Severing Ties with Tate Publishing

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I don’t know if any of you have heard but Tate Publishing has officially closed their doors as of January 17th, 2017 after 17 years of business. Read more about the closing here.  While this was a shock and a disappointment to not only myself but all of the authors, musicians, illustrators and employees of Tate Publishing at this time. However we are a hardy stock and will persevere in the face of this setback.

Moving Forward.

I have been unhappy with Tate Publishing for a while so, I have in fact been sending manuscripts to literary agents across the country in hopes to be represented by one of them and go the traditional publishing house route.

I plan on to keep writing and to get my books republished again somewhere.

Thank you all for your support during this transition time.

~Kristen

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The Nut House

Autumn has arrived and with it the changing of the leaves, every day I look towards the woods and I see more and more color peeking out at me. Vibrant reds, oranges and yellow all peak out from around chunks of green and brown.

Autumn also brings my squirrels out in full force as gather all the nuts from my yard, walnut, chestnuts, hickory and butternuts. Although they save the butternuts for last since they are their least favorite nut to eat. I wish they gathered them first as the butternut tree is beside my garage and the nuts fall on to the roof and roll off which sounds like someone roller skating down my bathroom roof.  Plus they land on my walkway and if you step on one you might slip and fall as they are odd shape. In the state of Ohio butternut trees are on the endangered list so cutting this large tree down is illegal so I await the day it either dies or falls over and I don’t have to worry about stepping on anymore nuts. The downside of losing said butternut tree is that the leaves shade my office window from the sun, otherwise the sun shines bright in my eyes while I attempt to work at my computer. So really there isn’t a win to this fight against my butternut tree.

~Kristen

How I turned the TV OFF

How do you become the most hated mom during the summer?
Turn the TV OFF.

Yep I said it, turn the TV off. Back in May I made the decision to turn the TV off unless it was
A. Raining
B. Snowing
C. Super Cold Outside
D. Dark.
Those were the guidelines to watching TV in my house and I think I will continue that decision throughout the rest of the year. Will it be hard when I am trying to teach my eldest 5th grade math equations? Yes, because I will be the first to admit I’ve used my TV as a babysitter for my other children, even if it is only 10 feet away from our school desks in the next room in the past. I want to create a learning environment not glued to the TV environment.

What I have found during the last few months about my children;

They have wonderful imaginations, they are creative, they are adventurous and they fight less as well as well as being happier healthier children. It is OK for your children to be bored, it sparks their creativity and imaginations. We have battled boredom with books, spending time at the library, going swimming, to the park, playing on our really long slip’n slide, riding their bikes in the driveway, I may have also suggested weeding the garden is a boredom killer.

Have I stuck to this rule completely? Nope, on occasion there are days we will sit and watch TV all day usually because one of us is sick, we have battled summer colds, the croup and a stomach bug this summer. But like every rule there are exceptions and that is OK too.

Until next time,
~Kristen