Friday, August 28, 2015
Autumn is here, my favourite season yet I feel sick to the stomach, stressed and have this nameless dread hanging over me. My body, and in particular my bowels, are fractious. After thirty plus years in education, the last twelve as a principal, retirement is looming, just six weeks away. Retirement is the end of my vocation, the end of meaning, the end of my life as I know it. A great void beckons. No dreams. No hope. Just a hedonistic life - me, me, me. Solitary existence, solitary pursuits. Then the voice of reason takes over. I talk to myself sternly. Stop moaning, Chrissie and do something about it. I enrol in a new Writing course at Box Hill TAFE. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to write a book. This morning I start a journal, an Autumn Journal, for the autumn of my life. I must try to give voice to my fears and where better than my journal. Chrissie Anthony
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The aging population are rapidly growing in numbers due to the post-war ‘baby boom’ in the late 1940s and 1950s. This group is looking for new lifestyle opportunities in their retirement. Many are looking for more than retirement. They wish to remain engaged and vital to society. As a result ‘Encore Career’ is finding its way into the vocabulary. Many are choosing writing, which has led to the strong growth in two categories of writers. There are legacy writers (writing a one-off book about their family tree or life) and encore career writers (taking up a career as a writer instead of retiring). Our blog is dedicated to this new category of emerging writers.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
I attended A.C. Grayling's launch of his latest book. He eloquently communicated difficult ideas in an entertaining way. I left with a new found motivation to write and communicate my own "interpretation of the times we live in." If you want your encore career to be in writing, I do recommend you see as many author book launches as you can, then read their work. A good writers habit incorporates a mix of researching, writing, reading and editing.