About the Author:
Hi guys, I’m honored that you’ve decided to take a peek. I’m a 54-year-old woman who lives in Camarillo, California, and I’m an author of all sorts of books, cards, poems, and screenplays and lover of humor and not too many rules. However, I have also spent a large portion of my time writing for other people’s businesses and personal affairs—my bread and butter so to speak. During my years in Venice Beach, CA, I founded The Original Insult Card Company and authored over 200 insult and passion cards—all humorous in nature. The inspiration for this was a bitter divorce that I decided to turn into a lighthearted, semi-biographical enterprise. They say that writers can never really separate themselves from their truth . . . and I really believe that humor heals. More about the company can be read on this link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/18600.
The cards were a complete deviation from the path I had originally set for myself when attending law school in Manchester, England, in the 80s; instead of arguing cases in front of a judge, there I was making a case for all of those people who felt cheated and betrayed in a social setting. But I did it with much humor, something that would have probably made the judge accuse me of being in contempt of court. I created The Original Passion Card in order to follow in the same mindset—that which believes that anything can be approached with humor, including romance. So there you have it: I’m the would-be attorney who turned her back on law only to remain true to herself and pursue a love of creativity.
This blog is another extension of what I do, I enjoy encouraging women to age with grace and appreciate every stage of their lives and looks. If they choose to enhance their beauty with plastic procedures, so be it, I have no problem with that choice whatsoever. I have dabbled with Botox myself, but I also wanted to create a platform for women who choose to view beauty a little differently. Sometimes, and especially for women my age, beauty is equated with youth only and I personally feel that there should be more. Much more. But I don’t blame them either, it’s difficult to think otherwise in a society that reveres youth and the look of flawless skin as well as tight, perky asses, and cellulite-free thighs. The reality is that our bodies were not designed to be flawless or for our youth to extend into our forties or fifties. So now what?
The Diary of a Wrinkle is an ongoing project, and I wish to evoke many opinions and reactions on a topic that is very close to her heart.
“To me, fair friend, you never can be old. For as you were when first your eye I eyed. Such seems your beauty still.” William Shakespeare.
Thank you for showing an interest in my writing.
Ilana K. Levinsky was born in London, England, and currently resides in Camarillo, California. She graduated from Manchester University in England with an LL.B (equivalent of JD) in 1991. Her writing projects span different genres, “A Recipe for Hummus,” a play that she wrote and directed was performed at the Arts Factory in Las Vegas; What if I Had a Different Name? is a fun exploration of some of the weird and fantastical names that Jack imagines as his own; The Cloud that covered my Head is about Benjamin Green, a boy who has the most bizarre dreams; Rotten Tooth Ruth is about a little girl who hates to brush and floss, and Mr. T. Brush, Minty Paste, and Floss have to try and convince her to give it a try; Bobby B. Sprout Meets a Bunch of Rotten Veggies is an allegory for prejudice and racism, after all, Brussels sprouts are the most hated vegetable in the world! My Best Friend Shadow tells the story of a little boy named Ash who has a hard time making friends, but thanks to Shadow he learns that life could be larger, better, and fun; I’d rather eat fries! is about one boy’s nutritional roller coaster ride, and all the mistakes that his parents make because they think they know best.
Ilana’s novels include: The Diary of a Wrinkle, a story that chronicles the life of a forty-something single woman experiencing a midlife crisis after discovering her first wrinkle; Age Schmage is her little guide intended to help women in their moments of doubt; East End Dreams is a historical novel that follows the life of Gertie Schraggar in the East End of London in 1910, including her involvement in the Communist Party, and in later years her life in Bloemfontein, South Africa; A Cookbook for the Woman Who Hates Cooking is rich with enchanting stories about food, people, and traditions including more than 100 first-class recipes made-easy for the woman who hates cooking. She also blogs for the Times of Israel and her posts include cultural observations on all-things Jewish at http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/ilana-k-levinsky/. “Mywhoopdedocreations” is her Etsy shop where she creates humorous cards/notes for many different occasions: Pinkbirds Cards/Notes are relationship advice for anyone feeling cheated on love, Age Schmage Notes designed to encourage women who may not feel as beautiful as they should; Lovebirds Notes are sexy and fun for anyone in love who also enjoys a good laugh; Dreamzone Notes and Sleepywings for those fussy sleepers, Yumyums Riddles for picky eaters, Pencilbox Notes for encouraging young students, Lovey Dovey Notes of encouragement for your little ones. And there are new creations every day!
*The Diary of a Wrinkle is currently going through a cover change so my apologies, and please come back to check on its new release date, sometime the end of November. Meanwhile, you have the choice of ordering Age Schmage, my little guide for the woman who’s discovered her first wrinkle!