When my youngest daughter Gemma-Rose said, “Will you play a board game with me… please!” I was tempted to tell her I was much too busy. You see, board games are just not my thing. I could have come up with a dozen reasons why I didn’t have time, but I didn’t. Though it’s hard to believe, I actually smiled and said, “Okay, what shall we play?”
Gemma-Rose set up the Guess Who? boards. Unfortunately some of the people were missing, and a few of the cards had identifying marks on them, so we couldn’t use them. But we still enjoyed our slightly reduced game. “I wonder if there’s a computer version,” I mused. Later, I found a Guess Who? app. I haven’t downloaded it yet but I will.
Now I know computer games aren’t the same as the real thing. Some people might think they are inferior. But they do have one huge advantage: The pieces can’t go missing. You should see our Cluedo set. It’s even worse than our Guess Who? set. Not only do we have to work out the murderer, the crime scene and the murder weapon, we also have to remember that the button is Miss Scarlett, the miniature teapot is the dagger, the chess pawn is Reverend Green… I can’t believe how few of the original pieces are left. I wonder if there’s a Cluedo app.
Board games and computer games remind me of paper books and ebooks. A lot of people prefer real books to ebooks. Sophie has been thinking about this. “Do you think I could make a video about the advantages of Kindle books?” she asks me. “What could you say?” I wonder. We start brainstorming and it’s amazing (unbelievable perhaps) how many advantages we come up with. It should be a very interesting video.
Sophie isn’t the only person Imogen has been helping. A week or so ago, Imogen agreed to be interviewed for a podcast about writing. And then a couple of days ago, I asked her to be involved with yet another podcast. “Dad’s going to answer some questions about being a school teacher who’s also an unschooling father,” I told her. “I’d also like to talk to him about his involvement in your lives. I could ask you some questions about that.” So the three of us sat around my computer and had a chat, and I recorded it. Later I edited the podcast. Now all it needs is a title. An Unschooling Father, a School Teacher Husband and Lots of Tea? Tea? All will be revealed when I publish the podcast on Thursday.
People are actually listening to my podcasts. That’s very surprising, maybe hard to believe, considering they’re far from perfect. (That first podcast episode wasn’t very good at all.) My podcasts are in fact more popular than the accompanying blog posts. I have no idea who is listening to them. It’s all a big mystery.
How to submit my podcasts to iTunes was a big mystery too. It took me ages to work out how to do this. Now I’m waiting to hear if my podcast series has been approved. Me on iTunes? Doesn’t that sound unbelievable? It’s amazing what opportunities are available to us via our computers.
Did you hear I’m now on Amazon? Or rather my children’s novel is. Yes, The Angels of Abbey Creek is now available from Amazon (at an unbelievable price), as well as Lulu and Barnes and Noble. I haven’t done much promotion for the book. I feel rather shy about the whole matter. I did have one idea: I‘m taking photos of people reading my book in different situations.
On Friday Andy asked me if I‘d like to go to town and have coffee with him. I took my children’s book and my camera along with us. We settled ourselves at a table in the shopping mall and then I said, “Could you look like you’re reading my book, please?” So Andy opened the book and started reading. “Hold the book up a bit more so I can see the cover. Could you drink your coffee at the same time? No?” Snap! Snap! I had my photos. I then let Andy get back to his coffee.
Yesterday, the book made an appearance at breakfast time. Gemma-Rose, our Porridge Princess, found herself reading it in her pyjamas while chopping nuts to sprinkle over our oats.
I’m posting the book photos on my Sue Elvis Writes Facebook page, one each day.
If you hop over to my Facebook page to see the photos, take a look at the painting stones ideas. I rather like the stone domino set. It would make a good gift. Would Charlotte like stone dominos for her birthday? Perhaps not. She might be too old.
Charlotte turns 17 this week. That’s hard to believe. She’s almost all grown up.
There is one thing that is not hard to believe at all: Nora is a very mischievous puppy. She is full of energy and won’t sit still when I want to take her photo. And she has a very wet tongue!
But I did manage to get one good photo of Nora, Gemma-Rose and my book. It’s on my Sue Elvis Writes Facebook page.
You can also find me on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page!
I wonder if anything unbelievable happened to you last week!