Welcome to the blog of science fiction author Eileen Rhoadarmer--where science fiction and Mommyhood collide!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Welcome to Science Fiction Mommy!  I'm excited that it's time for another Ultimate Blog Party.  Last year I even won a prize!  Click here to see my post from when it arrived.

My name is Eileen Rhoadarmer, and I am a science fiction author and stay-at-home-mom.  My son is almost two-and-a-half, and I have a second baby due in June.  The second baby scares me a little, even though I'm excited.  I'm an only child, so I don't even have a child's perspective on navigating a family with multiple children.  Hubby is the oldest of three, but they have large age gaps between them so he's never experienced kids this close in age.  There are a lot of things I'm worried about, like sleep schedules and nursing.  My son took FOREVER to nurse every day, and I don't know what I'll do with him while nursing if the new baby wants to take as long.
My son and I.

I don't have any intention of homeschooling my children, but I do a lot of crafts with my son in order to give us stuff to do during the day.  He won't get to start preschool until he's nearly four (he has an October birthday) and kindergarten until he's nearly six, so I also feel like I'd be wasting a perfect window of opportunity if I didn't encourage the natural learning he's already doing.  I still intend to send him to school--preschool, if we can afford it, kindergarten if not.  (My mom teaches pre-K for the YMCA, and has informed me several times that he's going to be bored/have nothing new to learn in preschool, so I guess I sort of am homeschooling him.)  Anyway, if that sort of thing interests you, you can click on the kid crafts label to see some of the stuff we've done.  We started with Christmas and have been going somewhat steadily since.

Since last year, I have gone from a wannabe author to published--I sold two short stories in the last year; both to anthologies.  The first, Doomology:  The Dawning of Disasters, which holds my story "Night Terrors," is now available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  As you might guess, Doomology contains stories about disasters and apocalyptic events; both small scale and massive, man-made and natural, and everything in between.  Check out the links if you're interested in seeing the book.

The second anthology, A Glitch in the Continuum, which will hold my story "Pandora's Time," is forthcoming sometime later this year.  I'll be posting here (a lot!) when it's available.  (I thought about doing a giveaway of Doomology for the UBP but I wasn't sure how many parent bloggers would be interested in entering--if you'd like to win a scifi anthology, put that in your comment.  I'll think about it for next year based on what kind of responses I get.)

I do my writing during naptime and/or after everybody else goes to bed, and I finished the first draft of my first novel in January!  I'll work on editing it sometime later this year and then... we'll see how long things take.

If you're here for the party, please comment and share your links.  I can't wait to get to know some great new people!


Melanie said...

I am following you through UBP 2011. I am an only child as well and have 2 boys. It was a bit intimidating at first when the 2nd arrived, but you just do it! Don't stress about it, I'm sure your older son will be happy to be a big brother and in the long run, it's great to have 2 Good luck! Congrats on getting published! That's amazing! I will be checking out your books for sure!


LindsayDianne said...

Hi! It's really great to meet someone who has turned their dreams into reality, congrats to you on your steps as an authour!

T~T said...

Lovely to meet you - thanks for stopping by on the UBP! Once your new baby is born - it all just works itself out! Really - it's tough at first - but it starts to flow soon after! Good luck!

silly eagle books said...

Hi Eileen! Thanks for stopping by my blog today--I'm excited to find you! Sounds like we have a lot in common. :) I'm following you now.

Sela said...

Hi friend!
Had to stop by for the party!
And yes, I would love to win a SciFi anthology, especially one with YOUR story in it :)
Happy partying!

Jacqui said...

Hi! I'm following you from the UBP11! I look forward to reading more! I would love it if you would follow back at one or all three of my blogs :)


Erin said...

Visiting from UBP11. I have a 2 year old and baby#2 arrives in October, so we'll be in similar situations once the #2s arrive! I'm also an avid reader, so I'll be looking for your stories to read.

Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

I like how you said you were never going to home school! HAHAHA! I couldn't imagine that!

Stopping in from UBP! Please come and visit my post too! We have a big $208 Giveaway. Love for you to enter and to get to know our blog!

The Chief Blonde
Still Blonde after all these YEARS

Brimful Curiosities said...

Curious about your blog name and decided to stop by and visit via the UBP. Sci Fi isn't quite my thing but I do enjoy reading blogs by published authors. My blog is mainly about children's books. Happy partying!


Jennifer said...

Hi, stopped by through UBP11 and subscribed to you now-look forward to reading more :)


Lena said...

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Diabetic Snacker Giveaways said...

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Thanks for the chance at a prize pack I'm having a party

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Prairie Patch said...

Stopping by from the UBP. So nice to meet you.

I'm an only child, too, and had an only child. I wish I would've had another. I'm sure it will go just fine. Plus, my word, they do grow up so fast. (My son is in his late teens now).

Congrats on being published! Screenwriting is my first love. Perhaps one day I'll write another script.

Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

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Carla Gade said...

Popping over from the blog party! Nice to meet you. Great site you have here. I love blogging about my own adventures, too! I'm also an author (historical fiction) and webmaster.

Writing to Distraction

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Congratulations on publishing your first novel! I love sci-fi!

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Book Review Party Post

Jenn said...

Hi, so nice to meet you! Thanks so much for stopping by my site. Congrats on becoming a published author! Everyone is right about it just working out with two. In fact in time your older son will be very helpful with the young one. Bonus! While nursing you have your oldest become a helper. Or let him pick out books to read. He can hold the book and turn the pages while you read! It is wonderful to watch grow together:)

Michelle said...

SWEET!!! A bloggers dream to be published. I'm proud of you! I know I don't know you, but it's a big deal.

Don't be too scared of the new one. You will be amazed that you can, REALLY CAN, love this baby just as much as your first. And somehow that baby just feels like it was always suppose to be there, teh moment it arrives.

Get a sling that you can nurse in.

ASk for help and GET it.

Only do what has to be done, cleaning wise.

I'm long winded. LOL.

I actually came over here because you are. LOL. I saw your sweet, long comment on another blog and so many times the comments are Hi from UBP and they are gone, but I wanted to visit someone leaving such nice comments and here I am still talking.

I'll shut up now.

Shae said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for the great info on making a hard copy of my blog.
It is very appreciated, since I'm new to the blog world.
Keep rocking the party!!!

Susanmeep said...

I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop party, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back? http://susansdisneyfamily.blogspot.com/
thank you :)

Sarah Lynne said...

I am a new follower from UBP!!! Nice to meet you!! Have a great day!!


P.s. I am holding a giveaway on my blog for a great relaxation kit!!


Danae` said...

I'm a new follower from UBP! I too am an author. I wrote Mom University: The Student Guide. I am now writing my second book. Good luck with your writing!

Jennifer said...

Hi, I found your adorable blog on the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 and I'm a new
follower. Hop over and say Hi if you get a chance, Jennifer from Just

Jackie H. said...

Hi, I'm following from UBP 11. Very cool that you are writing and getting published. I have 2 little boys 1 year old and 2 year old. I remember feeling the same way-- especially about nursing. My first son was so SLOW. But my 2nd kiddo gobbled it all up and was done.
I am a reading specialist turned stay at home mom and I blog about early literacy. We do a lot of crafts with books so I'll be checking out your ideas. Feel free to come check out mine too.