I Used to Be Somebody: (Un)Retirement Lessons Learned

Super-Fan (Un)Retirement Success Stories: Anne Da Vigo

Diana Landau | November 23, 2020

Anne Da Vigo's career spanned 30 years as a crime beat reporter at newspapers throughout California and as public information specialist in California government. During her news career, she was nearly sent to jail for refusing to reveal her sources. She covered the trial in the first of the Lords of Bakersfield cases, a California murder series that spanned decades. 

 

Since she retired, she's written two novels, Thread of Gold and Bakersfield Boys Club, a thriller inspired by the Lords murders. Bakersfield Boys Club was recently awarded an honorable mention in the Writer's Digest Self Published Book contest. 

 

When she's not researching and writing a new mystery, she's visiting book clubs to chat about her novels. In her spare time, she takes tap dance classes, where she became proficient enough to dance with a performance tap group. If you are thinking of writing, some advice from Anne: "I believe that everyone has a story; they just need to pick up a pen and get started. It's never been a better time to write your story, when 60 percent of all books are self-published."

 

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(Un)Retirement Star of the Week, Jill Baker

Carl Landau | October 26, 2020

(Un)Retirement Star of the Week Jill BakerAfter a career in copywriting and media marketing, Jill Baker decided to pursue something she’d wanted to do for ages -- write a book. She knew she could write 800 words or 8,000 words, but could she write 80,000?

 

Her story:

“I welcomed the challenge, especially since I had the beginnings of a draft sitting in my files. Fortunately, since my husband and I have experience in the field, we reinvented ourselves as Sudbury Publishing Group, with the expectation that once established, we could help others get their work to market or publish for personal use. Using Publish Drive as a digital distribution partner, we’re thrilled that we can be on Amazon in print and basically anywhere in the world, in ebook format.

 

I am still learning my way around the industry -- it's quite different from newspapers and magazines -- but I now have author profiles on Goodreads, Reedsy Discovery, and Book Life.  You can learn more about me and my blog ruminations at jillcbakerauthor.com. I'm also on social media as the Sutherland Series (FB) and @SeriesSarah on Twitter.”

 

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Moira McGarvey Black Interview: Just Keep Going!

Diana Landau | September 24, 2020

In Episode 2 of our I Used to Be Somebody podcast, Carl talks with best-selling novelist Moira McGarvey Black. Right away her energy and joy for life are apparent. It’s all about changing careers without fear no matter how old you are—and never looking back.

 

After a lucrative sales career with Conde Nast in NYC, (working for GQ, Allure, Lucky, etc.) she jumped on board a division called Conde.net. The Internet was new and she recognized it as a game-changer, becoming their National Sales Director. Moira then pivoted, becoming an executive recruiter so she could work from home when her children were young. She tells Carl a secret to her success has always been to make choices that serve your purpose.

 

Ten years later, McGarvey Black decided to pursue her passion and a new career as a writer.  She had always loved writing and had been writing for herself. She would write, show her husband and then put it away in a drawer.  Moira eventually realized she could just go for it. Three best-selling novels later, (psychological thrillers about searching for the real truth), Moira’s fourth novel is a romantic comedy—more proof about her drive to do new things. She is working on fifth and sixth novels now. 

 

3 key takeaways from Episode 2 with Moira McGarvey Black: 

  1. Keep your goals realistic and attainable. If you are 65 years old, becoming a Bolshoi ballerina would not be realistic. Think about what talents and skills you have honed throughout the years that could be an advantage in some new way.

  2. Whenever you try something new, expect rejection and then keep going. Moira still has the 177 rejection letter she received when trying to publish her first book. “The ones who succeed are the ones who don’t give up.”

  3. Pay attention to the “whispers.” (From the Maya Angelou quote “Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life.”)

 

Moira puts it best: “I just want to keep going and doing new things!” This is exactly what living the good life in (un)retirement is all about.

 

For the full interview, listen to I Used to be Somebody, episode #2 with Moira McGarvey Black. For listening details go to our website!

To learn more about Moira, visit her website!

 

Diana Landau is the Content Wrangler for Pickleball Media. After 15 years in corporate marketing, in 2012 she pivoted to write and wrangle content for Niche Media's weekly blog. She now manages the I Used to Be Somebody weekly blog. 

 

 

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