix a story: Check

That triumphant feeling when I could: Check

Too much alcohol and too little sleep: Check

Getting pissed off at fellow instructor only to realize it was caused by the above conditions: Check

Saved by the staff: Check

Fleeting unreasonable crush on student: Check

Seeing a student bounce about how TNH had fixed the whole story with just a couple of tweaks: Check

Absurd amounts of fun playing music: Check

Feeling unreasonably stupid: Check

Feeling unreasonably  smart: Check

Intense writing discussions where I learned more than I taught: Check

Being close to tears realizing that none of these wonderful new people would be back next year: Check

Yep, VP is over and I has a sad.  It was wonderful.  Thank you all.



Author: skzb

I play the drum.


  1. Hugs to you, Darling. 🙂

  2. O Great Zelazny Fan, I would dearly love to come back to VP. My scurvy is running amok.

  3. Loved how much of your heart you put into VP17 last year. The folks of 18 were doubtless lucky this year, sir.

  4. skzb

    I miss ALL THE VPers! ALL!

  5. I thought you were a Magyar, not a Czech.

  6. Glad it was wonderful again – you certainly made last year great for us!

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