Category Archives: Writing

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Proof I May Be a Robot (or Meet KBNelson 2.0)

I love my blog. I love talking to interesting people and sharing helpful articles. I dig the occasional blog hop or writer’s group challenge. But the truth is, I have a whole professional identity that I’ve worked hard on, gone to school for, and would just really like you to know about.

I talk about books because I’m a writer. I talk about education because I’m a teacher. But I’m not just talk – I’m here to help anyone who needs assistance with editing their manuscript, meeting a publisher, starting a class, or looking for a little encouragement. If you’d like to comment here, that would be great – but please take a moment first to check out my website, KarenBNelson.com to see what I do when I’m not hanging out with you wonderful people.

It still seems weird to think of myself as “new and improved”, but that may be my A.I. circuits reconnecting. At any rate, I look forward to seeing you again … wherever we shall meet.

Oghmaniacal Blogathon: Twenty Sentences

kbnelson:

Really enjoyed this post by author friend Jan Morrill. I think you will, too!

Originally posted on Jan Morrill Writes:

This post is part of a collaborative blogathon by authors of Oghma Creative Media during the month of February. Knowing many of these authors and their writing, I’m pretty sure you’ll find something that will make you laugh and learn. We’d love for you to visit, and if you so desire, comment, like or share!  

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Steve and I did a fun and interesting writing exercise together some time ago. I meant to write a post about it then, but as often happens, life got in the way. I forgot.

But lucky for me, while searching my computer for another file, I came across these sentences and now I have a post idea for this sunny, but frigid Monday morning!

Our little writing project began after listening to a few of the twelve hours (yes, twelve hours) of The Great Courses audio program on “Building Great Sentences” :

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Suddenly Single – Homeschooling On Your Own

I recently found myself in a class by myself. I am the only home educator I personally know who is also a single parent. Homeschooling is generally a team effort, with one parent bearing the burden of generating income, while the other parent handles teaching the children. Suddenly, I am both. Suddenly, I am single.

Maybe one day I’ll write about the shock and pain and misery of helping two children (and myself) recover from the ending of a 20-year marriage, but it won’t be for a while. It is still too raw, still too reeking of a Jerry Springer episode to share with the world just yet. And there are many articles and forums out there for the single parent, a handful for the single parent homeschool family. But the lessons I’ve learned in the past few months can be distilled to the following:

  • Give all the pieces of your broken heart to the task at hand. Don’t waste a single moment despairing about the past. Those are moments you could be spending with your children.
  • Refuse to be a victim. Divorce creates drama, and as Skeet Savage says, at the very least you’ve had a supporting role in the soap opera. Be ready to experience a new chapter in life.
  • Get thee to a support group. Whether it’s a community center, your local homeschool co-op, or Friday lunch with the girls, find and maintain excellent friendships. Refuse to give yourself to anyone who is less than spectacular in the friendship category.
  • Stay focused. Don’t distract yourself by looking for a new partner. As HAPPINESS AT HOME author Gretchen Rubin says, “The days are long, but the years are short.” The years left educating your child are very short indeed.
  • Rethink your priorities. Adjust your expectations. There are gifts waiting to be opened if you will only stop looking in the wrong direction.
  • Keep one eye on the calendar and the other on your health. Time and energy level management is key to your success. Be vigilant in taking care of your health and keeping to a schedule.
  • Stop thinking “What If…” and start thinking “What Will I Regret?” (Then go out and do those things with your kids that you don’t want to regret when they’ve grown.)
  • Think creatively. Work from home or at odd hours to accommodate the needs of your homeschool schedule. Accept help from family and friends. Bargain, barter, sell unnecessary items, split costs…whatever it takes to save money and gain more time with your kids.
  • Don’t worry about what you can’t do. Multi-task where possible, but be realistic about what you can do in a day, week, month, or year.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

  • Realize that you have more control over your life than you think you do. You’re in charge here. You cannot afford to let other people take advantage of you or your children. Being assertive (especially for women) is vital to your success. People can hate you later. Right now you need results.

I’d be honored to hear your thoughts and experiences. Please leave me a comment!

And to the many friends and family who have become my support group, I thank you. You make everything better.