The Tragic Optimist

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Kickstarter thoughts 2: An Introvert’s Guide to Kickstarter

I’ve been thinking about the introvert’s guide to Kickstarter for a while now.  At first, I joked that it would consist of two words, “Just don’t.”  But that’s not true or fair.  My campaign did actually fund, so it would be disingenuous to say that, and even beyond the funding, I am thankful that I …

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Kickstarter Thoughts: Part I, the basics

So for anyone following along from that last post, the Kickstarter for my book was successful (hooray! huge sigh of relief! and thank you, thank you to everyone who supported me, financially or emotionally!) It seems like the thing to do once you’ve run a successful Kickstarter campaign is to write a post with Kickstarter …

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Kickstarting emotions

If you’re friends with me on facebook, you’re probably well aware that I’ve started a Kickstarter campaign.  The project is making a board book for babies and toddlers in glasses.  It’s an idea that has been rattling in my brain for a long time now.  I hear a lot from parents at Little Four Eyes …

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monarch butterfly costume

This weekend was the Monarch Festival.  There’s a fun run for kids, and kids are encouraged to wear costumes.  Luckily for me, my parents were visiting the weekend before the festival, and my mom is a miracle-worker when it comes to pulling together costumes — actually, she’s pretty much magic when it comes to anything …

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you’re not alone

When Hazel cries while Zoe’s around, Zoe will usually run to her and hold Hazel’s hand or give her a hug.  “You’re not alone,” she’ll tell her little sister, “big sister is here.” It pretty much melts my heart into a pile of goo. Recently, I’ve found myself repeating the “you’re not alone” part to …

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update on the Children’s Eye Foundation calendar contest

Ok, first thing – you all are awesome! Thank you for all the votes for Zoe in the photo contest. I’ve had a bunch of requests for updates and questions, so here goes: Zoe is in 8th place currently (oops! now 10th – yikes! Vote!).  The top 12 go in the calendar, so it’s looking …

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voting page is back up

The Children’s Eye Foundation voting page is back up.  Thank you to everyone that has voted so far, and yes, I’m happy to shamelessly beg the rest of you to vote.  There’s another super-cute picture of a boy in glasses, and I’m told that there will be another of a girl in glasses on the …

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things I learned from Zoe’s surgery

My little girl is a hard-core trooper.  If I had just gone through surgery, I would have been on the couch demading that Chris bring me grapes and bon-bons.  Zoe was up and running around and laughing and playing that afternoon.  And demanding grapes.  She is my daughter after all. People rock.  The internet facilitates …

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better but not perfect

Zoe had another eye appointment today, this time to follow-up on her new prescription. Unfortunately, while the doctor (and I) could see that the glasses were helping with her eyes, as the doctor said, it was only better, not perfect. As in all the other appointments, the doctor had Zoe look at a toy up …

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21 months

Zoe didn’t see her first fireworks this month, but she has hit a bunch of other milestones: She says the word “no”, and she is not afraid to use it. At all. Got her first haircut. Well, trim, really. She had two big curls that were longer than the rest of the back of her …

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