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!