Fulfilling a long-time goal to have backyard chickens (and more importantly, their eggs), we got ten baby chicks last week. Though I had no confidence in my ability to keep them alive, they’re thriving so far and I’ve even let my kids name them. The problem is, they’re like donuts—you go to Tractor Supply, pick … Continue reading What Color is Your Potato?
"Faint of heart": Is it a metaphor or a metonym? Or maybe an idiom? I don’t know, but now I’ve got enough material for my daughter’s next two ELA classes. Even though I’m a writer, I’m no expert in teaching figurative language (fortunately, the Internet is). But that's what homeschooling is all about. It all … Continue reading Homeschooling—Not for the Faint of Heart
It's been over a year since my last blog post (probably this is true, no matter when you're reading this). Any blog post that begins with an apology for how long it's been since the previous one is doomed, so--no apologies here. Just the facts, and no excuses. If I haven't been blogging, what have … Continue reading Why I don’t write (here)
I love helping kids make thing, but do kids need as much help as I think? I’m not going to be doing Maker Team this year, but I look back on the years I spent helping kids learn how to make, and I wonder how much of what we made was their vision, and how … Continue reading When is a bowl not a bowl?
Less than a week until Timber Howligan’s publication date (June 12th! June 12th!)! You may wonder what the penultimate week in a self-published author’s life looks like. This is my basement, where I set up shop… Screenprinting t-shirts. Yes, that’s right. My kids just finished their last week of school, so one batch of t-shirts … Continue reading Less than a week–publication date June 12th!
Coming soon to a butcher shop, library, or pet store near you: Timber Howligan, Secret Agent Cat! That’s right, my debut novel will soon be available. I finished it two years ago. Since then, it’s been through many revisions and one professional edit. I’ve hired an illustrator, and the final artwork is almost done. It … Continue reading Coming soon to a butcher shop, library, or pet store near you: Timber Howligan, Secret Agent Cat!
I went to my first “Con” this weekend, IllogiCon IV in Cary, NC. This Science Fiction and Fantasy Con had much more to offer than I was able to partake. (Including belly dancing! So sad I missed that.) After four hours, I was home in bed sleeping off a headache. But Saturday morning I was … Continue reading Introducing SF to the Next Generation