Today, I’m thrilled to welcome Julie Anne Lindsey as my very first guest poster. I met Julie through Twitter and after discovering a mutual love of the movie The Princess Bride – especially the quotes – and starting quite the impromptu twitter party to boot, we’ve been friends ever since. I’m happy to introduce her to you, my wonderful readers. And, a big welcome to anyone visiting for the first time, too!
This is my first year not homeschooling. It’s been a tough transition for us all, but I stay involved in school more than the average bear, I think, much to the dismay of the school faculty at times. LOL But, our little country school provides plenty of opportunity for me to volunteer including reading at their library and having lunch with the kids. It’s a nice middle grounds for us.
I’m stopping here today as part of my first blog tour. I am finally officially an author. My debut novella, Bloom, has kicked off the new line of books called Honey Creek and I am honored to be here to talk about writing. Getting my oldest son to want to write is almost impossible. He loves books, as long as someone reads TO him. He’s a mechanical/hands-on thinker and in his mind, words are less than worth his time. He was a special joy to homeschool. The two littler ones like writing and creating and crafts and all the things my oldest detests. He refused to color all through kindergarten (which is mostly coloring, let’s face it) because “Coloring is for girls.” What was I supposed to do with THAT? LOL I learned to think outside the box, which it the biggest tool in every home school mom’s toolbox.
I developed story boards as a way to show him what a difference words make. I started basic, with one poster board folded in half and half again, leaving 4 large squares. We started with a stick figure dog. Then he told me it was a big dog. How big? HUGE/ He put his arms up in the sky. SO I added tiny houses to show the dog was HUGE. He was also red I learned. LOL. With each passing block we added more details until the first pic showed one sad little stick dog and the last showed a giant red dog, nose against a roof, creating a slide for people to slide down to safety. I’m still not sure how they got stuck on the roof, but it was a lesson he could get behind. Words told the story.
We do the same thing now with my 3 year old daughter. Her stories revolve around faeries and unicorns, but she and her brothers can really get a good story going on their boards. (They do them for fun now). They understand the power words have in a way their public school counterparts don’t and I like that I gave them this gift. As a nice side effect, they call names a lot less and show more self-control over their mouths than many of their little friends. I like to think this comes from the same concept. Words are powerful.
If you’re teaching a stubborn little one who thinks words are a snore-bore, I hope you’ll find strength in the fact you aren’t alone. Even if they never become avid readers, the stories you make together will become memories to last a lifetime.
I also hope you’ll visit Honey Creek if you have time for a mommy break. It’s a beautiful place where anything can happen. Kick off your shoes, relax into that porch swing and cuddle up to a steamy mug of cider. Taking a trip to Honey Creek is as easy as Amazon : ) See you there!
Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey
In a town filled with her past, she never expected to find her future…
Seven years ago Cynthia left Honey Creek with a broken heart. Three years ago Mitchell arrived with one. Now Cynthia’s come home, and these two hardened hearts can’t stop arguing. If they’d only take a break long enough to find some common ground, they might be surprised to find love can grow anywhere.
If they’ll let it, love will find a way to Bloom.
*Bloom is book one in my new Seeds of Love series. I’ll be planting those seeds all year.
I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you’ll find me online, amped up on caffeine & wielding a book.
You can find my blogging about the writer life at Musings from the Slush Pile
Tweeting my crazy at @JulieALindsey
Reading to soothe my obsession on GoodReads
And other books by me on Amazon