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Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Series of Things That Matter to Me

My poor neglected blog. It's been over a week since I last posted. I don't know where my head's at. I guess I like to save up days so when I blog, I feel like I have a lot to talk about (even though I don't. Not really).

First up on things I'm talking about today - my friend/fantastic author J. L. Bryan just posted a great blog and included some insanely cute pics of his brand new baby boy.

Here's just one snapshot of the adorable Bryan Jr:

Jeff also has these words to share with you all: Here's how you can help with the baby: 60-70% of each book I sell goes directly to providing for him.  This would be a great time to try Jenny Pox or any of my other books, conveniently available on your favorite e-reader platform (or Smashwords if you really want a good deal--you get all ebook formats, so that's handy if you decide to change e-readers in the future).

He talks about more stuff in his blog, including some hints on the third book in the Jenny Pox series. So you should check it out, if you like checking out awesome things. 


Things you may not know about me news: I am crazy about my birthday. I am more excited for this upcoming birthday than I have been since my sixteen birthday. I don't know why, exactly, since I'm turning 27 and that isn't too exciting. But I am excited. 

So today I ordered my birthday cake, and it's fantazamazing. That's right. It's new word awesome.

I ordered it from Daube's in Rochester, because it's a well-known fact that they make some of the best cakes in the area. My dad used to get stuff from them all the time when I was younger. This was my first time ordering anything from them myself, and my assistant Eric was looking up reviews on Daube's, and everybody was saying that their food was amazing but the staff was super rude. So I was a little afraid to go there.

This turned out to be entirely false. The guy helping us at Daube's was incredibly nice, even though I basically just ordered a cake with a picture on my cell phone. The place was pretty busy, but the staff was very nice and courteous to both me and Eric. They were the opposite of rude, and my cake is going to be the opposite of terrible. So a big shout out to Daube's for being rad!

I actually had a super fun day today. I didn't do anything too exciting. But I got to have lunch with my friend Pete, and today is her birthday. (Happy birthday, Baby Pete, even though you're getting to be less and less of a baby). And that was fun seeing her.

The worst thing about being adult: You never see enough of your friends. I watched Super 8 the other day, and it was a really good movie. But all the kids running around, being silly and doing kid stuff, that made me realize that's what's bugging me about growing up. I miss just being an idiot with my friends. I mean, I still am, but growing up is silly.

Also, the score for Super 8 was phenomenal. I assumed it was John Williams (because Spielberg produced), but it was actually Michael Giacchino. He's very quickly become a composer to watch. He stuff is very sweet with a bit whimsy, but he can also do the grandiose. He's sorta like if John Williams and Danny Elfman had a baby, and it was a savant composer baby, that was also magic since two men conceived it.

Anyway - enough of that bit of a ramble. Onto the next tangent: For those of you who enjoy reading my tweets and blogs, I have sad news for you. For 10 days towards the end of June, I will be renting a houseboat, and I will most likely have little to no internet access. This means no tweets or blogs.

But for those of you who like reading books I write, this is good news. I'm getting away to work on some writing (as well as relax and clear my head a bit).

I'll be finishing up the first book in the Watersong series (a lot of the book revolves around boats and water, so I thought a houseboat would be the perfect place to finish it up). But I'll also be working on some fun little treats for fans of the Trylle series. You'll have to wait a while (like... six months to check it out), but I think it'll definitely be enjoyable for you guys.

My friend Fifi (her name's really Tiffany, but we call her Fifi, even though I think she hates it) is going to be housesitting for me when I'm gone. This is really good news, because Eric and my dog Elroy are going on the houseboat with me, but my beloved cats and fish will be home. I have this insane, obsessive fear that something will happen to both the cats and fish every second that I'm not home, so I'll feel better knowing Fi is here to protect and watch over them.


The more stuff I wanted to say, but I feel like I've rambled on long enough, and I've forgotten what it was. The point is: You folks rock, and I love you.

38 comments:

  1. Enjoy your time away! Sometimes lack of internet access is the best thing for your writing. :)

    Omgoodness adorable baby. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Every year is special, even if it's not something huge like 16, 18 or 21. Don't ever lose that enthusiasm!

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  2. I hope your upcoming birthday is fantabulous :) And I haven't seen super 8 yet, but I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE Michael Giacchino fan. (LOST...I miss it. Also Up! is the best Disney/Pixar movie, or at least one of the top, imo). Have fun on your boating trip, and I hope you get the head clearing and fun time you are looking for :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  3. AWWWWWWW I already awed over at JL's blog but the kid is soo dang cute it totes deserves the Awwwx2!

    6 months seems like eternity somehow. I am 27 btw, so for a few months we can be the same awesome age together. I prefer odd numbers to even numbers and this is the last one until I get to the dreaded 29. I hope your year of 27 is AWESOME.

    Enjoy your cake and your time on the boat. You earned it! I will try not to be completely emotionally devastated in your absence from Twitter, but I can't guarantee it won’t happen. So now you can have that on your conscious, I hope it keeps you awake at night (so that you write more books) ^.~

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  4. Happy Birthday. So glad you treat yourself to such a special day. As a parent I know how life changing each of my children were to me. How proud your parents must be. What a fun adventure a houseboat sounds! Take lots of pics and remember this special trip.

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  5. I feel your pain with the kitties! Mine have been left alone for a couple days about 15 times, but I still act like it's the first time and freak out every time I go on vacation. They are my babies..well admittedly 9 and 10 year old babies, but my kittens nonetheless.

    I hope your birthday is swell. Mine was Tuesday and so far 35 is horrible. Maybe I should have ordered myself a cake!

    Take care and happy writing

    JD

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  6. Im missing u already... waaaaaa

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  7. I worry about my animals when I'm not home too! Remember when we would come down to Austin from Shakopee for weekends at a time? I always cut our trip a few hours short so that I could go home and make sure my house didn't burn down and that Gir and Adair were okay. And now, after the neighbor's house got broken into within a minute of some guy's violent rage, I worry that when we come up there something will happen, but fortunately, my mom will let me bring Gir and Princess Bunny Girl to her house while we visit. So, we're safe on that one.

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  8. http://lifetimespoeticmind818.blogspot.com

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  9. I just got so excited about whatever fun treats you're working on for Trylle's series fans. YEA!!

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  10. Have a Happy Birthday! I am sure Tiffany will be an awesome homesitter. Now I need to have cake too!

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  11. Happy Birthday - mine's the 25th and I'll be 28. Blah. lol Also, adorable baby!!!

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  12. Adorable baby!! Wow...my name is Tiffany as well, what a coincidence...Have a Happy Birthday! See you when you get back in cyberspace. Enjoy your time off, you deserve it!

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  13. Awww!! Jeff's baby is so super cute! And an advanced Happy blessed Birthday to you, Amanda! Hope you have a fabulous, productive time on the houseboat. We'll miss your online presence during that time, but we know it's for a good cause. Can't wait to read your Watersong series! Sounds exciting! :-)

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  14. Well first Happy Birthday! Enjoy your little vacation. I can't wait to see what you have planned for the Trylle Series, love the books.

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  15. Happy Birthday. My birthday is actually Monday, so I guess I'm be 7 years younger than you, lol.

    Anyways, I hope you have a nice time.

    -Ryne Billings
    Author of Through the Flames

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  16. happy birthday..and have a nice day..

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  17. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your mini break =) And even if it is just rambling we still love the read anything you have to write!!

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  18. Back at cha, Amanda! You are an inspiration to us all.


    Happy Birthday, too!

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  19. Adorable baby. Your friend is so blessed Amanda.

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  20. I was a little anxious about that Super 8 movie, but I keep hearing great reviews about it. Too bad my husband says we've had our theatre night for this month. (Pirates 4 and Hangover 2 - both awesome!) I still want to see the new Xmen and Transformers, maybe Green Lantern and now Super 8. Argh! The good movies are coming out all at once!

    A houseboat is a great idea. I'm sure you'll have a blast and it will give you a chance to clear your head. Hope you have an awesome birthday!

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  21. Congratulations on your recent publishing contract and the very nice profile in the NY Times Magazine. Your success is well-deserved. I love your books and have been recommending them to everybody, assuring them they are not just for YA readers. I'm especially looking forward to the follow-up to "Hollowlands."

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  22. I've just got to say that I love how into movie soundtracks/composers you are. I haven't seen Super 8 yet, but your paragraph about its score warmed my heart. Michael Giacchino definitely sounds like a composer to keep an eye on (or rather ear I suppose).

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  23. Congratulations! The NY Times has finally noticed you. It took them twenty years to admit that Stephen King was a good writer, but only one year in your case! Don't let fame change you!

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  24. Your Blog is Fabulous. Good article rather. Very interesting.

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  26. Congratulations on making it in the NYTIMES.Com! You deserve everything that is coming your way! Hard work pays off in the end! http://urbanfantasypublishing.blogspot.com

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  27. Ohh its really cool to have such amazing post Thanks and regards...

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  28. 27 is the 17 of your 20's, so you *should* be excited!! Happy Birthday :)

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  29. First off, happy birthday! Totally agree with you on Super 8 thing when it comes to growing up. The movie made me nostalgia when it came to hanging with friends as a kid and acting foolish.

    By the way, I just read about your story and success a few weeks ago. Congrats and good luck with the traditional publishing deal!

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  30. Enjoy your break. It sounds like my favorite form of going fishing with my uncle/brother/husband (and any others I've ever had to go fishing with) - they fish, I read, write, take pics...:)
    I don't get to visit your blog as often as I'd like, but I love it when I do get to drop in because I always find something to inspire me. I also find hope in the fact that you are one of the authors trying to bridge the gap between the e-pub world and the traditional. I hate the way some folks think it has to be one or the other. There are ways to grow and coexist. thanks

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  31. I hope that means that you will be keeping fans of Trylle Trilogy, like myself, up to date on how the Trylle Trilogy movie series is coming along.

    Sincerely,
    Rachel Miller

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  32. I know what you mean about leaving fish at home during an extended time away. Fish need to be fed.

    I am intrigued by Watersong.

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  33. Hi Amanda,

    Good to hear you doing well! And that you're almost finished with your next book. Man, I wish I could write that fast!

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  34. Hey,
    Will there be any more books under the My Blood Approves series? Thanks. :)

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  35. Hi, Amanda --

    Wanted to say that I just finished your Trylle trilogy and enjoyed it immensely! The characters rocked, their interaction was genuine and exciting, the plot development made sense but was fascinating and dramatic, and the ending made me so happy, sated, and warm inside. Thanks for a couple of weeks of literary bliss! Would love to read more of that adventure! Best wishes for continued success and inspiration!

    /gaby

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  36. Your Blog is Fabulous. Good article rather. Very interesting.

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  37. Congratulations on all of your success. I'm such a huge fan of yours. I'm a 30 year old graphic designer and often have to remind myself that it's ok, even at my age, to be silly. I wont ever let anyone put me in a box and neither should you!

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  38. Are you the Amanda Hocking from the Amanda Hocking "Method?" The 'Net is talking about you. I haven't paid much attention, because bottom line is that they're talking (unless some people are jealous, unkind remarks...which I haven't really read). I would like to ask you a question, but I'm so stumped that your name would be linked to a "Method." As far as I'm concerned, you've worked your bottom off, all that typing was your fingers, and, you believed in yourself...hey bottle that and I'll buy it. Congrats on all your success, it is inspiring to so many of us unpublished writers.

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