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Archive for June, 2023

Anni, are you ok?

Hey!  Annabelle!  Yes, you!  The high school student who sent me the essay she wrote about my trilogy!  I just tried to reply to you, and it bounced.  I hope nothing terrible has befallen you, and it was just a school email that is defunct for the summer, or something like that.

I know from your essay that you at least know where to find my blog, so I’m answering you here.

Sorry it took me so long to read the essay (*gestures vaguely at chemotherapy with one nerve-damaged hand*), but I’m so glad you shared your essay with me.

If you’ll forgive me embarrassing you in public: you are already so much better at understanding what life is about than I was at your age (or Millie’s age).  I think you’re going to have a wonderful life.  Not because you’ll succeed at everything (though you will succeed at many things, with a mind like that), but because you’ll understand that it’s okay when you don’t succeed, and you’ll keep trying.  Because you know the magic is out there, somewhere, maybe just around the next corner, even if you can’t see it yet.