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Introducing CRONE CLUB MAYHEM

The Crone Club continues with Mayhem!!!  Read the first chapter of the next book in the series.

CRONE CLUB MAYHEM Chapter 1

Poor George is really struggling in her new life, however take *WARNING If you have not read the first book this contains spoilers.

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Crone: Insult or Celebration?

Crone club badge1 copyI have recently had a very interesting discussion on goodreads (see Goodreads/Boomer Lit/monthly read/The Crone Club) with someone who said she found the title so offensive that she would never even open The Crone Club, let alone read it.  I was taken aback, not so much by her view, as by the vehemence with which she expressed it, even going so far as to state that she had asked all her friends and they had agreed with her.

I found this strong objection to the title “crone” very surprising and in the end, thought-provoking. As the book makes clear the reunited friends choose to call themselves the Crone Club. It is not a name imposed on them. Alison, the feminist member of the group, points out that ‘crone’ is a title given to the reigning goddess in ancient mythology, the other two titles being maiden and mother. The name ‘crone’ therefore celebrates the power of the feminine; it does not denigrate it. It also celebrates a special time in our lives when we are no longer at the mercy of our oestrogen levels and our increased testosterone levels are also giving us more confidence and assertiveness. We are free from many of the responsibilities and expectations of society regarding ‘correct’ and appropriate female behaviour, so we can reinvent ourselves.

It seems that some of my fellow Baby Boomers are challenged by the word “Crone.”  It is time to rescue this term from the negative connotations imposed on it by a patriarchal society. This is well beyond accepting that we are growing older.  By embracing the ‘crone’ in us we can go forth empowered, to take on all the challenges of our new lives and strive for our dreams.

Interestingly, I was recently introduced to this article, which supports and develops many of the points made above: http://wildwomansisterhood.blogspot.nl/2013/04/croning-ceremony-celebrating-wisdom-of.html#.UXpkFkoZPEz

Celebrate the Rise of the Crone in You. She’ll help you to achieve your potential.

Facebook cover picI remember having thick, long hair.  Now I seem to be developing a bald patch.  I mentioned that to my hairdresser a while ago and he said his wife was the same.  She had gone to her doctor who had told her that it was down to her ‘male’ hormones.

Germaine Greer once termed the time of a woman’s life when she reaches post-menopause as “peaceful’ potency. It is also very interesting that the anthropologist Margaret Mead described a stunning burst of energy and assertiveness in the post-menopausal women of all the cultures she studied.

When you think about it the reason for this is obvious. It is, indeed, why so many of us experience a thinning of hair on our heads at exactly the same time we often acquire some embarrassing facial hair. All of us have the  testosterone in our bodies. As the level of oestrogen goes down, our male hormones begin to assert their influence.  We therefore start to exhibit what some people consider to be “male characteristics” – this sudden increase in confidence and assertiveness.

We post-menopausal women have finally got off that hormonal roller-coaster, which has dominated our lives, defining and to some extent, limiting us.  It really is a new stage in life – a positive experience and perhaps it is finally time to celebrate it, publicly. We should cheer on that rise of male potency in our lives.  It has always been present in our lives, but now it is coming into its full power in time to help us to reach our full potential.

Cass’s wedding song

I have attached here Cass’s secular wedding song.  The words have been written recently, but Vince wrote the music many years ago. It was sung at our own wedding 25 years ago, with different words, by Vince’s uncle who was a member of the BBC Synphony Chorus.
 
 It seems to me that there is a real need for wedding music which is not overtly religious.  We try here to celebrate the circle of family and friends “blessing” the happy couple as well as themselves, in that wonderful epitomy of peace, love and hope for the future that a wedding represents for the whole group.

You are very welcome to download and use our Wedding Song if you wish. The lyrics and music are below:

Wedding Song (from The Crone Club by S. V. Peddle)
Wedding Song
Click on the link for the music.

Come, my friends, let’s celebrate
Now that love is here to stay.
Even when it seems quite late.
Love is never far away.
Though it may be hard to find.
Absent from the heart and mind,
Love must always have its day.

Sing this message to the sky.
All the world should hear the call
Friends and soulmates must unite.
Like the couple in this hall.
Married now, in tender peace,
Vowing love that will not cease,
Their love will unite us all.

Meet the author

Facebook cover picThe Crone Club is my third book. The first two were written in collaboration with my husband Vince, under the pen name S. V. Peddle.

Vince and I met 26 years ago when we were both living and teaching in Crete. Our first book The Moon Maiden grew out of our love for the site of Knossos, which we have visited many times. It s a reworking of the myth of Pasiphae, the bull and the Minotaur and is based in our vision of the ancient Minoan culture.The Moon Maiden was published in 2003 by Blackie and Co.

We presently live on the beautiful island of Jersey. Our second book, Pagan Channel Islands, a work of non-fiction, Fully illustrated with many photographs, this was published by Robert Hale in 2007 and re-issued in paperback in 2009.

I started writing the Crone Club as I neared 60 myself and started to reflect on the next stage of my life.  I was actually born in 1952, which makes me slightly younger than The Crone Club members and somewhat behind the age of the  “hippy.”  However, I was profoundly inspired by the ideals of the times.Most of the characters of The Crone Club are parts of me that have been given free rein to be themselves. Like Cass, the protagonist of the first book of the series, I had a difficult relationship with my first husband.  Like the bookish Alison, I came from a working class background and attended a Secondary Modern school, before transferring to a Grammar School to take my A levels.   I also developed strong feminist beliefs at university in the 70s. Like the nomadic George, I have travelled abroad, teaching English as a Foreign Language. I have also become something of a heavy weight over the years so I can empathise with her struggle with the loss of her looks.  Despite being a teacher, I don’t really share Mary’s need to control, but I can identify with the way she keeps charity and old-fashioned notions of service at the core of her values.  I have to admit that I share the twins’ mischievous streak and raucous sense of humour.   The only character you’ll noticed I don’t lay claim to is Bambi.   I have to admit that she originally grew out of the need to provide a fairy godmother, but there is much more to Bambi than that, as both this book and future books in the series will show.

The idea of each character setting themselves a dream and a challenge grew out of the way I have tackled the big stages of my life in the past.

If you want to find out more about the Crone Club or our other books go to our websites on:

http://www.thecroneclub.co.uk
http://www.svpeddle.co.uk

If you have read the book and wish to talk to me about it you can e-mail me at: author@sthecroneclub.co.uk

The Crone Club by S. V. Peddle

When Cass attends a reunion of her old class-mates she has no idea that her life is about to be changed forever. She only accepted the invitation in the faint hope of seeing her best friend George again and finally discovering why she vanished so completely on the last day of school. Unfortunately George does not turn up and as Cass waits in vain, she soon wishes that she’d stayed away too, especially when her other friends start boasting about the interesting things they’ve done over the years. With increasing shame Cass realises that her adult life has been a dull one: forty years of wasted talented and unhappy marriage to an abusive husband, without a single achievement, or even a mildly exciting experience to talk about. Feeling uneasy in the company of her old friends, she prays that no-one will ask her what happened to the old Cass, that promising musician who left school so full of energy and ambition in the ’60s.
But Cass finds out why George suddenly disappeared all those years ago and it makes her angry enough to walk out on her husband and boring old life forever. She embarks on a challenging new life with the friends she had known in her schooldays, a time when life was still exciting and her dreams were fresh.
Re-united, Cass and her friends form themselves into the Crone Club, in which each of them pledges to recover and realise the dreams and aspirations of their youth. Nothing is going to stop these women having fun and not a single one of them has any intention of ‘acting her age.’
The Crone club can be bought on amazon as a paperback and as a e-book (Kindle version.)

Visit the Crone Club website: http://www.thecroneclub.co.uk

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