Saturday, June 12, 2010

As seen on Twitter...

I mentioned this on Twitter, but I know not all of you read that. So... I have news!

I'm moving to the gorgeous, historical, haunted Hudson river valley for a year long "sabbatical". I just paid deposit on adorable cottage.  

Frequently asked Questions, Answered:


YES this means I will be devoting my energies even further to agenting.

NO, this should not affect the agency work dynamic -- as you might know, many of our ABLit agents work from home and live far away from "home base" in California. We are essentially an all-electronic office and communicate with each other daily (heck, HOURLY!) by email. 

YES, I'll be able to take some more on.  Please query me... though I might be slightly busy packing and moving. So I'll remind you again in August. :-) 

YES I fully expect everyone I know to come visit me. Dude it is quiet in the countryside! And YES, I will be in NYC at least once a week, if not more.

YES I remember that one part of that one Judy Blume book where they move to the HRV and Sheila becomes convinced that the Headless Horseman is going to come get her. I have given it a lot of thought. I believe that I can escape from the Headless Horseman, because I have a car, and I know where running water is. 

YES I will still work at Books Inc. & be in charge of NYMBC... just a lot less, and from afar. 

NO, I have never dealt with snow, snow shovels, furnaces, furnace oil, lawns or hiring people to mow lawns. Nor giant spiders, wild bears, poison dart frogs, the ghosts of Dutch Patroons, or whatever other assorted menaces they have there. YES, this should make for comical blogging. 

More news as it develops!  

29 comments:

  1. The spiders are monstrous big.
    Welcome! Only sad that I am leaving the Hudson Valley two months before you appear.

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  2. This sounds fantastically exciting. I'm torn- am I a bad person if I hope you have awesome ghost stories to tell us?

    PS: Come this winter, you need a 50 pound bag of salt. Not for your walks- for the trunk of your car for traction. (and you can throw salt around your tires if you get stuck, and it will make it easier to dig yourself out!)

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  3. Saundra: The cottage I am moving into has been there since the 1700s. Then in civil war times was part of the underground railroad - there is a bricked up tunnel to the church in the cellar.

    !!!

    !!!

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  4. This is so exciting! Congratulations on your move! Living in the countryside can be really relaxing. Hope you enjoy it!

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  5. I'm envious. That's one of the parts of this country that is beautiful all year round, even in February. In fall, when you get your furnace cleaned and inspected (most landlords will pay for this), between Labor Day and Columbus day, ask the oil company about a delivery schedule and prepayment plan. It means it's easier to budget, and you don't worry about running out of oil. Keep some clean empty plastic milk jugs full of water--five to ten--for emergency use when the power goes off. Makes flushing etc. much easier. Also those portable rechargeable emergency lights that go on when the electricity goes off are really really useful.

    I hope you post pictures.

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  6. Congrats, Jenn! Make sure you dine riverside at the Rhinecliff Hotel. Great views, great food. It's two miles from Rhinebeck proper. And are you ready for WINTER in Rhinebeck? Hope you love making snowman. Oh, and have no fear of the Headless Horseman. He hung out in Tarrytown (now officially known as Sleepy Hollow) a good 40 miles south of you. Fear of Sleepy Hollow cracks me up. It's totally suburbia--where as Rhinebeck DOES seem far more hauntable.

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  7. Hope you enjoy New York! We moved near the Hudson Valley a few years ago and love it. The only thing we fear are power outages in the winter--then the heat, electricity, and well water go out all at once. Be prepared!

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  8. Ack you guys are freaking me out a bit with all this talk of power outages and no heat and 50 pound bags o salt!!

    Lisa: I know the HH lives (?) in tarrytown, but he also has A HORSE. Hello, he can go where he wants! And r'beck is much hauntier for sure.

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  9. I have just gone from Los Angeles to a particularly rural part of the UK and am adjusting to heating water up for a bath and the sort of cuisine one typically eats in the middle of nowhere. BEAUTIFUL middle of nowhere, though.

    Can't wait to hear what you learn! Especially in the winter ;)

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  10. Hmm..wonder if he's come down to Riverdale in the Bronx. It's actually a lot closer to Tarrytown (but not so spooky). Maybe he only does spooky.

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  11. Congratulations on the move. I'm polishing my query in anticipation.

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  12. If a yeti should appear on your doorstep this winter, just brush me off and give me some cookies, 'k? ;)

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  13. Sounds awesome. And what a neat place to live. Good luck:)

    P.S. Maybe you ought to have a house blessing to, you know, cast out any unfriendly ghosts. (Just kidding)....

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  14. Yay! You'll be on our coast!! Writing retreat this winter in the Hudson Valley?

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  15. Exciting!!!!! Where in the Hudson River Valley? I have friends who live up there; we should hang out!

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  16. Good for you, darlin'. To quote Laura Linney in the upcoming _The Big C_, "Living the dream!"

    Live out loud and well, my dear one.

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  17. Good luck. Enjoy your new cottage :)

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  18. You are brave. Cold weather makes my joints swell and I walk like a stiff chicken. I actually live in a haunted house myself which was my motivation for my manuscript. My son swears he sees the ghost, which is a shame since my son is too scared to be more than five inches from me at any time. We plan to purchase a dog with special ghost repelling abilities. But then our last dog would sit and wag his tail as if the ghost was petting him.

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  19. Doesn't sound like much of a sabbatical. Just sayin'...

    It does sound like fun, however. And the good news is, when you buried under three feet of snow and all of NYC grinds to a halt, you will be one of the few still able to work. Like I said, not much of a sabbatical. =)

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  20. Ooo an exciting move!!! Can't wait to read your upcoming blog posts. : )

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  21. Congrats on the move! What a fun adventure!

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  22. OMG jennifer - this sounds awesome!

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  23. Sounds great. Good luck with the move. Can't wait to read more about your adventures.

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  24. Wow, congrats on the move and welcome to the beautiful Hudson Valley where I grew up, ran away from, always seem to write about, and keep considering moving back to! I hope you love it up there!

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  25. The Hudson River Valley is super pretty in Fall and Winter. Congratulations!

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  26. Anonymous2:52 PM

    Jenn,

    I read the moving to NY part on the NCCBA list serv, but combed through your posts before I realized it was just around the corner from where my bro and his family have a home - in Claverack.

    Mmmm. Lovely part of the world. Hope to see you there.

    Best wishes,
    Katherine Tillotson

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  27. Kristen Kittscher2:55 PM

    I think a re-read of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is in order the night you get settled...

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  28. As a heads up, my sister just moved from California to the East Coast to be closer to my triplets. While she was thrilled to have seasons again, last winter she got 40" of snow and hadn't yet bought a snow shovel. Of course the stores were sold out. So get a shovel early :)

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