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02 June 2011 @ 02:59 pm
A pause to blog.  

Yesterday was my birthday. It was also the birthday of many many *many* other fine folk, including but not limited to Esmerel, Silkblade, my ten-years-younger twin Novella with whom I have recently reconnected thanks to FB, Ardian’s little boy, and both Mr & Mrs BurgerEater. Also Marilyn Monroe, Morgan Freeman and Superman. Happy damned birthday to ALL of us!

Bellinghman, in wishing me a happy birthday, said “May you achieve all you set out to do this coming year.”

I thought that was as splendid a birthday toast as could possibly be had. It also made me laugh because of the sheer number of things I tend to set out to do in any given year. Most of them are work-related. And that reminded me of Holly Black’s assistant asking her recently if she had any, y’know, *hobbies*. Things that weren’t, y’know, *writing*. And she didn’t, of course. And that made me think–

–well, it made me think that *god*, I really *love* my job.

Most of my hobbies are writing-related. New projects, like ElectriCity, or collaborative things like EASY PICKINGS with Faith, or the silly project I’ve talked to Kyle Cassidy about (I must pursue that a bit more), or the project with Sarah. These things are my work life, and I *love* them. It’s insane, I know it’s insane, because I’m always juggling things and so busy and trying to make sure I have time, but honestly, I do this to myself because I love it all so much. I am *insanely* fortunate. I get to do something I love for a living, and in a field that a lot of people would like to be in.

So, y’know, thank you. Thank you to all you people who buy my books and my stories and who babysit my kid and go to hot chocolate with me and support me in innumerable other ways that make it possible for me to live this life I love so much. ♥

(I would like to also write a review of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, which we saw a performance of last night, and talk some more about “ElectriCity”, and talk about something the person on Twitter said about writerly neuroses, and about how the Angles revisions are going, and probably six or eight other things I’m forgetting, but I have to go work on EASY PICKINGS now, ’cause the ball is in my court. :))

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 2nd, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
You get so much done you astound most of us. Me, I flake out with laundry and writing and a bit of sewing.
GM Ceosannaceosanna on June 2nd, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
A silly project with Kyle? I can't wait to hear more! Also, it would be grand to meet you in person if you're out this way.
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on June 2nd, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
I meant to wish you happy birthday yesterday, but I was pretty much AFK all day. I did hear about the Superman thing (and other birthdays) on the radio on the way into town, though, and I made a mental note to tell you. :)

So, happy slightly-belated birthday to my semiannual twin! :D
pgwfolcpgwfolc on June 3rd, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday. :)

Glad you love your job. That's awesome. And it's fun just to see you revel in it, to rightly appreciate what you have. Congratulations.

And thank you. Do you know why I'm a fan? Why I'm an avid reader of your work? It's because your stories bring wonder, beauty, and joy into my life. No small thing. More than that, they let me set reality aside to step into magical worlds brought vividly to life. A portable vacation, on my own schedule, to places I couldn't visit in any other way. (Though I'm sure Grit, Jo, Leesh, and the others would be less than thrilled to have their lives described so.)

I'm glad that the money I spend on your work has, in some small way, helped enable you to have this happy life. But I think I got the better end of the deal. So... thank you.