This stretch has been the first time in over six years where I haven’t posted to The Silver Mine weekly. I had to let it go to test whether it belongs in my updated life. I miss posting. But it’s time to let go of the emphasis on retirement related topics.
That was an important set if issues to address when I started focusing on them in 2006. Now, there are many resources and lots of capable voices advocating for making this stage of life more than a matter of waiting around for the trip to the funeral home.
When I got fired up about how badly we were “doing retirement,” my path had been toward life as a fiction writer. I’d been concentrating on screenplays at that time, but now I want to go back to my first love–writing novels.
As a first step on this new version of that journey, I’ve released my first novel, Widow Boy–a historical thriller about a woman who finds justice for her murdered husband in the gold rush town of Cripple Creek by masquerading as a boy. It’s a fast read with a gentle touch to the history and technology of Colorado gold mining in the 1890’s. I started the story 20 years ago. (Luckily, research for a historical novel doesn’t need to be updated if you don’t get on with publishing it right away….) I have worked through it with two different critique groups over long periods and am proud of the quality that’s resulted. I sincerely believe it’s a great read.
It’s available on Amazon in both paperback and for the Kindle. If you want to read it but can’t afford either of those, e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll let you know when there’s a “free day” for the Kindle version–which you can read on your computer if you don’t have an e-reader.
If you do read the book, I have a favor to ask. Reader reviews are a critical piece of getting the visibility a book needs to succeed. So please do a quick review on Amazon or Goodreads. Or tell your friends. Or recommend it to your book club. Or give it as a gift. We find the best reads by word of mouth and I’d like to be part of your communication chain if you like this one. Thanks.
I am also working on a new website that will give me greater freedom to write on whatever topic inspires me. That’s where I will be posting in the future. This is the 299th post on The Silver Mine. The 300th–and last–one will provide the link to that site once it’s live.
Thanks for reading The Silver Mine, especially to those who did so regularly. Being read is the greatest reward for a writer, and I appreciate your support.
Mary Lloyd is a writer and former retirement expert (and natural gas industry executive, statistics instructor, stay-at-home-mom, crutch maker, etc.) Her first novel, Widow Boy, was released on Amazon on Sept. 12, 2014. She also wrote Supercharged Retirement: Ditch the Rocking Chair, Trash the Remote, and Do What You Love.