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Monday Miscellanea

Posted as a guest blogger today at the blog of Joshua Palmatier (jpsorrow).  Many thanks to Josh for inviting me to visit his blog.  I hope to return the favor soon, so that readers of this blog can learn more about his work. 

Other than that, I'm back at work and I have a sick kid at home with me today (the younger one -- and I think she's fine; just a tummy ache that seemed to go away once it was established that she wasn't going to school...).  In certain ways she's very much like I was at the same age.  When she's nervous about something -- a test, a difficult social situation, etc. -- her anxiety manifests itself physically, more often than not as a stomach ache.  Not all that uncommon, I know, but it doesn't take a lot to set her off.  Again, I was the same way, and I wish with all my heart that I hadn't passed this on to her.  My own childhood anxieties made me pretty miserable at times, and it hurts to see her tying herself in knots over things that really aren't worth worrying about.  Then again, these things matter to her, and it's up to her to learn to cope with her emotions.  But in this way (and in others as well) I wish she was more like Nancy.

Today's music:  Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Tony Rice (The Pizza Tapes)


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Jan. 14th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Hi - I saw your guest blog on jpsorrow's LJ and thought I'd pop in for a quick visit. Your books sound fantastic and I've added you to my list of must-reads!

And I have to say - my 8 year old daughter is the same way. In fact, I just drove her to school late this morning because she had a tummy ache last night and didn't get to sleep when she should have. She was fine this morning - I think it was back-to-school nerves. I was the same way, too. It's terrible to see your kids going through the same heartaches we did, isn't it? But I know it's part of the learning process so I just try to be supportive and understanding.

Hope you don't mind if I friend you!
Jan. 14th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comment and for friending me. I think watching my kids reenact my childhood heartaches is, for me, the toughest thing about being a parent. All kids and adolescents go through difficult times; they all make mistakes; they all have personality flaws. They're human, after all. But seeing some trait that pains them and being able to say "That's me. I gave her that." That's really hard.

I hope you enjoy my books. I'm always self-conscious when a horse lover reads my stuff, particularly my first series (The LonTobyn Chronicle). Getting horse stuff wrong is one of those things that fantasy authors just do, and I KNOW that I got it wrong in my first series. (They rode super horses in that world, creatures capable of doing things my Accord would have trouble with...) So please forgive me in advance for my ignorance at the time I wrote those books. I improved with the second series.
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