Introducing the newest Doctor Who fan, at 3 days old: Keladry (pronunciation)! We named her after the amazing main character in Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small quartet. (Twitter, Facebook, website for Tamora Pierce)
Hello Imaginary Friends,
Still no Dragon sightings. I’m starting to think she’s going to wait to be induced.
I’m doing my best to relax and hang out with Jen as much as possible while we wait.
Tuesday no matter what you’ll get a great new story but today you get a sappy facebook quiz thing.
I call her Pumpkin and she calls me Teddy Bear. (We also use sweetie, baby, and hey you)
11 years in December
We met on our first date and started going steady after a few weeks
I clicked “Woo” on her profile thinking it was the equivalent to “Like” on facebook but instead it sent her a message. She replied with something along the lines of, “You’ll need more than a woo if you want to chat.”
I think I’m the first one to suggest a date.
We see Lindsay the most. Dan is really busy; and Derek and Jessica are far away.
Not yet… any moment now.
Nope. I’m allergic.
Only for University and even then she was in different faculties.
We’re both pretty sensitive. I’m not sure.
Does our in-laws house count?
If not it’s definitely Asian Stars. Such good food.
Florida. Unless you count our yearly trips to Middle Earth.
No comment. (It’s probably me.)
We both have pretty intense tempers. Thankfully we both burn off our anger quickly.
Me. I love to cook and Jen loves to let me.
I think she’s more social. I’m sort of standoffish. I’m always in awe of her in a group, she can make friends anywhere.
Jen’s a little more stubborn but not by much.
We have a king sized bed so that neither of us try to hog it.
Pre-pregnancy it was always me. Work on weekdays and reading on weekends.
We met at the Rideau Centre and went to Chapters where she ignored me for a while. Followed by the Highlander pub and ending at Oh So Good desserts.
I walked her home that night.
No. They die too quickly.
A few weeks.
Jen has a beautiful voice.
We alternate, depending on when we run out of underwear.
If we’re talking tech, it’s me. If we’re talking typing and social media, it’s Jen.
Jen. I don’t have my licence.
Normally I give Jen 3 options and she picks one.
We both do.
Jen laughs at my jokes so neither…
We both love our baked goods and sweets.
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
Dragon is taking her time so I’m back at work this week (until I get the call, text, etc.) That means the super awesome story I have planned for you will have to wait for Thursday. It will hopefully not be postponed again.
This past weekend, despite being Dragon’s due date, we decided to get a table at Can-Con. It’s our favourite convention and is totally awesome.
One of the highlights of my weekend was selling coffee to authors I respect. It makes me feel all fan-boyish. The other was seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Can-Con people rock.
Not wanting to be too far away from Dragon, or the table, I only got to see one panel and give my first reading.
The panel I went to was about antagonists, it was incredibly interesting. The panelists were great (as usual).
Next year I plan on being on more panels. (I was asked but didn’t want to risk the chance of a Dragon hatching pulling me away).
To all the organizers, panelists, volunteers, vendors, and visitors to Can-Con; thank you so much for making it another great convention. I look forward to doing it again next year!
We’d both like to thank everyone who made sure Jen was ok and checked in on her throughout the weekend. You made her and I feel extremely loved and cared for!
I learnt an important lesson about reading. Double check the passage before you read it. I just chose a random one and went for it, but didn’t account for how much extra set-up I needed. Seriously, I think I chose the part with the most characters in the entire book. I was sweaty, mumbling, and awkward, but people said I did okay. Next time I’ll prepare a little more.
Speaking of next time…
This October 29th, Jen, I, and 6 other fantastic authors will be launching books and a game. It’ll be amazing. There are prizes, readings, food, and costumes!
There will probably be a baby Dragon there, in an adorable costume. (She’ll hatch by then right?)
This is the best place to get my book and some of my favourite reads from the past few years.
That’s it for now.
I’ll either be writing a new post on Thursday or you’ll get a story as I cuddle a Dragon.
I hope you’re afraid of monsters under your bed, boogeymen, or (like your grandmother) of Freddy Kruger. It’s not that I want you to be afraid but that I want you to only have fictional things to scare you.
I hope you never feel the fear of going out to a public place, or going to school.
I hope you never fear for your life walking down the street or traveling to other countries.
The world right now is on the cusp of something. I’m not sure what it is yet. Optimistically it’s the movement towards a united and peaceful world. Pessimistically it’s the movement towards another great terrible war or series of wars.
Weekly in the news, we hear about bombings. Sometimes more than one a week. In the UK they just voted to leave the European Union. Some for economic reasons but mostly for racist reasons; and hate crimes have risen to historic highs. In the US, the argument of politics seems to be more about skin colour and genitals than actual policies.
All over the world people are afraid. Afraid for their lives, afraid of others, afraid for our world.
The earth isn’t dying. People will tell you we’re destroying it. They’re wrong, we’re making it uninhabitable for ourselves. Just another thing to fear. Some people deal with that fear by trying to change things, others by ignoring it.
Someone asked me how I could think of bringing children into such a broken world. My answer to them was simply, “Hope.”
You, Baby Dragon, represent hope to me; a hope that you will have a wonderful life that you will see a world free from hate and fear, that you’ll help make that world.
And the truth is it’s not all doom and gloom. The Ozone Layer has started to heal, infant mortality is at its lowest in history, life spans are longer, more people can read, food production is more efficient than ever. Every day we as a species invent, discover, and create something amazing.
The world we’re bringing you into isn’t perfect, far from it, but it has hope and that’s worth a lot.
I love you, Baby Dragon!
Your Loving Papa
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
Call me ridiculous, but I hate this time of year. June is one of the worst times for my allergies and the tail end of convention season. Put it all together and it leaves me feeling drained and lethargic.
I’ve had a supremely good 2016 so far and I’m not complaining, but if you see me and I look a little haggard or gruff it’s not you.
I’m sure you’re all wondering what’s going on in both my and Jen’s lives right now. So it’s update time.
Last I heard, the boxes had arrived and they were working on the extra questions for the game. I’m really proud of my wife and I can’t wait to see this game in person.
The final set of edits are done and we’re waiting on the lazy-no-good-layout-artist (me) to finish the layout before it gets double checked.
The big release party will be in October.
The book has been accepted by the publisher but needs a lot of work. We probably won’t start work on it until fall.
I’m midway through finishing the epilogue for Everdome. Then I’ll put it away for a while before trying to edit it.
I’m currently struggling with a way to expand our production and reach. I have developed a new flavour, but more on that on Thursday.
My role playing system has been playtested a lot in the past year. I’ve had a group of very patient and awesome gamers. The current playtest ends this month. I’ll then need to do a large edit of the document before getting it ready for submission.
Everything seems great with Baby Dragon. She’s growing and kicking (a lot). We’re sorting through all the amazing stuff people have given us. (Seriously our friends and family are the best!)
We’ll start truly planning her room in July.
I’m both excited to meet her and nervous at the same time.
We’ll that’s about it for now.
Hello Imaginary Friends,
With Dragon coming in just over 3 months. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! … Sorry about that. As I was saying, with Dragon coming in just under four months (that’s better) I’ve been really enjoying Fowl Language.
It’s a comic about life and parenting. It’s colourful and really funny.
Even if you’re not a parent, you’ll love it.
Go Read and Enjoy!
Throughout your life people will give you advice on everything; whether you like it or not. Most people mean well and are genuinely trying to help. You’ll get it from your family, your friends, that extremely nosy person in line at the grocery store…. Everyone! (You’re not even born yet and I’m already giving you life advice.)
It’s important to remember that advice is just a suggestion. Take it all in, think about it, do research, and then make up your own mind. In the end it’s not me, or your best friend that has to live with the consequences, it’s you.
The difference between good advice and bad advice can be really hard to spot. Just because someone is genuinely trying to help, doesn’t mean their advice is good. This holds for people in authority too (Yes, even your parents) they make mistakes and they can repeat bad advice.
A lot of advice gets filtered through multiple people. If it’s important advice, find the original source or one you trust. Then decide if the advice is worthy of following.
Your grandmother told me when I was young, “Believe only half of what you see and none of what you hear.” It’s some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten. Unpacked of meaning, it simply reminds you to think about what’s going on around you, what you’re seeing, and what you’re being told. If you think critically, you can avoid a lot of trouble.
A lot of bad advice involves certainties. Everyone believes this, or It’s always that. The moment people are completely certain about something, it’s your responsibility to wonder if their advice is bad.
Remember, you’re not alone, your Mum and I will always be there to help you work through things. Even if you just need us as a sounding board. We love you and we’re here to help.
I love you, Baby Dragon,
Your loving Father
On Monday of this week, we found out the sex of our baby Dragon. When it cam time to write the poll question for yesterday’s post, we briefly puzzled over whether to write “sex” or “gender”, because those terms are so often used interchangeably when discussing a baby. After some research, we found our answer.
What’s the difference between “sex” and “gender”?
Sex refers to whether the sex organs identify a person as male or female at birth. Factors which determine sex, such as chromosomes, gametes, internal organs, and hormones, don’t usually factor into determination at birth, which is why a ton of intersex conditions go unnoticed at first. When discussing a baby, unless you opt for the intensive DNA profiling, you determine the sex by the external sex organs…does the baby have a penis or vulva?
Gender refers to the roles that society places on a person based on their sex. Male, female, genderqueer, agender, and gender fluid would be words used to define gender. Gender identity can only be given by the person in question. This is definitely not something that an ultrasound can tell.
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
I’m wrestling with an extremely large project today so it’ll be a quick blog. Just 3 things: Contest Winner, more pictures of Dragon, and a guessing game.
We ran a contest to encourage people to pledge to Blush. They just had to be a backer and enter the contest to win.
Without further ado, the winner is A. Reeder! Congrats!
The $50 is good for conventions or online. Just let us know what you’d like.
We found out the sex yesterday, but Jen’s graduating class is running a contest to guess, so we can’t tell you until later this week. This gives you guys a chance to guess! Which do you think? Boy or girl?
Guess Dragon's Sex
Total Voters: 60