Welcome to my blog! I started this blog in 2009 for a local parenting newsletter, Santa Cruz Parent. As my life has changed, so has my blog.
So what do I write about? This blog was originally called Avant Parenting, a nod to my interest in the avant garde (music, art, literature) and also expressing my feeling about parenting, that I am always a few steps behind my kids, trying to toss nuggets in their path as they go their own way. I decided to change the name when I felt like I wanted to write more on topics that aren’t directly related to parenting. (Though, let’s face it, when your kids are young pretty much everything is about parenting!)
I started my writing career in third grade, when I wrote a dystopian novel on purple notebook paper. In it, a girl living in a post-holocaust US tries to find her way in a destroyed world. Yep, I’d probably make money on that now, but at the time it was a pretty weird topic for a nine-year-old.
I studied linguistics at Stanford then creative writing at the University of Michigan. I purposely avoided studying English, worried that doing too much literary analysis would make me unable to write an honest story. Yes, I was 17 at the time and have grown up…a bit.
Throughout my twenties I wrote fiction and had a fair amount of success in magazines and anthologies. In my thirties, my writing life took a turn toward poetry. I had my own little poetry press, Chatoyant, and I was active in my local poetry community.
Then I had children.
I realize that women have been doing this since the beginning of human time, but for me it was truly a life-changing event. My kids are now teens, and I feel like I’m just coming up for air. Throughout these years I morphed my writing career, changing to parenting and education journalism as my main focus, and dedicated most of my time to homeschooling. I wrote a book about homeschooling gifted children, From School to Homeschool. I also started writing children’s fiction, which has been a wonderful way to revitalize my commitment to fiction. I published Hanna, Homeschooler, a chapter book about featuring homeschooled kids, in 2016. The National Association for Gifted Children published my book Exploring Homeschooling for your Gifted Learner in 2015.
So the subject of this blog is simply a conglomeration of everything that interests me: families and kids, of course, education, literature, ideas, politics, philosophy, and science. One of my musical associates recently mentioned to me that I don’t mention music at all on this blog—so maybe that will be a future subject given that I spend a lot of time being a musician. Please feel free to leave comments—I try to respond to every one I get!
To learn more
If you want to know more about me, you can visit my personal website. I even have some embarrassing photos there.
To find more of my writing, you can find me regularly in Growing Up in Santa Cruz, in the Santa Cruz Parent Newsletter, on this blog, and in a variety of gifted education and homeschooling publications. From 2009 through 2012, I wrote as the Gifted Children Examiner. I also write for various print publications.
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