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Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday.

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I see no reason not to dress as a pandemic pirate, even if all I do is stay home and wave at kids through the window. The pumpkin lights are up, the Jack O’Lantern is on the porch, and Halloween night there will be tiny bags of candy on a table out there, one bag per visitor. This time of year in North Carolina is also my favorite. After the heat and humidity of summer, the rain and the turning leaves feel wonderful. The season seems, paradoxically, like a new beginning.

I remember at the start of the pandemic thinking how boring it would be to sit at home for months on end. But 2020 has been anything but boring and shows no signs of letting up. Women past midlife remain incredibly active, winning Nobel prizes this month in Literature, Chemistry and Physics. And Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris made an impassioned appearance on the debate stage in October.

These women are making history, and they are the tip of the iceberg. Women all over the world are taking leadership during this pandemic, developing vaccines and therapeutics, treating patients, and either running for office ourselves or strongly supporting candidates who share our values. And we celebrate the women who came before us and fought so bravely for suffrage by voting in this key election.

Closer to home, I’m seeing more and more interest in erotic writing by and for women past midlife. We now have two online Elderotica groups up and running, and there is interest in forming a third. Some fabulous writing is happening in these groups, and I’m beta reading several manuscripts by women writers around the country that hold great promise. It is so exciting to be part of a new movement where women push back on ageism and sexism by telling our stories. We are leading the way for future older women, for our daughters and granddaughters, who will age more powerfully because of the stories we tell.

To test out our self-publishing toolchain, I am republishing a story called “Terraforming” that was previously included in the Dirty Old Women Anthology

This is an eBook only and is available for Kindle, Apple Books, Google, etc.

We did this to validate that everything works smoothly. The big plus is that you can download the mini-book for FREE here.  It's also available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and several other platforms — check it out!

Please write a review if you have a chance.

I’ve finished writing the Love in Lockdown stories that I’ve been working on ever since we self-quarantined last Spring. The main book will be available in November, along with two 'samplers' with three stories in each E-book. 

I wanted to write about the pandemic from the vantage point of older women in lockdown and the challenges we face—as well as the opportunities. Finishing and editing a manuscript in seven months has been its own challenge. And because this material is time sensitive, I decided to try self-publishing this time.

So now we are in the throes of publishing my new collection of thirteen stories, The Erotic Pandemic Ball: Tales of Love in Lockdown. This collection is about the love lives of women in an active senior community who live in strict lockdown conditions during the pandemic. So how do they get it on? You’ll be surprised. With the help of a friendly vampire, a bit of time travel and an overly inquisitive frog, it’s the most fun you can have with a mask on. 

In addition to the main collection, I am also publishing two Love in Lockdown samplers of three stories each, which will be a free eBooks on multiple platforms. These are stories of women past midlife in New York and California who find ways to express their sexuality during the pandemic. We are in the nuts-and bolts-stage right now, deciding on cover designs, making galley edits, finalizing back cover text, and all the other steps I remember from working with two publishers on past books—but now we are doing it ourselves, for three manuscripts simultaneously. I'm learning a lot!

As we approach completion on this project, I’m starting to think about what comes next. My favorite writing teacher always says, “Go home with the one that brung you,” by which he means, finish one book before you start the next. But then there’s Stephen King, who always has one first draft going, plus editing another draft, plus publicizing a third, newly published book. I wonder what it would be like to write two books at a time? This lockdown phase, when our calendars have emptied out, may be the perfect time to try. Stay tuned!

I hope you are well and safe, and finding ways to make the most of this strange interlude in our lives. May you stay connected with the people you care about, whether through online conversation or talking by phone or writing letters. Let people know you care, however you can do it. 

And take good care of yourself. 

Write about your days as you live them now. Write about your memories. Write your stories. And read what others are writing about this phase of life. Get out into nature if you can, and if you can’t get out, grow a plant on your window sill. The world moves on, the seasons change, no matter what our temporary limits may be. We will look back on this time in wonder, a year from now. We will wonder how we did it and be proud of ourselves for making it through.

Do let me know if you are a woman past midlife who is interested in an online Elderotica writing group. Drop me a line. You do not need to be an experienced writer. All you need is a sense of play and a willingness to walk new paths.

Best of luck to us all for a healing November.

Fame At Last!

How totally fun to be quoted in New York Magazine! Along with lots of other cool ideas from other folks.

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I publish two blog articles (published online on the 10th and the 20th) and this newsletter every month, so you hear from me (or a guest blogger) a couple of times a month.
Below is a brief extract from each of last month's blogs - click the links for the whole enchilada!
If you've ever considered getting your voice out there, I welcome suggestions for topics, or a fully written guest piece in line with my philosophy for the site. 
Drop me a line......

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A Week of Nobel Queens

Poet Louise Gluck, 77, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” Gluck is a professor at Yale who previously won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her lifetime of work includes twelve volumes of poetry and several collections of essays on poetry. One of her best known works is the 2006 collection Averno, named for a crater thought by the ancient Romans to be the entrance to the underworld. In it, the poet explores the myth of Persephone, consigned to the underworld, as a metaphor for mortality and the mysterious aspect of all human relationships............

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And Now the Days of Writerly Excess

When October has come and gone, when your costume is back in the box and your Jack O’Lantern has grinned its last grin, it’s time for that annual festival of writerly excess, National Novel Writing Month.

If you have ever struggled with your Inner Critic, if she insists that you either formulate the perfect sentence or forget this ridiculous notion of being a writer, give your Critic a whole new job this November: Flogging you to write 2000 words a day, of whatever quality. Just get those words on the page (or the screen). Keep the pen moving (or the keys clicking). Because with NaNoWriMo, as this event is known, the goal is sheer quantity: 50,000 words in a month. Yes, you’re signing up to write an entire novel in just 30 days—because November isn’t even an especially long month.

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Writing Your Erotic Journey

You may remember the terrific guest post by my friend Simone LaBerge, “Sexuality Down the Decades,” where she reflected on her own sexual development from childhood to her seventies and talked about her hopes for the years ahead. 

Her writing inspired me to create a free short course to help you to reflect on your journey so far and your hopes for the days to come. 

Sign up for a fascinating interior journey, and share the details with your close friends and on social media please!

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