Happy Birthday To Me

Guess what day it is today? Yes, my birthday! And also – brace yourselves because I’m going to tell you how old I am – the last year of my thirties. Which is sad! I have loved the thirties – not the beginning bits because some crappy things happened then – but the last five years have been rather good. Especially the last year.

In fact, this has been a pretty momentous year all round. This time in 2008, I subbed my first ms to Mills and Boon following recieving a compliment slip after the Instant Seduction Contest. I was also feeling annoyed with my library job and wondering if it was at all possible to have a decent career while having a young family. Even working 30 hours a week put huge stresses on our family – my husband has a fairly demanding job and what with me trying to carve out my own career, it was just hell on wheels. And so that’s when I thought, dammit, writing has been my dream since I was 12 years old. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. So why not take the leap – quit a job that was only frustrating me and write full time. It took me months to do this because giving up a career I’d spent 10 years in wasn’t easy. Neither was being dependent on income from my husband. But honestly, it was the best thing I ever did. Not only did it take away the stress involved with managing school hours and school holidays, but it meant I could do what I’ve wanted to for years. I’m very lucky and my husband is a small god for making it possible.

I also want to thank you all for being such great friends. If I’d never made that leap, I would never have met such a wonderful lot of people. Even though I’ve never met any of you in real life, I feel like I know you, and that’s something I never, ever expected from full-time writing.

Anyway, that’s my deep and philosophical thoughts for the day. Tonight we’re going out for dinner and in order to NTAI, I am being a complete computer geek and playing the new computer game I’ve just bought. No writing will be done.

Next year it’s going to be the big four oh and I am planning big things. Until then, happy birthday to all you other Geminis out there and let’s hope this year is the best ever!

20 thoughts on “Happy Birthday To Me”

  1. Happy Birthday, Jackie.

    Last year was terrific for you, but next year’s going to be even better.

    Am going to drink a virtual chocolate martini in you honour.


  2. Hi Jackie
    Happy Birthday! Here’s hoping that the last year of your 30’s is full of wonderful memories with your family, fantastic writing and a well deserved first sale!

    Oh and of course, chocolate martini’s…

  3. Thanks heaps guys! It was kind of a shameless request for birthday wishes eh? πŸ™‚

    Yep, chocolate martinis all round and I’m hoping for a first sale before I’m 40 too! I’ve got one year to make it happen… πŸ˜‰

  4. Happy birthday to you!
    Have a wonderful day with hopefully (not that anyone’s thinking about it) great news on the horizon… Tuesday anyone?

  5. Thanks Becca – yep, trying not to think about Tuesday! Though given the time difference, it may not be till our WEdnesday.

    Thanks for your good wishes Michelle. As long as I’m writing, published or not, I’m going to be having a great year. πŸ™‚


    I hope you can find your way to the writing desk tomorrow without needing to stop for asprin or directions first πŸ˜‰

    May your last year of the thirties be as fantastic as I think it will be (ahem publishing contract on the way!)

  7. Hope you’re having a lovely NTAI birthday Jackie. You’ve achieved so much this year and I have a feeling things are only going to get better πŸ™‚

  8. Happy, happy birthday! By now your day is probably ending already, but I hope you had a great one. Lots of good wishes for the coming year.

    I’m so glad you posted a bit about your past year. It’s so nice to know that other mommies also feel the work-life pull, and that choosing life over work actually can work out so well!

  9. Thanks Lacey, Lorraine and Romy! Just been out for a fantastic meal with the small god husband. All good.

    Lacey, got a writing chapter group meeting so no writing will be done. Just hope I get to the meeting!

    Lorraine, contract or not, I’m doing what I love so it as long as I’m continuing to do so, then that’s okay by me.

    Romy, I don’t know a mother who DOESN’T feel that pull. Being able to be at home, and yet be able to write just works so well for our family. I can be with my children, help support my husband, and at the same time do what I’ve always wanted to do – I’m just so grateful to be able to do it. Plus the fact that writing was always my first love – in the end, it wasn’t too much of a leap after all. πŸ™‚

  10. Happy very belated birthday, Jackie! It sounds as if you’ve had a good year. Hope this one becomes even better with a contract in it!

    Husbands who support careers like ours are great men. Mine did, and he was ever so glad he had when the kids started university and we had my income by then to help pay for it.

    Write on!

  11. Many thanks, Anne (and thanks also for dropping by the blog)! My husband cherishes fond hopes of some day being able to stop work and live on the millions I am going to earn. πŸ™‚ Failing that, paying for my daughters’ University fees is a great idea. It’ll give me ten years to get that contract anyway. πŸ˜‰

  12. I am soooo late but hope you had a great day and received oodles of pressies and the fixings for chocolate martinis πŸ™‚

    (yes, I have no clue how to make chocolate martinis!)

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