Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

Hello folks! It’s been a while. We have been under a great deal of stress lately. Kiddo has been having major anxiety attacks every time a plane passes or another loud noise occurs. I think it may be a sensory processing disorder, but I’m not a professional. A referral is in the works. I am staying home with him today. We are going to try to ease his anxiety levels by baking cookies.

He desperately wants to rearrange his room. I think he is going stir crazy since I won’t let him go anywhere. Screw this year, and this pandemic in particular. I am going to rearrange the office room today so that we can switch the beds from the different bedrooms.

I received the highest rating possible from a writing sample I did for a content mill. But it’s a content mill. My ultimate goal is to get paid to write for a website, especially one related to entertainment or mental health. I need to get on with writing reviews and beefing up my portfolio. I haven’t had a lot of time. It would be great to freelance for a living. But I am not even close to being able to do that.

I did start reading my boyfriend’s book, finally! I have had it for many months. But because of terrible time management and depression, I didn’t crack it open until my son was at the dentist yesterday. Because of COVID protocols, they make you wait in your car. Much to my delight, Jim’s writing was very engaging. He’s such a smart guy that I figured it would be. It is called Blood Red God, and it is available on Amazon.

He wrote a whole book! I am a lazy writer. Sure, I get ideas for fiction, but I am so critical of my writing that I never get much past the basic concepts or opening scenes. My friends who write books astound me. I need to immerse myself in reading to become a better writer. Heck, one of my friends from college, Cynthia Hand, is writing books faster than I’ve been able to read them! And she has a team of lady writers that she works with, which is about the most awesome thing I’ve ever heard of. I am loathe to admit that I haven’t read their first book, of the Lady Janies series, though it is sitting downstairs and I hear it’s fantastic.

I think I may go downstairs while everyone else is sleeping and rearrange our little library. We need another bookshelf, as the books are quite literally spilling off the shelves. I have accumulated so many books over the past five years. Time to kick this depression somehow and start reading them!

But first, I will try to help my son through some of his homework. I can help with speech and critical thinking, but probably not the math. Math is a language that though beautiful, eludes me. I shall conclude with my favorite song about literature. Hey, that would make a great Spotify playlist. Songs with literary references…

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