My name is Cheryl Clark Herendeen and I'm a writer. I'm also a 40 year old woman who has just been diagnosed with menopause. Needless to say, I was horrified to go through menopause at such a young age. The symptoms are ridiculous and very hard to deal with, I felt totally alone. So, like most women do, I went to friends and family to talk about it. I found out, through their stories, that there is much to learn and to laugh about. Some of their stories were absolutely hysterical. After coming to terms with my condition, with the help of these wonderful ladies, an idea formed. (Cue light bulb over the head!)
My idea is this, some of the tales these women told had me on the floor rolling with laughter. No doubt, the copious amounts of wine helped them be that funny, but I digress. I decided to set up a website where all women could come and share their own tales of hilarity and compile them into a book for women of all ages. Let's face it, we all have to go through menopause at some point and we might as well laugh about it because if we don't, we might all just go hormonal on someone we love and that's not cool. Laughter IS the best medicine, although, my hormone pills are coming in at a VERY close second place. LOL.
The working title of the book is Not By The Hair Of My Chin-y Chin Chin Adventures in Menopause. Cute, huh? It's only a working title. Hey, how about a book naming contest? I'll set one up and we can all vote.
The target publication date is March of 2010. I'm hoping for sooner if I can get all the editing done quickly. Grammar and spelling is important. Don't worry, I won't edit the content of your submissions. I want this to be a joint venture for all of us. You will get credit in the book for your story(if chosen for the book) and you can tell all your friends that YOU are a published writer.
I'll be taking submissions here at Funny Menopause Stories, you are welcome to blog here or submit on the forum. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit directly to my email. Please place "Funny Menopause Stories" in the subject line so I can get to the quickly.
Send me those stories, ladies! Let's write a book!