Thursday, October 20, 2011

Young At Heart


It's recently come to my attention that I appear to be the oldest living romance blogger on the face of the earth.

I just assumed that some of the "crew" were in the "40-something" range with me. Then I realized the "old guard" was actually in the 30-something range. And the "young guard" was in the 20-something range. And there were even youngsters who are only slightly older than my own children. There are some bloggers who were NOT EVEN BORN YET while I was wearing shoulder pads and dancing to Janet Jackson songs in high school.

I know that some of my friends ("contemporaries," if you will) consider my obsession with romantic fiction to be unsavory. Unbecoming of a woman of my age and station in life. They can't understand how an ivy league-educated scientist ended up reading romance novels and listening to Britney.

Well, either can I. Sometimes I feel my age when the young whipper-snapper bloggers are all chatting on twitter with their abbreviations that I totally don't understand. Many of them are still in school, still care about fashion accessories, and get the whole "Twilight" thing. I know I am sadly out of touch with this generation, but I refuse to go down without a fight.

I might not be the youngest, or the hippest (or even close to the hippest) romance blogger on the block, but at least I can still read! My eyes are showing some signs of fatigue, but they're still in working order.

Just so you know, I don't actually look like this.....



I actually look like this....



(I know, there's an actress who bears an uncanny likeness to me. Or so I've been told).

My point, after this rambling post, is that it doesn't really matter if you're young or old or look like Kate Beckinsale.

Reading romance will keep you young at heart. Forever.

(Especially if you're a vampire and you're immortal.)


With a spring in my step, and bifocals on the end of my nose,
Penelope

23 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Amen sister!

I don't know about romance writers but I know tons of romance readers are your age. I just don't think they're good at the whole blogging thing.

You are a funny witty blogger. Rock on!

Side note: I'm 35 and I just can't get into Twitter. Seriously who can keep up with allll those tweets.

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

You're not the oldest - I am! Milestone birthday for me this past summer - talk about feeling old!

I drawn the line at Twitter, don't know anything about it, how to do it, or anything! (and don't want to either!)

Amber Skyze said...

I'm with you in the 40-something range. I also enjoy your blog very much. I love your humor. :)

Jen at Red Hot Books said...

(*Sigh*) I'm old guard, huh?

Don't let any of this get you down. Keep doing what you love doing! It doesn't matter what other people think.

And for what it's worth - 40 is knocking on my door, so I refuse to consider it old.

Christi Snow said...

LOL...I love this post! From a reader/wanna-be writer who's 41. smiles...

bookster said...

I love this blog and I don't care your age. It is rare to come to your page and not laugh about something or pick up a new great title....and really who are those people using twitter? where do they get the time??!!? :)

Penelope said...

Juju! I will have to start a Senior Citizens Book Blogging Community. :^) And, Tweeting for Oldsters!

Penelope said...

Julie! Yay! I feel a lot better now. I know you also resemble Kate Beckinsale. (for real!)

Penelope said...

Thanks, Amber. 40s are the new....well, 40s. 30s? 20s? Tweenies?

Penelope said...

Jen, you might be Old Guard, but you're a Hipster Old Guard!

Penelope said...

Yay, Christy! Another 40-something! We have to start a cool group....

Penelope said...

bookster....I hear you! I wanna start some new abbreviations that only old people know, so the young whipper snappers feel left out. Heehee!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Oh, how I've missed you! You make my day every day.

Casey Wyatt said...

I can assure you - you are not alone in the blog-verse. Many of the 7 Scribes are in their 40s (including me) And many of us are romance authors. So take that youngsters!

Geekamicus said...

What's the matter with being in your 40s? We're just that much closer to reaping the joy that is an AARP discount...

Penelope said...

Welcome home, Julia! Yay!

Penelope said...

Hi Casey! Yay for the 40s!!!! Wrinkles forever! :^)

Penelope said...

Geekamicus....do you get an AARP discount on romance novels? Now that would be super convenient!

Geekamicus said...

No, but probably a nice percentage off a romantic hotel so you could do some research with your significant other.

Barbara said...

I really don't want to find out that yet another blogger is younger than me. I turned 44 last month. It's bad enough my blog partner was born the same year I graduated high school. Gah.

I just pretend I'm more youthful than I am by swearing a lot. Of course when people find out how old I am, instead of seeming cool they just figure I'm a crotchety old lady. :D

Penelope said...

Barbara....I'm 45, so I'm older! You're just a young whipper snapper.

I agree....cussing like a drunken sailor makes us sounds immature....keep up the good work. Dammit!

Mandi said...

I saw a blogger tweet yesterday - "I'm so sad I'm 25 tomorrow"

HUH?

LOL.

Penelope said...

25!!!!!!!!!! Oh My God!!!!!!!