Fantasy Author Inadvertantly Burns Down His Office

Posted on January 31, 2007

Bestselling fantasy author David Eddings has inadvertantly burned down his office. Eddings lives in Carson City, Nevada and the newspaper there reported that he threw a lit piece of paper onto some fluid while working on his Excalibur sports cars. The result was disastrous.
Fantasy writer David Eddings, 75, said he was using water to flush out the gas tank of his broken-down Excalibur sports car, when some fluid leaked. In a lapse of judgment he readily admitted, Eddings lit a piece of paper and threw into the puddle to test if it was still flammable. The answer came in an orange torrent.

The fire raged through the garage and a quarter of the way into the office that occupies the lot next door to his home. His 95-year-old mother-in-law inside the home, came outside to find the juniper trees lining the driveway had gone up in flames, too. Eddings said his intention to was to prevent a fire - he was afraid to leave a tank full of gasoline in a car that had gone kaput - but instead he did the opposite. "One word comes to mind," the renowned wordsmith said as he stood in a pajama shirt and slippers. "Dumb."

The author of 27 novels, Eddings said the original manuscripts of most of his work were in the basement of the office building. But his biggest worry was about his fax machine, which is the connection between his home and his wife, Leigh's, doctor. Leigh, co-author of most of his writings, is unable to speak as a result of a series of strokes.
At least no one was hurt. The Excalibur is a total loss, however.

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