I am taking the plunge and starting work on my ‘Women, Ageing and Films Guide’. I have an extended knowledge of the filmography and have led enough workshops about the subject to have material to share. This is a long-term project and it is not quite formed in my head. It would take years that I may or may not have: To plan a book (this is not the way my brain works), to write it ( I am not good at it and I can never contemplate committing it to print), find a publisher (not easy I am told). The blog permits me to do as much as I can as I go along.
I am hoping that it will be a resource for women’s groups to stimulate discussions on ageing . The initial group – over 15 years – was made up of my close friends. 3 have died since. The group membership changed over the years and was not viable anymore. I had given up the idea of getting enough women to carry on the tradition as I was satisfied with the number of visitors to my blog. The release of Amour led many women to contact me and ask me what I thought of the film and tell me that they would like to discuss it. I must say also that the fact that Ageing Studies have included my last post on their face book encouraged me enormously.
So here I am starting another group. I sent a circular letter to 20 friends that I thought might be interested and received an amazing 15 positive responses. However the difficulty now is to organise group meetings. Everybody is extremely busy. Some women are still working. I like the idea that if the group works out it will be truly a case of passing on my experience to younger women.
I do not know yet how the group and the guide are going to complement each other Whatever emerges will be interesting. But will I have the energy?
Then maybe don’t plan a traditional book… you can break the mould and if you can’t find someone to publish the results you can self-publish these days! Out of interest, in what way does your brain work? ;-)
Thanks zella. My brain works illogically. If I knew how my brain worked ….
of course you will! and writing it will give you even more energy
Keep going.. I just wish I had followed yr example & had the pluck to keep going regardless Love S
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rinaross posted: “I am taking the plunge and starting work on my ‘Women, Ageing and Films Guide’. I have an extended knowledge of the filmography and have led enough workshops about the subject to have material to share. This is a long-term project and it is not quite fo”
It’s brilliant- thinking of the project as passing our experiences and thinking on to younger
generation(s). If your energy flags, Rina, think of how to identify what each of us might offer
to carry so that you don’t feel swamped. (from Elizabeth)
My very thought, Elizabeth! Rina, your knowledge and enthusiasm are a gift. I hope the reignition of the ‘group’ will itself be energising, and also that you will feel able to identify and signal what support would look like. The younger generation owes reciprocity in some form! I await your nudges.
Yes – very much “ditto” to what Kathryn says! Looking forward to seeing how the project shapes itself….