Getting Old, The Big 30 #AtoZChallenge #AprilA2Z ‘G’

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Ugh. I feel old.

I know it’s not old, not really, but one month from now, I’m going to be 30.

The Big 3-0

Why do people say it like that? As if I’m not stressed enough already. -_-

To be honest, I’m not pulling my hair out over it (just the grey ones) and I’m not panicked over suddenly being old or unable to do things. It’s only 30, right? Though I am conscious that I can’t do as much as I used to in terms of running off, getting pissed, and crawling home at 4am. But I blame my kids for that, not the fact that I’m nearly 30.

And you think that’s rough? My boys will be two before I hit 30. Two days before, in fact. Now that’s sobering; I’ve been a mother for nearly two years!gasping/shocked/surprised face OpenClipArtSaying that, I’ve done a lot with those 30 years.
Obviously other people have done a lot of that stuff too, but I can be pleased and comfortable in saying that nobody else would have done those things my way.

  • I went through school. Got A-levels. Got a degree.
  • I worked… solid, like a chump, for several years before escaping.
  • I run my own business.
  • I’ve had two kids.
  • I’ve written and published three books (yes, I’m counting Raven for now), with more on the way.
  • I’ve appeared in several magazines with and without bylines
  • I’ve loved.
  • I’ve made friends.
  • I’ve played games.
  • I’ve lost.
  • I’ve seen great people do great things, been to wonderful places and tasted wonderful foods.

Yes, I know it’s still a month off, but I’m pleased with my 30 years on this earth. Universe willing, I’ll have a hell of a lot more to fill with cool things and to share with you.

As to what I’m going to do… I’m running a competition. ^_^ Wheeeeeeeeee!
Just a small one, mind you, but I feel that it’s a nice way for you to celebrate with me.

It’s just a flash fiction competition but the prize is… get this… £10 Amazon voucher. ^_^
Or $10 if you’re in the US. I know what a bitch it is getting vouchers you can’t use (yes, this is the voice of experience), so be sure to let me know what you’ll need in the form below.

It’s a simple competition; flash fiction. 100 words.
Theme: ageing.
That’s it!
I’ll close the competition on May 8 which gives you a month to pull yourself together.

Use this form to enter.

You may want to pop a comment below as well, just so I know to look out for your entry. I’ve never done this before, so the extra nudge to be sure I’ve got your entry will (hopefully) smooth out potential problems.

I won’t judge the competition (that’s hardly fair) but I’ll rope in one or more of my writing buddies to give me a hand. And, if I can wrangle it, I’ll get a longlist and a shortlist out of them and announce the winner in the middle of May.

Good luck everyone and thanks!
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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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15 Responses to Getting Old, The Big 30 #AtoZChallenge #AprilA2Z ‘G’

  1. sallyedmans says:

    As someone who hit the same milestone about 6 months ago, it doesn’t change much. I’ve noticed a few new wrinkles, but I suspect I would have still got them even if I’d stayed 29 for an extra year and if I’m honest I quite like them. I look less like I’m twelve now. The Big 3-0? Not so big.


    • That’s what I want to hear! ^_^
      I’m certain that the new creases around my eyes and the white hairs are all a product of the boys rather than my ages (haha!) so no fear there.

      Thanks hon! 😉


      • sallyedmans says:

        I can’t comment on the white hairs, as blondes tend to go grey later than darker hair colours. We do have to put up with the rubbish pinky skin tone that goes with it though, so it’s all swings and roundabouts. Husband started going grey when he was 14, so you needn’t feel too bad about that either. My friends now call him the silver fox!


  2. Youth is overrated! I enjoyed my thirties more than my twenties, life got better in my forties and my fifties have been the best decade yet 🙂


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  4. saxtoncorner says:

    I’m 42! According to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy; it’s the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. Hear me when I tell you “Good God does it get better!!!” You’ll rock it, because there are so many amazing women out there leading the way. Enjoy it, party hard and wave bye bye to the twenties with excitement of what’s about to come.


  5. Hey, submitted the 100 words. Just letting you know. Formatting was sort of weird, and italics, didn’t translate… at least I don’t think. Oh well.

    Happy early birthday!


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