I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this homeschooling business. I barely have time to breathe, much less blog or write novels!
However, I am reading, writing, and doing ‘rithmatic, so I thought I could give you all a little update.
Reading: classic Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout. A Bookbub ad for a discounted two book package got me hooked.
I’m also reading A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller.
I recommend both, though with the caveat that Nero Wolfe has more than a few outdated race stereotypes. The series had it’s start in the1930s so it’s to be expected, in a way. But, in my opinion at least, Stout seems to take the stereotype and make it something the bad guys think as opposed to his more liberal minded detective. Also, there are one or two mild bad words per book. So not perfect, but great reads for anyone who loves classic detective fiction.
Writing: Dark and Stormy: A Tillgiven Romantic Mystery. I promise I haven’t stopped working on Jane’s series, but I am determined to get at least two Tillgiven books out to get the series off to a good start. I love the world of the Tillgiven Bibelskola I am creating and love going back to my own Bible school year in my imagination. Dark and Stormy is a classic winter murder mystery in the style of a country house tale like Poirot or Marple enjoyed. I am dreaming it will be done by Christmas, God’s will be done! If anyone is interested in being a beta reader for it (reading an early copy to give feedback before it is published) please leave a comment on this post!
Plain Jane five has already been started, as I mentioned many moons ago, and will be finished, I am hoping, by early Spring.
‘Rithmatic: Never my strongest subject! But it is my daughter Lucy-the-homeschooled-kid’s, strongest. So we finally got ourselves an account at Khan academy where in about three hours of work she blew through her third grade materials. She has only watched one video (negative #’s) but has managed to move up through the assignments all the way to some pre-algebra. She’s 8. Khan academy is just for “fun.” It helps me see what she is capable of, and fills her required time. Core Curriculum standards require something like an hour of math a day. It takes her five to ten minutes to do all of the suggested problems in her third grade math book. We had to do something to try and fill up the time! I hear that homeschool families tend to do their required work, no matter how little time it takes, and then do fun stuff, but this kid likes math and is good at it, so we might as well fill the time with that, since she thinks it is kind of fun.
So that’s it for the Three R’s. I’m hoping that I can strike a better balance in the coming months to get my stories written faster. I miss having books to publish!