Yes, today is my birthday which is why I chose today's date to blog. So I could reflect on this day with all of you. A couple of interesting things about November birthdays; when I worked at Catholic Charities all of my female co-workers had November birthdays, they were all Scorpios. This is an important fact because my sisters are Scorpios, therefore I always know how to handle Scorpian women friends. And more importantly all of my best friends have November birthdays, here again all Scorpians. I'm sure in the world of numerology this must mean something, but I don't know what. The thing about birthdays is that they come around every year at the same time. This year I'm forty six. Yikes! Looking at that number in print makes me realize how fast the years are flying by me. I think non-writers look at their birthdays in different ways than writers do.
Before I was published I never really looked back on the year or forward to what the next twelve months of my life would bring. Of course that could be because my birthday falls right after Thanksgiving and before Christmas. And I was too caught up in hoping my family would remember my birthday! Most years I was given the combo birthday/Christmas gift (and I still get asked in mid-November what I'd like for Christmas when I haven't even had my birthday yet!) A very big bummer and I imagine the only thing worse would be a having a birthday fall on Christmas or New Years Day. Oh and what about all you poor leap year babies? The birthday that only rolls around once every four years!
My best birthday was the year I turned 41. That was the year my first book was published, forever changing the way I view my birthdays. Now I look at what I've accomplished in my career. How many books I've had on the shelves and what's in the pipeline for the next 365 days. I'd like to have a contemporary book published. Right now I've only sold historical romances. I'm working on a proposal for a contemporary series set in Northern California. This hasn't sold yet, but I'm ever hopeful it will sell.
As much as we may hate the way time goes by, it's good to remember that special day once a year which defines us. Taking one day in your life to reflect on the good, the bad, the ugly and all that falls somewhere in between can be an enlightening experience.
So here's to all my fellow November 30th Sagittarians, enjoy your day, take a walk, read a good book, and most importantly be kind to yourself today.
Tracey J. Lyons