Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The First Thing I Bought With My Royalties

Actually, I haven't bought anything yet. The money I've made from Sanctuary, Severance and Dead Reality is still sitting in my bank account. Don't get me wrong, it's not like we're talking a lot of money here. I'm not paying off a huge chunk of my mortgage, buying a new car or booking a holiday to Hawaii.
I had been thinking about getting a new computer, but my four year old Asus F3J is actually running pretty well still... touch wood! I wouldn't be surprised if it crashed now just to prove me wrong. So I hadn't quite been able to bring myself to decide on purchasing any type of new computer (I also get attached to things and won't give them up until its quite obvious their only possible function could be as a paper weight) and had been telling myself I didn't really need to spend the money on that.
But yesterday, I suddenly came to a decision on what I want to buy with some of the money, The First Thing I Will Buy With My Royalties.
Excited?
Well, I am and I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.
To go off on a slight tangent, I have a lot of books, as you might imagine an author would. And I mean a lot. They're everywhere. On my desk, next to my bed, near the TV, in the kitchen, stuffed into cupboards and pretty much littering every available surface. Some of them are even out in the garage (lack of storage space).
Due to some recent life rearranging, I now have an actual study (or, I like to call it my office) to work it. It's heaven! There's a desk and a couple of couches. Its a big room and a nice set up. But you see, there's an entire free wall that has nothing against it or near it. And this is where the money comes in. It would be the perfect place to put some bookshelves.
So I went shopping. Not actual shopping, because who has time to do that? I scoured the Internet and found some reasonably priced bookshelves that will match my desk. I measured and worked out I could fit 4 bookshelves in this space, as it is quite a long section of empty wall.
I'm going to go get them tomorrow and I've been having gleeful fantasies of alphabetizing and organizing my books according to genre. Sad, I know. But the idea of actually being able to find whichever book I'm looking for, instead of rummaging through piles, makes me giddy.
It might not be a Maserati or tropical holiday, but I couldn't be happier with the thought of spending money I made from my books on something to store my books in. Poetical, really.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Up & Running

Just a quick entry to say that my Internet-related technical difficulties are all fixed, so I'm back on the net for good. I'm also trying to get back into writing in a big way. Once upon a time I used to make myself write 1000 words a day. If I want to get one of the three unfinished manuscripts completed and submitted to Noble, it'd probably be a good plan to get back into old habits. I've just started chapter two of the 3rd Sanctuary book, so hopefully I'll get rolling on it and things will run smoothly.
In other news, on the 20th of June I'll be a guest speaker for the Bendigo Writers Council. I'm going to be talking about Speculative Fiction and world-building. Should be a good night and I'm really looking forward to it.
Now, I have 1000 words to write, so I should go do something about that.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Really AWOL This Time

I can't believe its been almost a month since I last posted here. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately!) this hasn't been due to a busy life or lack of time and motivation for blogging. In actual fact, I've been having some Internet issues and have been entirely disconnected from the world. I knew I was sadly addicted to the Internet, my email, blog, facebook, msn chat, youtube, twitter (occasionally) other blogs, google and a number of other random things, but it was a serious shock to the system to be almost entirely cut off from the cyber world. I'm hoping this problem will be rectified in the near future, but its probably going to be another couple of weeks before I'm back on the air for good.
In the meantime, I got another couple of reviews:

This one for Severance:
http://www.manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=reviews&bookid=12328


And this fabulous one for Sanctuary:
http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/new-reviews/sanctuary-by-jess-anastasi

Both have made me feel motivated to get stuck into the third book. I had started it, but other things going on in my life had really interrupted my writing. In fact, I was beginning to wonder how I was ever going to get back into the swing of things. And I don't just mean the Sanctuary series, I mean writing anything. Until yesterday I hadn't done any work, no writing, no editing, no scribbling of vague ideas. The creative well was dry and it had me concerned for a minute.
Funnily enough, the very middle-of-the-road review I got for Severance actually picked me up and got me going again. So thank you to that reviewer. I know the book was only so-so in your eyes, but you made me determined to write a better book next time and got my creative motivation flowing again, so I really appreciate it. Your timing couldn't have been better!
And with those thoughts in mind, I'm off to finish writing a chapter and hopefully get another one rolling.
Blogging will probably continue being spotty for the coming weeks.