On Your Marks…Get Set…Go!
It’s summertime, which means some changes are in store here at chez Rancourt. For the next two months, I won’t be able to spend long weekday hours at the laptop, writing or otherwise engaged in constructive social networking (read: playing on Twitter and Facebook). Why?
See, my daughter’s been out of school for a week and a half, and my son gets out on Friday. All of a sudden, instead of just me and the cats and the puppy, there’ll be three sentient beings vying for computer time. Do that math.
Last summer things were easier because there were TWO desktops downstairs instead of just one. We could each happily engage in our preferred creative, practical, and useful tasks. Or play hours of Minecraft and Team Fortress Two.
I know what you’re thinking. What kind of a parent lets their kids have unlimited time on the computer? How about a lazy one? Or one that is trying to look reality squarely in the eye and make the best of things? These kids have choices that I never had to deal with, and I want them to be able to survive in the new world order.
It’s not that bad, really. My daughter spends the bulk of her time creating pictures using Microsoft Paint, and when she’s not doing that, she writes short stories. She won’t let me read them, but sometimes I sneak a peek at them over her shoulder. Sigh. My son, well, he mostly plays games, though he takes breaks to read and practice his piano. The breaks could be longer. I’m hoping this is just a phase.
Weather permitting, we’ll spend time at the beach, and we’ve got some (computer free) camping trips planned that will disrupt their electronic addiction. My son will start summer swim league soon, too, and my daughter has been having fun with the exercise videos she finds on our cable network.
And me? I bought myself a used AlphaSmart 2000 off eBay for $20. It’s a battery powered word processor with a small viewing screen that won’t reflect the sun’s glare. I hear these gizmos are as tough as nails. If I can make it talk to my laptop, I’ll be able to work on stuff while I’m camping or at the beach…
or sitting in the back yard, waiting my turn.
While my parenting style may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it works for us here in the Rancourt household. Every day brings something new, and I have faith that we’ll get through the summer months without killing each other or destroying personal property. I hope you spend as much time as you like engaged in your preferred form of summer fun, and if you run into my son on a TFT server, proceed cautiously. He can be dangerous.
Ah, Liv, that summer scenario looks oh, so familiar.
Liv Rancourt writes paranormal and romance, often at the same time. She lives with her husband, two teenagers, two cats and one wayward puppy. She likes to create stories that have happy endings, and finds it is a good way to balance her other job in the neonatal intensive care unit. Liv can be found on-line at her website (www.livrancourt.com), her blog (www.liv-rancourt.blogspot.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/liv.rancourt), or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LivRancourt).
Be sure to check out Liv's blog at www.liv-rancourt.blogspot.com.
Here is a short synopsis from Liv's book A Vampires's Deadly Delight
She’s a quiet, unassuming bookstore owner by day, but by night...
But when her work catches the attention of some old enemies—who won’t hesitate to destroy Kristen if it also means the end of Jai—this vampire may be their only hope. Can Kristen and Jai learn to tell the difference between good and evil in time to defeat Jai’s ancient nemesis? Or will being Jai’s hostess cost Kristen more than just her beauty sleep?