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One Good Thing #4: Henry

Allow me to introduce you to the newest member of our household.

His name is Henry.

(Say hello, Henry!)

The boys and I have become very fond of him over the last couple weeks, to the extent where I think it’s fair to say that he’s a member of the family….

We recently celebrated a family holiday, and after eating cake and watching shows and cuddling, I asked the boys what they would like more of in their lives. Because if I knew that, we could work together on getting it.

It was late when I asked, the boys were already in bed and falling asleep with the unstoppable surety of someone falling off a cliff. (I remember falling asleep like that, and I hope to again someday, but I worry it might be the purview of the young.)

But I’m a night-owl, and I need less sleep than they do. So I have an irritating habit of asking them questions just as I’ve tucked them in all snug and warm…

It was only then, standing over them in the dim light from the hallway, that I remembered that I wanted to ask them. (You have to leave the hall light on. Of course you do. I remember what it’s like to be a child.) And even though they were fading fast, I asked them: What would you like more of in your life?

Cutie’s eyes were closed, but without hesitation, yawningly, he said he wanted secret tunnels, showing he is the true child of my heart.

Oot was quiet for a bit, and I thought he’d passed out. When he finally spoke, his voice was blurry. As if he was only dimly able to focus on what I’d said from where he was at bottom of a deep well of sleep.  “Beautiful rich colours,” he said, soft and slow like he was speaking under hypnosis. Then added: “Cosy Flowers,” showing that he too, is the child of my heart.

Since then, we’ve been working on cosy, beautiful, richly coloured flowers. It’s with muted confusion that I realize how oddly domestic I have become. I feel like this should fill me with a yawning terror, like I’m forgetting my true self. The self I’ve been forever. The me who never bothered putting up so much as a poster in so many of the places I lived, let alone go through all the work of planting flowers….

Instead, I find these things to be an untrammeled delight. (Well… *slightly* trammeled. Sometimes. Depending on how careful the boys are about when they place their feet.)

And it’s how Henry has come into our lives…

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(Also note Oot’s side hussle: promoting True Dungeon like a champ.)

Speaking of which, if you’re interested in seeing more True Dungeon stuff, as well as dozens of other cool geeky products (including some stuff from me) Worldbuilders is having its Geeks-Doing-Good fundraiser next week. (Here’s a link you can use to follow the Indigogo. If you plug in your e-mail there, you can get a notification when everything goes live on the 21st.)

I’ll be doing a bunch of streaming to celebrate and promote it the fundraiser. Games and Q&A and discussions with special guests.

Though *that* reminds me. I don’t think I mentioned it on the blog yet, but if you didn’t already know, I’ve been streaming regularly over on twitch for the last several months. Every Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 CST, as well as other random times.

I’ll be posting the streaming schedule for the charity up here on the blog in the next couple days. As well as descriptions of of some of the kingkiller related prizes. But if you’re prefer to get live updates you can just follow my twitch channel and make sure your notifications to ON. That way, you get a heads-up about *all* the streams I do, even if they’re scheduled last minute, completely spontaneous.

That’s all for now. I’ll see y’all more here in the blog over the next couple weeks.

Until then, I hope your lives are full of rich, warm, beautiful colours.

Later space cowboys,

pat

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One Good Thing #3

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One Good Thing #2

In an effort to get back into blogging while also focusing the positive things in my life, I’m trying something I think of as “One Good Thing” where I share a good thing out of my day.

This is one of those things:

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Today I was hanging out with my boys, and I said, utterly unironically, “Jeepers Cripes.”

(I honestly don’t know why. As a lot of you know, especially if you’ve seen me in person or watched me livestream, I curse like a sailor with a broken leg an will happily shout “Motherfucker!” at the slightest provocation.

That said, I do tend to use different language around the boys, so maybe this isn’t that odd.)

Okay. So. As I said, I was hanging out with my boys, and I said, “Jeepers Cripes.”

Cutie: That would be funny if you said, “Jeepers Crepes.”

Oot: Delicious.

Cutie: That would be a curse word in the Candy Kingdom.

Cutie preparing something for Experimental Sandwich Night using a tortilla,  peanut butter, raspberry jam, and what is known in our house as “garbage cheese.” It could be fairly said that this is about as close to a “Jeepers Crepes” as you are ever likely to see in this world.

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Internet went out at my house last night, so I wasn’t able to livestream, tweet, or write a blog to promote the fundraiser or talk about the new items we have going up.

That said, things are going well. We’ve raised over $80,000 so far, which I feel is pretty good given, well, covid and the general state of the world.

That said, we have posted up a *bunch* of new things today, most of them limited in quantity, some of them purely digital (for those of you who live overseas and don’t want to pay crazy shipping), many of them severely discounted…

So if you’re interested in grabbing stuff, keep in mind that there’s only 3 days left before it’s over.

Take care of each other,

pat

 

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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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