Sunday, May 30, 2010

Guest Post : Mia the crazy one

*Zombie hands drag Nick away*



*Mia coughs*

Guess I'll have to step in. I'm not that bad am I?

(I DID NOT tell the Zombies to do that, they just did… *shakes head* bad bad Zombies)

So *ahem* kind of weird writing for a blog I gave an award to but I'll give it my best shot because I'd like to think this could become say maybe a fortnightly thing or something. If we do well that is.*whispers* Please help me do well.

This is an honour because Nick is like one of the first bloggers I started stalking so I'm not certain how to do him justice. I mean, I gave him awards and everything.

So, he reluctantly admitted I could write about AGE after I bamboozled him with words and begging and promises and then offered cookies. So

Why Age is just a number baby

(from h's profile at    

Age, it's a thing we put great emphasis on in our culture. Whether it be for age restricted purchases or breaking world records, for some reason those numbers beside our name are given great significance. Especially on i.d.'s. Which I find irritating because quite frankly I can't remember my exact age. I told somebody I was eighteen the other week. 


And they believed me, which sort of hurts because I'm twenty this year.

Anywaddles, age is something we pay attention to because we sort of have to. In societies where counting the passing of time is important, you're kind of lost without an age. Or, maybe I should say, you feel lost without an age. You've got to have somewhere to start counting from.

But I guess I'm here today to tell you that those numbers they don't mean squat. At least, not as much as you think they do.

Those little number ticking away beside your name, next time they wave menacingly at you say it. Say what you should have been saying all along. You know, twirl round and say something like

"OMG stop waving, would you?!" 

and then


but really

"You can't hold me back."


"Also I sort of dislike you. Sorry about that."

(from m's profile at

Um, so I respect age. Let's get that straight. I love to talk to people with stories, with tales you wouldn't believe but that you can see they treasure as much as you do. The possessing of wisdom is something to be respected but it strikes me sometimes that some people don't understand the general concept of life. We don't accumulate it at the same rate as other people. Some people live a whole lifetime in a year and some don't do that in 50. It's different for different people.

I recently read a comment on a post referring to the fact the author was perhaps too young and inexperienced to write a novel. Now, outraged young and naive little me actually understood the argument. 

Life gives us experience and experience provides the ability to write. 

So I could see that maybe some people think that means the higher the number from the day you were born the more insight you have into the world around us. If only. If only it were truly that simple.
(from h's profile at

I'm going to go ahead and speak from the heart here. I know I'm new at this game, I'm a noob and I respect that. I look around and I see old hands toiling away and helping me through things I don't quite get yet. I can only express my undying gratitude towards those people. I'm so lucky to know them, to know you. No really.

But I gotsta be honest here and say young writers aren't all bad. 

I see some really amazing ones out there today and I don't sit and think "Gah, they haven't lived" because I realise that that number beside their name is pretty irrelevant. In truth I usually think "Gosh, think how much THEY HAVE SEEN to be able to write this. THAT'S SOME CRAZY LIFE"

Also I hope I'm not thought of as inexperienced. We all go through things, we all live. I'm nineteen but sometimes it feels like I've lived an age.

Equally, you don't have to be young to start a career in writing. Why do you have to be young? Who says you can't have had a long and fruitful life before you pick up the pen? My dear, wonderful, and would you believe it, more adventurous than me OMG we get on like a HOUSE on FIRE though, Gran writes the most haunting and sometimes shocking short stories. She's 72.

So next time you start to panic,next time those numbers get rowdy, just remember that Mary Shelley was 19 when she wrote Frankenstein and Agatha Christie 85 when she wrote her last book. Both of them are considered classics, both of them are great. Neither of them gave a toss about those silly numbers.

(I researched, yes actually researched for this post and found extra reading material. Here's an article that suggests "50" is a good novel writing age, and here's one about Oyeyemi who was 18 when she wrote a haunting tale considered very powerful.Comments, ideas and thoughts are most welcome. These are only my nonsensical ramblings...ALSO, if you comment then maybe I'll be allowed to come back. SAVE MY GUEST BLOGGING FUTURE! *coughs* Or, you know, just be honest)


  1. Great guest post Mia and you're spot on - just because you're old doesn't necessarily mean yo've got the wisdom!

  2. Well done Mia (and Zombies)! And you're absolutely right...also, when you pick up a book, have you ever noticed that they tell you the author's age in brackets after the name on the cover - NOT? Apart from the obvious ones that have been around for decades, I'd hesitate to guess any author's age.

  3. ooh I forgot sorry *throws cookie*

  4. Great guest post, and I totally agree that age doesn't make the difference in being able to write or in having material. It just makes for a different perspective.

  5. Age is irrelevant. Granted, I'd like to be published before all my relatives are dead from old age, but other than that, I don't care a toss about people's ages.

  6. I thought of something in the car that made me think of this post.

    Sometimes, age is relevant. Remember how we were both complaining we dislike our voices? My biggest issue with my voice is it sounds too damn young. I realize of course I'm not quite 18.5 but to my mind, my voice should have more age to it. My kiddy voices drives me up a fucking wall.

  7. Talli - Thanks :) indeed it doesn't.

    Tessa - Yea, they hardly ever (in fact probs never do)because it makes little difference right? *catches cookie* thanksies

    Bridge - *nods* Yes, a different perspective but a good story nonetheless

    Christi - Haha, I'd like to be published before that time too :) With my family, that is ;)

    Nick - Um, 1.thanks for posting this and I'm glad the content was good enough that you thought about it a bit and

    2. Uh, I would probably uphold the same kind of argument for that actually. Perhap using it more will age it faster, that's why opera singers get all touchy about talking too much right? If I used mine more maybe it would sound better *shrugs* ?? Just a theory.

    3. Before you say it, shhh, I couldn't sleep. I'm off to bed now.

  8. That's right! Age doesn't mean anything! I'm almost, well, kinda old. But Everyone I meet thinks I'm younger. Like quite a bit younger, but not too younger. anyways. I don't mind at all. I'm totally young at heart and no one can change that about me. It's part of who I am! This was kind of the opposite of the point you were making umm... lost my train of thought, it's late. But I liked this post and I agree! *slinks away feeling like a little bit of a spaz*

  9. One of my mottoes lately (I keep a pocket full of mottoes in case of emergency) is "I refuse to be defined by abstract numbers." I mean, you meet someone and they ask "How old are you? When's your birthday? How tall are you? How much do you weigh? Can you solve this math problem?"

    "No!" I shout. "I refuse to be defined by abstract numbers!"

    So I definitely agree on this post. Yay!