I am Officially…

BD PartyOLD. Yep, that’s why I skipped posting last week. Well, not really because of that, but because my husband threw me a big party last Saturday, and I was wiped out! Not from drinking, just tired.

My husband says I don’t look old, but sometimes I feel it!

The party was a lot of fun. I said “No gifts, please” unless they were gag gifts. He also did up our garage (party area) up right, with 50 black balloons, an “old lady” cane for me. And appropriately, a tiara. ๐Ÿ™‚

Most people respected my request, though a few brought bottles of wine. I don’t mind those, ๐Ÿ™‚ though I don’t drink much, so they will last me a good while. But probably the best (and most creative) gift was a copy of “my” college yearbook, from one of my best friends from high school…

yearbook

My friend thinks I am really old LOL

yearbook inside

…but there is my photo

I apparently knew some interesting people! – click to enlarge –

VampireWeddingWhat I’ve been reading: I was pretty tired for several days after that, so I had time to read. I read the short stories from a Smith’s Monthly, then a book I’ve been looking forward to came out in the middle of the week: A Vampire Wedding, by Stacy McKitrick. This was a fun addition for those who’ve read any of her other vampire books, especially the one where the main characters in this book met. In this book, human Sarah does not want a big wedding, but agrees to go to Vegas with a few friends because it’s important to her vampire partner. There are a lot of humorous moments with secondary characters, and some real tension with her family, with a great come-uppance in the end (plus of course, a happily-ever-after–more than one!). I highly recommend this series if you like vampire romance, but read Bite Me, I’m Yours before this one.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: I finished my latest edits of the novella, and it’s now off to the copy editor! This week, I need to do aย print book layout for Mythical Press, and I have a lot going on later this week, so I don’t expect to get much writing done. I’ll be happy if I get the print book done, and manage to keep up with the Business in Writing workshop I’m currently taking. Most likely, I won’t be posting here next week, but be sure to stop by the week after!

What about you–do you have any advice or tips for me, now that I’m “old”? Or perhaps any funny stories to share? Have you read any good books lately? And how are you doing on whatever goals you may have, whether writing related or not? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Happy birthday! Age is just a number, and all that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Awesome on getting the novella to the copy editor.

    I’ve hit a bit of a rough patch with my goals. Fighting exhaustion, so I haven’t had the energy to do much, but I did get a few things done, so that’s good, right? I hope to be back on track soon.

  2. Thanks, Erin! “Just a number” is what I always say. Hope you’re feeling better soon; I know what it’s like to be too tired to do anything.

  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed my novella! ๐Ÿ˜€ I was looking to make it fun. Glad I succeeded!

    To me you’re young. Nearly 9 years younger than me! So you’re not allowed to be old, you hear me??

    I’m doing crappy on my goals, but thanks to yesterday’s meeting, I woke up with the answer to book 3 in the Ghostly Encounter series. Yay! That means I have to stick this other character in book 2, but hey, that’s why I’m revising it, right? Still, it was a wonderful moment this morning. I’m hoping it motivates me to revise faster!!!

  4. Happy birthday you young thing. You look beautiful! I’m glad your hubby took the initiative to throw you a party. Mine would never think to do that. I love those things.

    A cane and a tiara – both items any gal over 50 can appreciate and use. And wine. Although gals under 50 can appreciate that too.

    Have a great week kiddo!

    Patricia Rickode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. Woo hoo! Happy Birthday, Whippersnapper! You don’t look anywhere near your age, girl. How awesome that your hubby threw such a great party for you! The notes in the yearbook are a hoot. What a great gift. Old lady canes rock! For my 50th, hubby got me an old lady cane with a rear view mirror on it. That was ten years ago.For my 60th, I said no party. All I wanted to do was play Balderdash with my kids and their spouses. I still need to write a blog post about it. Had so much fun. It’s my favorite board game.

    How exciting the novella is with the copy editor! Yippee! Can’t wait to read it!

  6. Stacy, I’ll be glad to defer to my “elders” on that one. LOL! And yay for waking up with the answer!

    Patricia, I thought about you when I wrote about the wine! And thanks.

    Lynn, thanks! My cane also had a mirror on it, but Isis broke it (it was just plastic). She had more fun with the cane than I did!

  7. Well, in my vast experience of being past this milestone (9 days more than you), I have found it necessary to find suitable kids to kick off my lawn.

  8. Happy birthday! And congrats on getting that story off to the editor as well as celebrating the big 50. You asked if your readers had any advice. Maybe. First, cherish each moment. Truly. That cane and birthday cake are good memories of good times. Second, keep writing! I didn’t really start writing novels until I retired, and I’m now finishing my third book. So dream on and dream big. Take every hug, every opportunity to dance. Appreciate those who love you — and those quiet times when writing is possible. Have a wonderful year ahead.

  9. I see there seems to be a theme among the signatures on your yearbook. There were some pretty famous people, let alone all male. lol. That was quite clever. Hey, don’t feel old girl. I’ve got a few years on you. Although I must confess I wasn’t thrilled to hit the half century mark, but this decade has gone fast. Too fast as I approach 59 this summer. So keep up the great attitude Jennette and congrats on reaching a big milestone. And don’t let anyone tell you you’re old. ๐Ÿ™‚