Friday, July 29, 2011

Hellooooooo Forty-Eight!

I have a dear friend, a fellow author, who says that us female writers of a certain age ought to stay mum about how old we are. That we'll benefit from a little confusion on the subject, a little conjecture that we might be younger than we truly are.

To that I say uh-uh. I turned 48 this week and I don't care who knows it. So far it's been great, and I have a feeling that this might be a big year for me. Later this month I'm going on my first backpack trek, six days in the mountains overlooking the Pacific. I'm wrapping up a book that pretty much wrote itself and I'm going to start a new one next week that is going to blow everyone away, including me. Oh, and I was propositioned by a 23-year-old last week. So I say, I'm not sure what I stand to gain by shaving a year or two or ten off my age - 48 is just fine.

Besides, I have these two as role models: Camille Minichino and Rita Lakin get saucier (that's a euphemism, friends, but it's not my place to tell a lady's secrets!) (other than, if I were you, I'd stay out of Camille's way when she's behind the wheel because she has a deadly windshield) every year! Julie and I were lucky enough to do an event with them last week at Book Passage.

A few other highlights from my big week:

I made Steve Hockensmith cry!!

I went to a Pens barbecue (and I'm not telling whose undies are on the line!)

Me and Julie at Book Passage hawkin' them books we wrote

I went to the Ruby Room - oh yes I DID! And you better believe I plan to go back

Birthday Cookies - which my friend Roseann makes for me every year and which are more delicious than Heaven itself


Dana Fredsti said...

Sophie, you, Camille, Rita and Julie are and will be beautiful and vibrant no matter the chronological age attached!

Virna DePaul said...

Sophie--You're an inspiration in so many ways! Happy birthday!!! XOXO

Catherine/Suburban Vampire said...

Happy birthday, Sophie!! I'll be hitting the big 4-0 at the end of the summer, but with forty-something women like you paving the way, it looks like I have nothing to fear.

Judith Starkston said...

Happy Birthday, Sophie! Here's to saucy women writers of a certain age! Have fun with the backpacking. I confess I'm less enamored of backpacking these days because I so enjoy a comfy bed at the end of the hike, but it does let you get so far away from the maddening crowds.

Vickie said...

Happy Birthday!! I loved my 40s (only 50 now). I met my now DH when I was 38, had Lady K when I was 42. We moved to Colorado when I was 41, married the same year....There is physical age and mental age.

Camille Minichino said...
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Camille Minichino said...

Wow, how did I end up here, on this blog that I go to for inspiration? I should say that even long ago when I was 48, I didn't have Sophie's energy, spirit, and talent!

Stay in my life, Sophie!