By Joanne Rock
As I get older, I’ve been creating more hoopla for my birthdays anyhow. I know many people do the opposite—curtail the birthday celebrations once they hit their twenties or thirties. But I played it cool for years—deferring the birthday extravaganza so the emphasis went to my kids when their big days rolled around. Then it occurred to me… why am I not taking advantage of a day that should be all about ME?
I don’t ask the family to stop everything and pay attention to me or anything. That’s not my style. I’m more apt to hop in the car on my birthday morning and go to the florist so I can pick out fresh flowers myself. I highly recommend this! It’s fun and feels decadent. And I’d NEVER done this until a few years ago.
Next, I think hard about what I want to do. Usually, I like shopping for something mega-girly since my shopping outings are usually fast and functional. I get a good coffee and browse. Buy magazines that I don’t usually splurge on. Buy other things I don’t usually splurge on. Basically, I pick up some ME presents. Is that totally tacky? I do it anyway, and it makes me feel completely spoiled.
This year, I had a book birthday on September 1st, too. Whispers Under a Southern Sky is now available and that’s really fun news to share! Yet a book release day isn’t the same kind of Me-Fest that my real birthday has become. When I have a book birthday, I do like to shop around for it in stores so I can see it live. That’s fun and rewarding for all the hard work that goes into the writing. But after that, it’s all about the book. I make graphics to share with readers and visit some blogs for spotlights and giveaways. I share some excerpts, and cross my fingers for reviews.
So was it a self-indulgent month? Perhaps. But I like to remind myself, “If not now, when?” No one else knows the secret wishes of your heart on your birthday, so I think it’s okay to make them come true. As for the book release… it never gets old. I am still as excited to have a book in the world as I was that very first time when I headed to a Waldenbooks (remember Waldenbooks?) and snapped a pic of myself with my Harlequin Temptation title, Learning Curves. These days, I might take a screen shot of Whispers Under the Southern Sky on Amazon—especially on a day when it’s a bestseller! Thank you, my friends, for scooping up copies and giving me another happy moment to celebrate .
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