It’s the first day of Autumn, the Equinox, and I’m feeling lighter and brighter as I pick up the reins of the Classic Women website and give t
hem a big shake—giddyup!
In 2017, I tentatively tiptoed into the shallows of that great big ocean of life-after-full-time-work. I took up a variety of new activities where I met lots of women. (It’s striking how many men I didn’t encounter). I was struck by the confidence and awesomeness of the women I met. I began to explore how retiring women experienced this transition to the ‘third age’ on several levels – emotional, physical, financial – and I began to record their stories in Classic Women. In doing so, I rediscovered my love of writing and confirmed that I was missing the pleasure of sharing ideas with other writers, something that had been a feature of my extensive public sector career.
At this time, it also dawned on me that I had a lot to offer other writers and I revelled in the knowledge that now I could be whatever I wanted to be! So I completed further study to firm up my skills as an editor and copywriter.
Since 2017, I have contributed to the completion of more than a hundred publications – fiction, non-fiction, poems, short stories, novels, and memoirs. I am having the time of my life! I have joined the peak Australian and English editing associations, pursued further professional development, and encountered some fascinating, creative individuals.
Classic Women, the blog, has morphed intoso I can share useful information for writers and offer my own tips and hints as well as linking you to other brilliant editors on the web.