Saturday, March 27, 2010


I started the Hot Flash book in 2003 and was interrupted by my big mid-life change: moving to the West Coast and living my life as a single woman again. Finally I am ready to complete this very important project, and am looking for additional contributors of images and thoughts. The following questionnaire may help to direct your thinking. Feel Free to share this with others, and to answer questions I haven’t asked. I am interested in hearing from all kinds of people, about all kinds of experiences. I am hoping that this book will be beautiful and inspiring...the kind of book I would like to find and buy. Accepted contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the finished book.

* What does the term Hot Flash mean to you? What images do you see, associations?

* When you were young, how did you think about women over 25/40/60?

* What did you always dream of doing?

* Have you done it, and if so, would you tell us about how you were able to fulfill your dream

* Have you done/accomplished anything since you turned 25/40/60 that has surprised you, surprised your family or other people?

*Do you have challenges you never expected? Unexpected rewards?

* if so, how has that changed how you see yourself? Has it changed your remaining dreams?

* What advice at your age now____ would you give to your younger self at age____ Would the younger you have listened to the older you? How would the advice have changed your life now?

* Do you know about hair loss in women? In what other ways do women suffer?...or have advantages over men?

* What was/is your favorite age and why?

* What do you wish you’d known sooner?

* What is your favorite form of self-expression or what kind would you like to try?

* If you were to die tomorrow, what would you regret not having done?

*Examples: career change, education, raising grandchildren, travel, organizing, creating

I am looking for contributions of short stories, poems, essays, answers to the questions, images of ANY art form that you have created that you feel would be inspiring to other women and express the theme of HOT FLASH in the broadest sense.

Pamela Hastings * * 3007 South Laurel * Port Angeles, WA 98362

Please email me with any questions, send images with as much detail as possible (good quality jpg’s or tiffs can be burned to a CD and mailed) Send a picture of yourself and contact information as well…I will edit. The picture of you in the book will be black and white and 2” wide, just the face.

Sending your information and images to me will imply that you agree to participate in the book. Each participant will receive a copy of the finished book, so include mailing information. I’ll list your web site or email address as contact information for you. I plan publication in the late summer of 2010, so I can debut the book at Art-Is-You in CT in October. Thank you! Pamela


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