A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, in my little corner of the blogosphere…
What do I mean by #notbacktoschool? Well, it’s only a coinflip away from #backtoschool – and a universe apart.
Neither of our kids have ever gone to school. We began as eclectic homeschoolers (a lot of the “curriculum” I used with our son came from other homeschoolers, garage sales, and imagination), then shifted into the relaxed category, then became so relaxed, we were radically unschooling by the time our son turned eight. He’ll be thirteen in a couple of days, and we’ve never looked back.
So no back to school lists, chores, or schedule changes for us. Just life as we know it, flowing on. Birthday plans. Work plans. A trip to New York City for me, to expand my own horizons. Working out and swimming, and making connections with friends. Learning, living, laughing, and loving as we go.
Today’s pictures come from another #notbacktoschool week, when our youngest was officially “kindergarten-eligible” (now, she’s 10!). I think they capture the flavor of our lives very well!
And speaking of life…what have I been up to?
Recently at shanjeniah:
A week of romance as my Accomplice and I celebrated 17 years of marriage, I dis some odd things I wasn’t expecting, and new perspectives were formed. I wrote my inaugural post for Rose B. Fischer‘s Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge, Trip and T’Pol got all tangled up in each other, and drafting and revising took a step back for a few days. David Vienna urged parents to CFTD; Kerry took us to the museum to share Shakespeare’s First Folio; and there was this blogfest announcement:
This week’s fun:
- 33 Round Tuits: In which I take the mental list that swirls in my head, pluck out 33 choice items at random, and make a commitment to “get a round tuit”.
- Intimate Contact: Trip and T’Pol try to untangle the mess they’ve made of inter-species protocol, and to resist one another…with varying degrees of success.
- Snippet based on the Star Trek: Enterprise series pilot, Broken Bow, Part 1.)
- Thirteen Years: This week’s SoCS prompt was “Age”. Apropos as our oldest becomes a teen this week. Here, I contemplate the threshold between childhood and adulthood, choice and control, and what these have to do with maturity.
- A Romantic Stretch: In which we celebrate love, and my characters make their wishes known.
- A Busy Stretch: In which I do some things, realize some things, blink, and see that August is nearly gone (and, at the same time, August is almost here)!
What’s Coming Up?:
My writing focus for September is on:
- Revising my time-travel fantasy novel, Chameleon’s Dish; and also three short stories for submission.
- Drafting another WIP, Perchance to Dream, my Star Trek: TOS/ Enterprise fanfiction novel; and planning my November NaNoWriMo WIP-to-be, King of Infinite Space.
- And there’s still homeschool administration to be wrapped up.
This week’s blogging:
- For Coffee and Conversation, I’ll consider something said to me a few years ago: “All teenagers rebel, at least a little”. Is it true? What does rebellion mean, and why do young people engage in it?
- WIPpet Wednesday will host an excerpt from my Story a Day May exploration, The IDIC Romance – I’ll be picking up where I left off last week, with the ninth installment of “Tigress T’Pol”. Trip and T’Pol make some small steps toward mutual understanding – and maybe something more.
- And for Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), I’ll be doing just what the title suggests – writing a stream-of-consciousness post on the weekly prompt.
- ROW80 Updates: Sunday and Wednesday are my days for updating my goals progress for A Round of Words in 80 Days.
In the Wilds of Internet-Land:
- Rachel Jepson Wolf created this beautiful list of ten reasons why her family is Happy to Homeschool. I agree wholeheartedly and joyfully!
- First week of school? Not for us! My own photo-essay, from the year we didn’t send our youngest off to school.
- And here’s an awesome link filled with apps to play with, courtesy of The Bee.
- I reflected on the past, looked forward to next week, and spent a busy week in the middle.
- I took Jeremiah out for a workout and lunch on Tuesday, and we set up his weight room orientation. On Friday, both kids and I went for a swim, and to do some provisioning.
- I bought my ticket for the NYC World Sexual Health Day event, and began making the travel details with my companion for the day!
- Magnet Mountain was reduced to barious sorted piles of rubble…uh, magnets.
- Jeremiah’s testing was completed and submitted for scoring; Annalise’s end-of-year report was submitted to the school district, and I moved forward with fourth quarter resporting and IHIP for Lise.
- All in all, a week with some busyness, and some calm, in a pleasing blend.