Just a few short months ago, I was waxing poetic about My 10-Month Journey from Concept to Launch with My First Children’s Book, basking in the glory of my monumental accomplishment.
At that time, I had already drafted my second book. It was going to be brilliant. I was gonna get that baby published ASAP and my personal publishing empire would be up and running in no time.
Spoiler alert! That’s not how it worked out. That’s never how it works out.
Below is a non-exhaustive but mostly complete list of the steps and transformations the book went through from the time I announced that it was drafted to now, on the eve of final publication. …
I’m new here. Bear with me. I just Columbused this amazing sub-sub-sub-genre of romance novel and now that I’m here, I am here for it.
We all know what a harem is, right? It can be anything from a sacred private space for the women of a Muslim family to a group of women dedicated to, married to, owned by one man — large-scale polygamy.
Your imagination probably takes you to the typical Western vision of the royal harems of the Middle East, where a great sultan lords over hundreds of virgins to chose from each night.
Now just tone that down a bit and mix up the gender/sexuality dynamics and you’ve got yourself a reverse harem. The modern harem concept apparently originated in manga books, where a group of admirers follows one boy or girl around. I’m not really into manga, but I love books about magic and the supernatural — so a paranormal romance was just what the doctor ordered. …
We didn’t know how good we had it wallowing around in piles of clutter, avoiding clouds of dust bunnies, and stepping around mysterious sticky patches here and there.
It’s true that things had gotten out of hand, but what can you do? It was pure, unadulterated 2020 around here. Still, something had to give. The pressure to clean was building more and more, until it was too much for me or my spouse to tolerate anymore.
We bit the bullet and decided to devote an entire Sunday morning to ignoring the children in order to give as much of the house as possible a good cleaning — once and for all. …
As reported in the recent story, “Here’s What I Learned When I Interviewed My Toddler,” my 26-month-old daughter is a bit laconic. She prefers to communicate with one syllable phrases, emphatic gestures, and sound effects — usually squeals and screeches. Still, she generally gets her point across remarkably well.
Quite literally, she points insistently at the bookshelf every night at bed time. Stacks of reading material already await her within reach of her bed. But they are board books — and all the tots know, board books are for babies! …
Is virtual learning ideal? No. Obviously, it is not.
Is virtual learning necessary right now? Yes. Absolutely, it is.
Now that we are three weeks in, I am realizing it’s not all bad. In fact, there is a lot of potential for a different, but also valuable kind of learning to happen this year.
I am beyond thankful health-wise, that our schools in Dekalb county, Georgia decided to go entirely virtual to start the school year. Infection rates are way out of control. Now I just hope they have the wisdom and courage to keep the current system for the rest of 2020 at a minimum. …
“Let’s do online school! Kids love Zoom meetings!” Said no one, ever. Not even in their wildest, highest, most hallucinatory fever-dreams.
The current viral scourge that continues to plague large parts of the United States is to blame for virtual school. It’s been a steep learning curve for school administration, teachers, parents, and children alike.
Nobody’s happy about it — unless you count being happy about not getting sick and dying for no good reason. Maybe we’re a little happy about that.
Our second-grade son has now survived two entire weeks of online learning and I am still mostly alive to tell the tale, so I developed this handy guide. …
For lack of playdates and normal kid things to do, my seven-year-old son has decided to impersonate a different Smurf each day — for 104 days. That’s how many Smurfs there are, according to his research.
As he explained his plan, I realized the Smurfs really need an update for the world we live in today.
We’ve all worried about the impact of longterm social/physical distancing on our children’s psychological and social development. How could we not? Our world has been turned upside down — worse — it’s stayed that way for a lot longer than we ever imagined.
I have noticed my seven-year-old, who was already high on the weird-o-meter and proud of it, becoming even more of an oddball. Naturally, I wondered how other people’s kids were reacting.
In a totally non-scientific research project, I polled parents on Facebook about strange new habits their kids have developed since the quarantining and social distancing began.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
More and more of us are acutely aware of the amount of things we buy, consume, and throw away. We pay attention to packaging and the number of plastic bags we’re bringing home. We do our best not to produce needless waste and keep excess junk out of our houses.
In an effort to have less stuff, I try really hard to avoid pointless purchases, but some particular items are, shall we say, a delicate matter?
I’m talking about underwear, ok? Undergarments. Underpants. Skivvies. Drawers. Lingerie. …
As any self-respecting anti-masker will tell you, mask requirements are only for those who hate our freedom and want us to choke on our own carbon dioxide. But let me tell you, if you’ve never gone grocery shopping in a mask, you are missing out on some of the sweetest freedoms in existence!
Like many of you, I did NOT want to wear a mask. Masks are hot, confining, and claustrophobic. They make you look like you escaped a construction site or an operating room and they make communication more difficult.
But, if mask-wearing is the new face adornment of force in public for the foreseeable future, I might as well embrace it. …