I’m prepared to just ramble along today. I have several things I want to rant and rave about.
1. Writing resources.
I discovered a blog recently that you absolutely must check out if you are a writer. Fiona Quinn writes on http://thrillwriting.blogspot.com and does the most amazing job bringing real life information to writers. She has posts on everything from underwater crime scene processing to life from a foster child’s perspective. While I haven’t had use for what I have read so far, I am so engaged that it doesn’t matter. She give real life details and structuring for writers to use while developing their stories. Go check it out. She is a gem on the internet!
2. Reviewing books.
I love reading and recently have really begun enjoying reviewing. I have finally determined what makes my reviews and decided how I can review fairly. While I try to read genres I enjoy, sometimes I just have to plow through a book that isn’t my cup of tea, but regardless of that, the author deserves a fair review. Plot, character development, style, and technical prowess are what makes a story good and depending on the genre, the expectations for those are different. An erotica will have significantly less plot and character development than a suspense, but both can still earn a fair rating from me even if I don’t particularly care for erotica. I am so proud of myself for figuring out the best way to review fairly for all kinds of books. It makes me feel better about reviewing because I can still write a good review, whether I liked the characters or the storyline, or even the genre.
3. On homeschooling.
I homeschool. My daughter is extremely ADHD and requires a different kind of learning environment than sitting at a desk all day. When I mention this to people on the internet and to people in person, I get varied reactions. I’ve had people question my ability to teach, and I’ve had people stare at me in awe that I’m doing something so noble. I have never had anyone insult me so much as I had last night.
This man on one of my networks engaged me in a conversation. He was one of those business people who put together a string of business-ey words that sound great and have zero meaning, like company mottos: we strive to make information accessible to all through emergent business construction and customer appreciation. Really. Means nothing because it’s too vague to mean anything.
Ok, so I can deal with that, ask direct enough questions that require real, meaningful responses, but when I mentioned I homeschool, he just went off! He insulted my ability to create a functioning, educated citizen and then spammed me with YouTube video links. I have only felt that kind of rage a few times in my life. I wanted to reach through my monitor to Texas and wring his ignorant neck.
Do not insult a homeschooling parent by assuming they are unable to educate their own child and that they are unaware of the responsibility taking on their child’s education requires. We know that you think homeschooling is weird and leads to weird kids. You know what, it isn’t and it doesn’t. My daughter has friends of all ages that she socialized well with, she is perfectly capable of making new friends all on her own. She is smart and talented, and she works hard. My cousins were all homeschool, and do you known the result? One in medical school, one electrical engineer, and one teaching ESL in Japan. Two are married with children. I would say, as far as homeschooling goes, this family was successful.
Ok, I’m done ranting and raving. Have a great day and check back tomorrow for an interview with Veronica Del Rosa.