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Old 06-21-2008, 09:17 AM   #21
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Hi Isbcal,
This is a viewpoint that many hold about retirement - you know, that once one retires, that’s it.

No more work, no more focus of one’s energy, no more bringing to fruition projects that are dear to you. One might simply want to laze around indefinitely.

It has been our experience that this isn’t true.
I seem to be putting my worst e-foot forward on this thread and promise not to post any more on it (except maybe to clarify). Billy, I only meant this in the most light hearted way. I never meant to impugn yours or anyone else's activities after retirement. People can relax, be lazy, volunteer feverishly, engage is a lot of individual pursuits -- it's all OK with me. I'm pretty active myself and agree very much with all you said. Perhaps I should use more smiley faces? That can be the problem with web posts -- you don't get to see my expression or hear my tone of voice as I write these silly things .

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Old 06-21-2008, 09:29 AM   #22
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Isbcal, don't worry, Akaisha is not easily ruffled, she just wants to encourage people to make early retirement exactly what each person wants it to be, not conform to some media outlet's preconceived notion of what it "should" be.
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Anyone who can create such beautiful artwork is amazing in my book! And like Billy and Akaisha and the other authors on this board (how's that book coming, Nords?) I bet you don't consider painting to be work, either.
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:13 PM   #23
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(how's that book coming, Nords?)
OK, you asked.

The intro & first two chapters have been completely overhauled, thanks to all the hard work & suggestions of Bob Clyatt, SamClem, and others. I think they're done. Chapter 3's been drafted and is in spouse hacking editing. I'm starting on chapter 4 of 12.

It's coming faster, but that's a relative term compared to glaciers or cold molasses. The biggest challenge is not getting distracted by all the south shore summer surfing fascinating research out there while keeping track of all the contributions, references, & links. I'm no longer wandering around aimlessly but I'm not exactly taking large strides toward some sort of deadline. I'm probably closer to the finish than to the start but I'm still ambivalent about publishers versus self-publishing. I'll deal with query letters again when I'm done with the text.

The reactions I get from the professionals, this board's veterans, and other vets convince me that this is still worth the effort even if it's not speeding along. Starving authors either publish within a year... or they starve. Writing goes a lot slower when you lack a profit motive but it's a lot more enjoyable.

Andy R is working on a way to add attachments to social group posts. (It exists for posts to the regular forums but it doesn't exist for posts to social groups.) The feature appears to be feasible but it's a matter of figuring out how to set up the options or the code. When that's working then I'll post Word document chapters in the social group "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retiring Early-- FIRE!", invite you veterans & families & friends, and we'll see how it goes.

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Old 06-21-2008, 12:31 PM   #24
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That is great news and I am impressed by the scope of your undertaking. I hope that you will be able to incorporate some of your timeless and hilarious stories within the important nuts and bolts parts--as that is, IMHO your prose really shines. Whenever I see a nice long Nords post, I settle in with a cup of coffee and prepare for transport to the Land of Nords (no, not Nod).
Thanks for the update!

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