Thirteen Days Until School

It’s soon! Today, we got two letters from the school district about my daughter’s school. One of the letters was about her bus. Unfortunately, they have the time wrong, so we need to correct that before September 8th. The other was a letter saying when my daughter’s first day of school is, and it’s September 1st! She’ll only go that day, then again on the 8th.

You see, during the first week of school, they’re slowly introducing the kids to kindergarten. They don’t want to overwhelm the kids, so only a few at a time go. Parents are supposed to go on the first day and stay for about half an hour, then the rest of the time is just the kids with the teacher. On September 8th, the bus service begins, and my daughter will take the bus to and from school.

Today, we got her new shoes, both outdoor and indoor shoes. We’re ordering her school supplies, as well. And we’ll have to pay for her registration fees and bus pass.

Hard to believe school starts so soon for her. This will be an interesting time. Over the next two weeks, I’m working with her on writing, the alphabet, and numbers. You know, just to prepare her, and get her a little head start.

My main concern is that she’ll cry when it’s time to go home. Both times she’s gone to the school, she cried when it was time to go home. Hopefully, she won’t do it every day.

She’s growing up.

Authors Answer 94 – Lessons of a Jolly Hermit

How can a hermit be jolly? Ever heard of a jolly hermit? Find out what our ideas are in today’s Authors Answer. You get to choose which story is the best in a poll at the end of the post.

But first, the winner of last week’s contest, The Practicality Engine, is… me! Congratulations, me!

So, let’s look at today’s story!

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 94 – Lessons of a Jolly Hermit

Paul B. Spence

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-help

Setting: 21st Century America

Summary: There has never been a better time to be a hermit that the 21st century. Nowadays you can sit at home and never leave, even to work or buy food! But this isn’t without a downside. Not everyone will be happy without any human contact. With our handy guide you too can learn to turn that socially-awkward frown upside-down and be JOLLY!

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Genre: Coming-of-Age/Young Adult

Setting: Unknown mountains/wilderness in modern-day Asia

Erin has made a lot of mistakes in her life, but running away with a man nearly twice her age has to be some kind of record. Penniless and abandoned in a land she doesn’t even know the name of, the teen’s luck changes when she stumbles into a kind old man living at the base of the mountains. But this kindly hermit isn’t going to save her; he’s going to teach her how to save herself.

D. T. Nova


Fantasy world vaguely based on ancient China

A young girl who wants to be a philosopher seeks out the greatest mind of her grandfather’s generation. But years away from society have changed him, and the lessons she learns are not what she expected.

Elizabeth Rhodes

“Lessons of a Jolly Hermit,” a young adult novel set in a big city. Karla spent most of her life on a ranch with her father, interacting with few outsiders. Now she’s off to college and the culture shock of her life.

Jean Davis

Lessons of a Jolly Hermit is self help novel for those who are alone for the holidays. Written by one of retired elf, Twinkleberry Hammerthumb, this book is filled with anecdotes and helpful advice on how to single size your Christmas spirit and find joy in being just one.

Eric Wood

Lessons of a Jolly Hermit is about a romance put to the test. When a big music industry CEO finds herself on a kumquat farm she becomes entranced by the voice of the hermit farmer. He risks everything on a trip to LA to make it in the music industry when things take a turn toward the complicated.

Gregory S. Close

Science Fiction

Chance Watanabe is the pilot of the U.N.S.S. Longbow, custodian of her onboard systems, engineer for her nuclear pulse reactor, and caretaker of her hibernating crew. He is a scientist, an astronaut, and an explorer.  He is meticulous, efficient and happy at his work.  He is alone, but not lonely.  He doesn’t miss his friends.  He doesn’t miss his family.  To him, it seems like he just saw them yesterday.

For twenty years, Chance Watanabe has awakened every day not remembering the last 24 hours of his life.  Every day, the mundane tasks of his lifetime in space seem fresh and new.  Every day, just like the first day in the marathon of his interstellar voyage.

But when something goes horribly wrong – can he remember enough to save his crew from death, the Longbow from destruction and their mission from failure?

Jay Dee Archer

Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational

Setting: Canadian Rocky Mountains

Caleb Jameson has a problem. As an introvert, he’s always asked why he’s so quiet. He goes to parties and doesn’t enjoy them. He prefers to spend his time alone. He goes on a week-long hiking trip through the Canadian Rockies and stumbles upon a grizzled old hermit named Lucky Pete. Living alone, he’s achieved happiness. Can Caleb learn his secrets?

How about you?

Now it’s your turn. Choose a book that you think should be written. Which best fits the title “Lessons of a Jolly Hermit” in your mind? Vote below, then leave a comment explaining your choice.