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Monday, May 2, 2011

New Digs!

This is going to be a blog that contains both pictures AND words, which I think is the best kind of blog. I'm officially back to work. We are completely moved out of our old house, and our new house is almost entirely furnished. (Aside from a broken mirror and a missing nightstand).

Eric fixed the internet this weekend (WOOT!), my office got painted on Thursday, and my wonderful family came over on Saturday and slaved away all day helping me and Eric put together our desks. I just finished getting everything put away, so I finally have a space that I'm comfortable writing in in this house.

Anyway - as I said earlier, my family came over to help assemble my office and work on other stuff around the house. This was my mom, my step-dad, my aunt Cindy, my cousin Tina, her husband Corey, and their two kids Leyton and Miley, who are four and three.

Not only did they help me do work (MAJOR SHOUT OUT to all of them - they did a ton and really made my house feel like a home), but they came bearing gifts. Leyton and Miley brought these wonderful guys for me:

Bruce & Wayne

That's Bruce and Wayne. Bruce is the white one with spots, and Wayne is the orange one. They're currently living in the kitchen, because I'm afraid that I'll forget to feed them if they're in the office, since I probably won't be in the office every day. But they would make the office better.

I keep wanting to call them Kyle and Steve because my friend Fifi used to have two goldfish named Kyle and Steve that I was obsessed with. But they died a long time ago, and it was very sad.

And without further ado, here is the magic of my new office:

Where the Magic Happens (er... Will Happen)

My Desk

River Phoenix Poster

Heroes in a Half Shell

Eric's Half of the Office

My Dog, Elroy

Oh, and for those of you wondering about this, I have the explanation:

It's not ready yet, because I'm still getting it formatted, but it's a limited edition omnibus paperback edition of the Trylle Trilogy. I will only be selling 100 of them, and I will be selling them directly through my blog. All of them will be autographed and numbered. All of the proceeds from the Special Edition Trylle Trilogy will go to the Jacob Wetterling Foundation. The omnibus will be available in paperback only.

After this, I will stop selling autographed books from my blog. It's gotten to be too complicated and too time consuming. I wanted to do this as one last hurrah, and readers have been asking for a boxset. I found a boxset to be cumbersome to make, but an omnibus edition worked since it is only three books.

Also, I kinda wanted to do something special because that is my good friend Pete on the cover. She was the original cover model for the first copy of Switched that came out last July.
 
The cover changed, but not because Petey isn't the prettiest girl in the world (because she is). So I wanted to do something with her, and Claudia at phatpuppyart.com was kind enough to work with the image for me. And I love it.

I do have more news coming this week. But that's enough for today. And I am soo, soo glad to be back.

68 comments:

  1. WOW so having office envy at the moment *lol* and the new cover is just like a cartoon version of your friend, still her - still gorgeous :)
    Damsel in a Dirty Dress

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  2. Thank you! I'm pretty excited about the office myself. It's great to have a comfortable space to work in. And my friend Pete sure is a doll ;)

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  3. Wow, I'm so jealous of those bookshelves. But your office is amazing and your dog is so adorable. Congrats on your new house.

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  4. It's good not having an office space where you will be on your own. Everyone should have an Eric.

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  5. Everyone should have an Eric. That is very true. :)

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  6. Your Office looks awesome and your dog is so cute!!! so when will there be any word on the second book to hollowland??

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  7. Wow it looks great! Very comfortable for writing. I noticed your Jenny and Tommy posters on the side of your bookcase. I love the Tommy cover but I don't think I'd want him staring at me whilst I was working! Lol

    Loving the new cover for the omnibus.

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  8. You can't really see it in the picture, but the book covers for "Jenny Pox" and "Tommy Nightmare" are actually autographed by J. L. Bryan. ;)

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  9. Really? Now I want too :))

    Bruce and Wayne look very at home already

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  10. I had to giggle at the photo of your office vs. Eric's half office. It's very much a finished girl space vs. an in-progress guy space (as most guy spaces are constantly "in-progress") :-P

    The person who did your cover art did a wonderful job. The lighting effect and saturation on the image of your friend is beautifully rendered with an almost sci-fi feel to it. (And the design geek in me still loves the font.)

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  11. I love your office and your desk! I need to get myself that organised **sigh**

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  12. Love your office! And the poster of River Phoenix. Happy writing!

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  13. It looks great Amanda!I wish you the best in your writing career.Oh! I know it's going to be impossible to get your autograph.but! what the heck.what do I have to do get your autoghraph book,or will you be announce it soon on how to get it?One other thing I did a article well not article ,but a post on you if you have time check it out.
    http://www.treasuredspotbookreviews.com

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  14. Congrats on the new house, the beautiful cover, and the special edition coming out. Also, the goldfish are awesome.

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  15. --drools-- Your office... I want it! And if the office is out of the question I'll settle for Elroy! Haha.

    Can't wait to hear more about your special edition!

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  16. totally jealous of the new digs! along with Elroy envy! what a cutie!

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  17. Will there be any warning on the autographed set being released? About how long? May I reserve a set? Thanks for being you writer extraordinaire.

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  18. Welcome back, Amanda! You have been missed! Your office looks fantabulous...and I so covet your office chair. It looks oh so comfy. :)

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  19. Wow. My office is a corner of my bedroom (which is small) and is constantly invaded by children. I'm definitely drooling over your new place!

    If I ever have fish again, I'm calling them Steven and Stephen.

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  20. very, very cool dog and your new digs, a beautiful dream come true I'm sure. must be wonderful to be so young, gifted, well adjusted and generous in sharing so much with your friends and fans. thank you for sharing, amanda. :)

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  21. Welcome back, the office looks very cheerful and fun. I too covet your chair. :)

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  22. Congratulations on the move! The office looks great, definitely a place where awesome books will be written. Thanks for sharing this with your fans. You new fish are a great house warming gift - kudos to Leyton and Miley (and parents lol). Looks like things are going really well for you!

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  23. Mazel tov on your new home and the comfortable new office.

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  24. Love the office & shelves - looks very inspiring. Hope the view out of the window is nice as well. Congrats!

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  25. Glad to hear that your move is complete!! And now I have office envy!! Can't wait for you to release the omnibus!! I WANT I WANT I WANT!

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  26. Congrats on your home! It is a wonderful feeling to move into your own house and rumor has it you were smart and paid cash. Impressive to see someone being smart and frugal when they become successful! I enjoy your personal story as much as I enjoy your books.

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  27. Your place looks amazing, Amanda! Can you tell us whether you moved into the TC? Or are you still in Austin?

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  28. Stacey Wallace BenefielMay 2, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Killer office! Looks like you're all ready to write.

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  29. Okay, so I am your newest FAN!!! I just found you and have read everything (I think) you have out. I NEED MORE!!!!!!!!!
    Congrats on your new place. Looks wonderfu
    Michelle P
    michellephillips@frontiernet.net

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  30. I love your office!! And that River Phoenix poster! He was amazing!!

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  31. Sweet office. The turtles are cool too :)

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  32. I almost cried when I saw that office. It looks absolutely amazing. Naturally, I'm jealous now.

    I hope you have fun in your new place and wish you the best of luck.

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  33. Enjoy your new home Amanda&Eric(goldfish too!) Aww, you got someone else to paint-I had been offering a swap with you me being computer delayed let's say. Take care, Danielle notaro

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  34. How could any hero display be complete without the Man of Steel?

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  35. What an awesome office! Look at all that shelving...*drool*

    Glad I could help decorate :) Congrats on finishing up your move!

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  36. I love the office. I'm glad you're back to work, can't wait to see your next instalment. Not a huge fan, but a huge supporter...lol....does that make sense. Well, have fun in your new home.

    Kelvin

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  37. Wow, I couldn't be more jealous. Someday, I will be you-- but still me, you know what I mean ;)

    You can count me on board for one of those signed omnibus sets. I'll be keeping an eye out for when they become available, because I don't want to miss my chance.

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  38. I really like the color scheme of your office. It looks very comfortable - bright, but not institutional white :) I also think the wood accents the walls very nicely.

    I know you were worried about feeling comfy in your new space. This really looks like a relaxing place for you to be, so I'm excited for you :)

    Best of luck getting the REST of the house up to good standards of normality! Congratulations on the new crib :D

    YA: Cheat, Liar
    Adult: Shackled

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  39. Is this new special edition just a special edition cover or is it a new story to the trylle trilogy? I was just wondering.

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  40. I love your office. It is very inspirational.
    Get a planet.
    I heard that plants could increase creativity, but I don't know for sure.

    Also -- I love your dog!

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  41. My dog Elroy (sung). I LOVED the Jetsons. You are too young to remember the original (as am I).
    You sound much happier and settled in this blog. Your 'support' system came through for you. That make's you very fortunate....(Sigh)!

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  42. I love your new office, totally jealuous of your bookcase. I love all your books and can't wait to read more. Congratulations!!! On your recent book deal, I wish you all the very best.

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  43. When can I move in? LOL!

    Beautiful space though!

    TheAsianBlonde
    http://www.bleachedblonde.net

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  44. Congratulations on getting the office together, and thanks for the photos. It looks spacious. I love the idea of a special edition. I am going to steal it--with your permission, of course.

    -E

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  45. I love the office, Amanda! Glad to see you're settled into your new home. :-D

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  46. super office.I want your office chair!!! I have a horrible wooden kitchen chair at my desk.

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  47. Just noticed his desk is bigger than yours!!!!!LOL

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  48. I am overjoyed to find someone (besides myself)who has Ninja Turtle toys in their creative space. That, Ms. Hocking, is quite awesome.

    Question: do you use them to act out scenes while you're writing?

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  49. Have to agree with everyone.. that is one kick ass office. Very comfy looking.. and quiet. Nice nice nice.

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  50. Congratulations on your new house and success etc. I think it is absolutely wonderful, though I do not know you. Any time a person takes charge in their own life and creates something for themselves I rejoice.

    I stumbled upon your blog recently and have been reading some and got one of your books. As a fellow writer myself, I wondered if you make outlines for your books etc. or do you just free style?

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  51. Amanda, I paid for two of the Trylle (signed books) a while back and it went through Paypal but I still haven't received them yet. Can you please let me know if they are coming soon?

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  52. O_O....I think I have bookshelf envy....


    Beautiful office you have there. I wish mine looked like that.

    And I may have to steal that chair...XD

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  53. And together your goldfish make BATMAN. Very cool.

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  54. Congrats on the new digs! Those French doors are simply spine tingling.

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  55. Your new office is sweeeeet! Congrats!

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  56. Wow! Fabulous office, Amanda! Huge congrats on your new home!

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  57. That is a sexy office! Congratulations on a job well done. :-D

    I was just recently informed that my landlady is not re-upping our lease, so just after we got everything UNpacked, we have to PACK it all up again. It's irritating, but I have to think this will only lead to bigger and better things.

    And beautiful fish too, by the way. I want fish, I want to have my own little aquarium. I'm going to help my mother-in-law with her fish, at least cleaning the tank for her. It'll be fun.

    I can't wait to see what new heights you reach with your new books. I'm doing pretty well with my new short story collection, so that side of things is doing well.

    Now if only I could find someplace where my family and I can live for more than a year, we'd be all set.

    Have a great week!

    Best,

    Nick
    One More Day: Kindle Nook
    Three Before Dark: Kindle

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  58. Congrats to ya. Love your office. I fell inlove with your books in a week getaway for myself. Im like a addick now. NEED MORE.

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  60. You have my Turtle Van!!! Holy crap I miss that thing. So glad to see you also keep your TMNT paraphernalia so prominently on display. <3 Ninja Turtles forever.

    P.S. Your new place looks *awesome*

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  61. Wow...I didn't know you read 'Jenny Pox' and 'Tommy Nightmare', i just came across the books and am working on Jenny Pox right now and cant wait to see what Tommy nightmare is about. When are you going to be releasing the 100 books for sale? I totally want one :)

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  62. Wow. That office is a nice change from the last one (saw the pics on your blog). Hope you can work just as well here. Best of luck!

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  63. I to would love to know when you are going to be releasing the 100 books for sale. I would love to have one.

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  64. Same here. Once you know about when it will be please let us know. I don't want to miss it.

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  65. Great room to work. Everything is so well position and I love all the details.

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  66. I love this post and everything was in its proper places. I like also your book shelves, it was fantastic. Thank you for sharing.


    Charles A

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