And Now I’m 43

It’s Ludicrous O’clock in the morning, I’m up with the sort of indigestion you don’t get when you’re twenty-three, I’m scrambling to catch up on the words that I didn’t get yesterday, (can’t lie down, sure can’t sleep, might as well write), and I’m forty-three years old now.

Forty-two was a turn-around year for me; huge in a number of ways. After three years of struggling with a career in death-spiral and financial problems unlike any I’ve experienced before in my life, I got a new agent, sold four novels (including Midnight Rain — I’m STILL wired about that), saw one child grow up and move out, had another one turn eighteen, started homeschooling the third, and finally finally finally saw light in the tunnel that wasn’t a damned train, but was, in fact, the end of the freaking tunnel.

Feeling way too much like Wile E. Coyote after yet another run-in with that roadrunner, I’ve dared to peek my head out of the tunnel mouth. I am, however, looking for the anvil.

But I’m eager to see what being forty-three will bring.

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25 responses to “And Now I’m 43”

  1. Jean Avatar

    Happy Birthday. Ya’ caught me again. Indigestion? Yeah. Once in awhile. At the moment, I’m fighting off flu, I think. Congestion, but I really don’t *need* to breathe, do I?

  2. Scott Avatar

    Happy Birthday Holly. Yeah, I’m still lurking out here in the hinterlands.

    And I’m right behind you buddy – 42 and counting.

  3. Rimsim Avatar

    I hope it will be a good year. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes and happy birthday.

  4. Rick Avatar

    Happy birthday wishes e-sent your way. May your good luck streak continue.

  5. Maripat Avatar

    Happy Birthday Holly!

    I hope this year is even better than last.


  6. Kaitiana Avatar

    Happy Birthday Holly! I’m excited to hear that last year was such a great year, and I wish you even better in the year to come.

  7. John Prideaux Avatar
    John Prideaux

    Happy Birthday! I hope the progress you have made this year is just the start.

  8. Stephen Avatar

    Happy Birthday! And many more.

  9. Brandon L. Wirtjes Avatar
    Brandon L. Wirtjes

    Happy Birthday! May the best of your past be the worst of your future.

  10. HughSider Avatar

    Happy Birthday!

    I don’t know what next year will bring you, but I’m hoping for even more books!

  11. Linda Sprinkle Avatar
    Linda Sprinkle

    Happy Birthday, baby girl. I’ll be 50 next month, so you’re a baby to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have another great year, Holly.

  12. Teribella Avatar

    Happy Birthday, Holly! Hope its a great one, and that anvil is just in your imagination!


  13. Joel Avatar

    B-day sent your way!

  14. Greg Scalise Avatar
    Greg Scalise

    Happy birthday! May the year of your life to come bring even more happiness than the one before….

  15. Kellie Avatar

    Happy Birthday!

    And, yes, you can get indigestion like that when you’re 23. Hell, I had it even worse at 5. Acid reflux sucks (she said, reaching for the bottle of Tums at the ripe old age of 25).

  16. Jo Witham Avatar
    Jo Witham

    Happy Birthday, Holly. May your days be filled with sunshine and with your great success, may you buy all the stock in Acme Company and close them down for good .

    Beep, beep!

  17. Amanda Avatar

    Happy birthday! May this year be as good as you hope, better even. Just look out for falling anvils, runaway trains and anything that goes beep beep and then leads you near the cliffs ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Jim Woosley Avatar
    Jim Woosley

    PS — always with the PS’s ๐Ÿ™‚
    It just filtered into my still-sleep-fogged brain (I was going to bed about the time you posted :P) that this is also my late maternal grandmother’s birthday. Another of those coincidences…

  19. Loyd Avatar

    Happy birthday kid. I’m 44 so I can say that.

    In business I hear these are the prime years. You have the needed experience to really know what you are doing and still enough energy to do it. With kids leaving home life changes. Homeschooling’s a big change too. Your life should stay satisfying and exciting. Go get ’em.

  20. Jim Woosley Avatar
    Jim Woosley

    Happy birthday, Holly, and a happy 43rd year on this Big Blue Ball. May each year get better!

  21. David Goldston Avatar
    David Goldston

    Happy Birthday!

    I also turned 43 this year. Wish my 42nd had been as successful as your’s. We can both look forward to the year ahead and continue to follow our dreams!

  22. Jessica Avatar

    Happy Birthday, Holly!

    My best wishes for you. May you find happiness and keep it.

  23. Alex Avatar

    Happy birthday! It’s great that last year was a good one–you know what they say about 42 being the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, don’t you? ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Johanna Avatar

    Happy Birthday, fellow Libra ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought you might be one when I saw that’s the sign you gave to Lucifer in Sympathy For The Devil. Seemed like the kind of funny thing you’d do.

  25. David Stone Avatar
    David Stone


    It sounds like one of those years that are a swine when you’re in the middle of them, but afterwards you can look back and see how much has been achieved.
    And it remains great news about Midnight Rain – I’ve re-read Busman’s Holiday with that knowledge in mind!

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