Monday, July 11, 2011

What I've Been Doing All Day

I don't know about you, but I make silly promises to myself for when I reach certain goals. Like back when I was querying, I promised myself I could splurge and get an orange purse if I got an agent. It wasn't something I needed, per se, but it was definitely something I wanted. And it was so fun to go out and get it after I signed with my agent, still love that purse almost two years later.

Well, I made a similar promise for if I ever sold a book. It had to do with this little baby:

That would be my "desk." It's a card table, actually, and it's the only desk I've ever really had. Weird, huh. As an artist and writer, you'd think I'd have gotten one of those at one point, but I've always used a folding table of some sort, putting off the day when I'd get a "big girl" desk.

Well, the day has come, my friends, because I told myself I'd get a real live desk when I sold a book! I feel all legit or something. Actually, I just feel like I have SPACE. I can spread out on this new desk. It's freaking awesome. I'm so in love. Are you ready?

My card table used to be in the corner where the laptop is, so you can get an idea of the expanded space. *squee*

Awesome, no? I can't wait to get all cozy with this new desk. It's so fun to have a real place to work, and to know that it came after such a life-changing journey. I can't wait for what the new road has in store for me. And I suppose I better cook up some other hair-brained goals/presents-to-myself!

34 comments:

  1. Congrats! My current desk is a plastic folding table. I'm on the hunt for a desk I'm in love with. I'm so picky!!

    Congrats again on selling your book! Can't wait to read it :)

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  2. That looks amazing!!! I want it!!!

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  3. It's gorgeous! Imagine all the creativity that will flow from that new space. Awesome.

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  4. How fun! That desk looks super sleek, and I am just a wee bit jealous of your writing space! I guess I could always carve out one of those for myself... :) Enjoy your well-earned treat!

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  5. Yeah! Good for you. Glad you can finally do that for yourself. Right now, most of my writing happens on my bed. Yep. It will be nice to actually sit up at a desk again someday. (I did that until the computer became all finicky and it helps to be a little more mobile with my notebook). What I am looking forward to most is actually having an artist's table, you know, the kind that you can change the angle of and is bigger than the space in your lap =)

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  6. It looks wonderful!! :D Congrats on getting a huge desk with plenty of room!

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  7. How fun! I'm so glad you went and got something for YOU! You totally deserve it! :)

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  8. *gasp*

    That desk is GORGEOUS. You are going to have SO MUCH FUN with all that space!! :D

    And by the way, I have to say:

    I have been following your blog for a while now.

    And I haven't commented nearly enough.

    But I've been so encouraged by everything you have to say.

    And I can't tell you how EXCITED I was to hear that you had sold a book.

    So:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    And thank you so much for being an online writer big-sister to people like me. :)

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  9. It's lat little ole lamp I'm loving...

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  10. All that wonderful space! Make the most of it before your 'stuff' magically expands to fill it :)

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  11. There are two main stores I get lost in: Bookstores and Office Supply stores. I heart office supplies. Your desk is gorgeous!!!

    But you need more filing cabinets. Or at least a fast scanner next to a shredder. If not, your new desk will soon be buried.

    Just sayin. :)

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  12. That's a great space. Mine right now is a kotatsu- Japanese heated table. I don't think I'll have a real dedicated desk space til I buy my own place whereever in the world that may be.

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  13. You have EXCELLENT taste in office furniture! This is stellar!

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  14. Wow, I think I need to create some bigger rewards for myself! Going out for dinner isn't nearly as exciting as a new desk.

    Congratulations once again on your sale, Natalie. Now you've got space to work on your next novel.

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  15. I love your new work space - all clean and tidy but the noticeboard and the picture on the wall make it visually interesting :)

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  16. I've promised myself a shiny new Mac when I sell my first book!

    That desk is awesome! Such a great way to reward yourself.

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  17. Awesome desk. Mine's the dining room table and I'm going to move to a big card table in our new sunroom. Love your workspace.

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  18. YAY I was hoping for pics! And man, that is one awesome desk. I looooove having workspace. Looks like you've got room for me there on the other side, right? ;)

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  19. There really is nothing quite like a desk change to warm the cockles. Looks smashing.

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  20. Yay! Love your idea of presents-to-yourself. That desk is TOTALLY awesome. Can't wait to see all the amazing things you'll draw/write at it! :D

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  21. Love the new desk! It's big and pur-ty!

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  22. What a great new working space!! Looks awesome!

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  23. I saw your tweet about the card table, but I didn't realize it was your desk. Your new space is awesome! Enjoy it... you deserve a great reward for selling your books!

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  24. Whoa! That's amazing. I might have to steal your promise to yourself. I don't have an agent, yet, though, so maybe I should start with the purse promise :)

    Congrats!

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  25. SO AWESOME!

    WOW! I can't believe how AWESOME that looks! So chique and modern and just plain cool.

    Congrats on the desk and the sell :)

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  26. Wow! That's awesome! Looks like a great place to be creative and still have room to breathe.

    Congrats on the sell. You definitely deserve the reward:)

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  27. What an awesome idea... I definitely need some motivational presents.

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  28. My current desk is a small, cheap thing in one part of our dining room. My promise to myself is when I sell a book, I'm going to get a nice roll top desk with tons of cubby holes in it. When I need motivation to write, I look at them online.

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  29. It must be the year of the desk, because I just finally got one two months ago, but sad to say I actually still use the folding luggage rack for my laptop when I want to be in the living room. I know how strange that sounds but it is still my favorite. lol

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  30. Wow! It's beautiful and a perfect (and well-deserved) present to yourself. Hurray!

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  31. Oh geez, you just gave me more juice to get published faster - I'll get to have an AMAZING desk like yours!

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