Fall is coming. I sowed the seeds for our autumn veggie beds the other day, watered the dusty earth and wondered if anything will come of those tiny carrot seeds I just buried. I’m putting food away in freezer bags and canning jars, planning homeschool projects, registering my girls in classes and thinking about what clothes and supplies we need to see ourselves through another winter. I’m also thinking about what I want to do here, in this online space.
I took a bit of a break this summer, as you probably noticed. Summer is a great time to put screen-based work on hold, to soak up the sunshine and get your feet wet in some mountain lakes. Time off is not always wasted. My mind needs empty time to let ideas germinate, or to find new energy and motivation to finish off projects that have already been started.
I have some new writing projects I’m excited to share with you here. One is an ebook that is nearing completion, something I’ve been working on behind the scenes for some time now. It’s called The Parenting Primer, and it takes off where my popular post Gentle Discipline 101 left off: it’s a big-picture view of the basics on parenting through the first six years, linking to all the great parenting books, blog posts and other resources that can help families with young kids.
The other is a new weekly series on homeschooling: what it looks like in our family, resources I have found helpful and strategies that have worked (or not worked) for us. I’m calling it The Homeschooling Hula, because guess what? I love spinning vortexes, and homeschooling is most definitely more like a dance than anything else around here. We’re dancing inside those hoops instead of jumping through them.
I’m totally excited to get these new projects out in the world, but it’s been pretty quiet around here on the old blog for a while now. So please do me a favour: let me know what you think, tell me what you did on your summer vacation, or just pipe up and say hi if you’re a regular reader who doesn’t always comment. I love writing, but it’s always nice to know there are people reading too.