All the craziness of the week and weekend aside, Saturday morning I went to the Exclusive Books warehouse sale. There are few things I like better than book sales, and yes, I'll be the first to admit that I don't always get to read all the sale books I buy. But I like looking at them and they're all so shiny and pretty and stuff. So yeah, I know most of you know what I'm talking about.
Here's a pic of what I got.
Let's get down to business. Here' the list of what I got over the weekend:
Defiance - Lili St. Crow (this is my only non-sale purchase)
Blood Trinity - Sherrilyn Kenyon & Diana Love
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Valiant - Holly Black
Angel Monster - Veronica Bennett
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare (a very battered copy but a good find)
Red is for Remembrance - Laurie Faria Stolarz
The Black Tattoo - Sam Enthoven (Have you guys seen this book? Front cover white, open it and you get the darker on with the city in the background. Inside the author's name runs down each of the left-hand pages and the book's name down the right-side page. I think this is going to be an extremely weird book and I look forward to it. How awesome is that!)
Darkwood - M.E.Breen (Another book I bought for the cover alone.)
Newes from the Dead - Mary Hooper
Prophecy of the Sisters - Michelle Zink
They Bite: Endless Cravings of Supernatural Predators - Jonathan Maberry & David F. Kramer (Such a good find)
The Monsterologist - Bobbi Katz & Adam McCauley
Pirate Code Writing Kit (got this because I can't leave a sale without something pirate related. It's still wrapped in plastic and I'll keep it that way)
That's it. A good 15 book over the weekend and there's some pretty decent stuff as well. Now comes the task of find somewhere to put them. Good thing we'll have a room open in the house soon. Might turn it into a reading room. Still deciding but how cool would that be...
The short version: My dog went missing. I made a lot of flyers to stuff into postboxes. We found him before I could do that. Now I have no idea what to do with them and want you to tell me. The prize, because I'm a starving artist, is a post of your choice here on my blog. Call it a word-of-mouth prize.You can post about anything from writing, ladybirds, pointy objects or about your wip. Whatever. Go tell me what I should do with 81 missing-dog flyers.
The very awesome Jess over at Write. Skate. Dream awarded me the Versatile Blogger and One Lovely Blog awards. I've already received the Versatile Blogger one but not the other one, so thank you for that!
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If you've already received this award, awesome, you get it again.
Disappointed Jani is disappointed
I am. Wanna know why? It pains me to say this, and maybe I shouldn't. But sometimes I feel that published authors underestimate us aspiring ones. I get the feeling that they sometimes they think we have no idea what it takes to be a published author and the type of work it takes to be one and to keep on being one.
Most of us work full time and write when we get home. We know what kind of work it takes. We know.
What brought this about? Well, NaNo starts next month and all kinds of author comments are popping up. Things like, aspiring authors should know that it's NaNoWriMo all year long for the published. It's NaNoWriLife. But in a slightly condescending tone.
What makes this worse for me is that it comes from authors I respect. I get that agents are frustrated starting December, I would be too, but the authors I don't get. You'd think that they would be supportive with wise, encouraging words. Something along the lines of 'This is your first draft and isn't supposed to be good or ready to be seen by anybody by the end of November. NaNo is a good way to get it out of the way. After that you start fixing it'. You get what I'm saying.
Of course there are authors that support it, some even participate, and I respect them all the more for that.
When we aspiring authors set out to write a book, I hope, all of us know what we're getting ourselves into. A little credit would be nice. I still respect the authors that make these comments and will continue reading their work but... I'm disappointed.
That's my piece of nothing.
Have a good Sunday