Jennifer Pickrell

YA Writer

Friday Fives – Happiness is all the age*


Best Five Ages in Your Life and Why

Wow, tough topic this week at Paper Hangover.  I cheated a little because some were more like “periods” in my life and they spanned more than one age.


I feel like this period is really where my personality solidified.  I’m a bit of a worrier.  And maybe a *cough* control freak.  I like to think of it as “protectiveness.”

In both kindergarten and first grade, I went the first few days of school, said, “That’s nice,” then insisted I stay home and take care of my mom.  It wasn’t that I didn’t like school, I honestly thought my mom couldn’t cope without me.

This is also along the same lines of my retellings of Hansel and Gretel where I continually had to save my older bro because he obviously couldn’t do it himself.


More personality solidifying.  Most of the music I like now came from discovering it back then.  The Beatles, CCR, Bob Dylan, etc.  It didn’t hurt that my dad had a killer record collection.  I also fully immersed myself in this new “grunge” sound.  I owned SO MUCH flannel.

17/18 (senior year)

Much like at age 5, I had a superiority complex.  I was positive my friends and I RULED.  I had a long-haired boyfriend (now short-haired hubby), Saturday nights out with my girls, an independent study project which meant I did a lot of nothing, and every other day I got to leave school early because I only needed five classes to graduate so of course I did the minimum.


This was one of the best and worst times of my life.  Won’t get into the latter, but the former was my teen rebellion extended, only with less wildness.  I had the most awesome job with the greatest people ever (I worked with a BFF and I was allowed to wear slippers to work).  I went to concerts almost every night and somehow thrived on just a few hours a sleep a night and a handful of Chex Mix.  Looking back on that time  period makes me want to nap.


My life is like a Dickens’ novel.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

No matter what all has happened the last few years, the best decision I ever made was quitting my full-time job, taking up contract work and  getting serious about writing.  Even when I’m frustrated and believe I’m the worst writer hack to have ever walked the earth, I still know that THIS, my life right now, is the way it’s supposed to be.

*Yeah, I totally ripped off this song title, which I would never even know if it weren’t for the 21/22 time period, my work BFF LOVED her some Promise Ring:


Author: Jennifer Pickrell

I write YA contemporary filled w/ romance, angst & family drama. Things I like: cats, snacks, baseball, green tea, taking pictures of trees & movies so bad, they’re good.

11 thoughts on “Friday Fives – Happiness is all the age*

  1. This topic *is* hard. I’ve been thinking about it for several days and am still failing.

  2. Such a cool, thought-provoking topic. I loved being 5 and 13, too. 14-15, eh, not so much.
    Do you notice a connection between the ages of characters you write about and your best ages? I tend to pick protagonists at my “difficult” ages. (Catharsis, anyone?)

  3. The Dickens quote pretty much sums up a number of mine too! I enjoyed reading about your best years 🙂

  4. “I’m a bit of a worrier. And maybe a *cough* control freak.”

    Uh, me too. Glad I’m in good company. 🙂

    Isn’t it fun to look back and appreciate your early twenties, yet never, ever want to revisit them? Great post, Jennifer!

  5. “Control freak”? “Superiority complex”? How about a natural nurturer and leader. 🙂 Good stories.

  6. Great ages. 30+ is pretty great. I think I’m still relieved my 20’s are over.

  7. I tried to leave kindergarten, and school in general every year after that, but my parents wouldn’t have any of it. I thought (and still hold true to that thought) that I could have homeschooled myself much better than my teachers could actually teach me.

  8. I don’t even know where to start, so I guess I’ll go most important thing first: I LOVE CCR!! 🙂

    I did basically the same thing when my job was “re-designated” and I was offered a job higher up in my company, I just thought, “This is an opportunity to do what you love” so I said no and figured out what I had to do to finish school and make writing my first priority. I have a lot of moments when I shake my fist at the ceiling and wonder what I’m doing but I think it’s worth it. 🙂

    In kindergarten I started protesting how wrong it was that I had to go to school five days a week. Little did I know how much time I’d end up spending in school.

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