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Goodbye, Thirties

June 30, 2015

When I turned 30, a certain cousin of mine who shall remain nameless but who co-authors this little blog, made me a cake that read ”Goodbye, Twenties.” She’s got a sharp little sense of humor, that one. But it really made me laugh. Last week I celebrated my 39th birthday and as it was approaching, I kept thinking about what I wanted to write about it on my personal blog. I considered a ”39 Things I Want To Do Before 40” post, but that just felt waaaaay too overwhelming to think of, much less do that many things. But this morning I did get to thinking about what I’d really like to do or accomplish in this last precious year of thirtydom. And one, and only one, thing came to mind. And it has been something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. Write a book. I don’t know what kind of book it might be, children’s books have always interested me but I don’t know that I have any kind of talent in that direction. But I’ll just say this, whether anything at all comes of it, for the first time in a long time I feel excited and inspired about a project. A year feels like a totally doable amount of time to write a book, whatever the genre, and no matter what, I’m excited to delve deeper into writing. I’ve committed to writing very regularly in this space, which also has me very excited, so I’m hoping a certain momentum will come from it all. This week I was commissioned to write some book reviews for an English magazine for teens sold here in Slovakia and one of the books was After by Anna Todd. I had never heard of it, but quickly learned that it is One Direction fanfiction, and has had over a billion reads online. And as I started reading up on it, and reading excerpts, my heart just sank. Not only does it seem to be utter garbage in terms of literature, it also glorifies abusive relationships and contains so much sex, many people called it the new 50 Shades of Gray. I limped my way through the review, leaning heavily on the readership as my ”marketing ploy” (after all, we want to encourage our readers to read), but as I sent it off to my boss, I had to ask her if it’s really something they want to be targeting teens with. Thankfully my boss asked if I would not recommend it, and I had to answer that I would not recommend it to anyone, especially young people. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect she’s going to pull the article. And what’s my point? When a billion people are reading garbage, it says to me that we need some better books out there.  I don’t know if I have any talent for writing, but I do know this; I know garbage when I smell it and I hope to produce something with at least a little thought involved that cannot be described as either cheap or sleazy. Do you have any suggestions on book topics for me? Target audience? I’d love to hear them! And here’s how we celebrated my closing act before ”Lordy, lordy look who’s 40.”

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4 Comments

  • Reply Mom July 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Yahoo!! Thislittleblogofyours makes me so happy in every respect. I pray that it will be as much of a blessing to you both as I’m sure it will be for all of us.

  • Reply Jessie Strbava July 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks, Mom!

  • Reply Katie July 20, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Whoooooeeeee! I love this little slice of the Internet you and Erin have created!

    WRITE A BOOK! I honestly don’t know what you should write. I think writing from *should* isn’t good though. Write from wherever the deep places of your heart lead. Maybe it’ll take some frustrating work of trying to abandon any *shoulds* in order to find where your passions lie but dig deep and let it all pour out! When you know what direction you want to go and what youre focus is, you can then work on honing it more clearly for the audience you hope to reach.

    Happy Belated Birthday, too! (June 19? Am I right? )

    • Reply Jessie Strbava August 5, 2015 at 3:22 am

      Thank you, Katie. You’re absolutely right. Now, to get to work digging deep…and thanks for the birthday wishes!!!

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