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Monday, April 25, 2011

Blah-dee-dah

My previous excitement over the internet was short-lived, as my internet was out pretty much the entire weekend. I'm starting to think that Charter must have some kind of vendetta against me. But it's working now, and that's what counts.

I've been listening to a lot of Peter Bjorn & John's "Gimme Some," Florence + the Machine "Lungs," and the Beatles "White Album." Not sure that that has a ton of relevance, but I like to share what I'm listening to.

Not getting a ton of writing done yet. It's hard getting comfortable in the new house. I want to write but the space all feels wrong and incomplete. Plus, I'm not sleeping very well. I just toss and turn a lot.

I had this bizarre dream that I cut up my favorite bra because I couldn't figure out how to take it off. And then I was really sad in the dream, because the bra was ruined, and I tried to put it back together with staples and duct tape.

Nearly every day since we've moved has been chilly and rainy, and it's depressing. I'm really happy that I didn't run away to Seattle like I had planned when I was eighteen. I don't think I would've liked it very much.

So I don't have a lot to say today. I will have stuff to say soon. And it will be good stuff.

But now I'm going to escape and try to get some writing done.

39 comments:

  1. Good luck with your writing! Send some rain to Los Angeles. I could use a good book/blanket/hot chocolate/thunderstorm night.

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  2. Good luck with the writing. You'll get into your new space soon enough. (Maybe if you have an iconic piece of furniture or something like a coffee mug you kept near you at your old place, you could set it out in the new one to help the transition.)

    I sympathize on the rainy day blahs. We've had enough of that here in DFW lately.

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  3. Strange dream were you sleeping with a bra on that was too tight and your subconscious was telling you to get it off ? Or maybe it represents liberation. Sorry no idea not a dream reader. Really love your books though ,well done!

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  4. Are you in Seattle now? The summers, once they actually show up, are beautiful!

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  5. Good luck with your writing. I hope you're able to write and sleep well soon! :D

    And I love rain...sometimes. x(


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  6. It's always hard settling into a new space. I'm sorry that you're feeling so down and I know about *those* dreams, I have them too when i get get my writing act together.

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  7. Good luck in setlling in the new home and in writing. I read about yoru story and you are an inspiration for many. Best wishes from Canada.

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  8. They have duct tape purses and wallets. Now's the time to patent your duct tape bra idea!

    And thanks for sharing part of the playlist. It's always great when authors share their musical tastes.

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  9. It has been raining on and off here in NY too. The ground is saturated, waiting for a string of warm days to make everyone happy again. Good luck settling into your new space. Try arranging some things in your new work space, similar to how it was in your old space. This may make you feel more comfortable and help get your writing mojo into gear. Any familiar scents or smells may help too. Do you like the scent of a certain candle, drink, or food? It may calm any anxiety you might have. Hope this helps :)
    www.skylarkmanor.com

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  10. Seattle is a nice place if you can take the gray. I'm just one state down, and eventually you just get used to it. Sometimes the sun can be annoying too, especially if one abhors sunglasses.

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  11. The ten day forecast in Ohio was rain everyday! >:(

    I love the rain, but there is a limit...

    I agree with a previous commenter - bring out stuff you always kept near you in your old space. I moved into a different room in my house and felt so much more comfortable when I had my bookcases all set up and full of my favorite paperbacks. Also have a nice spread of pop cans and dishes on my desk. Feels just like home ;)

    YA: Cheat, Liar
    Adult: Shackled

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  12. Good luck with your writing. You've had so many huge changes in your life recently, it's no wonder you're having difficulty sleeping. But the changes are such wonderful ones, I'm sure you'll eventually become accustomed to them. I second the suggestion people have already made about setting up some familiar items in your new house. Good luck with everything.

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  13. Moving is always a jarring experience, even if it's a move you're excited about. You'll be settled in soon enough so don't put pressure on yourself to get too much done. Enjoy the ride!

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  14. Like the man said above...you're an inspiration. My publisher of six books for YA (historical mysteries about a boy in 17th-century Japan) doesn't want any more, even though the books had two Edgar nominations and one win. But readers of all ages write me and ask for more. So after hearing about you, I decided to start writing e-books. Not that I expect your kind of success, but it's a way to keep writing. But then, feeling free, I wrote a novel on a completely different subject: a school shooting. This is definitely a no-no with paper-and-ink publishers. The hardest part for me was formatting the file so it was readable. But all of us are rooting for you. I think the bra in your dream was your old career and now that you're trying something new, you have fears. Not to worry.

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  15. I'm Washingtonian (Washington State) born and bred here. Now live in Auburn, Washington, about ten-fifteen miles south of Seattle. Western Washingtonians are called "mossbacks" and we have webs between our toes because of all the rain we get here. Summer will get here around July 4 and be over around July 5 or 6. But you get used to it.

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  16. Hahahaha, Fiona I cracked up at your comment about the length of your summer. In Ohio we say six months of the year are cold, snowy and gloomy. The other six are warm, rainy and gloomy :P

    YA: Cheat, Liar
    Adult: Shackled

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  17. I hope this doesn't sound too presumptuous but I often find meaning in dreams like this. For example, the article you wore was something you loved, something personal to you, but you became distressed because you couldn't remove it, almost as if you were feeling smothered by the item. But then you damaged it trying to set yourself free. You felt you had to piece it back together any way possible because it was so important to you. My guess would be that this dream is highly symbolic of changes in your life and your art, or your muse, and a certain degree of emotion and distress regarding these changes. If so, it might help to take a deep breath and step back from the things that are distressing you, focus on the things you love...

    Or maybe it was just a dream and I read waaay too much into this stuff :)

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  18. Hello again from Canada. Following Jamie's attempt to explain your dream, I also feel that the bra is the symbol that your body is tied up in chains. You cut the bra to set yourself free, but then ... you ponder if you really like the freedom and try to go back. But the best one to analyze your dreams is you. It's an interesting dream that you can put in your next novel.

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  19. Amanda, Seattle has a rep for being rainy constantly, but it's not quite as bad as some folks make it sound. My wife grew up there and their summers aren't any more rainy than ours in MN. Where the rain comes in is in the winter; often they will get rain instead of snow. And considering Seattle/Portland has never gone below zero in the winter, it sounds like not such a bad tradeoff. You still get some snow, but it doesn't last five months and you never have a week-long -30 F cold snap! I will always love MN, but when my wife and I move to Portland late this summer, I won't be missing those long, deadly-cold winters. :)

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  20. Hello Amanda, keeping in mind you are truly a bust person, i would be thrilled if you could share your story on my site, just some words of experiences along the way , i know it's a longshot to ask ..... but hey life is a longshot, actually i would be grateful to hear from all types of authors and their stories along the way

    i wish you ongoing success , regards , rod seeber

    http://virtualbooks.com.au/ebook-authors/

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  21. I was born in Seattle, and then went to high school in Minnesota, so I feel your pain. They're actually both incredibly beautiful places, when the weather behaves and it's not snowing or raining.

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  22. Happy writing. Hope you have some peaceful dreams next go around.

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  23. The place will feel more your own once it starts to smell like your house. It sounds weird, but usually it's the smell that makes you feel like you haven't quite settled.

    Have your mom come over and make you dinner and order you favorite take-out, have your cat lay all over the place. New houses always hold great expectations, which feels great initially, but feels tiresome later on. Just know you have the power to drop those expectations and just live your life.

    Josie Wade

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  24. I wonder if your writing desk is as messy as mine? ;)

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  25. I have been having issues with charter lately as well, really considering going to satelite :)

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  26. I find that bizarre dreams can often serve as material for great short stories.

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  27. Hahaha, interesting dreams! :) I don't know much about dreams interpretation, but your in particular seem quite obvious to interpretate.

    Oh, and I agree with Keith all the way. It works for me like a charm! :)

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  28. You will settle in. It takes time. Wild dream!

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  29. Happy writing, Amanda. :-) I hope you settle in soon. I need to get back to writing myself.

    Everything has been all askew for me lately.

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  30. I hope you get more comfortable in your new home! I can't wait to read more from you. You are one of my favorite authors, so i want you to keep writing and writing and writing! Maybe your strange dreams will go away after you do some writing??? <3 your writing! - Savannah

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  31. Sometimes ya just gotta take a break. Writing is a strange creature - it comes from a special place and when your surroundings are disrupted or changed, it may affect your rhythm. So if you need to break to get settled, take all the time you need. I do.

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  32. This is why your books are so popular: Your willingness to be open and vulnerable. It's inviting and refreshing. Good luck with the new house.

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  33. The honeymoon on our new place is starting to wear off now for us, too . . . it's great, huge steps above the craphole we used to live in, but there's definitely still room for some mega-improvements.

    And it doesn't help that we have a psychotic 13 year old girl who lives across the street from us. She's threatened our kids before, and I'm hoping that she will simmer down now that we had a conversation with her alcoholic father.

    But I just have to picture where we used to live, and it all doesn't seem so bad. One More Day took off well after I published it in February, and my new release, a collection of horrific short stories and novellas called Three Before Dark already had its first sale within 24 hours of its release. Things are, overall, moving upward and onward, to greener pastures and all that.

    I hope Seattle becomes a more nurturing mother to you guys and that you enjoy your new home. And above all else, take heart in your writing.

    Best,

    Nick
    Three Before Dark: A Collection of Horrifying Novellas
    One More Day: A Ghost Story

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  34. Settling in to a new space can be difficult. Hopefully you find your zone soon. When I moved last year, I found that burning my favorite scent of incense or a candle helped me get comfortable.

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  35. I love dreams, Amanda. It sounds like you already interpreted the dream. You cut out your 'support' and your trying to put it back together in the new house but it's ruined.

    I hope you place familiar items from your old writing space into the new comfort zone.

    Dreams provide great writing material. I wrote my first novella from one.

    Congrats on all the success. You provided inspiration for many of us fledglings.

    Blessings, C.S.Poulsen

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  36. I hope that you can adjust to your new place soon. I love reading your books. I got them from amazon.com. I am very much excited to read more of your work.

    I would like to let you know that you are my inspiration in writing my first book. It's a story about my grandma's grandpa who escaped the Iranuns - who were the most brutal sea raiders of the Philippines in the 17th century.

    He was enslaved in the southern seas of the Philippines as a pearl diver.

    The pearls were traded to the goods of the Chinese and the British traders during that time.

    This story has been haunting me since I was in High School. I just didn't have the guts to write it. But your success has given me the guts!

    Congratulations to all the success!

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  37. Dream Interpratation means you feel you lost your support. Kudos to the white album. You have showed me that I can do well with the marketing of my addiction related books. Your strong, I have no doubt you will survive and thrive. But in your next dream just go out and buy a new bra, you got the money now. John Joseph

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  38. Hi Amanda!

    I just want to first congratulate you on your success :). Your hard work has paid off! It's very inspiring and I know you have inspired many other writers!

    I'm publishing my first e-book this month and I'm very excited. I have a question for you! I know you're super busy, but I'm crossing my fingers maybe you'll reply!

    I do a lot of research-(reading other indie writer's blogs and so forth) and as I was going through "VictorineWrites" blog, (author of "Not What She Seems"), she featured you way back in June 2010 :) Well, that's not way back, haha, but you know, almost a year ago!

    Oh, here's the link for reference: http://victorinewrites.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-06-15T11%3A17%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=7

    So, anyway, in this little interview, you currently had 3 books as of June 2010. I'm just curious, did you write the remainder of your books, currently listed on Amazon, during the rest of 2010 when you were writing 8-12 hours a day. I was just wondering! :) I have 5 titles I'm working on releasing this year. I just absolutely love hearing people's success stories. It's extremely motivational and inspiring. Because, I am a firm ,FIRM, believer that hard work, plus diligence equals success. That, the plans of the diligent lead to profit. (That's actually a Proverb!).

    Anyway, hope to hear back from you, Amanda. And best wishes in 2011. What an exciting year for you! Congrats on the house, as well :)

    Lacy Camey

    lacycameywrites.com

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  39. During times of major transition it's harder to sleep. Once you get accustomed to your new home it'll be easier.

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