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Second-Serving Sunday: “I’m Back!” Edition

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, in my little corner of the blogosphere

Did you miss me last week? I know, I kinda disappeared. You see, the dog ate my homework – uh – Windows hiccupped, and gobbled up my post just as I was finishing it (All. Those. Links!). I wanted to rewrite it, but Windows also swallowed Annalise’s homeschool reports, and, well – those are required by law, so…

I’m here, now, though, and I’ll be saving frequently, in case Windows decides to spring any more ambushes on me. The reports are nearly done, so…let’s have a Second Serving of the last two weeks, shall we?

Things will be a little abbreviated this week, so that there’s room for everything…

Recently at shanjeniah:

Second-Serving Sunday: #NotBacktoSchool Edition!

Coffee and Conversation:

  • Is Teenage Rebellion a Given?: On the eve of our eldest reaching adolescence, I consider this question, and why I don’t think it is…hint -it has more to do with parental perception than kids’ actions…
  • Let’s Talk About Sex!: Attending a World Sexual Health Day Celebration was inspiring, and shifted my perceptions. Now, I want to talk about sex, and I’d love to hear what you have to say, too!

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • Re-Creation Recreation: I use the prompt – the prefix “re” – to contemplate changes and opportunities than stemmed from my choice to rename myself.
  • What’s So Funny About Prejudice? I use the prompt – the word “funny” – to explore the ways humor can broaden perception and challenge prejudice without preaching.

ROW80 Updates:

  • Stretching Into September: In which I prepare to become the mother of a teen, to go on a grand adventure, and shift my goals for September.
  • Stretching Into Bigness: Celebrating the new teen in my life, looking forward to an adventure, and, of course, stories happened!
  • A Daring Stretch: Big doings in the big city; big steps forward, and writing stuff, too!
  • A Laid-Back Stretch: After all the excitement, some tugboats and some mellower progress.

What’s Next:

My focus for September is on revising my time-travel fantasy novel, Chameleon’s Dish, set in the 1612-13 London area. I’m also drafting another WIP, Perchance to Dream, a Star Trek: TOS/ Enterprise fanfiction novel, and the second half of a duology. Since homeschool administration is winding down- reports are due tomorrow – I’ve started the early stages of planning for my NaNoWriMo project, King of Infinite Space, a Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction which is the companion novel for my existing fantasy WIP, Blood and Breath.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

  • Inspiring Spaces Blog Hop: Sharing this here, too! Come check us out if you enjoy peeking at where writer-types make their magic happen!
  • Because fall is in the air here in upstate New York, and we’ll soon turn our thoughts to apple-picking and baked treats, I offer this Apple Upside-Down Skillet Cake recipe, which I found over at A Hundred Years Ago. If you’re into history through ephemera, check out this site!
  • As those who read here regularly will know, we’re an unschooling family. This article, How Do Unschoolers Turn Out? at Mind/Shift, explores the lives of adult unschoolers. Hint – we’re still unschooling, and the future looks bright!
  • More writing, revising, and planning, more homeschool stuff, even more decluttering, hometending, and yardtending…and lots of living and blogging.
  • World Sexual Health Day in NYC! I won an Honorable Mention in the national writing contest with this post, and came away with a new perspective on sexuality!
  • Tugboat Roundup, a chance to explore the famous Erie Canal, shop local, and enjoy a lovely late-summer day.

What’s been going on with you lately? What are your plans for the coming week?


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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