All right, readers, all together now, one, two, three…
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, dear Kelly,
Happy Birthday to you!
Yup, we have another birthday girl in the house. And this time it’s not a belated birthday wish to send her, because it’s Kelly Maher’s birthday today!
Happy early birthday, Leah! Thanks for letting me join in on the birthday fun of a fellow Cancerian 😀 (Leah here, actually I’m a Leo born on the cusp of Cancer (whatever that means), but for you, Kelly, I’ll be an honorary crab. Is that my husband saying I’ve always been one? Hmph.)
My birthday this year has been one of reflections for me. I had one of those milestone birthdays a couple of years ago, but it didn’t make that big of an impression on me. I blame grad school for that as I do not believe the two years I spent there should count towards my chronological age. They certainly didn’t count towards my emotional age! This year’s birthday is the one that’s hitting me the way everyone says that milestone one should have. I think it’s because it’s a year of anniversaries for me. It’s been 10 years since I first travelled overseas. Ten years since I graduated from college. Ten years since I attended my first Romance Writers of America conference. Ten years since I attended my first romance fan gathering (for Nora Roberts fans).
I was talking with a friend last night about this as he’s got a few anniversaries looming himself. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been ten years since all of this, but every month this year there was an event to remember and reminisce over. “Oh, it’s been ten years since (fill in the blank).” A constant barrage of memories, that while good, which have reinforced how much of my life has passed. The benefit of all of this has been an appreciation of what I have accomplished in my life since those events and recognition of how lucky I am to be experiencing these 10-year anniversaries.
This is also a year of firsts for me. It’s the first time in twenty-five years that I won’t be spending any part of my birthday with my baby brother whose birthday is the 4th. Celebrating your birthday without your birthday buddy is downright weird! I knitted my first adult garment that wasn’t a scarf or a shawl. My first full-length novel, End Balance, released from Ellora’s Cave back in January. My first original-in-print story in the US released three days before that as part of the Lust at First Bite anthology from Black Lace.
Next week I’ll be participating in my first book signing as part of the Romance Writers of America “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing. When I attended my first RWA Literacy Autographing ten years ago, I never dreamed I would one day be one of the authors signing. Looking back, yeah, I would have liked to have been able to sign earlier, but it’s pretty special to me to do it on the 10 year anniversary of attending my first conference. A little bonus is I’m going to be wearing that first knitted adult garment of mine to the signing. If you’re in the area, I would love to show off Lust at First Bite and the cardigan to you!
All in all, it’s been a pretty good year for me, and there’s still half a year to go!
By the way, has anyone else noticed that certain names are repeating? First there was Beth Kery followed immediately by Beth Williamson. Now there’s Kelly Maher today, and hot on her heels is Inez Kelley tomorrow, and on the 23rd is Kelly Jamieson. Then there’s Shelley Munro on the 24th and Shelli Stevens on the 29th. There’s Rob (Graham) on the 10th followed by Robie (Madison) on the 27th. Can we count Jane Lovering and Missy Jane? And on the 11th is the first of the three Vivi’s! Vivi Andrews , then there’ll be Vivi Anna on the 13th and Vivian Arend on the 20th. Weird, huh?
Oh, shoot, hijacked the post again, sorry, Kelly!
One lucky commenter has a chance to win a copy of Kelly’s Lust at First Bite anthology from Black Lace. And since Virgin Books recently announced they won’t be producing any more Black Lace erotica next year (Boo!), it may soon become a collector’s item.
And if you’re in DC next week, don’t forget to stop by the RWA conference on Tuesday evening – the public is invited to participate in the Literacy Signing – the money from all books bought that evening goes towards charity. (I am SO jealous I’m not going this year. I’m envious, Kelly.)