This is 35 - Invitation to Contribute to a Published Book
On the eve of my 36th birthday, I'm announcing my next literary project, a compilation of themes tentatively titled, "This is 35." A marker of a milestone that I'm not yet sure even is one, but connected by the uncountable number of times this year I remarked on either my own or a friend/co-worker/acquaintance's situation with that phrase.
Here's the fun part - I'm looking to share YOUR stories, and those of anyone you know who might want to participate by having theirs published (by name or anonymously). Do you actually have to be 35 - no. It's a plus or minus situation, with the general sentiment of this stage of (mid?) life in mind and all of the things that entails - marriage (or not), kids (or not), aging (and aging parents), work (whether it's your job, career or side hustle), etc. And the more diversity of lifestyle, ethnicity, upbringing, location, outlook, the better, so please share with your networks if you will.
Each week for the next 8, I'm going to release a new chapter theme (all are posted on my website, https://www.reneecasteelcook.com/be-featured, along with the full length original inspiration, as edited by my birthday twin Tiffany Harelik) - if it speaks to you and you're willing to contribute your story, let me know (happy to interview those not up for the writing part). Writing will start in January and, if we're lucky, the book will release some time in 2019.
Let's start where it all started for me, with this little musing about a day in the life of 35 year old Renee (and many of you I know):
"When you find yourself cleaning up at least one unexpected mess per day, whether it’s a “critically important” fire drill at work, a random malfunction of some household object or a pile of crayons and cheerios (both soaked in milk long enough to become one, and texturally make it difficult not to gag as you race them to the garbage can in an attempt to avoid drippage)."