Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Adding Colgate to my Client List

One reason that this blog has been so quiet is because I've been working as a corporate blogger.  I've recently added Colgate to my list of clients, and this is my first published piece with them.

It's not as much fun as writing about the Church, kid lit, homeschooling, or politics, but....  it does make budgeting a bit easier!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

10 Reasons Why You Should NOT Homeschool Your Children

Thinking about homeschooling? Here are 10 reasons to make like Nancy Reagan and Just. Say. No!\

Angry child

1. You love packing sack lunches.
Do you tenderly pack your child’s lunch each evening, carefully balancing healthy and delicious for a perfect brown bag delight? You’ll hate homeschooling. For a homeschooling mom, lunch is most likely ‘reheated leftovers from dinner’ or ‘You’re 7. Fix yourself a sandwich, for goodness sake!” In fact, we’re so bad at brown bagging it that, on the rare occasions where a co-op or field trip demands a sack lunch, the results are often somewhat… nonconformist.

2. You believe that training for cubicle life should start early.
You’ve read Dilbert. You know what the workforce holds for your child. While he’s sitting up straight and obedient in his desk, those lazy homeschoolers are sprawled on couches, hopping on one foot, or flopped on the floor. Who’s going to do better as an office drone? Your guy.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Yeller- Borrow it on Amazon!

Way back when I started this blog, I focused on writing for children. The intervening years and cash flow needs have diverted me into copy writing, but I still want to get back to children's fiction. So, as a baby step in that direction, I re-edited Yeller, my 2008 superhero novel for the 10-14 year-old crowd.

It was like a totally new book to me at this point- I'd forgotten nearly all the details.  It's actually a fun, exciting read.  It deserves a bigger audience than my hard drive, so I've put it up on Kindle.

If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can read it for free through the Kindle Lending Library.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pregnancy and Teeth

I have another Tom's article up.  This one's about pregnancy and teeth. After 7 pregnancies (and soon to be 6 births) in 10 years, I practically have a PhD in being pregnant!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Obamacare Exchanges, Try Number 1

This morning at 7:55 CST, I decided to try my hand at the Obamacare exchanges. I'm in Indiana, so we're trying the federal route.

7:56 - I go to, and click on the link to apply.  I'm redirected to a page that says that the exchanges are busy, and I'll have to wait. They'll forward me to the application when a slot opens.

I try to click on the 'helpful links' at the bottom of this waiting page, but they all say 'access denied.'

I open another tab so I can keep browsing.

8:00 - The site finally forwards me to the application.  I start filling out basic details like name, email address, username and password.

8:04 - I reach the third page of the application, where I need to choose security questions and answers. The only problem? There are no security questions on the pull down menu, just blank boxes. Since I can't complete this step, the exchange won't let me continue.

8:05 - I give up.  No wonder the Reid wanted a government shutdown! That way he could blame these glitches on the Republicans, instead of on a sad lack of beta testers.  Seriously- how did they let this go live without catching this glitch? And I'm using Firefox, not some weird browser!

Obviously, the people running this thing have no IT experience. Heck, when I interned at the DOE back in college, we Beta-tested EVERYTHING to death before we let it go live. Of course, that was nukes- this is only health insurance.