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 them 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 grown from only sharing women’s stories to sharing useful information for writers and I propose to step up my involvement with readers by offering y own tips and hints as well as linking you to other brilliant editors on the web.