I love it when the Georgia heat succumbs to the inevitable crispness of the Fall. Autumn has long been my favorite season, with the changing of the colors portending the changing landscape. The light greens of Spring, having given way to the dark green of summer, now cool to those initial hints of the arriving fall color. Anticipation builds as the cooler weather entices longer hikes in the mountains.
This post isn’t about that kind of season.
No, today’s post is about a different kind of season.
If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog, I thank you for your loyalty. For the first four years on this blog, I wrote a post every single week. It was a priority for me, and I treated it as such. If you’re perceptive, you’ve noticed a change to that pattern since we took our sabbatical during The Great American Road Trip this past summer. “Being Present” as we traveled across the country became my priority, and my weekly writing ended its 220-week endurance run. I always wondered when that weekly streak would end.
Now I know.
I assumed I’d resume my weekly writing upon our return to our retirement mountain cabin at the close of summer. The intent was there, and I still have 90 drafts awaiting their completion in my hopper. I have a lot more to say on these pages, and I suspect I’ll continue to write on this blog for years to come.
But Seasons Change.
Leaves portend a changing landscape. My writing hasn’t resumed on a weekly pace since I’ve returned to our retirement cabin, and it’s time to tell you why.
As the leaves signal a change in the seasons, so my irregular writing portends a change in priorities. After publishing just one post after our return in August, this post is my third in September. I suspect October will be lucky if it sees two posts. Ironically, I’ve been writing more these past few weeks than at any other time in my life, it’s just that you haven’t been privy to the words I’ve written.
It’s strange, as a blogger, to write thousands of words without publishing any of them. There’s a reason for this phenomenon, and it excites me to announce what’s been happening behind the scenes.My writing has been inconsistent since The Great American Road Trip, and it's time to tell you why. I'm Writing A Book!! Click To Tweet
I’m Writing A Book!
Someone once told me to be prepared for unexpected opportunities in retirement. I wish I could remember the source because those were wise words, and that person deserves credit for the advice. I’ve considered writing a book for several years, but could never bring myself to address the inevitable complications of finding a publisher, contracting the cover artwork, etc.
Alas, an unexpected opportunity has presented itself, and I’m now in the process of writing a book! I made the announcement recently on my Facebook page, but today I wanted to share a bit more of the background.
In mid-August, I was approached by a publisher with an opportunity to write a book about retirement. I can’t share a lot of details at this point, but I’m excited about where this is heading. After several phone calls with the publisher, we worked through the details and I’m now officially under contract!
Between now and Christmas, I am writing a book! The topic, as you’ve likely guessed, is focused on how to achieve a great retirement, and you’ll see a lot of the themes in the book which I’ve addressed over the years here on The Retirement Manifesto. I have three critical milestone dates during the process, which concludes with a hard deadline of December 18th to submit the final manuscript. I’ll spend the better part of January working through the final edits, and I’ll hand it off to the production team by February.
I completed my first milestone last week (The Intro and Chapter 1), and my managing editor was thrilled with the content. Needless to say, my priorities are going to be impacted during this particular season, and the frequency of my posts will likely suffer as a result. I wanted to make you aware, and I trust you’ll be patient as I make the writing of this book my priority for the coming season.
It’s hard to describe how much I enjoy writing. I tried to explain it in my post “On Being A Writer”, but the words fall woefully short. Suffice it to say that it’s become a passion of mine in retirement, and I’m happy to have discovered this love. I’m also honored to have been given this opportunity, and I’m attempting to write a book that every one of my readers will find of value. I’m writing it with you in mind, and I’m pleased with the results thus far. I’m pursuing a dream, and I’m loving every minute of it.
If you like The Retirement Manifesto, I think you’re going to love this book. At this point, the publisher is targeting to have the book available by the end of April 2020. Stay tuned, I’ll share more details in the months ahead.
Retirement is a time where we’re free to pursue our dreams.
I’m pursuing mine.
I hope you’re doing the same.