More About Me

I can do more than just read and write. For example, I can wiggle my ears, move to a new state while pregnant (done three times), and lift things off the floor with my amazing toes. I also graduated from college with 2 and a half majors in 3 and a half years.

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ADHD and Medication

As you know, ADHD has many treatment options. For many, recognizing their behaviors and changing their patterns to help prevent unwanted outcomes is all they need to succeed. Others need medication.
Even though my child is one of those who improved drastically only after he was on medication, I still resist giving it to him each day. He needs it to succeed in school, and it helps at home, but does he need it there?
The answer is probably yes.
So why have I been saving it for school days? The problem is that I still view it as something that changes him, when I should be thinking of it as something that restores him. It restores the chemicals in his brain to where they SHOULD be. It's like insulin for those with diabetes, or thyroid medication for those with glandular problems. Their bodies are not working properly and those medications bring the chemical balance back to where it should be.
We all know hormones can affect behavior and mood (PMS, "Pregnancy brain," etc.). When they are out of whack, then we do things outside our normal behavior. Even though we don't treat temporary irregularities, there are things that help for long-term imbalances. They supplement whatever deficiencies exist to return you to your normal behavior.
Medication is there for a reason. If your child is one of those who needs it, then give it to them. That doesn't mean to stop working on the other lifestyle changes that will also help, but it means to include it as part of the overall plan.


Educational Books

It feels great when you've created things that other people value. My math book, Alligator Angles, which is all about the angles (go figure) has been ordered the most. And now another book, Writing and ADHD: Tips to Help Finish Your Writing Projects, has been highlighted in a local health newsletter and will be referenced in another article a speech professor is writing. (It has also been cradled to the chests of several members in my writing groups.)
I wrote those booklets for my kids, but I published them to benefit others who were dealing with the same issues. Their spread is a sign that they are living up to their potential and doing what they were designed to do - help.


Book Sale

Smashwords is having their July sale. Several books are 25-100% off...including mine. Check it out., It ends July 31st.


Writing and ADHD

Print Versions are now available.
More locations to follow in 6-8 weeks.
Electronic versions coming in October.


ADHD and Me.

When my sons were diagnosed with ADHD it explained a lot. Their impulsivity, forgetfulness, and inability to focus now had a nice, neat label. However, I didn't want them to think they could use that as an excuse to be anything less than successful. Since I write, I wanted to know how to best help them with their writing skills should they choose to go down the same path I have. The more I learned, the more I realized that I did the same things they did, just to a smaller extent, and the techniques I used to help myself, could help them as well.
I compiled my findings into a booklet, and began beta testing it with my writers groups. (That's right, groups.) Every time I did, someone asked to keep a copy for their own reference. One of the members even referred me to a mental health newsletter he works with and hooked me up with one of the editors who will include a piece about my booklet in their forthcoming edition of the newsletter!
While I was originally planning on prepping it for an October release (ADHD awareness week lies in that month), I have never been one to turn down an opportunity. Instead of releasing it all at the same time, like I originally planned, I will have paper copies ready June 15th, and add electronic copies in October.
Mostly I'm just glad that what has helped me, has proved useful to others, and can help those, especially, who struggle with ADHD tendencies to accomplish their writing goals.  


For Sale on Amazon - LeAnn Mathis

I ran into an issue a little while ago trying to get my books on Amazon. I resolved it, and now the I've published under my pen name, LeAnn Mathis are available on kindle. This includes:
Little Red - Those fairy tales were somebody's life...mine.!
Cursed Corsets - After the death of her mother, Isabella took comfort in dance, her father, and new step-family. But that was all stripped away by a cursed corset. (A Cinderella Story - sorry no pictures)
Monster Nights - What happens when two monsters step out for a visit.
Leo Leroy: The case of the Lunchroom mystery - There was something wrong with the lunches at Elmhurst Elementary, and it is up to fifth grader, Leo Leroy, to find out what.
The Shakra - Saphira lost almost everyone she loved to the gnomes. She is determined to get them back or be captured trying, but it's not the gnomes she should be worried about. A far greater evil waits for her in their mountains. If she can't master an ancient weapon known as the shakra, then she will have no defense against the mighty navestrung.  


The Big Dipper Changes His Name

The Big Dipper
Every time a child makes a wish, it is recorded by the stars.
One day, a star heard, "Please, help me not to be a bucket dipper. Bucket dippers are mean and bad." 
This made the star very sad, because he was part of the BIG dipper.
He didn't want to be a bucket dipper either so he ran away. "I won't hurt anyone here," he thought to himself.
Then he heard another prayer. "I’m lost. Please help me find my way home." 
The star remembered that the big dipper wasn't just a constellation. It pointed the way to the North Star. That star had helped people find their way home for thousands of years.
He hurried back to his spot in the sky. People counted on him to find the right way.
The next night he heard a child say, "Please help me be a bucket filler. They are kind, and they help people"

He smiled and sparkled a little more brightly. That’s what he was. People may call him a big dipper, but he was really a big filler. 


The Lost Puppy

One day a puppy got lost in the woods.  He was scared, and he was hungry.  He found some beans and ate them.  Suddenly, he was floating.  He could see his house!  He was so happy, his tail wagged him all the way home.

(Author's Note: This story was created when my daughter handed me a 2x4 imch piece of paper and said, "Write a story."  While this has been slightly modified from the original, I kept the image of the puppy's tail propelling him forward through the air, because he was wagging it so hard.)  


My Georgetown Contest Entry

I recently entered Figment's Georgetown contest.  In 1,000 words or less, you had to have your two favorite characters do something at a Washington monument. 
As I read the Georgetown novella we had to write the continuation scene from, I remembered thinking the girls needed to be stronger.  While some were power-hungry manipulators, most of them were trying to be kind and good.  But it felt more like appeasement than an actual conviction of goodness.  The kind that will stand the test of time.  That is what I tried to give them in my entry, The Lincoln Connection, which can be read here:


Alligator Angles-Free E-Book

I recently released my (incredibly) short story called Alligator Angles for free through electronic distributers.  Synopsis: A kid who enters his backyard and is greated by alligators, but what kind of alligators are they?
It is designed to help kids remember the three different kinds of angles: acute, right, and obtuse.  Enjoy!

Status: Available to the public NOW in e-book form.  Kindle edition coming soon.