Totally off topic - what to do with the rest of your life

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I know a few of us have plans for 'life after innkeeping'. I'd like a little encouragement from my peeps - I've joined a writing group. I'm finishing my book. It might take until the end of this year but I am working on it every week (not everyday yet, but that is coming as I get reinvested in the writing).

Not about innkeeping per se, but some of it does take place at an inn.

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Yes, I hate how my WordPress writing plugin keeps wanting to tear the heart out of what I write, in the name of making it less wordy.

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You will all be happy to note that my writing group is chopping my book to pieces telling me I'm too wordy. Eye-wink Look for developments in that regard here.

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It's called being descriptive.

He wore a yellow jacket...

He dressed in a yellow slicker that he bought at Marks and Spencer's when he was in London last May.

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

It's called being descriptive.

He wore a yellow jacket...

He dressed in a yellow slicker that he bought at Marks and Spencer's when he was in London last May.

Yeah, they'd be taking that last one apart, but not to make it look like the first, to make it more concise.

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Madeleine wrote:

You will all be happy to note that my writing group is chopping my book to pieces telling me I'm too wordy. Eye-wink Look for developments in that regard here.

Twitter baby...

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Maddie, You go girl.  I don't think I could ever get past the thinking about writing stage.

This is my "afterward".  As of today I have been retired for exactly 6 years.  The time has flown by so quickly that I continue to tell my guests that I'm still getting the hang of innkeeping.  The way things have happened, I find I'm having more fun each year.  As long as my health holds up I can imagine doing this for a long time.

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This is our first retirement ..Then our next one I hope to finish writting a cook book Just on a better breakfast to be! Then the next stage will be travel to our old spots ,we loved to be in. Maybe we might just do one this year and see our son in Toronto and then travel to our lovely Georgia and South Carloina. I miss that place lived there for 5 wondeful years. I miss the smell of the spanish moss. I try hard to smell it from here LOL!! I know a bit daft. Just got to do some bucket list stuff before we  go down hill walk.

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My granddaughter has showed some interest in the business. But we shall see as she gets older.

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Inn offers respite, and deals, for writers

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You know where I am Maddie....a visit would be in order for sure.

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I am thinking of renting a 'summer house' here in town for one month this winter. Yes, to write. The house is at the end of road on a point overlooking the bay. I love walking out there so maybe I could 'live' there for a month.

I would come home everyday to do more wallpaper stripping but then retire to the house to write in the afternoons.

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I say go for it! If you can afford the rent to get away...sounds like a great plan to me. Me..I think will just grow old sitting in front of this computer blush

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EmptyNest wrote:

I say go for it! If you can afford the rent to get away...sounds like a great plan to me. Me..I think will just grow old sitting in front of this computer blush

If I'm sitting in the bay window looking out at the water it will be a far sight better than looking out at traffic the way I do now! DH won't go away for a beach rental for a month in SC so this is the best I can do (for myself). And, this house is in the middle of a park so lots of places to walk.

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Madeleine wrote:

I am thinking of renting a 'summer house' here in town for one month this winter. Yes, to write. The house is at the end of road on a point overlooking the bay. I love walking out there so maybe I could 'live' there for a month.

I would come home everyday to do more wallpaper stripping but then retire to the house to write in the afternoons.

What a wonderful idea! Go for it!

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Because there would be no other 'projects' waiting for me other than the book!

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As I said - you WILL succeed.

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Madeleine wrote:

I am thinking of renting a 'summer house' here in town for one month this winter. Yes, to write. The house is at the end of road on a point overlooking the bay. I love walking out there so maybe I could 'live' there for a month.

I would come home everyday to do more wallpaper stripping but then retire to the house to write in the afternoons.

Do it!

 

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Madeleine wrote:

I am thinking of renting a 'summer house' here in town for one month this winter. Yes, to write. The house is at the end of road on a point overlooking the bay. I love walking out there so maybe I could 'live' there for a month.

I would come home everyday to do more wallpaper stripping but then retire to the house to write in the afternoons.

Sounds wonderful! Hope it happens!

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Well, we sometimes fix PCs. Been doing this before the B&B and just kept the customers that still trust us, but not looking for new ones. Then there are the confectionery business (Grumpy cat says it's not a cookie!) which is small, but I am working on it slowly. 

I should work on other small projects, like a recipe book. But most of the time I'm the only one running the B&B, so it takes up quite a bit of time.

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The Harborfields property has been in Wendy's family since 1832. The cottages were started by her grandparents in the late 1940's. When Wendy's grandmother passed away in the mid 1980's, the family hired a series of other families to manage the business. We (Wendy and Tim) took over when the last managers moved on to the next phase of their lives. The challenge for us has been doing this while still maintaining our own professional and civic lives in another state. It hasn't helped lower our carbon footprint any, that's for sure!

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short answer - yes it is a family business - so feel free to email if you want material for your book(s) lol!

My free time? feel like im starting an event management business! where I am there is very little industry we are an events town - no events no town, 1 in 3 jobs is directly tourism related so that's a lot of jobs down the pan very quickly with the state of the economy. Am currently working to get a 1 day event which had an attendance of 20,884 this year into a weekend package by pulling in local businesses ie we have pulled in a new dance festival as partners and have a meeting to do an allo, allo dinner evening at a local hotel on either the Friday or sunday nights. Am also working to promote the joint event anywhere and everywhere I can. DH is also involved with another group (rotary) who want to put together a soap box derby in the park for next year to rival our neighbouring town's event which is a bed race (ie people race beds through the town) which brings on average 20,000 tourists - so that should be a good laugh! its all about thinking outside the box

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short answer - yes it is a family business - so feel free to email if you want material for your book(s) lol!

My free time? feel like im starting an event management business! where I am there is very little industry we are an events town - no events no town, 1 in 3 jobs is directly tourism related so that's a lot of jobs down the pan very quickly with the state of the economy. Am currently working to get a 1 day event which had an attendance of 20,884 this year into a weekend package by pulling in local businesses ie we have pulled in a new dance festival as partners and have a meeting to do an allo, allo dinner evening at a local hotel on either the Friday or sunday nights. Am also working to promote the joint event anywhere and everywhere I can. DH is also involved with another group (rotary) who want to put together a soap box derby in the park for next year to rival our neighbouring town's event which is a bed race (ie people race beds through the town) which brings on average 20,000 tourists - so that should be a good laugh! its all about thinking outside the box

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JB's recent info about her daughter becoming a member of the staff, nametag and all, makes me wonder. Anybody know of a case where a B&B passed on to a child and stayed in the family for generations?

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JB's recent info about her daughter becoming a member of the staff, nametag and all, makes me wonder. Anybody know of a case where a B&B passed on to a child and stayed in the family for generations?

Won't be the case here.

Our daughter is special needs and is working here to keep her safe, and busy. I only wish she could take over, I wish she could do some of the more challenging things here. When we are gone for a week on vacation, we come back and she has to learn a lot of it over again. I use the term special needs broadly, not all disabilities are physical. 

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Arkansawyer wrote:

JB's recent info about her daughter becoming a member of the staff, nametag and all, makes me wonder. Anybody know of a case where a B&B passed on to a child and stayed in the family for generations?

Here where I live the oldest operating B&B's are run by the kids of the OO's. There are 3 of them. One just closed this year.

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There are a few. Rittenhouse Inn in Wisconsin was started by Jerry and Mary Phillips and is currently run by their son (or kids). I know the son is doing it now.

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If I remember correctly, Cambs bought her place from her folks.

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I will be in my real 'home' which is near our major metro city, but still in the country. Hopefully I'll have enough funds to travel a bit, do a little consulting and relight my artistic/music soul I've put on hold for this period of my life.

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I will be in a nursing home because THIS is the rest of my life.

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DITTO  to Proud Texan.........this is my retirement.

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I have no clue. I know that I want to stay in this City as long as I am functional. I also know that I will be an innkeeper until after DH dies and I can sell it. What will be after that, I do not know. I never expected to be doing what I do now. I never expected to be a middle-sized fish in my puddle called Shinnston. But I am. I NEVER in my wildest dreams expected anyone to ever be asking ME for advice - but that happens, often. I never dreamed of being a vital cog in a City - but I am.

I am planning on going with the flow to see where life takes me. Every time I try to steer that boat, I end up on the rocks or flying down the rapids at break-neck speed. When I let life take me, it becomes interesting. Things happen for a reason and there is a reason for everything. I firmly believe thre is something else I am supposed to do in my lifetime but I will be as surprised as anyone when I find out what it is!

Maddie - I believe you are supposed to write your books - notice I said plural - and I believe you will be successful.

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