And to me, while we're at it, because I finally, finally typed "The End" on my WIP. I'm happy with it. It's with readers now and we'll see what they think. And now I'm in a kind of limbo.
Usually, when I don't have anything to write, I sew while people appear and stories percolate in my cluttered little mind. But this time a song title came to me (actually only part of the title came--I had to look it up) and made me think, Hmm..., and then, What if.... These are favorite thoughts of writers, both the ones in business and the ones for whom it's just a way of life. The song title was "The Anaheim, Azusa, and Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review, and Timing Association." Yes, it's real. Jan and Dean released it in 19-sometime-while-I-was-in-high-school.
|Jan and Dean|
I started a new story about just such a group. I'm having a really good time with Mary Grace, Sarah, Lucy, Darcy, and a few others who haven't introduced themselves to me yet. I hope, when the time comes, that you like them, too.
Nan and I have talked at length--and possibly complained...a little--about the near-absence of Baby Boomers and even Gen Xers in both romance and women's fiction. I mean, there are a gazillion of us out here, we have more money for books than we had in our child-raising 30s. Strides have been made in diversification. You can now read sweet romance that is neither inspirational nor "light." The doors are open to erotica and same-sex romances. All I'm asking...and asking...and asking, is why those same doors don't open on Seasoned Romance.
It's also part of why I'm writing a story about a book review and sewing group in which a good many of the characters are over 40, some even as old as Cristina Ferrare and I are.
Because ignoring the viewing and reading wants and needs of a good-size demographic is ageism, folks. And I really don't get why it's okay.
Have a great week.