It’s Not Too Late!

We all know people who wallow in the past. For every one who looks forward to adventures, there are at least a few who dwell on the past, bemoan loves lost, and make themselves be more miserable by refusing to move on. It’s a bummer to listen to the same dreadful story told with their faulty memories of what really happened. They accept no responsibility or blame for their destructive behavior. Over and over, they make themselves the victim. It’s very tiring listening. I have to separate myself from those types of people.

People suddenly become unaware they can still make some pretty significant contributions to life after retirement age. What? No. That isn’t true. Some of the most notable artists didn’t pick up a brush until after they were 70 years young. It’s all about timing. And confidence. And a great support group. Not your family and friends. The support of a group of like-minded people who can critique your creations and offer constructive comments to encourage greatness from you. Your family most likely will be “too nice,” and that’s good/bad.

As a woman who expected something totally different from this part of life, I can tell you, there is life after raising a family. I was not prepared for it at all. I thought I’d have a bunch of biological grandkids, and that didn’t come true until the last three years. My kids had kids later in life. My step kids have three between them, and I love them as much as the bio ones. Only two live in town, so although we’ve had the babysitting and fun times, and it was over too quick. Now they’re doing High School Dance Team and Flag Football. The three that live out of town, one is 8th grade, and the two others are in pre-school day care.

My daughter (in between chasing toddlers) encouraged me to write the kid’s book I always wanted to write. I cannot find a reason not to; I can find all sorts of excuses, but nothing valid. I lost my illustrator, and now I’m looking into using software on actual photos, turning them into my own cartoon-like photos. It should be fun. See? Learning something new yet again! It never stops. My I/T Department (brother-in-law Brad Shuck) is advising me about this.

This year has been pretty exciting for my writing. I’m growing an audience via Social Media and my blog. I’m advertising on Facebook, and it’s adding more followers for Jewell Publishing LLC, Kathy Raabe, Author, and Grandma Kathy. Grandma Kathy will be the name you will find on my kid books. I’m doing that for a couple of reasons.

First, I’ve read a lot about pen names, and writing in more than one genre. The word is you need separate names for each genre, so they don’t get confused. I don’t want to have two separate websites to maintain, nor do I want to spend the $$. Second, I think readers are smart enough to keep them separate. Maybe you’ll have a reader who has grandkids, they buy books for them from Grandma Kathy, and books for themselves from Kathy Raabe, Author. All the money goes into Jewell Publishing, LLC, and I’m the only one who needs to be concerned about that. Right? Right.

Never did I imagine all the business knowledge a person needs to be an indie author. I’m glad I had folks to guide me through the maze of vanity publishers, who are out there in large numbers, the reality of finding an agent, and going through one (I may not have that much time left!). There is so much more to writing than actually putting the words down on the paper. This weekend, I need to seriously catch up the website for our VFW Post. I have events photos that haven’t been shared yet, and I need to make the time to take care of it. Then I can get back to business.

In the meantime, thank you for making time for reading today. I appreciate it a lot. See you tomorrow!