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Oh yes, it's finally Friday.  Friday, after a blah-tastic week. 

Unfortunately, it's only Friday morning, so I still need to go through the entire day before I can throw myself down on the couch and just sleep for the entire weekend.  Or something.

Before I wander off to work in an endless parade of enthusiasm and excitement, please have my vlog for this week:

And yes, that question does apply to my flist too: What are the five things you'd do if you became a famous author?

Next week: some actual entries!

on 2009-03-19 09:20 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] alankria.livejournal.com
I would buy a small castle somewhere in Britain and have a library installed, and then fill it with books. I have this dream where I place an amazon order so large it requires a forklift to get into my house. I would realise that dream.

(Buying a small castle: actually possibly in my country, for a few mil. <3 <3 <3 )

I would travel for large chunks of the time. Which I guess makes the castle a bit un-necessary, but being able to return to a castle between travels would be pretty sweet.

I would construct an extraordinarily large chocolate fountain, and frolic in it.

on 2009-03-20 04:29 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] penchaft.livejournal.com
Wouldn't a castle be a very poor place to keep books?

on 2009-03-20 06:58 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] alankria.livejournal.com
I'd obviously fully renovate it so it wasn't drafty/damp, if it wasn't already. Or do you mean that it'd be ruins? We've got whole castle that have been converted into houses. They're for sale sometimes in a magazine my parents buy.

on 2009-03-20 07:06 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] penchaft.livejournal.com
Ah, I didn't think you could make them weathertight.

idk we don't do castles here

on 2009-03-20 07:09 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] alankria.livejournal.com
I'm pretty sure you can. Exceedingly rich people buy them; I can't imagine those people putting up with drafts and damp.

on 2009-03-20 07:26 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
I like that you specify a small castle - it's not as though anyone needs a horribly big one. Would your library be in one of the towers? I think that'd be a beautiful place for one, especially if it's a tower of the round variety.

You definitely need a place to call home, possibly more so if you're travelling a lot. And how nice to be able to come home to your lovely, draft-free castle after an exhilarating trip abroad. :D

on 2009-03-19 09:38 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
Like just about every bookish person on the planet, I'd definitely want a house with a room filled with many bookshelves. In an ideal world, it would be somewhere in the west coast of Ireland (Clare, Galway, etc).
I'd donate a huge chunk of money in scholarships for international students at many universities.
I'd waste most of my time blogging.
I'd be paid to blog.
I'd travel like the 'bisummeral' Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier, who spend the northern summer in New York, and the southern summer in Sydney, but I'd do it in reverse, and live in perpetual autumn/winter.

Your comment about the fanfic had me laughing out loud, incidentally.

on 2009-03-20 07:21 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
The house-with-a-library theme does seem to be recurring with incredibly frequency in the responses. If only we could get Terry Pratchett's Librarian in to link them all via L-space - then we could travel all over the world and meet with like-minded people with ease! :D

Love the two-Summers idea - that's something I've entertained pretty much forever. I am certainly no fan of the Winter. :| It occurs to me that we could just swap houses, thus saving the need to buy two, since we'd be chasing opposite seasons. That's very convenient.

I really need to check out your blog, so thank-you for mentioning the whole blogging thing here. I'll be doing that tonight.

on 2009-03-20 11:09 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
International house-swapping FTW!
And my blog is just a place where I try to forget that I'm no longer a paid book-reviewer. :D

on 2009-03-21 05:43 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
You used to be paid to review books? That's a dream job right there. Where did you do that?

on 2009-03-21 11:36 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
I worked as the Young-Adult book reviewer at The Canberra Times for five years, between the ages of 18 and 23. Now I'm at Cambridge, it's too hard to do it, because it's too expensive to send the books overseas to me. I still write the odd review for them, but I was writing about two reviews a week before, and I didn't realise how much I enjoyed it.

on 2009-03-20 12:08 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] erinmacha.livejournal.com
O.o Five things? Um...I know one, become more of a hermit than I already am....

on 2009-03-20 06:29 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
Awww! In that case, I almost hope you don't become a famous author. No more hermit-like behaviour from you, thanks. :D

So there aren't any crazy purchases you'd make, or bizarre destinations you'd visit?

on 2009-03-20 10:23 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] erinmacha.livejournal.com
The personal library sounded good. :) Of course, hermit like behavior is inherent with a personal library. :P

on 2009-03-21 05:44 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
Well yes, I imagine a library like that would encourage a lot of lingering, especially during Winter.

on 2009-03-20 01:53 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] everydayjoy.livejournal.com
BAHAHA!! That may just be my favourite of your vlogs yet!

I particularly loved your depiction of the impoverished published -- but not famous -- author :D.

If *I* were a famous published author, I would buy your massive big library with the sliding ladders right off you for twice what you paid for it.

Thanks for reminding me about the ode!!

on 2009-03-20 07:18 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
Awww, thanks. :) I haven't really been happy with the last few, so I'm glad they're still coming across OK.

I'm afraid it would be very difficult to persuade me to part with my library and its sliding ladders. However, I'd be happy to find another such for you. :D

Oh, your candle ode! Or whatever you choose to do! I'm still looking forward to that one.

on 2009-03-20 04:28 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] penchaft.livejournal.com
Cultivate crazy shipping wars. (I'd have to be non-horrific at flirting, I guess.)

on 2009-03-20 07:14 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
That would be so much fun!

on 2009-03-20 08:21 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] penchaft.livejournal.com
You can't truly hurt someone until they trust you. ^___^

on 2009-03-20 02:26 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cornish-pixie87.livejournal.com
I have two prerequisites for my dream home: it must have a long, covered front porch, and it must have a back yard filled with lilac bushes. That being said, as a famous author, I would spend my days in the sunny, air filled rooms of my house, and never EVER have to step foot in an office again. I would have studio space, though, near the house, filled with canvasses and paint and a teapot.

I would probably also donate a lot of money. I would really like to participate in/fund programs that promote the arts, and use the arts as therapy, opportunity, and nourishment. I should probably do that now. I just have to get myself stable first. Ha. We're working on that.

So house, studio, donation...I would also travel a lot. I don't really want a big house, but I do want to travel. And five would be...uh I think i'm out of ideas at the moment. I'll get back to you on that.

on 2009-03-21 03:49 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
That dream house sounds gorgeous. And you're so right: every dream house needs some sort of porch like that.

I like your idea of creating arts funds or programmes - that's a great idea.

on 2009-03-23 07:41 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] stefeny.livejournal.com
I totally concur with the very first comment on your vlog - yay tea! I'm going craz buying it in the UK - I have Harrod's .... now I just need fortnum & Mason, Whittards .... oh dear - I already have 1/2 kg ...

on 2009-03-23 08:39 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] katiefoolery.livejournal.com
Half a kilo of tea! I'm incredibly impressed. It'll definitely be worth it to have such a variety of the lovely stuff at your disposal. :D

on 2009-03-23 03:39 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] flippyfrog.livejournal.com
Well, I'd set up my little writing camp. So at select periods of the year I could natter to young kids wanting to write and introduce them to cows. Because there would be cows.

and a dutch windmill.

I'd travel the five star way, complete with taxis and donkeys. None of this carting your own bag about.

I'd buy another house in New Zealand, right near the Remarkables and away from the tourist traps, so I could sit there in the summer (not the winter, fuck snow) and have that view of mountains and escape hot Aussie summers.

I would learn how to fly. (without an airplane, breheheheheee! ...or maybe a helicopter for the more feasible option.)

I would fix up my mum and dad's house a treat so they could stay there as they get older and I won't have to freak about my mum falling over as she gets out of that damn spa.

on 2009-03-25 03:50 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] faded-pretense.livejournal.com
Oh my goodness. I try to watch your vlog and all my friends come in. lol they like Australia though. I LOVE YOUR ACCENTTTT!!


Things I would do if I became a famous author:

1) Be happy.
2) Buy a house.
3) Get a husky.
4) SAVINGSSAVINGSSAVINGS! Gotta save some money!
5) Get a HUGE full-four-wall bookshelf!

u.u But I won't become a famous author. lol


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