• Blog,  Poetry,  Writing

    Talkin’ ‘Bout Things

      Thing the First: Son 3 finished his homework in record time yesterday: 3 pages in 30 minutes (four if you count math front and back but he only has to do even or odd numbers depending on the day-still…it’s multiplying fractions, ’nuff said). We struggle every day getting him to do ANY kind of writing. He hates it, and I don’t mean like he hates ketchup. I mean like Dark Side of The Force hates writing. Since Kindergarten. The last one and a half weeks he’s been getting his homework done without too much urging on my part. (We hates math. Simply hates it.) It’s awesome. How and why?…

  • #BeReal,  Blog,  Life

    Heartaches By The Dozen

      The thought occurred to me this morning that I don’t have much time left with my kids. I watched Son #3 get on his bus this morning and a small pang went through my heart. How many more times do I get to watch him wave to me as his bus goes by? My two elder boys were done waving to mom the moment they entered Kindergarten, but not my Zombie Hunter. He has waved to me every day he’s gone to school since he first began attending it. Even when I drive him there and drop him off. And he won’t go in the school building until he’s…

  • Holidays,  Writing

    Almost That Time of Year

    Hey y’all. Hope everyone had a great summer. It’s coming to a close for us here in DFW. We’ll still have some very warm days but the leaves on my trees are beginning to change into their fall splendour. I’ve already had to rake up one large pile of leaves in my backyard. School started this Monday past and we’re coming up on our first high school football game of the season. This is important as my second born is a sophomore this year and it will be his first ever high school game he will march in as a member of the band. I think he’s excited about it…

  • Blog,  Parenting

    Coming of Age

    His clothes were laid neatly in the back of the SUV, along with two large packages of toilet paper, several boxes of macaroni and cheese, the pillows from his bed, and several large plastic bins containing as much of his life as he dared to take with him. The rest he left in his room at home. He was beginning a new life with bits and pieces from the old. He’d been waiting for this moment for an eternity, but it’d help if he could push forever off just one more day. Balancing precariously on the line between the past and the future, he takes a deep breath and crosses…

  • books,  Reading,  Writing

    A Bit of a Rant

    I’m on a bit of a tear today. I received an email this morning about a children’s book summit that is going to take place in New York. It is being hosted by Nielsen Entertainment, the same Nielsen as the Nielsen ratings. The email reads “How do kids discover and engage with books in our connected world?” and ” How do media and entertainment impact and intersect with the children’s book market?” “Real data. Real Insights. Real Business.” The summit is for one day and you can read more about it here: Children’s Book Summit. What I quoted is straight from the email. Today’s world is completely different from what…

  • Blog

    Quick Update

    Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. To those of you who had school start, like I did, congratulations for making it through the summer with your sanity (some of it anyway) parents, and kids…I’m sorry you have to go indoors and sit in a classroom on perfectly good days. So, I do have a couple of new items I’ve begun writing and I will put up portions as soon as I can. I’m still working on The Faerie’s Tale but it’s going rather slowly currently. And at the moment I am trying to get this post finished because I have so many other things I have to get…

  • Writing

    A Work In Progress

    I know, I know. It’s been some time since I last posted anything. Life just gets crazier than normal in August for us here at the Asylum. There’s so many things we have to do to prepare for the next school year. Lock had freshman band camp and then Jack had school registration, both in the same week. Lock also had a band trip to a local water park as well as freshman registration. I had a meeting at the local attorney general’s office on behalf of my eldest son. Since he’s been living with his dad for the last year, we decided to forego child support since there’s not…

  • books,  celebrities,  Movies,  Poetry,  Writing

    Monday’s Muse: The World Through Your Eyes

    Happy Monday everyone! I can’t believe how quickly June has gone by. I’m so glad. Summer used to always feel never-ending to me when I was in school. The days seemed to drag on until the day we have a pack on our backs and new school supplies in them. Actually, I loved going back to school. I loved (and still love) the smell of new school supplies: wooden pencils, rubber erasers, an unopened box of crayons. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a pretty sensual person (if by sensual you understand that I mean I’m very in tune to my senses). I love touching textures and I love…

  • Journal,  Life,  Parenting,  Random,  Thoughts,  Uncategorized,  Writing

    Join PAGAN-People Against Goshdarn Allergy Nose-fiends

    I’d like to take a minute and talk to you about a subject that’s very close to my heart right now, allergies. Here in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis we have been having fairly beautiful weather. It’s been in the 70’s (°F) up until a few days ago. It got cold and now we’re on our way back into spring-like temperatures. Due to this, our trees and grasses have decided that spring is indeed here and everything is blooming. I say  fie on this! How dare you bud and bloom so early! My nose and my eyes are going to go on strike if you do not close back up until…

  • change,  Encouragement,  Journal,  Life,  Motivation,  Random,  Running,  Thoughts,  Uncategorized,  Writing

    Do What’s Necessary

      I woke up when my alarm went off this morning at 6 am and I lay in bed thinking about how sleepy I was and how I needed another hour of sleep. If I want my kids to take the bus to school then I have to get them up at 6 am every day, and Jack makes it a challenge almost every morning. If I don’t care about the bus then I can sleep in until 7 am, get everybody up and I can drive them to school myself. But then I have to get dressed and get out the door and we have less time to get…