Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why Patric Michael is my Balthazar...

Patric Michael is far more than a wizard with words.

He's an extraordinary teacher, and a lovely, gruff, solid to the core man who makes the world a better place simply by being in it. I find he has a delightful, acerbic wit that has made me shout with laughter more than a few times.Sometimes with my coffee still in my mouth, and well, let's just be glad I was quick enough to turn my head before the computer was bathed in java.

So he's all that, a bag of chips, and a thousand thousand things I will never know.

Because Patric plays some things close to the chest.

He doesn't believe in unnecessary whining. Actually, I think if you ask him he'd say all whining is unnecessary.

Patric took me under his sturdy Papa-Bird wing for no reason that I can discern, and let me ask a hundred and four idiotic questions, and taught me how to see my own work critically.

And he made it fun.



I'm just his humble apprentice. There will be times I get it right, and live my life in a way that would make him proud. There will be times I get it wrong, and wail and bitch and blame the world for my problems. Times I don't see my work, or myself clearly.

That's all me.

When I get it right, you can be sure it is because I've listened to the little Patric on my shoulder. He dishes out more than just lessons on the art and craft of writing. He teaches me to be a better person.

Patric Michael is far more than a wizard with words.


  1. Patric is an awesome guy. What a great tribute to him, Cherie!

  2. Hell yeah. You and me both, Cherie. He's taught me a lot more than I can ever really convey, to him, or anyone else.

  3. Aw. So true, awesome. Great tribute!


  4. Grin! Thank you, Cherie. You are entirely too kind. :)

    Just remember though, the bag of chips are always going to be barbecue. *chuckle*



  5. ROFL! Barbecue,huh? lol

    Great Post And I totally agree. Patric...ROCKS!! :) Even if he DOES like Barbecue chips. heehee

  6. Jambi! What are you talking about? BBQ chips are the only way to go. You've been hanging out with the wrong crowd. We need to fix that. *g*

    I have only a small amount of experience with Patric's writings, but what I've read have been insightful and humorous, and pretty wonderful.

    A very nice post, Cherie!

  7. What a nice tribute to a great guy :D

    okay who is Balthazar? (I just can't seem to place the character/person?)

  8. Lily, Balthazar is the wizard from
    THE WIZARD'S APPRENTICE ...hence my statement that I am only Patric's lowly apprentice...he is certainly as wise as if he had walked the earth for thousands of years, and apprenticed with Merlin himself...he is indeed a great guy. I feel terribly lucky to know him.


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