My family and friends think I’m too busy to be a ‘retired person’ and they are correct. A writer never retires … only chooses when to work and when to play. I choose to keep writing and play golf (lots). I’m not too bad at golf, actually. I have a 21 handicap and two holes-in-one (okay, I’m bragging – a Diva-moment!).
I find both golf and writing fun, the latter for reasons only other writers seem to relate to (and that’s probably true of golf as well – to other golfers, that is!). I like the creative process in both but each can be inordinately frustrating, too.
In writing, I wear many hats. I am a published children’s writer, with a nice number of short stories and nonfiction articles in children’s magazines over the years. Lately, though, I’ve concentrated on novels, and now have one waiting for positive words from an agent (keep your fingers crossed). Other hats include freelance editor; managing editor/publisher of The Creative Writer’s Notebook, a monthly subscription-supported newsletter for writers; and owner of Court Jester Publications www.courtjesterpublications.com [No submissions, please. We publish anthologies of the winning short stories from CWN’s annual contest – I’m retired remember?]
I am also a musician with 40+ years experience as a professional singer and college voice professor. I spent 8 years as a music missionary in Brazil, and since my marriage have served as a minister of music in several churches.
I lived wonderfully single until my 42nd year, when I married Tom Sanders, whom I had known and dated off and on for 15 years (we never lived in the same city, so ours was a totally long-distance romance – especially since part of that time I lived in Brazil and he in Iran!). Tom is now retired from both the US Navy and ATT, and a confirmed volunteer. We have no children, but countless friends allow us to love theirs. We will celebrate 25 years of marriage on February 1, 2011. Will wonders never cease!?
I may do a rewrite later, but on this, the first day of my new blogging enterprise, I believe that these are the essentials you need to know. The rest you’ll discover if you stick with me! Just remember family, music, writing, travel – these are bound to pop up in the posts from time to time!