Translation:  OH MY GOD! IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

And thank you everyone for all the awesome birthday wishes today.  Even if you didn’t know it was my berfder, thank you anyway for feeling sort of awful for not knowing.  I love you for it.

I am….thirty three years old today.  Which would normally make me sad, but I actually like the number 33.  Thirty-two was sort of an odd number and thirty-four just passes that hump of ever being able to feel young again, so 33 is good.  I like 33.  And, of course, it closes out what has been the best, most fabulous year of my life.  To celebrate, I would like to talk about the 33 highlights of the last year.  In no particular order except least favorite to most favorite, here you have it:

33: ERMAGHERD!  I discovered my new favorite word.

32: People.  I’ve hated people most of my life, but I realized this year that it’s because I sort of didn’t like my life.  Now that I love my life, I sort of love people.  If you are a people, then that means I sort of love you.  If you aren’t a people…well, then…you must be a something creepy so I don’t feel bad for not sort of loving you.

31: I love to travel.  Before I turned 32, I think I visited Oklahoma once. And Wyoming, just to see if it really existed.  It does, but barely.  But this year I’ve had the privilege of going to Chicago, Oklahoma, Colorado, New York, Minneapolis, Connecticut, Louisiana, New York again, Progresso, Cozumel, (Did I go to Wyoming again?), and…next year is looking even better.  Vegas, anyone? Yep. Boston?  Yep.  RT in Missouri?  Yep.

30: I went on a submarine.  That was cool.

29: I bought a house.  That was WAY cool.

28: I got a new car. That was way cool until it got hit.

27: I wrote four books.  FOUR.  Yep.  Two of them are unpublished and I’m still editing them, but they are written.  Or wrote.  Wroten? Wrought?  No. And just so you know, I can’t wait for HOPELESS!

26: I have a real writing cave.  Check it out here if you want to see it.  It’s a pretty boring video, which is why I’m not forcing you to do it.  Merely suggesting.

25: This video by Pink.  It’s the hottest video on the planet.

24: I saw The Avett Brothers in Chicago.  Second best concert EVER.  The first is going to be down there in my top five somewhere.  Patience.

23: Sold my movie rights to a kickass producer.  Let’s just hope he doesn’t turn Will into a transformer.  Or he can, as long as he still has abs.

22: Sold my movie rights to a kickass producer.  Yeah, yeah.  I know that was number 23, too.  But it deserves two spots on the top 33, since it was for both books.

21: Sold my movie rights to a…just kidding.  I’m going to give this #21 to the fact that I played my first hand of blackjack at a casino this year.  It was fun, but I lost.  Thanks for the awesomeness that was that night, Cheri!

20: I went to my first Slam Poetry session in Dallas back in February with my girls, Crystal and Jamie.  It was a blast.

19: I realized that my cousin is not really a drunken whore and she’s actually pretty cool.  I just can’t wait until the rest of the world realizes this, too.  And it’s sad because she’ll never read this, since she doesn’t subscribe to my blog.

7-18: Readers.  You get all these spots, because you deserve it.

6: Hazel.  I hate that little mean pig.  But I love her more than I hate her.

5: My sis is moving to Texas, because she finally realizes that Wyoming doesn’t really exist.  And this would have made it to number one, but it hasn’t quite happened yet so she’s stuck at #5 until it does.

4: Avett concert at Red Rocks.  AMAZING!  INCREDIBLE!

3: Getting third best YA book of the year in the Goodreads Choice Awards.  Sometimes I still punch myself in the face, just to make sure this is all real.  I need to find a less painful way to validate the realness of my life, though.  Face punches suck.

2: My entire family, even the ones that probably aren’t my family due to divorce and such, but who still come around and infiltrate themselves into our lives because we wouldn’t have it any other way and because, frankly, they’re weirdly addictive.

1: My friends.  My damn friends.  Okay.

And there you have it.  <3


  1. I am so excited for your awesome year and hopefully years to come! And as a reader, a part of the 7-18 list, I would like to officially claim the number 9. Not because I hold a physically significant place in your life but because it was literally nine times I had to apply for a job before I finally got one in Fresno, CA. I emailed you about my out of college woes and you unexpectedly responded and I sincerely appreciate it. A move from Ohio to California is hopefully going to be a great experience. Happy Birthday and thank you!

  2. Happy Birthday!!!! Awesome list btw….love your blogs, Congrats on a successful year! Wishing you many more blessings and birthdays to celebrate!

  3. Happy Birthday Colleen! I hope it was special like you!!! Thank you for everything you’ve given to us, your readers, your fans!!! Enjoy the journey:-)


  4. Happy Birthday! You are one amazing person!!!!!! I am turning 33 next year, it didn’t sound do great until you enlightened me!

  5. Happy 33rd Birthday! :D

    Which makes me, at 33, feel so much less awkward for loving to read YA Lit. Hope your Birthday rocked as much as you do!

  6. Yay happy birthday! My birthday is this month, too. I’ll be turning 21! Though, I imagine myself sitting at home doing nothing

  7. How did being “the Princess” not make this list? ;)
    Happy happy burfdey from El corpitos denizens. Lots of love from the not so beachy bums.

  8. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you have fantabulous day! I am counting down the days till I can buy and read Hopeless! So excited! BTW… your heroine Sky has the same name as my first born baby girl (who’s almost 11… going on 18 :( My sweet Sky) Shezsh time flies! xo Sheri

  9. I love your posts. Happy happy b’day to you. I love your list. Can’t wait for the rest of your books. And I hope Vegas means August because I wanna be there. Or you can come to California. It’s a beautiful state. Congrats on all your success!!

  10. You are one amazing lady colleen, may 2013 be even better!!! And 33 is a great age I should know we were both born in 79!!!! Woohoo

  11. I’d like if you visited Oklahoma again soon! I’m kinda your neighbor, cause I kinda live in Oklahoma plus I’d kinda like to meet you! Hello … Am I making any sense here? Halalooyerrrr (spelling?) you rock and happy frappin birthday. (Yeah, that just happened)

  12. Happy Birthday!!! #21-23 made me laugh. And they better stick to the story and poetry because I’m excited. I’ll hunt them down if they don’t stay true to the books! Have a nice day :)

  13. Happy birthday! Hope this year is 33 times better than last year!

    (And for what it’s worth, 34 is proving way better than 33 for me!)

  14. I have a Big Smile on my face, and I know you do as well. What a FUN Blog spot to read! Enjoy your day, your Birthday, your Fabulous year and your success and the Future! Cheers!
    Can’t wait to see you on more of your trips, to Boston and MO!

  15. Loved your post!! So sorry couldn’t wish you yesterday as I checked my mail just today…..and eh well…..gonna wish you today……..HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! :))

  16. OOO Happy Birthday! Woot! Oh and trust me…34 , 35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43 won’t be as bad as when you get to 44!! EEEeeeEEEeeee!!! So enjoy all the numbers that follow 33…..cause when you get to my age, now…then I will sadly be OLD!!! But hopefully still have a smile on my face…woot!!!

    You have achieved so much in such a short time, enjoy! And cheers to many more books I get to read from your brain:)


  17. HAPPY BIRHDAY! I wish I didn’t live across the Atlantic, otherwise I’d have a birthday cake delivered to you or something, lol. Love that you’re positive about it and being 33 years is pretty darn cool considering how much you’ve achieved with such a short period of time as Michelle already mentioned. You’re just plain wonderful and inspire me to pursue my dreams and goals whenever I feel depressed or sad. So yeah, have a butterflying awesome birthday, Wonderwoman! Love you!!!! Lots of hugs and sunshine from a very wintery Estonia, xx

  18. Happy berfday! (Funny…that’s what we call it in our house!) You have had an amazing 2012…I THINK…I KNOW…2013 will be even more amazing! I can’t wait for Hopeless to come out…LOVE!

  19. Happy Birthday Colleen :) Your blogs are awesome , Hope you had a wonderful birthday , you can always make someone smile

  20. Pink is my favorite female artist. I love her music and personality. The video for “Try” is awesome. She performed this song on The American Music Awards recently and what a great performace it was. I have the song on my IPAD. Love it!

  21. You literally just made me laugh out loud sitting in my cube at work…luckily I kept it under control and didn’t get a lot of weird looks! Face Punches Suck…god I love it!! Love you too, Colleen!! Slammed & POR were highlights in my year!! Congrats on a fabulous year and hopefully a fabulous 33 too!! (we’re b’day buddies …I turn 33 on the 26th!!)

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