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Age 91 and Still Writing!

by Stanley Yokell
(Boulder, CO, USA)


At age 91, I am still working as a consulting engineer and enjoying the work and respect that clients show me.


Although I use the gym to exercise several days a week, I also have an avocation, writing books, many of which have been published. Currently pertinent to old people is my book Old People available on Amazon.com and in bookstores for about $9.00 plus S&G
Paperback: 140 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 148957512X
ISBN-13: 978-1489575128
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
My other current books are Beneath the Surface, fictional stories of Scuba divers and their Scuba dives, currently available from Amazon.com, bookstores and other venues for about $12.00 plus S&H.
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (August 9, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1478703016
ISBN-13: 978-1478703013
Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces

And soon to be published, "The Body in the Park", the third in a trilogy of murder mysteries featuring Big Rock, Colorado's Detective Chief, Marie Quizno.

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THE BODY IN THE PARK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED
by: Stanley Yokell

In December, Outskirts Press published my murder mystery, "The Body in the Park". It is the third in a trilogy of murder mysteries that feature Marie Quizno, Chief Detective of the fictional town of Big Rock, Colorado. Vanguard Media published the first of the trilogy, Murder at Plato House in 2012 and will publish the second, "The Murder on the Mall" in 2014 when I will be 92.

With two younger colleagues I am writing under contract to McGraw-Hill Education a technical book titled, "Closed Feedwater Heaters for Power Generation: A Working Guide". It is scheduled for publication in the first quarter of this year.

Wendy: GO Stan GO!

At 91, and still writing AND getting published, that is simply fantastic! LOVE IT!

Here is the link: The Body in the Park: The Mystery Surrounding a Murder in New York's Central Park

Writing when you suffer from arthritis
by: Stanley Yokell

If you have a Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS computer, and are willing to fit it with a microphone, you can pull up the sound recorder and dictate what you write. You can then save the dictated file to a thumb drive or other media and have one of your children or grandchildren transcribe it. Beats the old fashioned Dictaphone. I use it to prepare audible files of what I write in the hope of selling them.

Stan

Still Writing
by: Anonymous

Stanley

Congratulations, your books sound interesting.
I lead a creative writing group including some older people, not quite your age, do you have any tips or suggestions for encouraging the older ones? some don't find it easy to write or type because of arthritis in hands, although they could perhaps consider a Dictaphone, the news ones apparently have good sound quality.

I suggest you look into the 'write a novel in the month of November' or NaNoWriMo as you might enjoy the challenge.

Write On!!

Response to Joe and Barbara
by: Anonymous

Old People is fiction, based upon my observations of Old People when I was young, how their families dealt with them then and how the Old People in this retirement home and their children and grandchildren interact with each other.

So far as having fun goes, I use this facility's gym and pool, play scrabble with some of the folk here and with one of my sons who lives nearby, enjoy visits from my artist daughter who lives in San Rafael, CA dine with my sons and granddaughters, etc. Every second Monday afternoon, I read aloud to a small audience in the Community Room from one of my books or from a work like Mark Twain's Sketches New and Old.

I serve on the community counsel to bring to management suggestions, criticisms and needs of the residents. More recently I have joined a Monday night poker game that seven of us meet to play each week.

The surrounding community of religious and secular organizations are very supportive. I keep in touch with the world by subscribing to the NY Times and the WS Journal, never fail to vote and express my views sometimes on Facebook.

The days pass too fast but they are not boring.

Active Retirement Life
by: Joe W.

Stanley,

Hi! I'm wondering where you are on the retirement continuum. How have you managed to spend any time with leisure activities since you are still an active consulting engineer and a published author?

Do you have any suggestions for members in this group who have some trouble transitioning to a more productive retirement life?

Personally, I have written a non-fiction book for the 50+ demographic. Your own book about 'old people' is it a fiction book or a non-fiction book? What is the main idea that you could share with this group of pre-retired and retired people?

Thanks for sharing part of your own incredible life.

Joe W.




Inspired by your post!
by: Barbara (H.H.) N.E. NJ

Dear Stanley,

I'm glad to see you're still doing what you like to do and haven't bought into "why haven't you just retired and enjoy life," - which is what I hear from so many people when they know I am going to school to get my master's degree in counseling (I am now 64 and half way through).

So when I read your post and saw your age, I couldn't help but ask you - am I too old? I hear this so much I am starting to believe it myself - especially on the days when I feel little motivation or am very anxious about school or other things in my life. I start to wonder - what am I doing?

I am usually the one to be someone else's helper or confident - their cheerleader. Most of my professors are younger than myself. But, as you are a generation older than myself, your wisdom would be appreciated.

Respectfully, Barbara (qeenofhart at aol dot com)

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