Friday, May 15, 2015

Celebrating, traveling, and a book about advocacy

George and me on our wedding day
Moving Forward and Celebrating

Someone once wrote that at a certain point, a person stops trying to hide their age, and begins boasting about it.

This year is the turning point, for me. This month, I will turn 70.  Later in the year will be our 50th anniversary.  Here's my post about  our 49th anniversary, last year.

George and I are doing some serious traveling this year.  We aren't exactly "adventure" travelers.  I could illustrate our upcoming  trips with a picture of the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben.  Sorry if you were expecting that we were planning visits to the uplands of Borneo ;-)

Standard fare as it might be, we will be traveling.  These are big trips for us.  There will sometimes be weeks between blog posts.

I don't plan to try to keep the blog going while I am out of town. To some extent, I am still re-adjusting to Vermont Yankee closing.  I will be glad to visit the Eiffel Tower without worrying about Vermont Yankee or my blog. That's my plan, for sure.

Other family events are also happening this year.  For example, for many years, we have not visited with the man who was Best Man at our wedding.  We spent yesterday with him and his wife! Another event: a big family visit in the near future, complete with attending a Broadway show.  In March, I took a trip to Arizona to visit an elderly relative. Lots of personal travel.

We're not rich, but we are re-arranging our priorities, in order to see people that we love, and enjoy ourselves while we still can.

Moving Forward and Writing

From Wikipedia
 photo by Benh
I love this blog, but it just hasn't been the same to me since the plant closed.  Instead of concentrating on the blog, I am starting a big project, a book project.  I have experienced a lot and learned a lot in the past few years, and I want to share my knowledge.

For me, writing is fairly easy.  (If writing weren't easy for me, I wouldn't have a blog.) A book is different, though. A book is hard. Organizing a book, deciding on the theme, setting up the chapters, getting endorsements for it, deciding on whether to self-publish or seek a publisher: this stuff is all hard.  

I'm working on it now.  I will probably publish through my little company Carnot Communications, the same way my husband and I published Voices for Vermont Yankee. (paperback edition here) I will do it this way because I want the book to be available quickly.  Also, the book may not have a big enough potential market to interest a main-stream publisher.

I have a working title.  Campaigning for clean air: secrets of pro-nuclear advocacy and community. 

I hope for a good summer, with travel, family, friends and a Work In Progress (the book).

Moving Forward

I move forward with hope, and with gratitude. Gratitude for my husband, for my family, for my health, for my readers.   I am grateful to G-d.  I am grateful for the love and support of so many people.

And next---the Eiffel Tower!


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the news. I'm not anonymous (I am Sam Hobbs), but I don't have one of the suggested IDs and currently see no need for one.
I am, however, looking forward to the book (and to whatever blog or other posts you do along the way).

Country Mouse said...

Exciting times - congratulations on all your milestones, your past achievements and contributions - and many more to come. Taking on a book does indeed make one take a deep breath! I wish you satisfaction to outweigh frustration in the process and great success - on whatever scale it happens to be. Have monumental fun on your trip!

jimwg said...

Good luck on trip, book, and spiffy wedding pix!

James Greenidge
Queens NY

Meredith Angwin said...

Thank you, Sam, Jackie and James! Thank you for your support!

I will continue to post here occasionally, and I will have guest posts. But there will be gaps.

James…the wedding was lovely, but very modest. We were married at my mother's apartment in Chicago, and had a luncheon at a local hotel. I think the guest list numbered about twenty people. Still, the ceremony seemed to have worked!