I started a new Instagram challenge yesterday. (I'll share more about it later.) And I've been preparing for our school year for the past few weeks. It's taking it's toll on my writing/revising, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter day by day. You're probably asking something like, "Why in the world would she do all that? She could just send them to school and have much more time to spend on herself and her projects!" Well...
Home School Teacher & Author
Yes. It is a lot for me to juggle. But I truly enjoy giving them the freedoms that come with teaching them at home. They have more options for electives when they reach high school. True, in our rural area, they are limited when it comes to sports. The schools won't allow home school students to join in their sporting activities like some others I've heard of. Mine would be limited to the kinds of things you'd have to pay for after school, like dance or martial arts, or those which are city sponsored during the summer. But on the whole, my kids have more options when it comes to academic and interest-based study. Honestly, who wouldn't want their child to /know/ more? Sports are great, but they aren't everything!
This does have a bearing on my writing. I also benefit from teaching them at home. When they show an interest in something I haven't spent much time on before, I get to read up on those things, too. This expands the library of my mind. As a writer, is there such a thing as too much research? I doubt it.
Research is so important to any writer of any genre. You can't create a believable manuscript without it. This year's botany, economics, literature...they'll all be helping me as they help my eldest daughter reach for her dreams.
So don't knock the research portion of your work, fellow writers. For any book, research is life.
#AugustBreak2018 - Day 1 - Morning Light
This is a photo challenge, specifically to post one photo every day to Instagram. It sounded so peaceful. I couldn't help but join in. Yesterday's prompt was 'morning light' but I missed that in my haste to get to an early appointment. Instead I shared a video of one of my writing buddies sitting in a post-it note lotus my eldest daughter made for me. It's too cute! I'll just share the photo with you here, though. I thought after I'd already posted the video that it might cause some people trouble. I hope it doesn't but I'm not sharing the video anymore. The photo is just as cute. :)
I'll be sharing some video posts once again, starting August 19th. These will be focused on books in my TBR list (to-be-read, for those who don't know). The first one will be the list of those in the challenge. And in the posts which follow, I'll talk more about why I chose each book.
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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