Saturday, September 15

Welcome to my world

Hooray, this is my very first blog on Teen Fiction Cafe, which is incredibly exciting, but before I start I do feel, in the interest of fairness, that I should be honest about some of my less than savory habits. Okay, so here goes:

The most important thing to remember is that I really AM as shallow as I seem. I really DO watch that much television, drink that much diet coke and eat that many chocolates. It is possible to sit around ALL day and do nothing (in fact I might do a workshop on this one day since it's a much maligned skill). I never get sick of being brilliant, skinny and gorgeous all at the same time. And finally, yes, I have been known to stretch the truth from time to time...

Right, so now that we know each other a bit better, it's confession time. This week's blog topic is meant to be current events and the truth is that I've got nothing. Not a bean. You see in between spending all my time watching the Rugby World Cup and drooling over cute guys, I'm getting ready to move for the second time in five months and there is just no room in my head for anything other than packing boxes, secretly disposing of children's toys and generally wandering around trying to convince my husband that I'm hard at work.

Mind you, this isn't the first time I've lost contact with the outside world. In fact, as a writer I find it happens quite regularly. I get so caught up with the story in my head that I forget to pay attention to anything else that is happening (actually, this includes whether the dinner is burning or not, but that's another blog post). So my question is, does this happen to anyone else or is it just me. Oh, and if you want to make me feel better by lying, then that's perfectly okay!


Anonymous said...

Malcolm Sugar says:


I never don't hear the timer I've set to tell me when something that's burning - I mean cooking - is ready for attention.

I've never stopped dead in a busy market and said 'Yess! That's what she'd do.'

I've never got lost in my writing world. And my nose never grows long with all the lies I never tell.

Jessica Burkhart said...

Last week, I said "Ok, write for five more minutes and then take a break." Well, you can guess how many minutes really ticked by before I realized how far past 5 minutes I'd gone! :)

Alyson Noel said...

My name is Alyson and I've completely lost touch with the outside world. There, I feel so much better now that I've said it!
When I'm really really into writing- I depend on my husband (a news junkie) to let me know if anything has happened that's- A) catastrophic B) Too hilarious to miss or C) useful- otherwise I don't come up for air until I type "The End."
PS- Welcome to the cafe!
PPS- Watching TV is "research"- the more you watch- the more you, um, know.

Amanda Ashby said...

Phew - I'm so pleased that it's not an solo disease that I suffer from.

Malcolm S - so pleased that all those things never happen to you because that would be bad!!!!

Jessica - this always seems to happen to me when I say to the rest of the family that I'll be ready in 5 minutes. Funny how the muse always chats more when you're meant to be somewhere else!!!

Alyson you are SO a person after my own heart, and I too own one of those useful husbands who keep me posted on what I need to know!!!!

Sara Hantz said...

Amanda, welcome to TFC!!!

As for losing contact with the outside world.... what outside world????

bevrosenbaum said...

I watched the Emmys last night and know exactly who won what--does that count as current events?! Welcome to TFC, Amanda!

Wendy Toliver said...

Hi Amanda, great post! Welcome to TFC.

Just wanted to share that I'm up to my ears in home improvement projects (it's very important to cheer my DH on as he builds new shelves in my office and puts together a new master closet, yes?) in addtion to raising thee little boys, writing, and planning a writers' conference. I can't even tell you the last time I watched the news or read the newspaper. I can't even watch "Today" or "Good Morning America" because that interferes with "Spongebob." Alas, I bet I'm even more out-of-touch than you, dear Amanda. :)

Christina Phillips said...

Hey Amanda! It's sooo much more fun being the goddess of your own universe, the real world has nothing on that!!

alexgirl said...

Hooray for honesty! I'm right there with ya, babe.
Congrats on your first post.

Amanda Ashby said...

Hehe - Sara, I'm with you!

Bev, yes the Emmy's most definitely count (I love award shows!!!).

Wendy I'm so pleased that I'm not the only one who knows more about Spongebob than about the Dow Jones Index!!!!!

Christina I did try the whole goddess thing but my husband didn't buy it!!!!

Alex, I did consider trying to bluff it and look all clever, but I didn't want the people who knew me to burst out laughing!!!!!!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Welcome, Amanda! I do keep up with the news - there's a TV just to the right of mt computer - I'm watching Morning Joe as I type! - but I hardly ever leave the house, I write so much, so hopefully that qualifies me as being out of touch with the world.

Oh, in case you hadn't heard, OJ got arrested again.

Kelly Parra said...

Welcome, Amanda! And sadly I have so much going on that I sometimes disappear from loops and blogs. It happens--you're not alone. :)

Gerb said...

Welcome Amanda! I just emerged from a week of intense revisions, and, yeah, a little out of touch here. :)


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