Well, it’s the day after a really great book launch and life seems to have returned to normal.  Before diving into the completion of the next book, I took some time off from writing to work with my son on the new hobby he’s roped me into.  I actually love that he is into this, because I can live out my childhood dreams vicariously through him.

He’s gotten into RC planes, and has a dad who is willing to spend the time (and $$$) to invest into it.

Our first few attempts were not successful, and I think we might have chewed off a bit more than we could chew with EDF fighter jets, which are much faster and less forgiving.


So we’ve decided to try a propeller plane (the P-51)


He crashed this several times, but because it’s light, the damage wasn’t irreparable.  Eventually, with some coaching from Dear Old Dad and adjusting for pilot error, he learned how to fly, and even do some aerobatics.

Here is a video of today’s successful flight.  The landing at the end happened only because the battery ran out.  But you can see that he’s gained some mastery.

(Pardon the noise, it was a windy day.)

What was your childhood hobby? Did you ever have to wait until you grew up to do it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Joshua Graham is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, winner of the International Book Award and Forward National Literature Award. His thrillers include DARKROOM, LATENT IMAGE and BEYOND JUSTICE, and TERMINUS. Graham's works have been characterized as thought-provoking page-turners.

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