Wednesday, May 27, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY . . . TO ME!

Yes, folks, today is my birthday. Another year older, wiser, smarter (I hope). At this time last year, I had no idea about how to create a blog. I knew I wanted one, but I hadn't yet figured out just what I wanted on it. Now my new goal is to have an agent by this time next year. I know it may take longer, but I'm going to at least start sending queries. Yes, this birthday is really sort of a wake-up call because I see that time stops for no one. When I was in my 20s, I knew that one day I wanted to write & publish a book. I thought, well, I'll have it done by age 30 or by 40, for sure. Well, life got in the way (got married, had 2 kids, work full-time). And 40 has come and gone. And so . . . I'm 41 today (still can't believe it 'cause I remember 21 like it was yesterday!). And the years seem like they're speeding up . . . although I hope (pray) that I have many more years to come (longevity seems to run in my family--my grandma is 92 & her mother passed away three years ago at 106). But given my propensity to procrastination (is that a tongue-twister or what!) I just feel like I better get MOVIN' if I want to realize my publication goals. Anyone else feel like that? Like time is flying by on your journey to publication? You don't have to say your age, of course. :)

19 comments:

T. Anne said...

~** HAPPY BIRTHDAY **~

Crystal said...

Thanks, T. Anne! Hope you didn't mind my rambling!

aneamurphy said...

I feel that way completely. I am 27 and finally graduated with my AA after 10 years, but that is the only career oriented goal I have achieved. Everything else, while more important, is in front of this dream I have to be an illustrator. My daughter is my life as I am sure your kids are yours, but there are still those things that YOU want to contribute. Happy Birthday, I hope that you achieve your dreams. 41 is the new 21! Go to the bar and convince the bartenders =)

Crystal said...

Thanks for your wishes, aneamurphy! Yes, we have to reach for the stars . . . Congratulations on your AA! That is still a great achievement. Some people don't even get that far. Now here's to achieving your illustration dream!

Casey said...

Happy Birthday!

I hope to have an agent by this time next year as well.

Best wishes to you. Make sure to have a lovely day.

Tess said...

I wrote you a birthday song...

*hums to middle c*

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
You'll snag that great agent
and get published, too!

And, I'm 41 in August! '68 was a great year!!!

Crystal said...

Thanks, Casey!

Love that song, Tess! Thanks! And yes, 1968, although a year of conflict & change, was a GREAT year because . . . we were born!

Thanks again, guys, er, girls! Wouldn't it be amazing if we all get published around the same time?

Robyn said...

Happy Birthday, girl!! I hope all your wishes come true. And mine too! And all of our wishes. To snag an agent!! :) :)

Colorado Writer said...

Go for it! Happy Birthday...

www.agentquery.com

is a good place to start.

Crystal said...

Thanks, Robyn & Stephanie! Yes, may all our wishes come true this year (or at least our agent wishes)!

Traveling said...

Happy Belated from the Philippines! Here's to you finding not just any agent, but the right agent!

Tee Brown said...

Happy belated b-day, Crystal!

While I don't have a Crystal ball (heehee) with timetables and such, I do have absolutely no doubt you will ultimately achieve publishing success. You are goal oriented, and you seem detail-oriented as well. Just look at what a phenomenal blog you've created?

Those traits (along with the required persistance) are the ultimate weapons of choice. I smell victory in the air...

Tee :))

Crystal said...

Hi Traveling!

Thanks for visiting! And yes, finding the right agent is probably one of the key elements to having a successful writing career!

Thanks, Tee, for those good wishes!
I appreciate it! Thanks for the enouragement!

ROCKY said...
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ROCKY said...

EXCUSEME I MEANT TO SAY LITTLE DUCK DEVIN

Vivian said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Wishing you a fabulous year for reaching your dream.

Crystal said...

Thanks for those wishes, Vivian! And thanks for stopping by, too!

Shelli said...

happy bday - now get on it! ;)

Crystal said...

Thanks, Shelli! lol I will!