Fantasy writer David Eddings accidentally burned down his office while trying to flush out the gas tank of his old sports car. Poor David: Novelist accidentally burns down office
An acclaimed novelist lost his office in Carson City on Thursday when he threw a lit piece of paper into gasoline.
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. . . .
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."