When I retired, not only did I transition from employee to retiree, but also I transitioned from homeowner to apartment dweller. To survive the life changes, I had a mission: simplify my life. I eliminated years of accumulated clutter that I thought I couldn’t live without. Not a simple task, but I did it. Finally, I’m living on the South Carolina coast, the place of my dreams. My apartment is in order, and from the window above my desk I see water and moss-draped live oaks.
In the past, I published several humor essays. I love writing humor, and the short humor essays fit into my busy work life. My most recent humor essay “How I Survived the Great American Dream” was published this month in Sasee magazine, a local South Carolina women’s magazine. You can read the article at www.sasee.com.
Now, I have a new mission: write every day. To be more specific, I want to write and publish a romantic-comedy-mystery. Think Stephanie Plum turns 50. Okay, 60. But I can still remember what it was like to lust after the Ranger-type bad boys. I have to admit that after a divorce and teaching college English for fifteen years, my thoughts have turned more to murder than romance and comedy.
At last, I have time to write what I want to write. I hope you will join me on my journey through the writing life. I’ll share tidbits of knowledge gleaned from years of studying creative writing and teaching composition and literature. I’ll share my ups and downs, my successes and failures. Maybe you can learn from my mistakes and I can learn from your successes. I’m looking forward to this new life phase, Life-After-Retirement, where my main focus is writing and publishing.
But first, I must get started—the most difficult part of writing. According to Walt Disney, the way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. So, my new writer friends, I encourage you to join me on a new writing adventure.