After Wordos there was a good discussion about meaning of what writers write. "The meaning" is a poetic term, somewhere between "heart" in movies and "moral" in fables, which I think not only applies to the written words we produce, but also what the act of writing means to our lives as writers. I guess it's time to look up an old essay by John Chiardi, "How Does a Poem Mean?"
There was also some discussion about Golden Ages and their helpful and baneful aspects. One helpful thing that I got from the discussion is the concept that while a Golden Age can straightjacket people into restrictive roles, the story of a Golden Age can be a statement of a community's values. (This is what I get for reading Ronald Hutton, William Dever, and Cynthia Eller.)
Afterward, watched a video about robot-controlled cars racing through the desert; I'm hopeful that some ideas for the Mars story I'm trying to write will come through. There were some good character ideas from all the robot engineers as well.