This blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help Baby Boomers, seniors, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and satisfaction in life after retirement. Her public lectures on this subject are titled, “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement Years.” Her memoir, available at Amazon.com, is: Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class. Click here for her website: http://AdventuresWithDadTheBook.com
CHITCHAT: My short story, “A New Stage in Life,” published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, has hit bookstores today.
What are you willing to do to get noticed? Here is the link to an article about what one author did to get noticed: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/white-male-poet-uses-chinese-pseudonym-becomes-rachel-dolezal-of-literature
There has been a lot of online chatter in writer’s groups as to whether what this author did is ethical. In my opinion, it’s probably not any less ethical than what George Eliot (over 150 years ago) or J.K. Rowling (modern day) did to disguise their sex and maybe give the impression that they were male, thereby offering them a better chance to be noticed, so their thinking probably went.
People use a plethora of methods to get attention onto themselves: unusual dress, affecting an odd laugh, dying their hair, talking loudly or excessively, becoming a great dancer, intellectual and academic achievement, and on and on. There’s not necessarily anything right or wrong with any of these methods or hundreds of others you may think of. However, some might not be within your comfort zone or might bring about the opposite result by driving attention away instead of attracting it. The secret is to find the thing that is your particular style and accomplishes your purpose. How do you do that?
First you have to identify methods that work for you in your quest for that elusive attention you’re seeking. Gather ideas from reading magazines, newspapers, books, etc. Do research by going to the library, navigating the internet or networking (ask friends, relatives, acquaintances, etc. what they do). Finally, observe what others do. Try out in small ways and in safe places those things that appeal to you. See how they feel. Discard the ones that don’t work. For those that do, ramp them up and try them out in more places—cut a broader swath.
If what you’re doing is not illegal and isn’t hurting anyone else or yourself, keep at it. If you find that you’re getting the payback you’re seeking, go for it!
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