February 11, 2015 – My birthday

I think this would be a good time to have a little talk about aging since today I am 71 years old. I think the old expression is that if I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself – but alas – too late. I don’t remember all my birthdays but I do know that some were great, some were okay, most I don’t remember and some were downright awful. In recent years I remember my 50th birthday as being one of those awful ones. A friend in Sarasota, Florida had a party for me and it really was very kind of her and there were many friends there BUT I was celebrating my 50th without my husband. I was 48 when I was widowed and to have to celebrate such a momentous birthday without Paul was as sad a day as I can...

Test Run

To see the entire post please click on the title Test Run Okay…..I’m trying something new.  I have closed down my Etsy account (this is an account for crafters) because I really didn’t get enough traffic to keep it going.  I’m going to see if I can upload a couple of pictures onto my website and see if I can generate some business that way.  I understand I can create an invoice through PayPal.  If this works I’ll put one new creation at the bottom of each post and will keep it going until it’s sold. Each completed pendant is $35.00.  If you wish to purchase you can send me an e-mail at JoeiCarlton.H@gmail.com and I’ll prepare a invoice.  Many thanks....

It Did Not Start With…..

To read the entire story click on the title: It Did Not Start With….. My writing career did not start with a burning desire to write. It did not start in childhood with little stories and poems that I made up myself that my parents gushed over. It did not start with wanting to show off to the world that I could write more than a few sentences that made sense. My writing career started at 50 and 2 days before my 51st birthday my career took a major turn – that travel story – about wandering solo through Turkey, The Greek Islands and Cyprus – that I worked on for a few days was published, with my name spelled correctly, in an award winning (local) newspaper – The Pelican Press. Following the death of my husband, my writing career started...

Live and Learn

To read the entire article just click on the title – Live and Learn I just finished editing my book Everyone’s Dream Everyone’s Nightmare and delivered it to a writing friend who will give it another reading and (hopefully) another edit. It was published in book form in 1998 and after having printed 3,500 copies I’m down to my last 2 boxes (under 80 books) and it will become my next e-Book as soon as it’s ready. It will not be printed in book form again. When I started this project I told my writing friends that if I just removed the word “wonderful” I would lose about 40 pages – not quite true but there were other words of wisdom that had to be changed or removed as well.  Every time I cooked “in the...

Bullied

To see the entire article just click on the title: Bullied As a travel writer, having seen a huge chunk of the world, I’m frequently asked, “Where is the scariest place you’ve traveled?” and although I’ve had some very unpleasant incidents while camping, the answer to that particular question, after wracking my brain, has surprised me. I’ve been on the road traveling solo in an RV for close to twenty-five years but lately I find that my scariest journey is into old age. After a sixteen year marriage, I was widowed at the age of forty-eight but continued to travel and live the dream that my husband and I started. I worked a summer on three archaeological digs in England, wandered Turkey for months and drove a motorhome from...

Letters – I Get Letters

On the 9th of February, 1995 – 2 days before my 51st birthday – my first travel article was published in an award-winning Sarasota, Florida newspaper called the Pelican Press. I have been writing travel and memoir ever since and, as you can imagine, I’ve had many, many travel questions asked of me and with this latest one from an acquaintance I would rather post the answer on my website than answer her directly.  Marsha wrote:  I would like to hear your feedback on a 65 year old going up north alone for a year or two to work. Obviously no one can tell me what to do but I thought with all the solo travel you’ve done you might think of plusses and minuses I hadn’t considered. Rather than just say yea or nay I would rather tell you...

The Making of an E-Book

TO READ THE ENTIRE POST – CLICK ON THE TITLE. I’m finding it interesting fixing a book that is already 15 or 16 years old and a book that has already sold (and is still selling) well over 3,000 copies.  My first book was called Restless From the Start. I had 1200 copies printed and have 8 copies left in my possession. All the stories in that collection have been published as e-Books within other books or in my own line of books called Mini Reads. Everyone’s Dream Everyone’s Nightmare was my second book and I had 3,500 copies printed and I am now revising it and turning it into an e-Book.  When my last 80 (or so) copies that I have left are sold it will be an e-Book only. I will not be reprinting any of my print books. I was new to...