Two-Day Sale on the First Charlotte Anthony Mystery
Where it All Began
Two big things are coming up in the next several days: the home stretch toward completion of my third Charlotte Anthony mystery, An Undisclosed Vocation, and my birthday! So to celebrate, the digital edition of the first mystery in the series, An Uncollected Death, is available on Amazon today and tomorrow, June 26th and 27th, for 99 cents.
I can’t believe I’m about to turn sixty years old. I remember when my mom did, and it really got to her. Fifty didn’t bother her, and seventy only so-so. But sixty was a threshold, a bar, a marker of some sort that changed the meaning of how much life had passed and of what was left. A couple of friends of mine have experienced something similar.
Maybe that’s why, when I turned fifty-eight, I started to prepare for this event, to help me feel grounded and less freaked-out when the big 6-0 finally came. I made a bucket list, of sorts, and at the very top was learning to write a novel–and if that worked out okay, to have three written by the time I turned sixty.
Well, actually, I wanted three novels published by the time I was sixty, but I will settle for written. One thing I’ve learned about this early part of the aging business: my stamina has taken a big hit. Working too hard doesn’t get the novels written any faster, and actually slows things down.
But one thing’s for sure–I’m so glad I made the decision to write fiction again, and to set the goal to have three novels done by the time I turned sixty. From here on out, for however long I can write, each book that gets written is a bonus, a celebration of sorts. At a minimum rate of one book per year, maybe by my seventieth birthday I’ll have a total of thirteen books–a nice mysterious number!
Are you planning for ways to ease the transition to your next milestone birthday?