I'm taking up the A - Z meme that's making its rounds on my friends-list, a few days late. I don't have a theme, but I'm open to suggestions. If Sue Grafton can manage a whole series on this premise, I think I can manage LJ entries. (I'm really curious about what her X will be.)
Since there seem to be new readers around here, I'll begin with a shamelessly self-centered post. Consider this a brief summary of the past several years.
As you may have deduced, I'm Amanda Downum (nee Van Metre-Oestman). I'm the author of the Necromancer Chronicles, as well as a couple handfuls of short fiction
. My latest book, Kingdoms of Dust
, came out in March, the third contracted Necromancer Chronicle. I'm currently working on a proposal for a fourth book, as well as revising a Lovecraftian dark fantasy novel. I write slowly.
I'm a goth (though often too lazy to dress the part, especially in the Texas summer); I dayjob at a used bookstore; I rock climb, though not very well, and would kayak more often if Texas would turn down the killing light of the daystar. Upon moving to Austin, I got a tattoo, took up a sport, and got a dog. This may be a requirement of residency. I enjoy dancing and spy movies and absinthe bars.
I've been married for several years, and my husband and I are trying to adopt through foster care. I talk about this more under friends' lock, so if you're interested in the process or have stories to share, let me know and I'll add you.
I'll be an adult hobbit this July. Tomorrow I'm going to dress up like a zombie and go dancing. Today I'm cleaning my house.
And now I'm out of things to say. If anyone has any ideas for themes, or for a more interesting A post, let me know.