Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Love Is In the Air

I have a very sad kitty on my lap. She was spayed yesterday, and wow, did she hate that cone of shame. I concocted a kitty jumper today that still keeps her from getting to her stitches, but gives her more mobility and less clanging her poor little cone head on the walls. She's a much happier kitty now. 

So many things have been going on, not the least of which is our decision to homeschool our children. Since we are overseas, our options in schools are a bit limited, but not anymore. Now the world is our school and I hope to learn along with them. Our new adventure starts Friday.

I am worried, of course, that I won't be able to pull off being a teacher, and that I will lose all my writing time. But we have an awesome curriculum, and I have to remind myself that I did work part time and go to college full time, so I can do this. 

It will take time to find our groove, but in the long run, I hope my children's educational experiences will be what is best for them. And who knows, maybe this adventure will help me be more productive with my writing time. Here's hoping. 

On that happy note, I have a few great things to share from the writing world this week:

Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting the first ever Vanlentiny contest--much like the Halloweensie but with a Valentines theme obviously. The rules: 
Write a "Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone is grumpy!  Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone grumpy (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words (get it? 2/14 for Valentines Day)."
Visit here for all the details: http://susannahill.com/2016/01/18/oh-boy-were-going-to-have-some-fun-now/

Emma Dryden also posted a fabulous article about watching out for jealousy in writing. My favorite quote: 
"The only writer to whom I should be comparing myself is the writer I was yesterday." 
And finally, an incredible video from Jarrett J. Krosoczka (author of the Lunch Lady series) on how writing a reading saved his life. Inspirational story and a good reminder of why we need to write quality books for children.

Have a great week.


  1. I don't know your children's ages, but homeschooling the young is generally very successful form all the folks I know who have done it. Later,(I'm thinking high school) they need the feedback from other people, both adults and peers.
    Love the Emma Dryden post.

  2. Good luck with homeschooling. I know quite a few people who love it.

  3. Aw, poor little kitty. She'll heal up fast though.

    I know a great many homeschooling moms (some who are also writers). The transition can be hard if they are older (10+) but everybody adjusts and you'll probably be the richer for it. I'm sending you lots prayers for energy and patience.