Whew! Sorry for the long wait. Back to school schedule has been crazy but it seems to be settling down to something predictable at last.
ALSO! I am working with an independent fan creator to produce an audio drama of The Book of Three, and he is ready to cast episode 1. If you'd like to audition, please see the details here.
*lol* that poor harp =P
...but it shows Fflewddur has his heart in the right place...
Your characters' expressions rarely try to force it. This preserves really extreme emotion for times when it may have an impact ... unlike soap operas or "reality" programming or agitprop. It is ironically neither manipulative and more likely to affect our feelings and affections.
Kudos. I'll bet you're a solid mom.
Aw, thanks Honz. That comment tells me I am succeeding in what I'm trying to do.
As far as being a solid mom, I hope so. I'm often convinced that anyone who claims to know exactly what they are doing in parenting is either lying or delusional, and that the best I can do for my kids is admit I don't always have the answers but we'll try to figure life out together. They're happy, curious, creative, friendly, and (usually) courteous and respectful. Can't ask for much more than that. I mean, I could ask for rocket scientists or valedictorians or Bill Gateses, but in the end I'll be happy if they just turn out as thoughtful, kind, and responsible human beings. :)
Hooray for predictable schedule!
Also, has Fflewddur ever thought of getting rid of his instrument? I might be tempted to leave it behind at this point.
Lol this does actually come up at some point. He mentions he's thought of getting rid of it but that he'd never find another with such a beautiful tone.
The not-so-secret of it at that point is that, being a magic harp, it nearly plays itself, which is helpful for a guy who's not quite competent at the whole bardic thing. Also it's a gift from the chief bard which is a pretty prestigious designation. But more importantly, what it chooses to play is always revelatory in some way. It becomes quite a crucial player in one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful moments in the entire series, once we get to book 5.
You must be doing pretty well. You can actually tell that they are usually courteous. Most kids are more so for others than for, and in front of, their parents. They know we're genetically disinclined to kill them.
I get lots of parenting advice ... from non-parents. My own has shrunk to predictable, routine bedtimes, expectations, and sleep, and old-fashioned, traditional manners. I didn't have a lot of advice, but a lot more than that when I was childless.
Ah, well, I should specify - they are usually courteous to others. We, their parents, get the occasional abuse that comes from anyone who knows you love them unconditionally, ha. I've had to remind myself regularly that meltdowns happen in safe places and that is a sign of health.
And yes, non-parents are always the armchair quarterbacks at the parenting game, aren't they? Perhaps because actual parents are too busy trying to civilize their own kids to worry about what yours are doing. But even the childless quail in the face of advice from grandparents, who ALWAYS know better than you.
"But even the childless quail in the face of advice from grandparents, who ALWAYS know better than you."
I hear that.
How long has he been away that Eilonwy has recovered already? Must be late in the day by now.
Text doesn’t say, but this is how it’s written.
The loudest twang yet