A Brand-Spankin’ New Blog

I have decided to make a change to my blogging.  After blogging on blogspot.com for almost three years, I was becoming dissatisfied with their site.  As I would type, my words would show up several seconds after I had typed them, and trying to edit was completely frustrating.  I also wanted a more interesting name than ‘jstath’, perhaps something that went along with my book on women’s running, Grandma Wears a Running Skirt.  Blogspot also required readers to have a google account in order to leave comments, and I want people to give me feedback without being inconvenient.  So, here I am, on wordpress. 

I will continue to blog about our running adventures, but as I begin a new writing project, I also plan to write about that experience.  My goal is to interview several senior citizens about life.  We will have conversations on topics such as love, health, money, and faith.  Then I will begin to put together a book on life lessons.  My reason for making this my next project is that I believe the older generation has a wealth of knowledge and experience, not to mention interesting stories, and they are too often overlooked.  We tend to act like they have always been old, and couldn’t possibly understand the lives that we are living.  How wrong we are. 

My first interview will take place this weekend with a man named Louie.  He is 83 years old, but one would never guess that by looking at him.  He is still active in our community, and though he is facing some health issues now, I suspect he will be back on his feet and making a difference very soon.  Although I have known Louie since I was a teenager – he was a band parent – I still find myself apprehensive about interviewing him.  I keep reminding myself that it is just a conversation.  The interviews will no doubt be enlightening and a bit fun; putting them together in a coherent and entertaining book will be the challenge.  I usually write about my opinion and experiences, and now I will have to present the opinions of others with integrity and accuracy – without interjecting my own opinion.  For most writers that probably isn’t difficult, but those of you who know me know that I always have an opinion.  This project will be a great lesson in restraint and listening for me.  I certainly hope I am a good student!

If you have any suggestions for interview subjects, please let me know.  I would like a variety of people, and plan to spend the next view months in the interview process.

My other book, Grandma Wears a Running Skirt, continues to do well on Amazon.  Considering there has been no marketing, sales have been really good.  I am now in the process (a very long process) of trying to find a publisher to publish it to a hardcopy.  I have no regrets that I started with the Kindle version; I have gotten good feedback, and now know it is worth pursuing.  If you happen to have read it, please review it on Amazon.  I need some more positive vibes!

Thanks for reading…now step away from the computer!

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