Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Today is my birthday. I am, as Dante was, before he headed off on a three-epic tour, midway through life's journey.

So maybe that's why I'm feeling introspective. I've felt weird about this birthday for a couple of months now. Not because I feel old, or uncomfortable about my age. I'm happy with my life - the way it looks, the things I've accomplished. I have regrets, but I don't think I'd want to live the kind of life where I didn't.

It turns out, as birthdays go, this was a good one. The people I love called and emailed and visited and tweeted and posted and sent cards and gifts and love. I felt connected, and blessed. Contracts came in the mail, for a short story that's going in an anthology that I am thrilled to be part of. This was not a surprise, as the check arrived a few days ago, but I liked receiving a tangible symbol of what I want from my life on a day where I was thinking about my life, and what it looked like. I taught a class, on a subject I loved, and had great conversations with my students. And as the day turns over, I will be writing.

So that is the shape of my life today. And I no longer feel weird about this day. I feel grateful for it. Thank you for sharing it with me.


  1. Happy birthday!

    If the title of your post is your age as of today, we are exactly the same age. (Well, give or take a few hours. I don't know what time I was actually born.)

    I occasionally comment on your LJ posts - I am karalianne over there. You have a career similar to the one I wish I had. *minor jealousy* :)

  2. It is. And happy birthday to you, too. I wish you so much happiness.

    Hurrah for birthday twins.

    (I haven't been cross-posting as much on LJ. I forget, or I don't want to bother re-entering all the links, etc. It's bad, I know, but oh, I've been busy.)

  3. Glad you had a good birthday! Hopefully next year will go just as well.

  4. Happy Birthday! A little late, but birthdays are a week-long event in my family.

  5. I hope you had a happy birthday!

    Your blog is actually syndicated to LJ at

  6. I did.

    Also, whoa. I (obviously) had no idea. The internets are full of magic.