Monday, June 4, 2012

archaeology girl, interrupted

 this time last year i was heading off to do this

and this

this

 and this

with some very nice folks



looking for things like this


and this

and this


in Greece my 'office' is here



except for this summer...


...this summer i am headquartered here


doing this


excavating through this





to produce many chapters



racking up the word count



fortified by my favorite beverage


and words of wisdom

with little touches 

and reminders of Greece

that are never far away


my deadline to complete the first draft of my novel is by summer's end. i hope to keep posting fairly frequently and will visit all my favorite blogs as often as i can.


happy first days of summer to everyone♡

32 comments:

  1. Amanda, I just found your delightful blog and I am so enjoying reading your posts! Very excited for your book - more wonderful words to read. :) Good luck and enjoy the writing process!!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, and happy you stopped by!

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  2. How exciting, Amanda, to be at this stage at the beginning of summer. Compared to the tough work of an archaeologist, this is relatively easy stuff, executed sitting down, in an air-conditioned room, hopefully with few interruptions. I'm sure you have strategies all lined up and ready to be plugged in. Be sure to order good food from your favorite restaurants to make the process go even smoother.

    Happy trails to you.
    Looking forward to the final copy.

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    1. Thanks, Rosaria - I like the idea about the take out food!

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  3. Is it fair for me to say that this is my favorite post of yours so far? I feel so deeply identified with you, at this moment, Amanda. I savored each and every image and when I got to around the word count pic felt my eyes stinging a bit.

    My heart is full. I will look forward to your updates with tremendous relish!

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    1. Thanks dear, Suze - we writers need to stick together! ♡

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  4. Dare I ask which office you like better? Or which job?
    Sometimes it is the end result that makes something worth doing and other times the doing is worth more than anything.
    These photos were such fun to see. Almost as good as the boarding school. No, I think these are better. Ha. Anyway, it's fun to see you in your element.

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    1. Rubye, I like both. I have enough Gemini in me that I crave the ability to float between different occupations, and when I am writing - I like to switch between projects as I work.

      I will try to remember the wisdom of your words and enjoy the doing as much as the end result ~ xoxo

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  5. i am over the moon happy to know you are doing this!! i am too so we are writing buds!

    i love all of it, amanda, the first draft, the research, the search for the right verbs, the order, the pruning of adj and adv. all of that. but what i love most is searching for what's real and true. i KNOW you will write a FANTASTIC book. I know it for sure.

    i will love to follow you along. good going, amanda.

    it is excavation, after all...

    love love
    kj

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    1. Loving all the writing process - this is spoken like the true writer you are, KJ. As for me, sometimes I love writing the first draft more, sometimes the editing part - depends on my mood, I guess.

      But searching for what is real and true.....ah yes. Now THAT is the most satisfying part.

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  6. Your novel? Perhaps a novel way to do archaeology? Who knew? Sounds fascinating.

    But how will your team ever survive in Ithaka without you in your "office"? Deserting your comrades. Really!

    So, I see you could be of two minds about this. I do hope you have fun with the novel, and that you meet your deadline. We shall wait patiently to hear the summary of the plot outline (skimpy is OK) and brief bits of the story.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Haha R-bear!! Never fear - my 'comrades' will be just fine. I'm a little sad that I will be missing them continue to excavate a possible shrine that I worked in last year - but there is a time for digging up earth and there is a time for digging up words.

      I am of two minds - the Gemini factor, I guess. I tend to keep my novel and my blog separate, but maybe I will get up the courage to share the former in the latter.

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  7. oh my can't wait to read that book!!

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    1. Thank you, Mim, for your enthusiastic support!

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  8. I can't wait for the novel, I hope it will be available here:)


    Blog about life and travelling
    Blog about cooking

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  9. Good luck with your writing dear Amanda, am looking forward to read updates on the progress. Always wondered how it must feel to write something professionally, whether the aura and enchantment remains or if it suddenly becomes a forced and tedious task.;) Happy summer to you too and thank you for your always wonderful words at my place.;)
    xoxo

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    1. That is a good question, Zuzana. Writers have different processes but it can be a challenge to maintain focus in your work and keep the fire stoked. If you are passionate about something, however, the desire to tell a story comes through.

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  10. Good luck with the novel, Amanda. What a wonderful enterprise.

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  11. congrats on being so close,, and good luck with it Ms. Travels,,,glenn

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    1. Getting closer every day, Glenn ~ thanks!

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  12. Writing the "novel" is on many of our bucket lists.....inspiration comes from everywhere....maybe I will sit down too.....your organization is most inspiring. Sometimes we just need a map to guide us! Good luck!!!!

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    1. If you have a desire to write, you should dive in Sue - I imagine you have many stories waiting to be told~

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  13. Good luck with your book Amanda. I hope we will still continue to hear from you because I love your posts.

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    1. Thanks Loree - I will do my best to continue my Goddess series over the summer....

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  14. I like your office Amanda!
    Best of luck on the novel :) xo

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  15. a refreshing look into a seemingly organized yet uncluttered sacred space...you've given me ideas! white is good and black, while handsome, is depressing...what was I thinking????

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  16. What a cozy office you are working in, I love every photo of this post Amanda! And the words of wisdom , are so true!!
    Wishing you lots of joy, peace and inspiration to you.
    And here in Brazil, it´s getting really cold for we ´re entering winter. thanks for the summer wishes, I need some warmth here inside our house!

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  17. Yay! Get that word count going!

    Funnily enough, while I agree with most of the writing points, I'll argue with you about 1, 2, and 8. ;)

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  18. When I first met you here and read one of your early stories I knew that you would produce a novel filled with facts, knowledge, and dreams. Thinking of you this summer and knowing that your determination and talent will bring the goal closer each day.

    Bravo, mon amie!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  19. love this!!! geek girl in me whistled under breath through the entire read. sign me up for buying the book when it comes out. whenever, however. i know you are writing the story i want to read.

    sherry

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