One Good Thing

A little while back, I was doing some livestreaming over on my twitch channel, and someone in the chat mentioned that they missed my blogs.

Wait…

I just did the math and realized it’s actually two or three months ago. It doesn’t *feel* like 2-3 months. It either feels like two weeks or two years. My perception of time was never the best, and now with Covid it feels like I’m living in a tesseract that’s also an escape room designed by a sadist.

Anyway. Back a billion years ago, I was streaming and someone asked me if I ever planned on writing more blogs. I mentioned that I’d love to. I miss writing the blogs, too. Or rather, I miss the community that we had here where I would share stories and people would interact in the comments.

Truth is, I’ve made notes, taken pictures, set aside links for at least two dozen blogs just this year alone. A lot of them I’ve actually started writing, too…

But there’s a lot that gets in the way. Covid, of course. Regular life. Being a dad. Other work. Mood disorders. Chaos and charity….

Also, when I think of writing a blog, all I can think of is the fact that I haven’t written *anything* here in the last six months. Hell, I’ve barely written much in the last 2-3 years.

It’s so different than it used to be back in the day: I used to post at least once or twice a week, telling y’all little stories about what was going on with me. My adventures as a fledgling author. I enjoyed sharing little pieces of my life, and odds are, if something interesting or important happened, y’all would hear about it here.

But for a long while now, a lot of what’s been going on with me… talking about it just hasn’t been appropriate. Most of the big events in my personal life are depressing, or not entirely mine to share.

On the other hand there’s my professional life. There have been big things there too, many of them centering around the development deal with Lionsgate, and the show I was working on with John Rodgers for Showtime. Those things have been a big part of my life for years, taking up a ton of time, energy, and headspace. (Hell, just negotiating the contract with Lionsgate took me nearly 18 months.)

Was it interesting? Absolutely. New? Terrifyingly so. Were there stories to tell? Very yes. Once Flavor Flav stopped me in my hotel lobby and told me I really looked like an old friend of his. I actually worked with Sam Raimi. (He’s really nice.) I got to be in a writer’s room for the first time. In fact, I’ve been in more than one.

The problem is this: A lot of times I wasn’t legally allowed to talk about some of those things. Like one of the writer’s rooms I was in. Signed a big NDA. Just not allowed to say.

Even when it wasn’t illegal for me to talk about, a lot of times it would have been really unforgivably rude. Like when I met Raimi, we talked a couple times *long* before Lionsgate ever made the announcement that he was involved in the movie. So I couldn’t just go on my blog and tell y’all about how he was really nice and also he gave me a lemon.

(Also, for those of you who haven’t been following the news. Raimi isn’t involved in the project any more. It just didn’t work out.)

So yeah. Through the last couple years, even when it wasn’t illegal for me to share news, after a few mistakes I learned it was still really bad form to talk about a lot of things publicly. And so, because I wanted to be a good collaborator, I just didn’t talk about things.

So what does this have to do with me streaming a couple months back?

Well, as I said, someone mentioned that they missed the blogs, I said I missed them too. But I’ve gotten out of the habit. And the world is on fire. And I’m constantly exhausted. And part of me feels like I’m going to start sharing stories here again, I should try to catch people up on that last 4-5 years of my life. An odd, impossible urge…

So I mentioned a thought I’d been rolling around in my head. That rather than worry about posting up something important or profound, I could just share one good thing out of my day on the blog. Just a little thing to remind me that not everything is covid. That there’s still joy to be had in the world.

People seemed to like the idea, so I decided to do it.

And then a couple months went by….

But here. Now, I’m going to do it. Here’s one good thing, a text a business associate sent me after we had a zoom meeting:

As you can see, this is from a while ago. I’ve been saving a bunch of little things like this with the intention of sharing them here more regularly.

In other news, Worldbuilders just launched its Midseason Fundraiser. For the next week, we’re selling a bunch of cool geekery so we can keep the lights on.

It only lasts for a week, and some items are limited quantities. So if you’re curious, you should head over and check it out.

Also, in addition to my regular streaming and gaming and Q&A and such that I do, today (Tuesday) I’m going to be doing a livestream to talk with him about his new book that’s releasing today: Peace Talks.

This chat will be extra fun for us here at Worldbuilders, as we’re we’re also selling copies of Jim’s Books with specially designed Worldbuilders-Exclusive  bookplates…

You can catch our Q&A over on my twitch stream.

You can see the cool bookplates designed by Satine Phoenix and Nate Taylor over here in our Indigogo or over here in the Worldbuilders store.

As always, all proceeds go to making the world a better place.

Stay tuned. I’ll be doing a couple more blogs over the next couple days…

pat

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63 Comments

  1. B.
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 6:44 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the post, Pat! In my household there is a daily tradition, which is to remember one great thing from the day no matter how seemingly inconsequential or small (for example, seeing that dog sh*t before actually stepping in it, that’s a win). It has been especially helpful now, when there seems to be little to celebrate. Being mistaken for a famous witch or wizard would certainly get a mention.

    Whatever you choose to share with the world is a gift for us and not an obligation of you, so thanks again! And good luck with the fundraiser, looking forward to that fancy pants Illimat board.

    • Posted July 14, 2020 at 12:02 PM | Permalink

      It’s a really healthy thing, psychologically speaking. It’s a hard habit for me to get into though, as I tend to the hyper-critical.

      • Madi
        Posted July 15, 2020 at 12:41 AM | Permalink

        Pat, it’s been hard for me too. It helps when I make my husband do it with me before bed. It helps our relationship too!

        • Camel
          Posted July 17, 2020 at 7:07 PM | Permalink

          ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  2. Charles Haynes
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 6:47 AM | Permalink

    Very glad to see the blog updated!
    The one good thing out of my day has been listening back to old Acquisitions Inc, and Viari’s mischief.
    Fun is infectious and immensely healing.
    Wishing you all the best,

    Charlie

  3. Amstrad
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 7:05 AM | Permalink

    Good to have you back Pat. I miss all your content, these blogs for one, but also the podcast you were doing with Max Temkin. I don’t expect you’ll get back into doing a podcast, but seeing any sort of regular communication from you to the world is refreshing.

  4. Robby Thunder
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 7:37 AM | Permalink

    Hi PAt, good to hear that you want to blog more, I think a lot of us geeks will be happy with that news. Also, you should definetely send a letter (by regular post, if you fail to find and train an owl to deliver letters)to young Sadie signed as Albus Dumbledore.

    • Brad
      Posted July 14, 2020 at 7:53 PM | Permalink

      Hey Pat! Thanks for sharing man! One good thing is I got my mom reading the Name of the Wind and she loves it! She said it was on the same level as the Lord of the Rings and although she doesn’t read much fantasy novels she is really enjoying it. You’re a great writer Pat and I believe you’ve created a classic for the fantasy genre that will be loved by generations of readers.

    • Posted July 15, 2020 at 2:34 PM | Permalink

      Oh man. This is a great idea….

  5. Jane
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

    Always love to hear from you Pat! The world is a hard place to be in right now and I think everyone is having trouble with time being all weird. I swear to god it’s still April, but it’s also like September. Time got all wibbly wobbly this year.

    I’ve been LOVING the Jim Butcher videos with both y’all just talking about life stuff and writing. It’s so fun to listen to! I’m dying to read Peace Talks and just waiting to go get my copy today!

    Thanks for posting!

  6. Steve B
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 9:12 AM | Permalink

    Love the Dumbledore bit, and everything else, Pat. That made my internet day. Keep being you, and take care of yourself and your fam. Cheers.

  7. YodaJosh
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 9:22 AM | Permalink

    Welcome back! Not sure if you’re answering questions in these comments, but will any of the One Shot Podcast be considered cannon? If anything, you need to keep Ms. Darvin’s Scutten. That song is the bomb. I seriously cannot get it out of my head. It’s been one good thing in my day for days now.

    • Shumpmaker
      Posted August 12, 2020 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

      Have one if youre a madman, Have two if ya wanna die!

  8. Rob Ogilvie
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 10:08 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat! I’m happy we get to hear from you! Your story made me smile.

  9. Allison
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

    What a great surprise to check in and see this! I’ve missed the blog posts (that Dumbledore text gave me a much-needed smile!), but also the comment section of these posts is always so great and nice. I hope everyone is doing well and is safe and healthy.

  10. Posted July 14, 2020 at 10:56 AM | Permalink

    Welcome back Pat! It’s great to hear from you. You’ve been missed and I always look forward to anything you post. I hope all is well.

  11. GemameG
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 11:25 AM | Permalink

    Welcome back Pat!
    It is sooo nice to hear from you! I used to enjoy your blogs as i remembered myself thinking; let’s read what is keeping Pat busy these days! And it used to amuse me that sometimes you could almost read your frustration, your happiness or your sadness -this it didn’t amused me- through the lines, one can quite good hide all of that when you speak but it is hard to do so when you write!

    I am slightly shocked though… I don’t know how you manage to find time to write here and keep us in the loop considering all the things you are doing (twitch, charity,writing…). Thanks for taking the time to do so! whatever you decide to share with us, we are happy to read even when it means not so good news about “that which should not be mentioned* -I thought it was appropriate to call it that way considering you have been officially unmasked as Dumbledore.

    Stay safe, Pat.

    Gema

  12. Bob Cross
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:06 PM | Permalink

    I was just feeling like my karma needed a bit of a shine. Now I’ve had an opportunity to do a good!
    Thanks! :-)

  13. Josh
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:45 PM | Permalink

    This is your space my dude. Share whatever you want. If you come on here just to let us know you had this really awesome bowl of chili then I’m down with that. You might have a bunch of other obligations but this shouldn’t be one.

    All the best,
    Josh

  14. Ally
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

    Wow! Made my day to open this and see your post today. Your blog’s been in my bookmark bar since I was 12 (which, uh, realizing that is terrifying to think about now that i’ve just graduated college. When’d I get so old?) — and it’ll stay on there whether there are a few days between posts or two years. Thanks for the story, which gave me a MUCH needed smile. And thanks for making this dumpster fire world seem a little brighter today, even if it’s just because we’re all in it together. Stay well and take care of yourself! You and your fam are always in my thoughts. xx

  15. GregJ
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 3:47 PM | Permalink

    Welcome back to blogging! I’m grateful for your kind voice, whimsical humor, and deep love. Looking forward to whatever you post!

  16. Elizabeth
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 5:07 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for the post Pat, I think it’s the one good thing for my day! It’s good to hear from you and I (and all these other geeks I’d assume) can’t wait to hear from you again.

  17. Stacy
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 5:43 PM | Permalink

    Pat! It’s great to hear from you. I watched you and Jim Butcher on Twitch today. What an absolute treat – two of my favorite authors! Great job on the fundraiser so far – it was up over $25k last I looked.

    I’m glad you’re doing alright, given all the crazy stuff going on in this world. It’s awesome that Sadie thinks you’re Dumbledore. One of my favorite quotes from Dumbledore is “Alas… ear wax.” It pretty much sums up the world we live in. My other favorite quote from Dumbledore is “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” You are a great person, Pat, who works hard to make the world a better place. I’m glad that you’ve decided to start posting one positive thing that has happened in your life – you are finding a way to turn on the light in these dark times.

    Take care,
    Your Old Classmate from DHS

  18. Linz
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 10:22 PM | Permalink

    Hooray! A new blog! Good idea, good story, and reading it was a good thing in my day.
    Keeping stuff secret gets lonely – hope you have some people on your end to share all this with, since breaking NDA’s on the internet is understandably inadvisable.

  19. Scott
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 10:27 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    Thanks a lot! A lot of the things you used to write in these blogs gave me perspective, and helped me get through some tough times. Sorry to hear life has been a shitshow, I hope it gets better soon!

  20. Gi Broda
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 11:28 PM | Permalink

    Greetings from Brazil, always good to see you laughing or just tripping in huge thoughts sharing =P
    I’d like to share this here, it’s not mine, I just think you should really see it and that it could brighten your day/ the Kingkiller Chronicle Fans day:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/KingkillerChronicle/comments/hqysis/a_illustrated_the_story_of_jax_and_the_moon/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf
    Hope this makes you smile =)

  21. Melissa
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 11:44 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for helping to make the world a better place! Life can be toughest for those of us who feel a lot –I’m guessing you are one of those people, but we need more empaths and those who feel all the feels…much of the time. It takes its toll, but keep toiling, the world needs more people like you.

    I just finished the second book and I’m invested! Your series is up there with The Dark Tower and The Wheel of Time…your books have given me a great escape…great stress relief…and perspective when all things around me are contorted.

    Peace,

  22. Bob jones
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 4:01 AM | Permalink

    Loved the blog a d enjoyed hearing about all your projects but seriously…there needs to be some news shared on Doors of Stone. It is the 500 pound gorilla in the room.

    • the observer
      Posted July 15, 2020 at 9:51 PM | Permalink

      you must be lucky he didn’t flush your comment lad. But no, alas, he will talk about everything and anything except the one thing everybody wants to talk about. Savvy :)

  23. Jess
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 7:30 AM | Permalink

    Thanks so much for sharing Pat! It is important for us to take the time to remember the good things, however inconsequential they may seem. I often find joy in my child, even when he is being super frustrating, running around the house screaming, “Be nakie a little bit!” at bed time. Or recently when I got to see my best friend in person for the first time in 5 months and as we hugged we were also working out the mechanics of going to the bathroom while still embracing.
    And I think that World Builders news is always good news to share! You are doing good in the world and you should promote that, and be proud of it.
    We love ya, and love hearing from you! Don’t feel obligated to write, but we will be here ready to read when you do.
    Stay Healthy and Safe!

  24. Bill Carrier
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    Pat, the Dumbledore text made me laugh; your writing made me smile; the link to Worldbuilders made me want to buy a TeeRex shirt.

    Thank you. My day is better for my visit here to your blog.

    Hope you have a blessed day!

  25. Matt K
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 10:29 AM | Permalink

    Pat, thank you so much for sharing a happy moment in your life! I’m in similar shoes, I think many are, in terms of being overwhelmed by all the COVID/BLM etc things going on. Thank you for the reminder that even though things are relatively shitty, there’s still joy to be had. If anyone can navigate the non-plotted” story that is your life, it’s you. Best wishes!

  26. Phil H
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

    It’s always hard to find a balance, and current events make it even tougher. Glad to see you are properly (in my opinion) prioritizing what is important in life. We fans are always hungry for tidbits about the goings-on of your life and will be here when you care to share. Stay safe and healthy (everybody here)!

  27. Posted July 15, 2020 at 1:24 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat!

  28. João Scaldini
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 1:40 PM | Permalink

    Hey, Pat, it’s good to hear about you again.
    In the past six months, since the last blog post you made, I’ve been constantly following the blog, opening it as often as 2 times in a week to see if you would post anything new.
    I keep telling and talking with my friends here in Brasil (with an S, yes) about your books. Some of them have read it, some have not (and i keep telling them to do it), but I also talk about Worldbuilders and all you other cool stuff you do.
    I remember when I decided to be a writer, back in 2015, I would get into your blog almost everyday to read some old tips you gave for beginners, and it really felt like a community for me to be part of. It really helped me find my way and made me thing about what kind of author, artist, creator, I would like to be, not only in the professional side, but also the human one, the caring one.
    But now, since you are Dumbledore, you can get us some nice magic stuff from Hogwarts to show during this pandemic, which will be great to get the mind of some of the awful things this world is facing (maybe some dragons? who knows).
    Love your content. Stay safe.
    J. Scaldini

  29. Mark
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

    You keep saying “illegal” when perhaps you mean that it’s against the terms of your contract. It’s not really “illegal” to break an NDA. Sure, you could be sued and blackballed from Hollywood, but that’s about the extent of what could happen to you.

    • Al
      Posted July 16, 2020 at 4:30 AM | Permalink

      See, this sort of thing is why a lot of people dislike lawyers. Maybe you are one, maybe you aren’t, but either way: what were you trying to achieve here? I hope it wasn’t “being more likeable than a lawyer”.

      Love,

      A laywer.

      • Mark
        Posted July 20, 2020 at 2:25 AM | Permalink

        I was being a word pedant, because words matter. And perhaps educate others who have signed onerous NDAs – whether under duress or otherwise – that they weren’t going to be flogged, sent to prison, and forced to break rocks on a chain gang while watching their weathered hands chafe and bleed, all because they broke the terms of their non-disclosure agreement.

        Besides, everybody loves a pedant.

    • Little My
      Posted July 20, 2020 at 4:32 PM | Permalink

      I appreciate the detail! I did not know that.

  30. Leticia
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 2:56 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat! almost fell of my chair when i decided to come check if there was any news and saw the post!
    I love your little thoughts and histories (;
    stay safe!

  31. Simone
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 3:55 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for writing in the blog again! I’ve really missed the blogs and am so glad to get this glimp in your life. Looking forwards to reading more from you :)

  32. Anna Little
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 5:28 PM | Permalink

    Honestly same! The world has been so crazy and I’ve been a bit depressed lately too. It’s really hard to be positive in such difficult times. But focusing on one small positive thing in each moment is very helpful. I often find that every time has it’s gifts it’s just sometimes we can only see them in hindsight.

  33. Becca
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 6:04 PM | Permalink

    That is a very cool good thing!

  34. Sarah D Richardson
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 6:47 PM | Permalink

    So nice to see you writing in the Blog again! I love the idea of posting something that made you happy. I do that too in a happiness journal. It’s fun to look back through the journal and see what was making me happy way back when. Things have ranged from pickles to listening to my baby’s laugh. I hope that you and your family are all doing well during this time. Know that you have a community of folks here who are rooting for you.

  35. Jeremy G
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 7:40 PM | Permalink

    Oh man! This was a damn delight to check in and see an update and to know your doing well (well as good as we all can be right now). What you described almost reminds me of Scalzi’s blog where you don’t always get a deep post or update, but some days/weeks/months it’s just simple updates or links to something that will maybe make you smile.

    It may be super cheesy, but I always feel like I’ve heard from a long lost friend whenever I see an update here. Regardless if the content is happy, sad, or neither I always get the same nice fuzzy feeling. Hope you and the family, and everyone here, are happy and safe!

  36. Concept
    Posted July 16, 2020 at 12:15 AM | Permalink

    I don’t know how to explain how I feel. My works are largely personal and I am a decent bit reclusive In regards to my personal life. I have many ambitions and dreams that are perhaps larger than life, or at least, far outside of my grasp within one lifetime. I will, however, say this. A moment lost will never be forever lost, truly lost, HONESTLY lost, for it was, and so it is. The only thing to fear is to not. Thus fear is redundant in nature. It breads of itself. Do not fear fear. Do not fear doing. Do not fear not doing. Do not fear. Fear is the enemy of all logic, tho a most worthy adversary of understanding. The future is not promised. Do not fear this fact, Understand it. Believe it is truth. With infinite possibilities; what is it that you want to be, for it has bean. What could have been is a beautiful story, but it isn’t.

  37. Ryan S
    Posted July 16, 2020 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

    hey pat.
    I’m also always tired these days. I’m a therapist at a hospital in the deep, covid-drenched south and the whole building is so tired right now.
    I’m randomly checking your blog because I needed to take a brain break at work and I was surprised and pleased to see a few new posts. I’ve read them. I have finished half an iced coffee. Now I feel a little better.
    Wish I could return the favor but I guess all I can do is say thanks here. Hope you feel better, dude. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.

  38. Jeff
    Posted July 16, 2020 at 1:35 PM | Permalink

    I feel your pain, bro’. One of my biggest personal challenges is when I want to reach out emotionally in some way, and then I pull back, and then it’s even harder to do the next time because I feel like I *also* need to acknowledge why I didn’t do it before. Over time it just builds up and I feel worse and worse, and I think just sweeping all that aside and pushing a reset button is the only way to push through. So well done you. For a while I was checking every day, and telling myself that your not posting was kind of like in Good Will Hunting where the best part of Ben Affleck’s day is the brief time where he’s hoping Matt Damon will have left home and found something better to do than hang out with him. I was rooting for no posts. But then I realized that was ridiculous, since your posting is supposed to be good for you, not a drain. If you found a way for it to be a plus, that’s awesome, since we love it in whatever aspect.

  39. Todd Camnitz
    Posted July 16, 2020 at 2:57 PM | Permalink

    Community matters more than ever, now that it’s so hard to be a part of one. This is one of the best communities there is, all the books three hissy fits that pop up in the comments aside.

    This post reminds me of something my wife and I say to each other regularly, after having watched The Last Air Bender together many years ago (thanks to Netflix, for bringing it back recently):

    Don’t let the cave-in get you dowwwnnn, Soka!

    …and this has been one heckuva cave-in.

    As always, grateful for all that you do.

  40. KoS_Xanatos
    Posted July 16, 2020 at 4:23 PM | Permalink

    I know I’m running a couple of days behind here, but I just wanted to say hi. I’m glad to see you’ve done a “one good thing” post. Being able to interact with you and the PatChat has definitely been my one good thing for several days this week.

    Thank you for all of your work, keep being awesome.

    Best regards.

  41. Ryan Richardson
    Posted July 17, 2020 at 3:27 AM | Permalink

    Unknowingly, you’ve helped me crawl out of the darkest place I’ve been in my life. I am forever thankful. I occasionally check your blog like I’m checking in on an old friend. Good to see you post something.

  42. Rems
    Posted July 17, 2020 at 4:55 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    Thanks for sharing again. I recognise the feeling of having a hard time celebrating small things, or even bigger things. It seems to be, for me at least, one of the downsides of growing older (I’m 38). Things that you found surprising and rewarding when you were 25, just don’t hold the same value anymore. And things start getting more complicated, for instance because of NDA’s making sure you cannot celebrate something the moment it happens, but only far after it happened. And at that time the moment of joy is far gone.

    This flattening of life isn’t particularly healthy I think, so I try to follow the initiatives of people around me to celebrate more and easier, and share that with others. Just pop a bottle once a while together and enjoy the small moment. Having responsibilities is tough, but punishing yourself for all the things that you could have done better is not a reason for celebrating the things you did well.

    I recently built a Harry Potter Lego set together with my kids, had the most positive experience in months! Even Dumbledore was in there, reminded me a bit of you by the way.

  43. Mel
    Posted July 17, 2020 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    It’s great to hear from you and I just want to say I feel you – I’ve been in a similar head space recently. Time is weird, motivations are all over the board, writing has been extremely difficult and life, despite quarantine, seems like it is just as, if not more, chaotic than before.

    I can’t always catch your live streams, but I try to read your blogs when I get a chance, so even if the updates are small – thank you – especially for the “good things” type stuff. It’s needed right now. I dunno why but ever since becoming a fan, I love hearing (or rather reading) your voice – kinda like it’s an old friend.

    Is that weird? Probably. Sorry.

    Never the less, thank you.

  44. AR
    Posted July 18, 2020 at 6:33 AM | Permalink

    More blogs is always a good idea : ) Always brightens my day and makes me want to do better and more interesting things.

    For me,seeing a new blog entry is kind of like finding a beautiful rock. I’m happy if I find one, but if I don’t, it’s alright as well. And I certainly don’t judge if it has been a year or a day since the last one.
    I just look by the wayside from time to time to see if there is one : )

  45. Little My
    Posted July 20, 2020 at 4:36 PM | Permalink

    Lovely to see this message! Take care and be well, and sending fond positive thoughts from all the fangirls in my household.

  46. John W Sharpe
    Posted July 21, 2020 at 3:34 PM | Permalink

    Pat, it is good to see you back. As in all things, this too shall pass.

  47. Jaimie
    Posted July 23, 2020 at 8:22 AM | Permalink

    I love this ‘one good thing a day’ idea. Times have been so tough lately that sometimes it’s difficult to remember even the littlest things that are positive or make your day better and it can be so hard not to focus on the dumpster fire that the world is turning into these days – it’s hard not to feel negative or pessimistic.

    Yesterday, a woman complimented the mask I was wearing to get coffee (it was a pink Lil Bub mask because she was the best cat and I love her sweet little space cat face) and told me to have a good day and said I was beautiful. It literally made my day. Today someone told me my hair looked nice (it’s blue and aquamarine and looks like mermaid ocean hair) And it got me thinking how much better the world would be if people could just be kinder to each other. Say that nice thing you were thinking. Compliment that stranger’s outfit. Tell someone you love them or that they’re beautiful or that talking to them makes your day better.

    Focus on the little things that make your day easier and that make it easier for you to be present in the world. (And this is a general you not like YOU specifically – I imagine you know that but sometimes people take it the wrong way and think I’m singling them out when I talk like this. I am not – I promise!.)

    I love this idea. And seeing you make the effort makes me want to make it too. Thanks for the inspiration Pat. And it’s good to see you writing and sharing again. :)

  48. J.D.
    Posted July 30, 2020 at 11:55 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat!

    I love hopping on here and finding a new blog I missed out on! The community that gathers here is refreshingly warm amongst the chaos that is life right now. With the stories you have created riding the thought train as often as they do, I think of you often and with a huge amount of respect and fondness. Sending good feelies your way as often as I can, and I imagine everyone else here is too. I imagine that many good feelies must feel pretty good every now and again. Like maybe right now. Or maybe later. But they’re definitely coming. Can you feel them yet?

    Anyway thank you for everything. <3 Stay cool.

  49. Keri
    Posted August 2, 2020 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

    Glad to hear from you on here again! :)

  50. Matty
    Posted September 26, 2020 at 9:39 AM | Permalink

    Hi, I’m not sure if you read these but I hope you do. And I feel bad because it isn’t exactly pertaining to this post but I was hoping maybe you could direct me in the right spot. That is if you already went over this. I know you got unhappy for a while because fans just wouldn’t stop asking when a book was coming out and I feel bad being that kind of fan but did you ever post anything about finishing the trilogy of the king killer books? I see you’re doing a lot of other things but I can’t find any mention of it and it’s been several years and that is only since you put a response one time I think along the lines of you had the major points set up and we’re looking for I don’t know it was proofreaders or reviewers or but that it was on its way basically and that seems like and I may be off in my timeline but maybe four or five years ago it’s been a while. I’m not trying to rush anything I just am eager and I wonder whatever happened to it.

  51. Amber Raymond
    Posted October 9, 2020 at 8:06 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat! It’s good to focus on the good things that happen. I work in retail and some of those customers remind me of the scrael, unrelenting and seemingly never-ending. The good thing is that at that job, I found a good friend who shared my love for your amazing gift for writing. I suggest your books to anyone and everyone that will listen.

    I hope you and yours are well!
    Amber

  52. Joan
    Posted October 13, 2020 at 8:06 AM | Permalink

    Wait, isn’t Hogwarts real? Love you Pat.

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