Sunday, August 30, 2015

Eleven and Seven

My kids are eleven and seven.

And actually, my son is almost twelve.  This year he marched in the Fourth of July parade with his bagpipe band.  He has been taking lessons for almost two years, and is just about ready to get on the pipes.  You learn to play, and practice, on a practice chanter.  Anyway, here he is marching in the parade holding the banner.

The man on the far left of the picture is Ully, his teacher.  He is patient and encouraging, and after spending so much time with him, like another grandpa.

My daughter is seven.  She has developed a passion for gymnastics.  She's always jumping and flipping and bending in crazy ways.  Here's a video.

We are still homeschooling.  They are in sixth and second grades.  It still works really well for us, and we love the flexibility.

It's Sunday today, so we will spend it reading, writing, playing, and working on projects around the house.  

Friday, August 21, 2015

I Wrote a Novel. It feels amazing and also scary.

Hi.  Long time, no see.  There are various reasons why I haven't posted here in two years.  The biggest reason is that I began to write a book.

That endeavor took my daily allotment of writing energy and time, that's part of it.  But mostly I didn't want to tell people that I was writing a book.  I wanted to keep it to myself to see if I could actually accomplish it.  Writing my blog but leaving out such an important part of my daily life didn't feel good to me.  So I apologize for my long absence.

Now that the book is finished, and published, I feel like I can write here again sometimes.

So the book I wrote is a young adult coming-of-age fiction story.  It contains romance, family, friendship, and general life things.

Here is the back cover blurb:

Penny Beck is a girl who says yes when she means no.  She keeps to herself, follows the rules, and does what she’s told.  After a disastrous experience with her boyfriend, she's determined to change from the spineless person she’s always been into the strong woman she wants to become.  All she needs is a little practice.  

On a cross-country trip to check on her grandpa, she strives to become bolder and more outspoken with the strangers she meets.  Penny's plan is to practice saying and doing what she wants without worrying about what anyone else thinks.

Then she meets Archer, an introspective loner to whom she finds herself drawn.  She realizes she does care what he thinks, very much.  Will Penny be able to stick to her plan, or will she revert back to her people-pleasing ways?  

Here is the link to the Amazon page, if it sounds like something you'd like to read.

Soon I will do an update post on my life, and tell you how things are going.  It feels good to be back!