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Monday, April 11, 2011

Moving and Book Stuff

My blogs are probably going to be sporadic for a bit. We're beginning the move into our new place this week, and that process is probably going to take over my life for a couple weeks. Plus, I need to finish polishing Lost Without You and get it ready for a May release.

Every day it seems like there are a million things going on, although lately, it's just been my personal life that's hectic. My mom had a semi-emergency appendectomy last Tuesday. I say "semi-emergency" because it hadn't ruptured yet, but it probably would've in a day or two (I think). But she's doing great now, and she didn't even understand why anyone was worried about her having surgery because it was so minor.

Plus, I'm going to a new dentist and trying to get that straightened out (ha! a pun!). I had a couple doctor appointments (routine check up stuff).

But mostly I've been getting ready for a house. The most difficult thing has been getting a bed. I currently have a full-sized bed, but since my new bedroom will be larger, I wanted to upgrade to a king sized bed. And I knew exactly what kind of bedframe I wanted.

Here's what I learned: Pretty much the only bed that comes in "white" are kid's beds. And despite their apparent popularity, it is really hard to find platform beds.

After searching countless online furniture stores, I found the bed I wanted at Target.com. (I know, right?) It won't get here until May, though, so it looks like I'll be sleeping on a mattress on a floor for awhile. Oh well. It'll be worth it.

So, with all that aside, I'm hoping to get the first chapter up of Lost Without You some time around the end of April/beginning of May, with the release of the book mid-to-late May. The hold up with the teaser chapter is that the opening of the book is what I'm having the most problems smoothing out. But once I get settled into the new place, my whole focus is going to be on getting that ready and published.

In the meantime, you should check out J. L. Bryan's new book, Tommy Nightmare. It's the sequel to Jenny Pox, and it's out now Amazon. I haven't read it yet, because I'm an idiot, but I will be reading it very soon. Because it sounds awesome. You can check out Tommy Nightmare: here. And the first book, Jenny Pox, is on sale for only $.99 right now.

Also, I'm working on a little something for the Trylle fans:

More info on that to come later. ;)

52 comments:

  1. Ikea has lots of white platform beds :)

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  2. Congrats (and good luck) on the move and glad to hear your Mom is okay!

    Moving AND dentist troubles. Definitely not two things you want to have at the same time.

    Can't wait to hear more about the Trylle special edition though!

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  3. Good luck with the move, the book, the dentist and the doctors!

    Oh and you really must read Tommy Nightmare. It's pretty awesome! :)

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  4. What's the font on your cover? It looks a bit like an altered form of "angelic war", but I'm guessing it's a custom font since the "T-r" combo looks different on Trylle than it does Trilogy. (Yes, I fixate on design elements a bit too much.)

    Whatever it is, it looks great.

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  5. Moving is a crazy time! I wish I had it for an excuse. I was having trouble focusing because the house was a wreck, now I can't focus because I'm always in the middle of some home project. Enjoy your new house, your new bed, and try not to be too hard on yourself.

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  6. Jenny Pox was great! I was waiting for Tommy Nightmare--- stoked about everything you just said on this blog-- go you!

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  7. I'm reading Switched now and every time I see Trylle Trilogy it looks redundant to me - like it should read more epic -

    The Trylle-ogy!

    :)

    Just random thought in my head. That is all.

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  8. Good luck with the dentist. I swear the older I get, the more afraid I am of those drills. And what makes matters worse is that I recently chipped a tooth. :/

    Shimmer, Spells, and Faerie Tales

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  9. wow Amanda, lots going on for you. I hope your Mom feels up to her old self soon. It really good they caught it in time.

    Lol loved the dentist joke. It's sad how much i love bad jokes.

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  10. Good luck with the move. They do tend to take up a lot of time and space, especially if you've accumulated a few things.

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  11. Good luck with your move. It can be a really stressful adventure. But in the end, you'll find it was worth it. There is nothing better than discovering a new space and making it your own. Have a great week.
    www.skylarkmanor.com

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  12. I second Carissa - 'Trylle-ogy' is brilliant! And love the special edition cover. Good luck with moving :)

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  13. Target has surprised me on a number of occasions. Happy move!

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  14. I read all of this post and yet the only thing that I really heard was DENTIST. Uurrrgh. Poor you.
    Have fun with the move, though. I love moving house. Apparently it's the next most stressful thing after divorce and a death in the family. I don't get it. Moving's fun!

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  15. Hi Amanda, Congratulations on you recent pub. deal. Must be hectic for you lately from reading your blog. When things settle down will you be commenting further on going from indie to traditional publishing and how, if at all, will it affect the way you promote your work?
    Thanks, Daniel

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  16. I'm eagerly awaiting the final chapter of MBA!

    Good luck on your move. I hate moving. :-)

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  17. Hope you have a good move!

    I have to go download Tommy Nightmare! so many books to read, so little time!

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  18. Good luck with the move, Amanda. No matter the destination, moving is always such a pain in the neck. But there's also a primal satisfaction in claiming your new home.

    www.ldavidhesler.blogspot.com

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  19. Your mom sounds awesome. My mom's kind of a drama queen. If she had to go in for a routine mole removal, she'd be making out a will and saying heartfelt goodbyes to all of her children.

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  20. You're so awesome, and I'm so excited!!! Thank you for the surprise, featuring me on the cover of this special edition fanciness! I will definitely buy it when it's available! Anyway, I know I've already said this, but let me know if Matthew and I can help you guys with the move at all. And again, I'm glad Mama Lew is doing well. Love forever!!!

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  21. I'll paint your house if you help me figure out how to do an ebook. I have been painting houses by myself since 1994. I'm fun to be with. Always wrote by hand and am a terrible typist-though I do type my poems into the computer at a slow rate.
    Have you thought about having a house warming party here on line?? Could be fun. If you want check out my stuff on You Tube. Good luck with everything.http://www.youtube.com/user/danpeak?feature=mhum

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  22. I love the cover but doesn't the character in the book have curly hair? Or are you not being that specific? But love the cover I would just wish if it was with the main character. It's also half because I have curly hair and half of the covers have people with straight hair. Like EMBRACE THE CURLS! :P

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  23. Have never visited your blog...love the side panels.

    New follower.

    Stop by my blog if you like.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  24. Good luck with the move, Amanda. It always turns out to be more work than predicted - ughh. I left Minnesota 5 years back, and have lived in 5 states since, so getting used to it. Sort of. Also, congrats on your recent successes.

    Best wishes to your Mom as well!

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  25. Wow, not going the Sleep Number Bed route? I long to own one of those!

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  26. OMG if this Trylle thing is an alternate ending I will love you even more!!! Please let it be!! <3

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  27. There's nothing wrong with shopping at Target. At least it's a Minnesota company. Or it was. Not sure if Dayton-Hudson still owns it, but it's way better than Wal-Mart either way.

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  28. I'm glad your mom is doing okay Amanda. Plus I think it's wonderful that you're so helpful to new authors. Good luck with the new bed.

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  29. Good luck with the move, I'm sure it's exciting even though it's a stressful and hectic time. And I'm glad your mum's ok, she sounds like mine would in that situation! lol

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  30. Nice to hear the good news! I just moved into my new house last October, and let me tell you now that we are done with the hard part, we're loving it! The trouble is getting over that initial hump of walking in the door going "Oh Jesus Christ....it's empttyyyyyy in here" and knowing that sore muscles and sweaty clothes will be your best friends for days on end.

    Best of luck with your new place and bravo on still finding time to do some writing stuff!

    Best,

    Nick
    One More Day: A Modern Ghost Story

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  31. Just wanted to drop by and say how much I love the My Blood Approves books. I'm on the third book now and they way you build the characters and their world is gripping. All three books are page turners that make me want to keep reading. Great job!!! You deserve every bit of your success.
    One thing: Please give Peter his own story. I love his character.
    Sending healing thoughts to your mom and good luck with the move.

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  32. Please please please please please let the Special Edition of the Trylle Trilogy have an alternate ending with Finn and Wendy ending up together!!! That would be the best book EVER!!!

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  33. Congratulations! It looks to be a meme that with success comes a hectic schedule. Kudos for tackling it head-on.

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  34. I am so excited to hear about some more Trylle Specials!!! I absolutely LOVED that series and I gobbled up Hollowland right after that...you are a great writer Amanda, good luck on all your endeavors and good luck moving, cuz MOVING SUXXX!! LOL...

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  35. Congratulations on your new house! A little chaos getting moved will be well worth it to have your own home. You'll be settled in and back to writing before you know it. And glad your mom's okay. :)

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  36. That cover image is sick! I am pretty much incapable of making my own cover art now because my poor uncreative head's too swamped with your awesome imagery.

    Congrats on finally finding the bed frame and glad to hear your mom's okay!

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  37. Congrats on the new place.

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  38. So when exactly is later? :)

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  39. Awesome! I hope the bed really is worth it! :D


    I just started reading Switched and love it so far! Can't wait to get to more of your books :)


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  40. I love your books. I've read many books on my nook and I always come back to re-read yours. You are an amazing author!

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  41. Good luck with everything. I now know what my handyman husband should specialize in...white platform beds for adults. Thanks for the tip! I knew this blog reading thing would pay off big time!

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  42. I've been waiting for Tommy Nightmare. Hope to hear what you think of it when you have time.

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  43. Sounds like you've got a lot going on at once. Somehow it will all get done!

    Morgan Mandel
    http://facebook.com/morgan.mandel
    http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

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  44. I read Jenny Pox it was really good, I can't wait to read Tommy Nightmare!

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  45. That's a really pretty cover! I'm jealous of your mad e-book cover creating skills. haha But seriously, just wanted to drop by and say that you're an inspiration to me that I can e-publish and have people interested in my writing! :-) Keep up the good work!

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  46. This is crazy, but sometimes I think it would be fun to pack up all my stuff into boxes *as if* we were moving, even though we really aren't. I think there was a song about doing that (the Stupid Sign song...can't remember the title), which, I guess shows what a great idea it is. :P

    Ok, seriously, moving is sort of fun, and completely exhausting. \

    Tara Maya
    The Unfinished Song: Initiate - only $.99
    The Unfinished Song: Taboo
    Conmergence: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction

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  47. Hi,

    I just read the Hollowland book. I loved it! Please turn it into a series, it was amazing!

    Thanks!

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  48. Target rocks. I get a lot of stuff from there.

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  49. Who said moving is fun?! Ick! ;-)

    Nice cover.

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