Monday, June 20, 2011

Life, the Universe, and Everything

Just kidding. And if you have no idea what that was about, you clearly haven't read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and should go check it out from your local library.

Now then, if you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I signed a lease for a place in Brooklyn. I leave for New York next Thursday and move in to my new room July 1st. I am excited. I am also slightly terrified. Brooklyn is 1400 miles away from my hometown, meaning I will be at least that far away from my mother and just as far away (and in some cases even more so) from my closest friends. My life is about to get quite a bit more complicated. On a brighter note, I'll be living here:

The landlords live on the first floor. The 4 bedroom apt that I will be sharing starts on the 2nd, and I will be on the 3rd floor.

That will be my neighborhood in about 10 days. Did I mention how excited I am? Because I am. So. EXCITED.

On the 30th, my mom and I will start driving to NY in her tiny little Scion. It will be stuffed with as many of my worldly possessions as we can possibly fit. I will probably be forced to leave behind quite a few of my books and DVDs, at least for a little while. BUT, I have an apartment. I have apartment-mates.

I am also still unemployed. I suspect I might be working at Target to pay the bills, but I'm not giving up on getting into publishing. Not in the slightest. I believe (and I will keep telling myself this) that the only reason I don't have a job lined up is because I still have an Arkansas zip-code and there are lots of other applicants who do not have that problem. Here's to hoping living in the state where I'm applying for jobs will make a difference.

So that's what's up with me. At some point I'll stop freaking out enough to get you guys some reviews, and since I recently read 13 books in about 11 days, I've got plenty of material. Of course, I'm thinking I'll probably review the entire Sookie Stackhouse series as a single entity rather than review each individual book since I read them back to back. But yea...

How is everyone's summer going? I don't really celebrate Father's Day, but I hope you all had a lovely weekend with the men in your lives.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on finding a great place to live! Don't panic - you'll be fine. (See, I have read the Hitchhiker books!)

Jade said...

Dude! That's awesome. Good luck with everything!!!

Amanda J. said...

Thanks, Alex! And I'm glad you know what I'm talking about lol. :)

Jade, I'm still jealous of your American tour and of the fact that you got to meet Natalie. We need to hangout in New York.

Rachel Searles said...

Way to follow your dreams! That's awesome :) Good luck with the move!

MackenziLee said...

hey! so i have no idea who you are and you don't know me, but we share the same aspirations of becoming a writer. I found your blog when I did a google search for "remote literary agency internships." I was wondering if you could give me the name of the agency you work for - or any agencies you know of that do remote internships. I'm trying to finsih school so I'm not in a place where I can pack up and move to work and internship, but I'd really like to get some credit in publishing under my belt. thanks so much!

Amanda J. said...

Hey Mackenzi! If you want to talk, feel free to email me at a-j AT cox DOT net. There are quite a few agencies who do remote internships and announce it on their blogs. I know Jenny Bent looks for interns a lot, so I would follow her blog and keep an eye out for sure. I landed mine by emailing Awesome Agent out of the blue and asking if I could job shadow her at the beginning of the summer last year. She offered to let me read for her shortly after that when I wasn't having much luck finding anything else. If you want it just keep your head up. Publishing is a tricky business and it's not the easiest thing to break into. Good luck! :)


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