Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Birthday Reflections and Breakfast at Tiffany's

So, I turned 39 on Sunday. I’m at that age now where people younger than me think I’m old, and people older than me think I’m an idiot for thinking I’m old.

It’s an interesting age though, 39. It’s the countdown year to the big 4-0, and I’ve kind of put a lot of pressure on myself to make this year a breakout year in terms of my writing career.

Right now, I’ve got a how-to book about podcasting that should be available at least electronically by the end of July. I’m working on a short story for the new Kindle Worlds platform that could be up in August, and I’m currently editing my second horror novel. So, by the end of 2013, my writer platform will have grown quite a bit.

And then there’s the podcast. Tomorrow, the fifth episode of See Brian Write will be posted, and so far I’m having a blast and getting a great response. Interviewing other writers and hearing about their stories has already made starting the podcast worth the effort.

My goal by the time I turn 40 is to have a much clearer picture of where my writing career is going. So, I have a lot of expectations for this year, and a lot of big plans. I look forward to writing about that journey here on the blog and talking about it on the podcast.

I will leave you with a “feeling old” story that happened to me on my birthday. I’d decided to treat myself to some ice cream and went to the local mom and pop ice cream shop. As the girl woman behind the counter was scooping out my sugar-free chocolate ice cream, the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by the alt rock band Deep Blue Something came over the radio.

“This song was really big back when I was in college,” I remarked.

“Yeah,” she replied, “I love 80’s music.”

I did not have the heart to tell her that I was in college in the early 1990’s, and that “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” debuted in 1994.

I proceeded to go home and eat my feelings.