Anniversaries We Never (or Would Rather) Forget

We’re still clucking in the glow of our first anniversary as a group—and a lot has happened to each of us in twelve short months. But as we mark our Chicks birthday, we can’t help but recall other anniversaries on our indie calendars. Here, the Chicks share a few events that mark the times of our multi-feathered lives!

Ellen Byron


August 11th, the first anniversary of my debut mystery’s launch is emblazoned on my brain. I will wake up that morning and my first thought will be, “Hey! It’s the first anniversary of my debut mystery’s launch!” But try as I might, I can never remember my wedding anniversary. Oh, I can tell you the date we married – April 9th, 1994 – but what will be my first thought when I wake up on April 9th? “I need to walk the dogs.” Or, “I’m hungry.” Or “I need to pee.” Half of the years I’ve been married, the only way I even knew it was my anniversary was a friend would send us a card. Sadly, she has premature dementia and no longer remembers. The only thing that saves me now is that my husband is as bad about it as I am. When – and if – I finally remember, I’ll call him and say, “Hey, guess what we forgot?” After a long silence, he’ll say something like, “Uh… to bring the car in for an oil change?” It’s become a joke between us, which ironically helps strengthen our marriage. But I know I remembered our first anniversary. And I’m sure I’ll eventually forget the anniversary of my book’s debut.

Lisa Q. Mathews

CotC Word balloons

Anniversaries come thick and fast in e-book land. Since my first book in The Ladies Smythe & Westin series came out last November 3rd and the second title on April 4th and the third is scheduled for December 5th, it gets a little confusing–except that they’re all Mondays, by my publisher’s decree. So I guess I should start celebrating Mondays in general and one of them is bound to be a book birthday. I’m not complaining–I love anniversaries of all kinds, so bring on the next! (Oh, and when I was a kid I unexpectedly won a skating competition on a Friday the 13th, so I always celebrate those Fridays, too.)

 Marla Cooper

CotC Marla Cooper

I have to say, I was pretty excited when we realized it was our one-year blog-iversary, and if we weren’t all so far flung I would have insisted we go out to celebrate. My husband and I have been married long enough that our wedding anniversary is basically just a good excuse to go out for a nice dinner. But I still at least acknowledge in passing our house-iversary — the anniversary of the day we bought our house, which just passed a couple of weeks ago. In March, I’ll be celebrating one year since my first book came out, and I’ll be celebrating it with the release of book two, Dying on the Vine. Both occasions will require champagne, as all good anniversaries do. For a while, I thought it would be fun to have one calendar where I’d continually add exciting things that happened. That way, there’d always be something to celebrate!

Readers, what special celebrations do you mark on your calendar (or not)?

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