Category Archives: Retirement

I am Doing More Writing


Yes, it’s true. Lately I’ve been doing more writing than previously. I have found two new outlets in the past few months. One, HubPages, I have been posting to for a number of months. Then, recently, I found a new site, BookRix; read free books online. This has given me an opportunity to post longer items – books and plays – which have never been accepted for publication, unfinished works, and even previously published books. I invite and encourage you to come to either one and read what I’ve written.

However, that does not mean I’ve given up on the editing and proofreading. In fact, I am seeing that the more I “practice” my writing the more I am beginning to notice errors and poor formatting. My writing is honing my proofreading and editing skills. After many years, that is a good thing. Continue to keep me and my services in mind for your editing needs; and don’t forget to recommend me to your friends in the writing business.

Personally, now, we are – or maybe aren’t – planning a trip the end of this month to visit family and friends for the “post-Thanksgiving” holidays. My sister and my brother are both in San Bernardino County (California) and we haven’t seen either of them in over 4 years, so the trip is Definitely due!

Retirement is both too much and too little the way I’d hoped and imagined. We can come and go as we’d like, but we don’t. We can go and join community activities, but we often forget when they are, or we just “sleep” right through them. We don’t have to cook or clean house, but sometimes the food isn’t something we would normally choose, and we always have to straighten up before the housekeeper comes on Thursdays.

If we had a little more income we could do a little more. If we didn’t have three separate checks coming in at two different times of the month we’d be more successful at getting all our bills paid correctly. (For 21 years we had two check coming in within days of each other. It was always easy to set up and pay everything at the beginning of the month.)

So … now everything is different. Sometimes we even regret having moved OR retired. And, of course, sometimes we can’t imagine trying to get by if we hadn’t. I guess the most important thing is to keep our priorities straight.

Well, thanks for hearing me out. I always appreciate your comments and your encouragement(s). I’ll be looking for them!

~ Wayne ~


More Thoughts on Writing … and on Retirement


I was assured that I would have plenty of time after retirement to write and get other things done that I just couldn’t find or make the time to get done before retirement. So now I’m getting eMail from friends who want to know if I’m still writing, and my wife asks when I’m going to get back to my writing and get out that promised “Great American Novel”.

"Great American Novels"

Then the next thing we do is shop, go to Kaiser or buy gas, and get lost in Roseville trying to get from one of the above to any of the others. Apparently the roads in Roseville are laid out diagonally.

Somehow I’m going to have to set myself a couple of hours each day just to work on my writing, Bible study, and men’s group work.

I’d rather just sleep late, do crossword puzzles and wonder where the time has gone. I need something to give me a “kick in the pants” to get things done. (Heck! I need help getting things started at this point.)

Tomorrow I have plans to do my first “typescript” of my writing toward first edit and proofreading. This will give me the opportunity to fill in some details, and get the back story written. I have it in my head, and my characters are trying to let me know what comes next in the narrative. I’m anxious to find out.

I’ve always started a story with a single sentence and then gone on from there. Some of this has gotten edited out in later versions, but it gives me a “frame” to hang the rest of the story from.

You may do this totally differently – even make an outline first – but “whatever works for you” is the way to keep doing it. If you have a “proven” method of getting from the beginning to the end of your story I have little advice to give.

If you’ve really never been able to put your ideas down on paper in some order with a beginning, middle, and an end then you may want to find a good website – like Tilden Editing Services profile on LinkedIn or Home Page to give you some advice.

With that I wish you all the best at your current project.


Tilden Editing Services … Back Again!


As my retirement continues, I am beginning to realize that just in order to not stay bored – not to mention a little extra money – I am going to want/ need to take up some serious editing and proofreading again. This will allow me to continue to have a flexible schedule, yet still give me the opportunity to establish a working schedule for myself.

I need to have your help in this. If you are needing help with editing or proofreading, contact me here or at tildenediting@hotmail.com or through http://www.linkedin.com/in/tildeneditingservices/.

 I would love to hear from you.

Contact me with any questions you may have concerning my fees or procedures about any of my services.

God bless you all!
~ Wayne ~


The BIG MOVE


While this is not really apropos to this blog, tomorrow at 9:00 am our driveway will be filled with strong young men and their trucks. Hopefully we can get everything from Vallejo to Roseville, about 90 minutes away, in just one trip.

I’m told that if we do it in one trip the whole thing shouldn’t take more than six hours, portal to portal. My plan is to take the “absolutely necessary” items – bed, sofa, televisions, pots and pans, food – first. If there is more to take we can make a second trip, even at another time.

We have two men coming who are former professional movers who will be there to “mentor” us, and another who is currently a mover who will be helping, truck and all.

So, distance making no difference by blog, eMail, or web site, I will be writing from about 60 to 75 miles northeast from this location next time.

God bless  you all and keep us in your prayers.


Busy, busy, busy


Without sounding like I’m making excuses, I’ve been very busy. The retirement application got mailed in, as did Social Security and it looks like we’ll be doing okay. If I should be able to add to that with a client or two (or more) through Tilden Editing Services, I won’t complain.

I began putting this together a few minutes ago but forgot to save it, so I am writing it again – except exactly different. And probably shorter.

I’ve been trying to keep two blogs up, my LinkedIn profile up to date, and I discovered “Hub Pages” which are sort of like literary blogs/web pages. Lots of fun and a good place to do a little writing and get some honest feedback from other writers. This may be something you may be interested in looking into for yourself.

I’m hoping now that we know we will be okay on my state pension + my Social Security + my wife’s Social Security, I know I can be looking for other outlets to freelance in other areas of interest; especially here in writing and editing. And I can always use clients.

Contact me: tildenediting@hotmail.com

Pax, Shalom, Peace ><>