Thursday, August 16, 2012
I'm not TWENTY-SOMETHING any more! I'm THIRTY! That's, like, a respectable age where I need to act like an adult, not wear t-shirts from high school, and start doing Adult Things. I have no clue what Adult Things are, but I have a vague idea that it involves working in a bank and wearing glasses.
By THIRTY a person should have their act together. You should have a house, and kids, or a husband, or a dog, or a career... oh. Wait. What's next?
This is not a rhetorical question, people, I have no idea what BEING THIRTY entails. If you asked me to write a book on the subject you'd get blank pages.
I'm not where I expected to be at thirty. When I was younger I planned on having my doctorate by 28. By 30 I was thinking I might have an apartment, a part-time boyfriend, and a lab filled with fish tanks. I expected to be thin, well educated, and buried in student debt.
Nowhere in my youthful daydreams did I imagine writing books. I wrote books when I was younger, but I didn't plan on being an Author. I still worry that some day the police are going to show up and arrest me impersonating a literate person. Authors are fancy people who can spell words like "marmalade" - or so I've been told - ... I got it on the first try. ;)
The last year has been a whirlwind. About this time last year I found out I was expecting Baby #4 (big surprise!), we'd just moved, my husband had a new job, and I submitted my first non-short story for publication. Sure, I collected several rejection letters before EVEN VILLAINS FALL IN LOVE found a home at Breathless Press last December, but it was a big step.
In the past year I've published two original novellas, and put my short-story back list up for sale. I've had random people email me about my books. It's... flattering, and exciting, and intoxicating, and just a little bit weird to be honest. The first time someone tweeted me a picture saying, "Is this what your character looks like? I think this is him." and it wasn't someone I knew in person? That was priceless.
What does Year 30 have in store?
I honestly don't know. I'm working on finishing EVERY HERO NEEDS A VILLAIN and getting it out to my editor. Summer break slowed me down, a lot, that's life. I might finally kick JANE DOE out of the nest in search of an agent. I've coddled and babied that manuscript. It's a spoiled brat! I think it's time the pampered princess go out and earn her keep. You hear me, JANE? Get going! And, simmering on the back burner, I have another completed novel, set in the FEY LIGHTS universe, that needs a caring beta and a great publisher. That's coming too.
Year 30 is going to be busy! *throws the confetti* Happy birthday, me! You've done good.