Monday, April 15, 2013

I'm getting old...



Just kidding. It’s my birthday on Wednesday!                    

I’ll be 32. Thirty TWO. Sometimes I feel ancient next to some of you 20-something-year-old writer/bloggers, and I’ll have a fleeting thought of wishing I had discovered writing sooner so I could be further ahead in the game, but then I instantly shove the thought away.

I love getting older. I don’t know, I think there’s beauty with age. I wouldn’t trade the experience I’ve had or any or the wisdom I’ve gained to be back in my twenties for anything.

I didn’t start writing until I was 28, took a year off when I was 29, then started again at 30. But everything pre-writing was only life and experience that I’m now drawing off of for my stories. (Uh oh, CP’s… you now know that everything in my writing is REAL!)

I think I’ve said this before, but the older I get, the younger I realize I am. Forties and Fifties are SO YOUNG. Even Sixties! My mom always told me “Once you reach college, age doesn’t matter. We’re all in the same boat.”

Which is true. We’re all just living, doing our best, trying to make our mark in this world.

And that’s what is SO great about this writing community. Age doesn’t matter. Neither do all of the other differences that may exist between us. We’re all lifting each other up, respecting one another, and supporting each other on this crazy journey.

Oh, and before I go, I must give a quick shout out to Kelley Lynn and Anne Pfeffer. They both have new books out. To check out Kelley’s, click here. To check out Anne’s, click here.

(And life is good right now. I’ve finished my revisions and waiting for feedback from CP's! Love this part of the journey!)

Red. Head. Out. :D 

70 comments:

  1. Congrats on finishing your revisions!!! That's awesome. And happy birthday on Wednesday :)

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  2. I'm glad you're aging with grace. You don't look a day over 25! And it's true, I wouldn't exchange my knowledge and experiences for youth. No way!

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  3. Happy Birthday! I need to look at getting older in a more positive light. Cause you're right, age doesn't matter.

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  4. Happy early birthday! I know exactly what you mean about the writing. I pursued something out to the lengthy bitter end before I gave it up. It took up so much time I barely wrote during that time, and I desperately wish I was further ahead in the writing. But! I feel like the process takes so long so we can come to writing with the wisdom we need.

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  5. Congrats! And I don't think you're old :D Happy birthday though :)

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  6. 32? Not old at all. Wait until you're staring down 40. But I didn't start seriously pursuing publication until 33 so it's to be expected I'm a little behind. But you're right, Age doesn't matter, as long as we're moving forward.

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  7. Hey I'm less than two years behind you, but I remember hitting the big 3 0 and kind of freaking out for about a week. I guess I realized how much life was still ahead of me and all I could still do and it calmed me down. Good luck on your critiques.

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  8. Happy birthday early! Thirty-two is NOT old. (For that matter, neither is fifty, or so I keep telling myself.)

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  9. You aren't old:) Age is in our minds...for instance, my great-grand-father never knew when he was born, so he only could guess at the accuracy of his age within a few years. In way, I think it was liberating for him:)

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  10. Happy Birthday for Wednesday! Congratulations on finishing your revisions, too :)

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  11. Happy Birthday!

    I hear what you're saying about getting older and writing. I always had this flirtatious affair with my writing, but never took it completely serious--until I turned 40. That's when my switch flipped. I was turning 40 and still hadn't written a book. Not even a complete short story. Turns out Janet Evanovich had the same life crisis at 40 before she started taking her writing seriously.

    So be grateful it hit you before 32! Imagine wasting eight years before you figured out you want to write. ;)

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  12. Sorry. No sympathy from me, here. My oldest will me 36 this summer. Just know that each year that your body ages you also have so many more life experiences with which to enrich your writing.

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  13. Ahh...to be 32 again. I'm 32+. Happy Birthday, Morgana. I feel very Camelot today.

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  14. Should have known you were an Aries! :D My birthday is on Friday. (35 this year -_-) Down to business...

    First, happy freaking birthday!!!!

    Second, you're so dang right. Age doesn't really factor into this writing thing. Don't get me wrong, I WISH I'd have decided to do this at 18--heck, I'd settle for even 25. But that wasn't where I was at in my life at those times. I needed to do other things, experience things, to even attempt to give this writing stuff a real try. Basically, if I'd tried to do this at 23 or 24 I think I'd have flamed out. Hard.

    I have writing buddies who are in their 60s and just now giving it a go. I follow blogs of 17 year olds who are already seriously working on the craft and probably know more than I do about how to find agents, etc. lol

    One thing I'm finally embracing is this: RIGHT NOW, I'm exactly the right age, and of the right mindset, to be really excited about growing in my craft and chasing something that has burned in my heart since before I even knew there was a spark. And that's awesome. :)

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  15. I mostly love aging and all each stage brings. There is beauty in the wisdom of what we've learned and hope for what we have yet to learn. Happy Birthday, Morgan!

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  16. what a great way of looking at things. And i agree, it doesn't matter what age we're at, we're all in the same boat as writers.

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  17. I'm not far behind you, and I do feel like all these other bloggers are so much younger than me! By the time they're our age they'll be stars already. :) Oh well, with age comes beauty. Right? ;)

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  18. 32 is still a baby! And age is just a number... it's your spirit that really counts...
    Happy birthday for Wednesday!

    Writer In Transit

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  19. Happy Birthday, Morg! Age doesn't matter, but the experience is what matters most. The wisdom grows. I agree we're all in the same boat in this writing community - respecting and supporting each other.

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  20. Happy birthday. Don't let the 30's bother you. For us women, it's one of the best decades.

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  21. 32? Hah! You're still a young pup compared to old dogs like me :)

    Have a great birthday and, whatever else you do, stay young!

    Or, at least, young at heart :)

    Best wishes!

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  22. Happy Birthday Morgan! My 30's were a ton of fun. Learn to enjoy yourself, at every stage of life, I think that's the key to happiness :)

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  23. I will be 64 next month on my birthday. Let's see...32 is...yup, exactly half of 64. And I don't consider myself old. I guess it's a matter of perspective.

    Happy Birthday.

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  24. Early Happy Birthday and congrats on getting your revisions done! You've got such a great attitude about life, never lose that. And age really is just a number. Some days I feel younger than I really am, and other days I feel like I'm in my 90's, LOL! HUGS!

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  25. Careful, youngster. Some of us senior citizens might decide to gang up on you.

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  26. You are the perfect age for YOU! I agree about wishing I started writing seriously sooner, but back then, I wasn't ready and wouldn't have worked this hard. Happy birthday!

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  27. Happy birthday, you YOUNG thing!

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  28. 32? You are a baby! But then again, I keep seeing you all like teenagers compared to me. Let's see...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MORGAAAAN, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
    I used to sing in the Fire Dragon Opera, would always set the audience on fire. :D My best to you!

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  29. Happy Birthday! You baby, you. LOL Wait'll your memory and eyesight start to go. You won't think 40 is so young. hahaha Don't tell anyone but, come summer (if I remember), I'll be staring 47 in the face. 0_0 ...with my bifocals. xD

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  30. Thirty-two? oh boo hoo hoo!
    I'm forty-nine and feelin' fine!
    Take each year and hold it dear
    So much grace and a pretty little face
    You've got the time so let it shine
    I wrote this to say, in my own special way
    I hope you have a happy birthday!

    (Please don't hold the quality of my rhyme against me. It's the best this 49er could do on such short notice.)

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  31. Happy Happy Birthday!!!! Hope you are enjoying your day :) And congrats on your revisions :) :) Way to go.

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  32. Happy Birthday!! 32 is exciting :)

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  33. 32?..... NO comment. Cough! Cough! Cough! AHEM! AHEM! Faints for the mere thought of thinking she is SO much older than twenty-something.... MAJOR eye roll. You are a VERY YOUNG WOMAN.... just cutting your teeth. LOL. LOVE THE REST of the post though. LOL.

    WE will not EVEN MENTION how old I turn in two weeks. CLASSIFIED information Sweets, as you know.

    Now, as far as starting writing late. NO YOU HAVEN'T ...I think you started at THE PERFECT time. BECAUSE, like you said you needed those life experiences to draw from.

    I started MUCH, MUCH, MUCH later than you! Perhaps .... that is why my writing appeals to you. BECAUSE I have LIVED SO MANY lives.

    AND YOU WILL TOO! I can't wait to see the writer you become. You have advanced so far in such a short time. Your YOUTH helped you with your determination. And you will LEARN and GROW to heights to which you could ever imagine! I know because I see it .... All you need to do is LIVE.... the talent is already there.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY early.... FELLOW SPRING CHILD.... April is THE best month... We renew every Spring. And in you a beautiful flower has emerged once more....

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  34. Great post! My birthday was last Saturday and I turned 33, and while I'm not as accepting about getting older as you are, your post helped me to embrace my age! :)

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  35. 32? You're ancient! Lol KIDDING. ;)

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  36. Happy birthday, Morgan! I'll try to remember your great attitude about getting older when I hit 40 in a couple years. Yikes! I hope your birthday is full of cake and celebrating! :)

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  37. I'll be 29 this year. Happy B'day tomorrow girl! Congrats Anne and Kelley. Your mom is a wise woman Morgan, leave the aging worries for the beauty magazines. And yes the writing community doesn't care about age, we have way too much writing to do to focus on such a petty subject.

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  38. Since we can't stop ourselves from aging, you've got the right idea: make the most of it. My big 50 is next month. And I'm treating myself and hubby to a trip to Gettysburg. Do you see any symbolism there?

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  39. Happy Birthday, you youngin'. :) I didn't start writing seriously until my mid 30s. But I still feel like there's plenty of time.

    Hope you have a great day.

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  40. I never thought much about age...until I hit forty. Though I don't know if it was the age of forty or the idea that my kids were becoming adults. I spent so many years kid focused, I think I had a mini identity crisis!

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  41. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great one. And you are definitely not old!

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  42. Happy birthday! I hit the third of a century mark in December, so I'm not much older than you. This age doesn't seem as ancient as it did when I was younger.

    I've been writing since 1984, when I was just four years old, but I wasn't determined enough about pursuing my lifelong dream of being a published writer. Now I'm glad my dream has been deferred so long, since my books just weren't polished enough for primetime when I was querying in my early twenties. I'm a much better writer at 33 than I was at 12, 15, 18, 21, or even 25. One of the things about youth is that we usually don't realize how young and inexperienced we really are at any given age until we're older.

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  43. Very good points on age! And happy early birthday ;)

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  44. Happy birthday! I love being in my thirties. I'm sure I'll feel that way about the following decades.

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  45. I remember when your little bios ended with "all before the age of 30!" Happy birthday!

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  46. Happy Birthday! Mine is tomorrow, I reached 30 last year so I think I'll stop counting now. Like you, I'm not too bothered about getting older, but I've got too many things to think about now instead of keeping count. Have a great day!

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  47. Happy birthday, Morgan! 32 is a lovely age. I'm 36, so I know how you feel about all those brilliant twenty-something authors we know. :-) I hope your day is filled with joy and you are treated like a queen!

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  48. Happy Birthday, today! I hope it's a beautiful, wonderful occasion where you're surrounded by the people you love most and they're showing you they love you most.

    And you're right! I don't think age is nearly as important as people thing. (Though I'll turn 32 in a few months so I know the feeling.) I think what matters most is that your writing is authentic to whatever age you're writing for. And even then, I think the depth of experience always adds flavor to your words.

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  49. Hey,

    It's STILL Wednesday over here (it's 9 p.m. HST) so I don't feel too bad for getting here so late to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY (in big letters in case your eyes are strained with all this old age you now carry :)

    PS... I only started writing officialy at age "Tirty-tree" so you have five years on me already in writing years - and a dozen in for real years :)

    Hope you had a wonderfully relaxing day and you know what, tell Hubby to arrange breakfast for the kids through the weekend (my treat :)~

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  50. I used to think 20 was old...

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  51. Happy Birthday(belated)!! I hope you had a truly enjoyable day!! :)

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  52. Hi Morgan .. have a happy day tomorrow .. I hope that's right because now you are forever young at 31 ... and I can guarantee you young for many decades ahead - I know I'm on that path!

    Good for you and many happy years ahead with success in your writing .. cheers Hilary

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  53. Wow...it looks like we have the same birthday (as well has my favorite singer: Maynard from Tool). Well, happy belated birthday, hope it was a great one.

    I feel like I started late with my writing, too...but then I think about how much time I have left (hopefully!), and that I have so many years to continue writing and perfecting my craft.

    Each year has the potential to be better than the last. And I'm just beginning to accept that it's awesome to be in my 30s! Haha.

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  54. Happy Birthday!

    And no, you're not old. Wait until you hit 40, then you have every right to be depressed.

    Have a wonderful day.

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  55. Hope you had a wonderful birthday! (I'm a little late, I know!) It's nice to know there are others about who are close to my age, even if it doesn't really matter :)

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  56. Hope you had a great birthday! I def. know how ya feel. I didn't start writing until a couple years ago either, and this year I'll be 31. But ya know, like you said, we did a lot of other things in those intervening years, and now we can write about them =D

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  57. ...one year older, but one year wiser ;) Congrats!

    El

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  58. Great post, Morgan. Love the quote by your mom. So true!

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  59. Happy Birthday! I'm sorry I missed it and hope you had a fantabulous day! :)

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  60. you are younger on the inside, and even younger looking on the outside!!! much love to my morg's!!

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  61. Happy birthday!

    I don't think that age is an issue. I believe that I am the youngest out of all the writers I have come to know in the blogging world. Although sometimes I feel intimidated, age is just a number.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  62. ...Hey Morgan, I tagged you for an award over at my "scratch pad." Hop over when you get a chance and check it out ;)

    El

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  63. First, Happy Birthday. Second, you are totally right. We all need to be in one big boat. Hey, a writing conference on a cruse ship ... now THERE'S an idea! :)

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  64. Hey Smorgas Borgas Morgas,

    I am happy for you today.

    No, I am.

    See for yourself :)

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