Monday, July 13, 2009

Haves

I have furniture. I have the Internet. I have food in my fridge, sheets on my bed, and clothes -- well, I have clothes all over the place. I have the Rockies in the office, the Alps in the kitchen, the Andes in the bedroom, and the Himalayas in the living room (when it comes to piles of boxes and overflowing miscellaneous crap, I mean). I have my atlas for using as a reference whenever I need to list mountain ranges in order of increasing altitude.

I have a vision for my new home. It is going to be fabulous.

I have a sense of overwhelmedness at everything being so chaotic; at how much housework there is to do; at how hard it is to find things in these piles; at how my career responsibilities do not slow down just because I'm moving.

I have sadness because I'll miss the St. John's River at sunset, the pelicans and dolphins, the gorgeous winters, my friends, my outlaw brother-in-law (secret codename: Joe), and, most of all, my sister (secret codename: Cordelia). Have I mentioned that Cordelia's pregnant with twins?

I have joy. I am where I belong.

And most of all, I have my thesaurus, my 90-page book plan, a printout of my WIP, my whistling teakettle, my comfortable chair, and, most marvelously, small patches of peace and quiet -- so that I can finally, finally, FINALLY FINALLY get back to some productive work on Bitterblue.

What do you have?

32 comments:

Natasha said...

I have the first full night of sleep in Icantrememberhowlong. (Thanks to a certain very cute almost-three-year-old master of the universe whom we've been trying to convince it's time he trying sleeping in a big boy bed. Clearly we were wrong... and paid for that error with a complete absence of sleep for a Very Long Time.)

I have a few other things too, but this is the most amazing right now.

Glad you're arrived in Boston (or its general area) and are happy.

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K. L. Howard said...

I have two parents eating breakfast in the other room. I have a twittering parakeet. I had a nice night of light sleeping (sort of odd because I'm usually a deep sleeper). And I have a job in fifteen minutes.

I can't wait to move back in the dorms. My move-in date just arrived a few days ago, so all I have to do is figure out when my last day at work will be. It must be nice to move around so much.

Ink Mage said...

I have music and nice days. Yesterday I had being out on the water. I have an amazing sister and a very special kitty and a home where I can be me.

tinkandalissa said...

I have a newly created/written chapter 3! Now it just needs to be edited and typed so that I can continue on with my revisions. Yay!
I have a long rainy day ahead of me at work. I'd really rather be writing right now...
I have a lunchbreak of reading The Graveyard Book in my near future.
And I have a boot with which to kick the jackass that posted the nude movie crap.
Have a peaceful day of writing in your new home! Think of the mountains of crap around you as geographic inspiriation for the world of Bitterblue. :)

Awriter said...

I have a full nights sleep (even though it doesn't feel like it), I have music, I have my laptop, I have the internet, I have my WIP at 80 000 words and still going, I have an awesome idea for my next project, I have my blog, I have two annoying yet adorable cats who are insisting I feed them...again.

Good luck with the mountains of boxes Kristin! Glad to here that you're in your new place.

-Ashley

A. Grey said...

I have:

The third book in my WIP series finished (first draft, anyhow)

The fourth book in my WIP series waiting in the corners of my mind, leaking out on paper a little here and there

A new idea entirely that's barged into my head with the determination of a thwarted girl with P.M.S. on her way to the chocolate shop. It's taking time away from my WIP series

I have room cleaning waiting for me when I'm done housesitting, a sick great aunt, ms stuff to prepare for sending out to prospective agents/publihser, and emotions to batten down and steel against the rejections that will more than likely follow...

But I also now have a new post on your blog to read. And I have the peace of knowing that you made it to your knew home safe and sound and in respectably optimistic and enthused condition. :)

AndrewsMommom said...

I have a wonderful son and husband who love me.
I have great books to read. I have friends, family, health, and a roof over my head. I have mountains of laundry to do. I have a vacation to pack for which begins tomorrow. I have an enormous supply of grape tomatoes in my garden and cucumbers and peppers are on their way. I have happiness.
Hope your home feels like your own and looks like your own soon.

Mel said...

I have a mess of summer homework for my advanced English class next year, which I need to do rather than spend my time writing stories.
I have two brothers the same age as me who won't let me have the TV so I can have a Harry Potter marathon.
I have a computer on which I will procrastinate doing my summer homework today.
I have a bunch of stuff I don't need.
I have a basement where I could swear a plethora of spiders and centipedes are hiding. Both dead and alive.

Oh, was I supposed to name good stuff?

You moved to the Northeast, right? Don't worry, we get some awesome sunsets, too. As long as you're in an area without too many trees...

Glynis said...

I have everything I need :)
I have 2 children getting married this summer.
I have 2 flights to the UK booked for said weddings.
I have a WiP calling so I had better go...

itdependsontheday said...

I have ugly feet with even uglier toes, with a shrinking pinkie toe that will dissappear off the human foot in the next 100 years. I have an obsession with wings which seems to be requiring me to (once im old enough) get a tatoo of wings on my back. I have a little fluffy shih tzu guarding the door till my mom gets back. I have 30 min till I have to get ready for play practice.

Oh, and I have school in a little over a month. SUMMER WHERE ARE YOU!?!?!?!?!

SYTYCD is the awesomest show in the world, Valkyrie is an awesome if not sad movie, llamas and canadian geese and misquitos are evil.

Im done ranting.

Kate F. said...

Welcome (back?) to Cambridge! Would love to grab coffee some time if you're feeling social...

I have freckles but no sunburn after a tropical weekend. I have walnut trees outside my office window to keep me cool. I have an urge to reread the series I finished on the plane yesterday (The Thief of Eddis books; reminded me a bit of Graceling in all the best ways). I have amazing leftovers for lunch. I have a wonderful husband who cracks me up and believes in me when I don't.

I've been down lately; thanks for the reminder to count my many blessings.

Jazz said...

I have a short story waiting to be finished by tomorrow evening. I have a summer camp full of talented kids who eager to write. I have lotion that smells good and makes me feel pretty. I have excitement because Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is coming out this week. I have even more excitement because I just need to book my room for Sirens and I'll be all set.

Aria said...

I have a new puppy! I WIN! (J/K)

I also have a new book I bought on impulse. It's the first book in many years that made me flip back to the beginning and start all over again (Graceling was reread a few days later). Anyway, I think everyone should read this book!

Melina said...

Am I missing something? Or does everyone know what WIP stands for? Just saying...

Jazz said...

Melina, WIP = Work In Progress.

Victoria said...

I have books to read, which is probably the only thing that makes me happy.

Christina said...

I have a summer cold. A boyfriend who gave me that cold (thanks a lot Sam). I have Harry Potter excitement. I have work tomorrow.

Good luck unpacking! I've been living out of boxes since the end of May... I'm moving back out in August.

Ludmila said...

hi kristin! i'm from argentina and i've just finished reading graceling. i haven't read a good book for a long time! graceling is great! all my life i wanted to know about a female character that could fight with men a beat them, as if they were equals... this book is fantastic! i just can't wait to read more of your books. do you know if there's any of them here in argentina on sale? i don't care if they are in english, i can read them. i'm so excited! i hope you could answer me.

lots of love,
Ludmi

Mel said...

Ludmila -- if you want books about girls besting guys, try books by Tamora Pierce. I think she did a review for Graceling (that's how I initially became interested in the book, I saw the review was by Tamora Pierce, I won't lie). She tends to write about girls taking control of their lives in medieval-ish times.

amyhenderson said...

I have a great appreciation for summer (finally!) in New England and an 8 year old daughter filming her 7 year old brother pulling out his loose tooth on my iPhone.

Eilonwy said...

I have a book manuscript sent off to my editor this past weekend. (Tedious academic book, not a lovely piece of fiction--nonetheless, done is done).

I have two weeks of vacation in Colorado without the tedious book manuscript hanging over my head any longer.

I have time to read other people's more interesting books without feeling guilty about it.

I even have time to start imagining my next book (imagining being so much more pleasant than actually writing)!

Librarian Amy said...

I have an amazingly understanding husband, two warm cuddly cats, sleep in my eyes from an evening nap, and a to-read list that keeps growing, in a fantastic way.

Dave said...

Kristin, i have 2 questions, 1. ANY idea at all when the 3rd book might be out? and 2. are you planning or in the works that you can tell us of writing any other books/series currently and if so when we might look for them. I loved both of your books and cant wait to keep reading your writing!
Dave

mysteryflavour said...

I have coffee ice cream, good music, and complicated ideas, which is enough for now.

Ludmila said...

Thank you, Mel, for the information. I hope her books are sold in Argentina, that's my biggest problem. I'll search. I have to say that I'm sorry if I make any gramatical mistake. I hope you understand what I write.

kristin cashore said...

Hey there Ludmi! I'm sorry to say that I don't know whether the book is sold in English in Argentina -- have you asked your bookstore? They might be able to get it for you -- BUT, I can tell you that it IS sold in Argentina in Spanish. The publisher is Roca. Hope that helps, and thanks for writing!

Amanda said...

I have a flat emptied of freecycled stuff and stuff waiting for movers to pack, I have a fantastic friend in my downstairs neighbour Delphine who is letting me stay with her so I don't go mad with solitude, I have a sense of relief that my cat has finished his 5,000 mile and 2-day journey to get to California and I also have a new life waiting for me out there...I think. :)

I also have Fire on pre-order from Amazon but I plan on buying Graceling (I read my lib's copy) from an indie to balance it out...

sogac said...

Hi!! I´m the representing of a Literature Association calling “J√≥venes Futuros Escritores¨ - Young future writers- that is trying to impulse the writes of the young people of Latinoamerica. We are trying to get a chance to keep an interview with you, in the organization’s web . I hope you could accept our invitation.
This is the e-mail contact : fana.tic.girl@hotmail.com

kristin cashore said...

Hi Sogac, I'm sorry to say that I'm too swamped right now to take on another interview. Wish I could -- it sounds like a cool organization!

Thanks, everyone, for sharing your haves. They are calming!

And: did y'all see the dance last night choreographed by TRAVIS???

Amanda said...

That dance was FIERCE! I think Randi and Kupono are going for sure - their dance was the weakest. He wasn't nearly butch enough for the Paso Doble. :)

gaby317 said...

Ludmi,

Book Depository offers free worldwide shipping and both books are being offered at 25% off as pre-orders.

Hope this helps.

I just read Graceling yesterday and ended up rereading it. Then read and re-read Fire today. It probably seems strange to be rereading books I'd just read but I head back to the first passage that I tabbed and then continue to the end of the book. Am so happy to hear that a third book is in the works.

I just wanted to stop in and say thank you.
gaby