Hear ye! Hear ye!



So, in the craziness that has been my life of late, it seems that a whole month has passed without a blog post to show for it. My apologies for that, dearest readers.

I update you with the following, in my defence:


1. New job

Sometimes at my new job I get to schmooze with the stars, like Healthy Harold!

Yep, that’s right, I’ve moved on from monopoly money to the real live stuff, folks. What’s equally, if not more, exciting however, is that my new place of employment is the loveliest little local BOOKSHOP. I cannot contain the joy!  And I’m proud to say I battled 350 other applicants for the job. I spend much of my day drooling over new books and getting overexcited when customers come in looking for new fantasy fiction. Other jobs include: reading books, dusting books, carrying books, talking books, ordering books, making book displays, and even, would you believe, selling books. 99.9% of my day is book related, which makes me pretty darn happy.

2. Novel Writing

As submission deadline loomed, the dining table suffered

Okay, so this has been the big time suck.  For my Masters in Creative Writing course I have decided to finally pursue my novel idea, with the hope that deadlines and academic support will encourage (read:force) me to overcome my fear of failure and just WRITE the damn thing. My first deadline was last week, which saw me submit the first 15,000 words of my YA fantasy fiction novel. YAY! Chapters 1 to 4 in all their redrafted glory are now being assessed by the highly competent Australian Vogel Award Winner, Rohan Wilson. I’m looking forward to sharing some extracts with you soon.

3. Reading

If you haven’t watched John Carter yet, do it. Or read the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Yep.

My reading list for the book journal that had to accompany my 15,000 word submission was four and a half pages long. Before bed, before work, during lunch breaks; any free moment I’ve had, has been spent reading, reading, reading. My brain is currently overflowing with millions of words and creative goodness.

Check out my 2012 National Year of Reading page for a list of what I’ve been reading lately, but the highlights have been:

The Barsoom Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I got into this after watching John Carter at the cinema (based on the books), which, by the way, is AMAZING. It’s such a shame about the poor critical reception of the film, because it really was pretty fabulous. The books are equally amazing, and would you believe, written in the 1900s? Mind blown.

– Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones. Beautiful, classic, fantasy storytelling. I’m new to Diana’s works, but what a lovely collection of books she’s left me to catch up on.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I’m still not sure how I feel about this book. It’s been a HUGE seller and I couldn’t understand the hype about a story that sounded to me like soft porn. But the people coming in and raving about it were normal, everyday people; not the crazy, sex fiendish types you’d think would be interested in bondage stories. So I finally gave in and read it. I can see the fascination; I got through it in a day, which is testament to its addictiveness. Sure, it’s 90% erotica and basically an amped up Mills and Boon, but there’s something about it that keeps you wanting to know more. My issue (SPOILER ALERT) is not with the rudie nudie scenes, or the writing, or the story, but with the fact that the young, virgin protagonist, is practically coerced into participating as a Submissive/Sex Slave by a man who was sexually abused as a child and now finds pleasure in inflicting pain on others. There’s love there, sure, and an attraction, and they both make compromises, but there’s also an undertone that the whole situation is just, well, a little bit wrong. Maybe the rest of the trilogy will clean it up nicely… Interested to know what others thought about it?

Jon Snow being awesome.

4. Game of Thrones, Season Two

I can’t deny it. When I should have been writing, or sleeping, or reading, I have spent one glorious hour a week, for the last 10 weeks, salivating over the awesomeness that is the HBO adaptation of George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, Game of Thrones. If you haven’t yet given in to the GoT phenomena, I implore you, get addicted!

So, that sums up my month of non-blogging. I hope you’ll forgive me and stick around while I ease into the blogosphere I’ve missed so dearly. And my sincerest thanks to those of you who cared enough to notice my absence and ask if I was okay. What lovely loyal readers you are!

On a final note, my nerd status is now officially complete with the acquisition of glasses. Yep, I now get to be nerdy on the outside, as well as the inside, which is all very exciting and totally news-worthy.

Happy reading, bloggers!

Nerd out.

41 comments on “Newsflash!

  1. I’m glad to see you’re back!! :) And best of luck with your novel! Surely you’ll keep us updated on it’s progress? ;)

    • Thanks Chris. I will absolutely keep you all updated. I need to have 50,000 words done by this time next year, so have a lot of hard work ahead of me. But it’s so fun to see it actually growing!! Woo!

  2. Congrats on the job! And hey – it’s in your chosen industry. Good luck with your novel. I’m assuming you’ll let us know of your progress?

    • Thanks Nicole! There are only two independent bookshops in Launceston (second hand shops aside) and no chain stores, so I feel extra lucky to have scored the job in the industry I’m so passionate about. Will definitely keep you updated on the novel progress! :)

    • I like to think they were pretty good reasons. It’s a dream come true being surrounded by books. Unfortunately my wallet disagrees with me; I can’t stop buying them!

      • I’m sure I would find myself in the same situation if I worked in a bookstore. I would likely bring no money home!!!! Lol

        I’m not sure if I told you, or if you read on my blog, but I’m currently working on a freelance article on blogging for a magazine. I pretty much have all my research completed (even interviewing some local authors). Now I just have to sit down and write the thing.

  3. Nice to see you! Your job sounds fun, and I love that you are working on your novel and reading some interesting books. I haven’t been reading much lately, which is sad. I hope to get out of my rut soon. I will have to check out some of the books that you’ve been reading. Good luck with all that you have going on!

    • Thanks Mary Anne, and nice to see you too! It’s hard to read when there are so many other things going on, isn’t it? I hope you get out of the rut soon too! Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. I miss yoooou! I love your stories thatkeep me updated withthe life of Katy! can’t wait to read your book lovely xxx

    • Where are you up to with A song of Ice and Fire, Jess? I’m still on Book Three, Part Two, but am taking a break from it to get through some of the other novels that have been piling up on my bookshelf. Harold was such a gentleman. No signature, but that’s okay; he does have fairly fat fingers after all so I’m not sure how readable his autograph would be ;)

      • Maybe just a big “HH” in crayon is all he could manage? I’m about half way through Book Three, Part Two. I wonder have you got to the best bit yet? If not, you’ll understand soon…

  5. Haha love the glasses, they look really nice on you!
    Your coffee table looks dreamy, all those beautiful books. *sigh* although I don’t think it would seem as fun if you HAD to read them for a class etc.
    I’m glad your novel’s going well, I’m sure it’s going to be great, and glad to have you back! :)

    • Naw, thanks Becky! I’m really enjoying my glasses!

      I can’t deny it, I do enjoy reading far more when it’s not to a deadline, but it does make “studying” a lot more enjoyable when you get to read lots and lots of fantasy fiction as opposed to essays and theses…and I do get to choose what I read, so I can’t really complain!

      Anyway, good to be back. Shall be heading over to your blog soon to catch up on everything I’ve missed!

  6. As a painter, I can only marvel in dumb admiration at your command of words. It’s beginning to affect me. I find I can’t get away with simple one-liners any more! (Even that last exclamation mark was agonised over). I’m having to resist the urge to exclaim at every opportunity to add seasoning to my comments. GoT was recently drawn to my attention by my daughter, an avid fan. Quote: “You and Mum will like it”. I’m so glad you are pursuing your dream and being rewarded for your labours – even if they are labours of love. (Almost exclaimed there – steady).
    Rock on Katy, your friend Rob.

    • Rob, you are far too kind. Thank you so much for your comment; it made me smile, especially coming from someone as talented as yourself. I’m planning a trip back to Scotland this time next year so I can bring home some more of your amazing artwork!

      And yes, your daughter is a clever girl. You and the wife should get on to Game of Thrones! (exclaim away!!!)

  7. WELCOME BACK! I’ve missed your blogging. “Monopoly money”—lol. Sounds like your life is awesome right now. I’m so happy the writing program has given you the push you needed! Looking forward to more updates. :-D

    • Thank you Angela! I’ve missed checking out your blog too! Am getting round to replying your email by the way…I’ve had a scary build up of emails in the last few weeks, but getting there! :)

  8. Excellent! Good luck on your novel. I’m a few weeks away from publishing a short children’s book myself so I know the excitement. It’s purely for fun, a hobby. No masters or anything fancy.
    And congrats on beating out so many others for the job.

    • How exciting, Susan! Can’t wait to read it. I’m assuming it will include some of your incredible artwork? And just because it’s for fun, doesn’t mean it won’t be brilliant! I’m doing the Masters just so that I’m accountable to someone other than myself to get it done; not so much for the qualification.

      Thanks for stopping by and welcoming me back! :)

  9. Congratulations on the job and finishing the first four chapters in your novel. Those are both huge accomplishments! You sound like you’re living my dream life! :-) Interesting about John Carter. I haven’t seen it yet but might bump it up on my list if you liked it. I only read first Fifty Shades book, but my take on it is it’s just fun erotic escapism. Not sure if it will “clean up” in the end or not. ;-) Hear you on HBO Game of Thrones: totally and completely addictive! The glasses look great!

    • Thank you Jill! I must admit, getting those first four chapters down feels pretty damn good. I can do this! :) Let me know what you think about John Carter, if you get the chance. In the meantime, we have a whole year to wait before Season Three of the Game of Thrones! Waaahhh!

  10. So good to hear from you! I was like “Did she fall into a well?” Then you gave my FB page a like, thanks btw, and figured you were taking it easy. Glad to hear about the new job, makes me nostalgic about my old job at Borders. You and I definitely prove nerdy fantasy writers shouldn’t work at bookstores. :P Cheers, madame!

    • Ooo, and ex-Borders man. You’ll have to share all the tricks of the trade with me! Thanks for stopping by despite the lengthy absence, Justin! :)

      • I’m sure you’ll be a far better sales person than I was. Borders was challenging us to drive sales on product that was ridiculously over-priced… So of course it usually didn’t go as well as one would like.
        The fact that you love books as much as I will give you the only advantage I had!
        LOL! Whenever someone walked over to scifi and fantasy, I would creep over and force myself into their shopping experience. Then chat with them for like thirty minutes! :P

      • Oh that’s me all over! Every time I spot someone in the sci-fi/fantasy section I pick up a duster, make my way over, try and look busy, then ask oh so casually if they need any help. Fantasy/Sci-fi readers are the best to talk to because they get as excited about their books as I do! BLISS!

  11. How lovely to see you back! You have been missed!
    No.1 – totally jealous of your book store job! I too would love to work in a bookstore (maybe on a weekend) but not just any bookstore, a tiny little antique village’y bookstore like the book store in ‘You’ve Got Mail’.
    No.2 – Fifty Shades Triology, completely understand what you mean it is kind of weird but so gripping. I personally preferred book 2 & 3, 3 more towards the end it got gripping then.
    and finally No.3 – I love your glasses :) I want some! Mine are highly boring and practical. I read your ‘final’ thought with my boy and he laughed out loud and said he would no doug be in the same boat too! Being a NERD who squints at the TV I think its time for him to show his NERD on the outside too!
    Much love x

    • You’re a sweetheart, thank you Lotti! My bookstore isn’t in a tiny antique village, but it is a beautiful little family-run business, and just lovely. I’ll have to post some pictures soon (though I don’t know that it will live up to the You’ve Got Mail store?!). Meanwhile, I’ll have to persevere with the Fifty Shades if you say they get better! I must admit, I’m intrigued as to what will happen next. And, thank you for the glasses compliments :) I was also the nerd who squinted at the TV; now I’m just a nerd watching TV ;) xo

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