Wednesday, December 13, 2006

How many steps can I go?


How many steps can I go?, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

Today I'm interviewed by the fabulous Susan Henderson at Lit Park on the subject of balancing work and family.

Some days I feel like I know a little bit about the subject...other days, not so much. Anyway, it's not so much an interview as a discussion. If anyone has any special insights or even some ordinary every day ones like mine, feel free to jump in!


Looking at this photo makes me realize that one secret to keeping your balance is to keep on walking and to stay focused. (I guess that's two.)

41 comments:

The Curmudgeon said...

What a very nice interview.

Amishlaw said...

Great interview; great pictures. I can't wait for the book, which I've preordered at Amazon.

Patry Francis said...

Curmudgeon, Amishlaw: Thank you, friends. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

That photo reminds me of growing up near the tracks in Montreal. If we missed the schoolbus we had to walk a couple of miles, and either cross the tracks or go under the Trans-Canada highway. I was nine at the time and considered walking a treat--especially because we had to pass the Texaco station, which was the only place around to buy candy. Imagine letting your kids do that now?

Tish

rdl said...

Nice interview!! Advice: Don't forget I'm coming with you. :D
And: " Strength just comes in one brand. You stand up at sunrise & meet what they send you and keep your hair combed." from Kate Vaiden - remember. I realize the keeping the hair combed part might be difficult with our kind of hair but don't forget you're a Leo, you can do anything.

Amy said...

Lovely, Patry, it's all true. When we raise our children to respect our passions, hopefully they'll learn to nurture passions of their own.

By the way, I have the same chair next to my desk & my children also plop themselves there to chat. I guess it's a touchstone of sorts.

James Simpson said...

Just read your interview on Susan Henderson's wonderful Lit Park. I've been following/commenting on her recent "balancing act" thread, and I've been trying to achieve that balance between day job, family, friends and my own writing. It's grueling sometimes, but I can't imagine not writing. Thanks for the encouragement; looking forward to reading Liar's Diary.

Jim

James Simpson said...

Just read your interview on Susan Henderson's wonderful Lit Park. I've been following/commenting on her recent "balancing act" thread, and I've been trying to achieve that balance between day job, family, friends and my own writing. It's grueling sometimes, but I can't imagine not writing. Thanks for the encouragement; looking forward to reading Liar's Diary.

Jim

James Simpson said...

Just read your interview on Susan Henderson's wonderful Lit Park. I've been following/commenting on her recent "balancing act" thread, and I've been trying to achieve that balance between day job, family, friends and my own writing. It's grueling sometimes, but I can't imagine not writing. Thanks for the encouragement; looking forward to reading Liar's Diary.

Jim

marja-leena said...

Patry, what a great interview! I can connect to everything you say about life and art and family and guilt and being tired, yet never giving up! You are an inspiration! Congratulations. And I look forward to reading your book!

James Simpson said...

Just read your interview on Susan Henderson's wonderful Lit Park. I've been following/commenting on her recent "balancing act" thread, and I've been trying to achieve that balance between day job, family, friends and my own writing. It's grueling sometimes, but I can't imagine not writing. Thanks for the encouragement; looking forward to reading Liar's Diary.

Jim

James Simpson said...

Just read your interview on Susan Henderson's wonderful Lit Park. I've been following/commenting on her recent "balancing act" thread, and I've been trying to achieve that balance between day job, family, friends and my own writing. It's grueling sometimes, but I can't imagine not writing. Thanks for the encouragement; looking forward to reading Liar's Diary.

Jim

James Simpson said...

As you can see, Blogger was freaking out on me ... feel free to delete those superfluous posts of mine ;-)

MB said...

Great interview, Patry. Rock on! ;-)

KG said...

Wonderful interview, Patry. You explained so many insights into your writing process — very inspirational. Thank you.

No matter how intense life gets, no matter the ups and downs, no matter how large a family expands, it is all about balance, isn't it? I feel like I'm really learning and accepting this now, even though I've been working on it for many years.

New mantra for me: balance.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

a great photo (and interview!)

Patry Francis said...

Tish: childhood might not have been so safe back then when we were out of the reach of cell phones and other surveillance, but it was an adventure. The scary thing is that our kids probably manage to do similar things. We're just blissfully unaware.

r: Your advice is the best! I love Kate Vaiden! And of course, you're going with me.

amy: Thank you! Susan is a wonderful interviewer and she does a great job of putting it all together. Glad to hear you have a chair, too!

marja-leena: Some day we really will have to meet. It seems our lives have followed a similar trajectory--you with your art and me with my writing.

james: Thanks for following me here. Susan has really started a discussion that is relevent for a lot of us. it's not easy, but if writing is essential for you--which it sounds as if it is--you will find a way.

Alexandra S said...

Just here catching up on your most recent posts and I wanted to tell you how much i love the cover of your book! I will definitely be purchasing it when it is released in February and what do you think about having it as a third day club selection??? I'll participate!

Patry Francis said...

mb: thanks for rocking along with me!

ascender: Of course, the visual artist notices the photographs first! Thank you--

kg: I'm about to enter a whole new kind of balancing act as I enter the promotion phase. I've been practicing the tree pose a lot to remind myself!

alexandra: I would love to use Liar's for 3rd Day, but it probably isn't a good idea. Of course, I DO hope my blog friends will read it and be as honest in their comments as they are about the 3rd Day books!
I also hope you'll join in the book club. Suite Francaise is a fabulous place to start!

Lorna said...

Oh Patry, I've missed so much this last little while, but this morning I decided to take some time to read and I'm so glad I did. I'll be on the road today, and I'm taking the effect of your last few posts with me to mull over. Just you, me, Dave and Tim Horton's spinning along Highway 401.

tinker said...

What a great interview and photos, Patry! Though I can't help but notice you're not wearing your new uniform - where are the pj's? :-)

(I've pre-ordered through B&N, btw. I can't wait!)

Patry Francis said...

lorna: Road trip! I'm so excited! Where are you, me, Dave and Tim headed?

tinker: Thanks so much for ordering! And you're right; I should have left my "writer's uniform" on for the photos!

Fred Garber said...

Great interview. Will you be coming to the Midwest on your book tour?

Left-handed Trees... said...

Patry, your interview was wonderful--what you said about raising children to respect our passions truly resonated with me, as my babies are still so young and only just learning what my work is all about! Just beautiful...
--D.--

off line said...

I can relate to the sound of activity going on around you while you produce. That is how i did degrees: research papers and creative writings. Now that Baby Boy has moved out and on to university, and the dog died (and oh my, as i write it, it all sounds so awful) ...it's pretty quiet around here...can't wait for Baby Boy to come home for Christmas and have all of the sounds again.

Nice interview, Patry.

Coll said...

Very nicely done interview. Juggling family and work is something I (and probably most moms) have dealt with all my life. It took me years.. actually until all my kids were grown.. but I finally learned to only focus on today. What is going to happen tomorrow is going to happen tomorrow. :-)

Yen said...

Always a pleasure to drop in. I love the picture and the sentiment.

Patry Francis said...

fred: So far, all my appearances are scheduled in the northeast, but we'll see. I may create my own book tour in the spring. (Thank you for asking!)

delia: They're young, but they're growing up seeing you live your passion; and also sharing it. A beautiful thing!

edie: a couple of my baby boys have moved out, too; but they, too, will be home, filling the house with their happy noise for the holiday. Yay!

Coll: Wise words. Today I took an entire "day off" and just did family things. My computer didn't miss me a bit.

yen: Thank you and welcome.

colleen said...

The comments are coming in stereo! Here and over there. You're juggling once again, Patry.

I especially loved the line about something always simmering at the computer that you can leave but are aware of. We do have some mental controls... between high and low input and output.

I loved the photo of you at the beach and enjoyed seeing you at your workplace. Your desk is cleaner than mine. I have a chair in my room too for visitors, mostly my husband.

Patry Francis said...

colleen: Yeah, I love these stereophonic comments! About my desk--I pushed all the mess to the side just before Ted took the photo. You should see it now. Aieeee!

Marilyn said...

Great interview (and loved the photos). PLEASE tell me you're coming to California on your book tour. PLEASE. ;)

Paris Parfait said...

Patry, when your book comes out in French, surely they'll send you to Paris??!! Fabulous interview and photos. Can't wait to get your book (and then I'll have to send it to you to sign). :)

Patry Francis said...

marilyn: So far I haven't heard anything about any West Coast events, but if the publisher doesn't plan any, I might arrange some with a writer friend on my own.

tara: I haven't heard a word from any of the foreign publishers, so I'm not sure what the plans are. Right now I'm just dying to see the cover art they came up with.

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