Jeanne Cavelos, Director (at opening night dinner): There will be laughter and there will be tears.
Erica Hildebrand, Resident Supervisor: Our laughter and your tears.
"Hemingway that sucker!"
--Donna Glee Williams
"We've been in the Odyssey compound for so long we've forgotten how to behave in public."
"You have to prod your subconscious with a stick. Come on, subconscious!"
"There's no such thing as one alien. They're like roaches."
"He joined the wimp side of the force."
Rich: If a room full of monkeys can write Shakespeare, what would a room full of chipmunks write?
"It was 7:15 on a Wednesday morning, 1975, and Joe the knight had to go slay the dragon in the cave three blocks over."
--Paul DesCombaz (still missing the location)
"Maybe he's an escapee from the wizard nursing home."
Rich: There aren't enough vampire eggs.
Paul: That's a story that hasn't been done, right there.
Donna: And there's a reason for that.
Jeanne: Oh, the death of the guy is more brutal. I like that!
Olivia: Of course you do.
"She's a cardboard character that I want to throw sharp things at."
Chris: I should have put an epic poem in the middle, like Tolkien. The trees were green and all the elves rejoiced.
Rich: You've gotta work on your epic poetry, man.
"He's so fast he can reject your story before you even put it in the mailbox."
"I was upset that Dead Horse didn't come back."
"It all starts out with someone wanting minions. Then it just goes Matrix from there."
"Suicide by cannibalism, is that what we're talking about?"
"If they're in a confined area, they will buck. But that's just me going horsey."
"If Tom Cruise is picked up by a UFO, I want his house."
"Pain is good! Pain sells!"
--Barry B. Longyear, Visiting Author
"That's gross. That's kinda nice. "
"We used to have the fear of God. Now we have the fear of Jeanne."
"Tearing apart a stuffed animal is really hard. I've had to cut some of the little bastards apart."
"Woman. Boob. Knife. Blood. End."
--Gary Braunbeck, Writer-in-Residence (describing a typical bad horror story)
"It makes morality vague, and suddenly you're thinking: is it wrong to kill people for food?"
"Moral flexibility is knowing your principles before you break them."
"I can see that Jeanne's evil has rubbed off on you."
"Reality is confusing."
"I love this story and I want to marry it."
Natalie: You're sentimental.
Gary: Remember those words, all of you, because they're gonna be her last.
"I have a one-word story. It's just an exclamation point. Try and critique that."
"You can't use pasta salad. You need another word. A manly word. A hitman word."
"The use of the black squiggles will put you into an existential crisis, which is where you will end up after Odyssey anyway."
--Theodora Goss, Visiting Author
"Monsters that get Raptured go to Monsterland and get to kill and maim and destroy, while those left behind have to deal with candy and sparkles and cuteness forever."
"I have never before empathized with a big-headed giant."