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Fan Fiction: One More Time

*If you are an email or Twitter subscriber, you may have received this post this morning. Word Press accidentally suspended my blog shortly after this post due to a glitch. I removed the original “Fan Fiction” post because the suspension messed it up. I hoped this re-post would correct any problems, but sadly I am now on my second re-post. Please let me know if you have any problems reading this post or any post on my blog.  Thanks in advance for your understanding.


I hope everyone is back in the saddle again so to speak. I know some of you have changed curriculums or just started homeschooling. January and August seem to be the two start-up times for homeschooling.

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that as part of my daughter’s homeschool writing curriculum, she writes her very own anime fan fiction blog and we edit together. Anime continues to grow by leaps and bounds in this country. There is a huge fan base here in the United States. .

Because of my daughter’s great love of anime, it only seemed natural to merge it into her home school lessons. She is very into sketching, so her art lessons include anime drawing. She has her anime sketches posted all around her room. She even posts them on an anime artist site. She creates AMV’s ( anime music video ) and posts them on YouTube. Here is a link to some of her AMV’s. Recently a particular site invited her to submit a Christmas AMV for a contest they were running. She was so proud! Being recognized for her work was a thrill for her. I must admit, I was a very proud Mom too! Smile For theater arts or drama, she has anime cosplay outfits. She acts out various scenes. Her dream is to attend one of the many anime cons such as MegaCon, Dragon Con, A-Kon, AWA…

Here are a few of her anime drawings.

Rin Okumura Drawing By Hannah  Yuki Sohuma Drawing by Hannah

Writing fan fiction is so very different from what I learned about traditional writing as a student. I embraced that difference and learned something new myself.  Blogging is not our only avenue for writing lessons, but it is her favorite. If you would like to take a peek at her blog, it is Bleached in Anime. The lingo is unique to anime lovers. If you are not an anime fan, it might be a little strange. It has taken me a while to become a fan (o.k., I am still traveling the anime road hoping to become a fan, but shhhh, don’t tell my daughter).

The blog is a little behind now due to all the holidays, and she has writer’s block. Sad smile It’s not too bad for a dyslexic, CAPD kid. I think her success with blog writing just proves that Special needs learners can succeed if we give them the right tools.

I truly want you to share how you teach writing in your homeschool, so please don’t be shy! If we all share ideas and techniques, we have the chance to learn something new. I would love to get some dialogue going.


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New Year, New Opportunities


Well, it’s that time again, back to school. Not as in back to school in August or September, but as in back to school second semester. It is a little like going back to school in August or September because it is a time of reflection and changes. If what you have been doing isn’t working, it’s time to make needed changes. You and your children will both be happier.

As I reflect on the last semester, I am fairly happy with what we have been doing. I will most likely make tweaks to some things, but overall, my daughter and I are both happy.

Her writing skills continue to improve, and I am totally thrilled. Learning to write can be hard for so many kids. I think the key is to find something the child enjoys learning about so they will have more of an interest in writing about it..a personal stake in the activity or ownership. That is what is working for us. My daughter LOVES anime, so she writes a fan fiction blog called Bleached in Anime. She created her own anime characters and writes about their adventures. We edit together. At some point, my goal is for her to master editing on her own. Her blog writing is a great way to teach grammar too! Writing fan fiction is a bit different. It doesn’t always follow traditional writing methods, so I am learning to bend just a tiny bit. We have a way to go, but she is learning and having fun at the same time. That is all I am asking for right now. Does that mean “wish granted”? Smile We also work on other writing projects besides her blog.                 

We need to beef up a little on math. It is a harder subject for her due to some of her learning challenges, so we tend to let it slide a little more.  Regardless of those challenges,  we have to pick up the pace this second semester. I just need to focus a bit harder on presenting math in a way that matches her learning style. How about you? Did you let anything slip a little last semester? Why?

I am very pleased with science and history. We are supplementing  science with a super experiment book by Susan Kilbride:  Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers. Don’t try to open the link in Google chrome, it won’t work. We are supplementing history with Drive Thru History and Heritage Classical History’s Ancient Rome. I will be posting a review of all three supplements soon.

So, what are your plans for this second semester? Please take a minute to share. I’d love to read about them.


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A Jig a Jog, Wanna Start a Blog?

O.K., the title is somewhat corny for sure, but have you ever considered starting a blog? Maybe you do not think you have what it takes. Age does not matter, where you live does not matter, money is not a factor, gender is not important…so what is a factor? What does it take? It takes passion and consistency. Many folks really want to write a blog, but they complain they do not know what to blog about. You should blog about your passion. What do you love? What are good at doing? What is your expertise? What is something you have a good handle on? Brainstorm a little to help you answer this question and begin to lay the groundwork for your blog. Consistency simply means you should post at least once or twice a week if you expect to have any type of following, and you know you want readers. You want readers who not only read your blog, but leave comments for you as well. It is so fun to read the comments that are left.

BlogWriting.Com offers a free blogging pre-course that is well worth your time. You work at your own pace, so you can go as fast or as slow as you want. Now you might be thinking you do not have time for a blogging course, or that you do not need one. You would be wrong. You can always make time for a 10 or 20 minute lesson, and everyone can use a little help improving their blog. After all, there is so much more to blogging that just posting!

Perhaps you have a home business that would benefit from a blog. Blogging is a great way to drive a little business traffic your way. If you want a top-notch blog with many readers and lots of action, you must learn how to create one.

Blogging is also a super way to encourage students to practice their writing skills. Having your own blog is all the rage these days. Knowing others will read what you have written encourages blog writers to give more thought to their writing. It is also a fun way to improve writing skills.

Maybe you have a friend or two that can help you with your blog, if you can actually get them to sit down with you and show the ropes. Friends mean well, but most simply do not have time to teach blogging skills because it takes more than one lesson to learn the ropes. Invest in yourself if you want to reap a great reward.


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Blogging Winners

Congratulations to the following Blogging 101 winners: Sequoia, Tara, Kelly and, Jill.

If you haven’t responded to the email about redeeming your prize, please contact me with Blogging 101 in the title.


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Blog-At-Your-Own Pace

Below you will find great info about the Blogging 101 course that I have as a give-away. Five lucky readers will be able to win a free 8-week blogging course.  Just leave a comment stating your top three reasons for wanting to take the blog course or wanting to make your blog better… The give-away will end May 15th at mid-night.  For an extra entry,  follow @blogwritingcourse on Twitter.  Leave a comment letting me know you are following.

Whether you are an absolute newbie blogger, or have had a blog for a while but want to improve it and grow your audience, is your source for blogging how-to’s!  Head to for TONS of free blogging info, and even a completely free automated Intro to Blogging course.  Then, if you decide blogging is for you, offers  Blogging 101 – – an eight-week,  self-propelled, comprehensive course that will guide you through all the basics of creating and establishing your new blog. The units covered in the Blogging 101 curriculum include:

  1. Introduction to Blogging (all the basics for the beginning blogger)
  2. Laying Your Cards On The Table (blog titles, platforms, and start-up instructions)
  3. It’s All About Me (blogging safety, “About Me” pages, and blog design)
  4. Build That Content and Make It Snazzy (writing quality posts, commenting, and adding media)
  5. It’s The Little Things That Count (sidebars, widgets, categories, and static pages)
  6. Mi Blog es Su Blog – – Building Community (growing a readership, blog promotion, and blogrolls)
  7. Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained (more blog promotion strategies and making money with your blog)
  8. Looking Back and Looking Forward (tips and strategies for continuing to grow your blog after the course)

When you have completed the Blogging 101 course, you will have not only learned the basics of blogging, but you will have your VERY OWN BLOG, several quality posts, and very possibly a growing following of readers!  Whether you are a mom wanting to chronicle your family’s  exploits, an entrepreneur who wants a place to showcase their new business, a middle or high schooler who is looking for an interactive writing platform, or anyone who simply wants to explore themselves and the world around them more deeply, Blogging 101 is ready to help you accomplish your blogging goals.


 I am a course alumni and LOVED the course! Leave a comment listing the top 3 reasons you want to take the course. For an extra entry, follow BWC on twitter @blogwritingcourse.


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FREE Blogging Course

Did you just say a FREE blogging course??

cooltext455131299Yes.  Yes, in fact I did say a FREE blogging course. is proud to offer new or potential bloggers a free introductory course into the world of blogging.  That means that if you have been entertaining the idea of starting a blog, but felt that you really didn’t know where to begin, then we have a course for you!!

Intro to Blogging is a fun and interactive automated course to help you get your feet wet in the blogosphere.  There are a series of videos, short readings, and interactive exercises which you can take over a week or so, taking perhaps a total of two hours.  During this time, you’ll discover:

– how easy it is to blog

– what the basic lingo (vocabulary) is

– some basics about online safety

– whether blogging is something for you or not

Don’t let a lack of knowledge intimidate you from starting a blog or even taking a blog writing course.  By signing up for and taking our free pre-course you know what it’s all about. You’ll understand the lingo. You’ll know how to stay safe online and you’ll know how to create and promote your own blog.

Join the growing number of bonified bloggers who have gotten their start in blogging right here – – at!


Blog Writing Course has partnered with me to offer 5 readers a free Blogging 101 course which is the next course after the free pre-course.  I am a course alumni and LOVED it! Leave a comment listing the top 3 reasons you want to take the course. For an extra entry, follow BWC on twitter @blogwritingcourse.

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Blog Give-away

Do you have a diary? Do you have your own blog? Why or why not? A blog is much like a diary, or it can be if you choose to go that direction.

I love writing. I remember keeping a diary as a very young girl and adult. When my daughter was born, I kept a diary for her for several years. Some day she will enjoy reading it. Do you find that writing helps you express yourself, even if nobody ever reads what you write? Blogging can be great therapy. I read an article the other day about how blogging gives therapeutic aid to patients. I am not surprised.

If you own a business, even a home business, blogging is a great way to promote that business. Do your relatives live far away? Blogging is a super way to keep friends and family up on the goings on in your family. Are you an expert in some area? Other folks are always looking for help. Your blog might just be the ticket. Some people even blog together. Then there are “vlogs” (video blogs). Blogging is also a great way to get kids to write more. If they are blogging about their passion, they will enjoy what they are doing. There are lots of different ways to express yourself via a blog.

Don’t let blogging cause anxiety because you don’t know all the ins and outs. I recently took a free intro to blogging course and it was great. I was able to learn at my own pace because the course was automated. I went on to take a full eight week blog writing course that covered absolutely everything I needed to know and then some! It was invaluable. It will take some time for me to implement all I learned, but I am making headway and having the time of my life as I go.

How about you–are you ready to start a blog? I want to help you if you really want to learn about blogging. I contacted the site I took my courses from and they have agreed to partner with me and offer 5 of my readers a free 8 week blogging course–Blogging 101. Click here to look around the site. Sign up for the free pre-course to blogging, then come back here and leave a comment telling me your top 3 reasons for wanting to take the blogging course. The contest begins today, April 25, 2011 and ends May 8, 2011. For an extra entry, click to follow them on Twitter–@blogwriting-and leave another comment telling me that.


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Here a Blog, There a Blog

Blog writing/reading doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, rather it seems to be picking up more steam. How many times does someone talk about something they read on so-and-so’s blog?  Do friends recommend blogs to you? Do you visit favorite blogs on a regular basis? Peter Merholz coined the term “blog” in 1999 after shortening Jorn Barger’s (1997) term “weblog”.

Anyone can set up a blog. There are lots of free blog hosting sites such as Word Press, Typepad, Google, Blogger… Have you ever considered starting your own? If not, why? If lack of knowing what to do is part of the problem, then today is your lucky day. You can register for a free blog writing course.

Blogging is a fantastic way to encourage kids to write. What does your child love? Horses, Nascar, sports, literature, cooking, sewing, astronomy, singing/music, art… They can begin a blog devoted to their love. What a fun way to merge essential academic and future work skills into their life! Technology use is a must for kids today if they hope to be successful in the workforce of tomorrow. Blogging uses many techie skills. Writing a blog involves using basic writing skills, editing skills, computer skills… They also learn to interact with others via comments readers leave. Having a blog allows kids to have their voice heard. Perhaps you are worried your child doesn’t have the best writing skills. Not a problem. There are great online writing courses that focus on basic sentence writing to SAT essay writing. Who knows, your child may become a blogging aficionado in no time at all!


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