I finally know what I want to be when I grow up….
I’ve been homeschooling for a looooong time. I was homeschooling back when people still gave you weird looks when they found out your kid didn’t attend public school. I was homeschooling back when there was only a couple of catalogs to browse and Mary Pride’s Big Book of Home Learning was like a Bible. All this long time I’ve been focused on doing things for my kids. I’ve stayed at home the entire time and focused on them and their needs…diligently, passionately, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, every year, over and over again.
Always in the back of my mind there has been the question of what in the world I am going to do when I’m DONE. I still don’t have it all ironed out (I have 3 more years to go and being a parent never really truly ends), BUT I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. 😉
I want to be a writer, illustrator and curriculum maker.
I’d also like to find something my husband and I can do together…still working on that one, lol. Anyone have a job like that that makes lots of money and has good insurance, just let me know, lol!
Anyway, you do not know how good it feels to have in mind something more concrete and actually taking the steps to DO it. I’ve been scraping together Amazon gift cards from my birthday and Christmas and so on to save up for some of the tools I need. I was finally able to get the saved up for pièce de résistance – a tablet monitor you can draw directly on. Now I feel like a carpenter who finally has a hammer, lol.
I started my first project because I actually have a little time to work on it now that I am homeschooling one instead of three. I’m working on the first of a series of science books for children with homeschooled siblings as the main characters (the youngest is an adopted toddler). The books will be very visual and best suited for 2nd through 6th graders (but I learned a thing or two researching the first one myself, lol). They are going to be wholesome and also incorporate my faith, but not in a way that secular families can’t benefit or enjoy the books. I figure for those families (if they are interested) it will be like when we skip over stuff in many books that doesn’t mesh with our beliefs because the main content itself is worth it.
Each book will have a packet of juicy downloads to accompany it that will be sold on my website with a variety of resources for different learning styles. I’m thinking about things like handwriting booklets, comprehension questions, Greek & Latin root activities, language arts & math printables, crafts and maybe even printable playsets so kids can play with the characters and expand on the stories with their own imaginations. Everything will be tied to the books.
Once I’ve created enough of the books, I will probably make a FREE schedule for them (and other appropriate books & resources / activities) and offer it online like I do all of the other stuff currently on my website.
The books are going to be published in both a print and Kindle format.
Anyway, I’m enjoying working on all of this. It’s a lot of work and I don’t expect to make a lot of $, but I feel like I’m finally getting to be ME instead of MOM. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom…but I love where this is taking me too.
Here’s a screenshot of one of the illustrations (which isn’t in it’s final format). The dog’s name is Beowulf. 🙂
Stay tuned to my blog for project updates! It will be awhile, but when I’m finished with the first book, there will be a free copy give-away for reviewers!