People who write, must surely – now and then – have visits in the night or early morning from whatever form their muses take. Don’t they? I have written before about my ‘word soldiers’ (don’t mind if you think me weird…) Sergeant Parkin suggested: “An article about the insidious Chinese and Russian tentacles slowly snaking their way around the world, despite their dire disregard for Human Rights.”…“A bit heavy! Involves lots of research,” I said, although tempted. However, the thought of being stalked by a member of the KGB or one of the Tong gang, eventually put me right off the subject…“So, any more bright ideas?” I asked hopefully. But Reveille hadn’t sounded and they went back to sleep. Now it was just down to me. (Heavy sigh.) Just then a quotation from Leonardo da Vinci: ‘Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication’ popped into my head. Only yesterday, I read an uplifting story about a young woman who has received humungous attention for her books in the USA (although Welsh, from Newport): with ‘TIME’ magazine exposure. That sent me on a completely different train of thought. So, my subject is ’Ageism’. (A huge issue really, but simpler than the former!)
First, I must applaud 18 year-old Beth Reekles for writing and having two books published – with another nearly finished – and finding herself in a list of ‘The World’s most Influential Teenagers’! Although she writes ‘Romantic fiction’ she is no air-head – attending Exeter University and studying Physics. What a role model for young women everywhere! From my aged perspective, there are so many ‘wannabee famous’ youngsters around with little talent but big boobs (not that the boys mind…), she is like a breath of fresh air. You can read about her and her books here on the Guardian website. While Beth’s books are, obviously, not aimed at my age group, I shall nevertheless read one. For any youngsters reading this, her first book is called ‘The Kissing Booth’, and the second ‘Rolling Dice’ available from Amazon.
At the other end of the age scale – me… I would like to encourage anyone interested in writing, who feel – because they are retired, that they are ‘past it…’ – to think again. P.D. James is still writing at 91! Mary Wesley had her first book published at 73; attended University at the age of 80 and had a few of her books televised. She lived into her 90s. There are dozens of other writers in their late seventies and eighties. As long as your mind is sound; you are curious about people; the world at large, and have a modicum of ability, imagination and the desire to write, YOU CAN! It is a joyful pastime for anyone with ‘art’ in their soul, for I find that music, painting, singing, dancing, writing, reading et al, intermingle in mysterious ways – for me anyway – for they are all wonderful aspects of life itself.
To sum up, a message to anyone who has a hang-up with people either being ‘too young’ for anything, or ‘too old’- you are so wrong!
PS. Why not let Michael Barton, our bright ‘Boss-man,’ head of WordPlay Publishing, guide you – whatever your age – in the right direction. WordPlay meet every second Monday in the month at 11.a.m. at The Emerald Isle restaurant/bar, near La Florida, Orihuela Costa, Spain. So, if your particular muse is prodding you, or even if you are awaiting a ‘prod’, why not come along!