Monday, May 6, 2013

Baseball Season: A Good Reason to Procrastinate?

Now that I’m retired I should be writing all the time. But I am finding so many reasons not to sit down at the keyboard and type out the next manuscript. Our move to Napa late last year; my father’s passing in February; our upcoming move from Napa to…maybe Florida’s Gulf Coast; playing with our two cats; visiting my sister. But the thing that is taking up most of my time is watching baseball. We will make two or three games a year at AT&T Park or the Coliseum, but we mostly watch on TV. And with summer comes barbequing. Our apartment has a large patio area and it is arranged so that we can see the TV perfectly. We placed a speaker outside and now we can watch baseball from the patio while enjoying cool beverages and firing up the BBQ. And that takes a lot of my time!

The point is that there is no good reason to procrastinate. I love crafting great stories and should be getting back to it. But the A’s play at 4:05pm, the Giants at 7:10pm, and it is a beautiful day. Oh dear, what’s a busy woman to do?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Senior Syphilis? Surprise, Retirees!

Video and article by Motley Fool, "4 Things That Will Surprise You About Retirement," by Dayana Yochim and Robert Brokamp, CFPApril 24, 2013, Copyright 2013, The Motley Fool. All rights reserved.

As a newly retired Baby Boomer I noticed an article with accompanying video at the Motley Fool site that talked about retirement surprises. Since I just turned 60 and retired, I was curious. I read the article and I was surprised! Here are the four items that Robert Brokamp, Certified Financial Planner with Motley Fool and formerly with Prudential Securities (according to his LinkedIn profile) has to say:

1) People get bored
2) There is tension between couples after retirement
3) Highest rate of STD growth is in the senior community
4) Retirees are carrying high debt in credit cards and home mortgages

I've been retired since the end of January 2013 and I have to say I've already experienced boredom at home and tension between my spouse and I. And I am not surprised by the high rate of debt being carried. Fortunately, we have planned for this day and are ready to buy a home for cash in a low cost of living area. We are looking at the Gulf Coast of Florida. We would not be able to live in the San Francisco Bay Area which has been our home for over 30 years without working for the rest of our lives.

The big surprise was the comment about senior syphilis. I had no idea that we Baby Boomers had this problem. Maybe I've been living under a rock. Not wanting to take for granted the expertise of a financial planner on STDs, I checked WebMD for senior syphilis. Here is a quote from the article: Sex and the Elderly: STD Risk Often Ignored:

"According the CDC [sic], close to 2,550 cases of syphilis were reported among adults between the ages of 45 and 65 in 2010 -- up from around 900 cases in 2000."

There is more to the article, but essentially, it appears to support the claim that STDs are a growing problem in the elderly population. They speculate that performance enhancing drugs may be a contributing factor--hmmm, you think?

I don't know if this constitutes an epidemic, but maybe our Hippie Boomer free love ways of the past are catching up with us. Well, I have to say that I'm glad I won't be out there looking for love in all the wrong places.  Maybe I should work harder on the tension thing between my spouse and I and make sure our retirement in our new affordable community is stress free, debt free, and STD free. As for boredom, I'll keep on writing and see how I do.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Back to Writing

It’s been six months since I wrote. Not only on this blog, but writing in general. That’s not good for a writer. I have plenty of excuses: retiring from my job; a move; my father’s passing; looking for yet another place to live. Typical stuff. But it’s time to get back to writing.

I want to start by thanking all the people who have been downloading Night Flight to their eReaders. I’ve reduced the price to $0.99 and that appears to be about right for the market. It is selling well, and the free specials are really moving. Thank you to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords for featuring Night Flight as a short-term free special. Over 2000 copies were distributed.

A special thank you to those of you who left reader reviews on the sites where you got your copies. I find them very valuable. I read every one and appreciate those who take the time to leave a comment. I want to emphasize that all reviews are important. Even the readers who left critical reviews are important. It is helpful to me to see what a reader liked or didn’t like about the story, the writing style, or whatever.

Keep the reviews coming, and thank you again. I hope to be doing more blogging now that I am beginning to get settled, although there is another move in our near future. And I’m working on a video to help readers preview Night Flight

I've attached this video to showcase how talented I can be. This was made for a fundraiser we were doing when I worked for SF CARD, the nonprofit I was at in San Francisco. Talented, no? No!