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Procrastination

Know why I’m posting this? Because it’s easier than writing. There’s a short story one click away on my screen.  it needs to be finished.  It needed to be finished last month, and I was sure I could do it.  Today, I realized I was saying, ‘well, I’ll have it done by the end of […]

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Dockyard Derby Dames

Yes. Tacoma has a roller derby team. Which is actually extremely cool, in my opinion. Robin Hobb’s ever amazing assistant has recently been donning roller skates several times a week.   A few nights ago, she added a mouth guard. And off she went to Dockyard Derby Dames bootcamp. She returned exhilarated and remarkably unbruised.  Apparently […]

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What belongs to you?

No, I’m not talking about clothing or teacups or books. I’m talking about the parts of our lives that we surrender, or never claim.  I’m talking about the day you realized you were the ‘wrong body type’ to dance anymore, or didn’t have good enough legs to wear those sorts of skirts.  When did you […]

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The Random File

Okay, so this is choice! The assistant, some time ago, was startled to discover that Robin Hobb has a Miscellaneous Crap file in her filing cabinet.  Well, of course she does.  I started it years ago for her.  It really is the only thing that makes it possible to clear off the desk sometimes.  Otherwise, […]

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A duck

So, in a burst of unmerited good will, I took the Assistant and her small Child to the native gardens at The Point Defiance Zoo.  As I opened the gate to admit it, I told the four year old, "This is the part of the zoo where they let the tiger roam around free.  Let’s […]

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Writers and the Google Book Settlement

I kid around a lot on this journal, especially with Robin Hobb’s assistant. But this, I think, is a serious matter.  If you are a published writer, a children’s book illustrator, a translator, a publisher of books, or the heir of a writer, this is something you should know about.  It’s all written out neatly […]

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The Perils of Having an Assistant in the Office

1.  This morning’s disruption is that she has abruptly decided that she wants to be a muppet.  Actually, looking at her, I can see that  this is what God intended for her all along, and that if she had moved to Sesame Street when she was twelve instead of growing up and going to college, […]

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A few odd bits and pieces

I don’t look in the mirror much.  I never remember to do it before I dash out the door.  I stand in front of it to brush my teeth and hair but I don’t really look at myself.  When I do, I don’t at all look like the person I think I am. Today, catching sight […]

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Tough Week for Robin

Things were crazy around here this last ten days.  Lots of frantic late night editing.    Then Robin discovered that someone has substituted the word ‘boobs’ for breast in her book.  And dragons don’t even have ‘boobs’.  Things got so crazy that somehow the assistant’s hours were not faxed in on time.  Hm.  I wonder if […]

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Ashes and fasting

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  Lent will last for 40 days. During that time, I will abstain from meat on Fridays.  That’s not really much of a sacrifice for me. But today was a day of fasting and abstinence.  That means two small meals and one regular meal, and nothing else […]

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