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Monday, December 1

An Update On... Me!

It’s official. I can no longer pretend that I have not reached middle-age! Today is the 11th anniversary of my 29th Birthday – or if you don’t want to do the math that means it’s my 40th Birthday. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! Ok, now that I have the shameless, and obnoxious, plug out of the way…

I have to admit, that turning 40 hasn’t bothered me that much, other than the fact that it just sounds weird when I apply it to myself. And we really do want to have another baby, and being older tends to complicate things in that area. But, I have learned to appreciate, uh, maturing, because I have found that I really do get better with age. And from what I’ve experienced, each decade has been better than the last. I feel none of the angst or depression that often seems to accompany this milestone birthday, I really am good with it.

One thing I am really excited about is that I did complete NaNoWriMo 2008, which means that I wrote a novel in 30 days. My final word count is 52,518! Yes, it still has a lot of work that’s needed as for editing and such, but I did it! This is a great accomplishment regardless, but it was a goal of mine to write a novel before my 40th birthday, and I did it! I’ll do a blog post soon with the extended synopsis of my novel and periodically, I’m sure I’ll update you on the status too. Like all writers, I hope this first novel is not my last, and that one day I’ll be published. We’ll see if that’s what God has for me.

With the Holidays upon us, things get crazy and hectic and I’m sure we will all be around a bit less in this blogging world. I’m taking some time to really think and pray about what my blog will look like next year. This includes content as well as aesthetically. I have a couple of ideas, but will turn them over to the Lord to see what He thinks about it all. I am confident that I will continue to post a “Love Letter” each Monday from the book His Princess. In addition, I’ll be getting back on track for continuing my series on Choosing Life.

I’d like to offer thanks, one more time, to all of you who have encouraged me, supported me and helped me to grow through this first year of blogging. I’ve made some wonderful friends, read some amazing blogs and have grown not only in my writing and blogging journey, but in my spiritual journey as well. Thank you all for the part you’ve played in this.

I’m really excited to be able to begin reading and commenting more on all of the wonderful blogs I’ve missed, while I took time away for NaNo. God bless you all! ~ Tracy

P.S. By the way, I am the featured guest writer this week in the Writer’s Lounge. If you’d like to read my article, all you have to do is click here.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! When I turned 40 (I will be 43 this Feb.) I praised the Lord. I thanked Him for allowing me to see my 40th birthday and I thank Him each and every day I am alive to see another day. God is truly good my friend! Celebrate and praise the Lord you are 40!! God bless!

Lori Laws said...

Hi Tracy, happy 40th..I'm next..yes, we get wiser and more beautiful with age! Congrats on your novel. I absolutely knew you were going to do this, and do it well! I am going over to read your featured article, but I first wanted to say hi and comment. God bless!

Jenna said...

Congrats on NaNo and Happy Birthday!

Darlene said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Turning 40 was not big deal to me ...but 41 one was for some strange reason. LOL
Congrats on the novel....I am so proud of you!!!
Looking forward to all the great things coming from you.

Sweet Blessings,

nitewrit said...


Happy Birthday. 40, huh, you're just a kid yet.

By the way, my wife had our last child at age 41 and he is fine. He's 26 now.

Keep writing. You probably couldn't stop if you wanted to. I've had all kinds of things published in each of the last 6 decades. (Gee, saying that makes me feel old!) I keep saying it's time to stop, but I scribble on.

Larry E.

Vickie said...

Happy birthday Tracy and congrats on your novel.


Lily said...

Congratulations on finishing NaNoWriMo! And happy birthday! Lots of reasons to celebrate. :-)

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday.
Just stopping by from my blogging hiatus to say hi!
Hope all is well...enjoy your holiday season! AHhh!

Julie Arduini said...

Happy birthday and congrats on NaNo! I'm so excited for you. I can't wait to see what God has in store for this blog, you know I love it already.

I'm especially seeking direction for If you have input, love to hear it!

Anonymous said...

How great that you completed you novel! The heartiest congratulations are yours on this huge achievement! Also, a very happy, though belated, birthday!! I'm sure you will find your 40's to be full of insight and blessings. God bless you!


Patty Wysong said...

Wow! Two reasons to happy dance for you!! (40 isn't bothering me either. LoL) And 52k? FANTASTIC!! Doubly happy for you!

Tamela's Place said...

Happy belated Birthday!

I am 43. It is still getting better!

Blessings to you :)