Amanda Hocking

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I only wanna see you laughing in the Purple Rain

August 26th, 2010 by
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Today I’m chocked full of good news. It’s currently 30 degrees cooler in my office than it was the same time last week. Thank you, Autumn! I can’t work in heat. I can only sweat. Now my juices are flowing, work is getting done, life is good.

Also in good news: I wrote 10,000 words today. The most I’ve written in single day was 15,000. I hope to someday beat the record, but really that is a pretty good record, so if I never beat that, that’s okay.

I watched Purple Rain this past weekend. I watched a lot when I was a kid, but it’s been a good ten years since I’ve seen it. I didn’t remember Prince being such a douche. He beats up his girlfriend, twice. He’s mean to everybody. Sure, he looks pretty, has great clothes, and the music is phenomenal, but he’s most anti-hero I’ve ever seen. Ever.

Anyway, if you’ve read My Blood Approves, and you’re not from the Minnesota area, I highly recommend watching Purple Rain. The whole thing is filmed in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas (with the exception of Appolonia’s hotel – that was randomly filmed in L.A.) The club that Prince plays at is a really incredible place called First Ave, and it’s the place where Jack and Alice go to a concert.

Also, a lot of the action in the My Blood Approves series happens within a few blocks of First Ave and is shown in Purple Rain (admittedly, that’s all 1984 Minneapolis, so it looks different now). The vampire club, Olivia’s aparment, the place where Jack and Alice meet for the first time, that’s all in that area.

So, if you’re interested in seeing what it looked like when Jack was still human and growing up in Minneapolis, you should rent Purple Rain. Also – the music is fantastic. And the scene where Prince is randomly talking to a finger puppet is just a stunning piece of insanity.

I also updated the Switched blog because I can. You should check it out: here. I talk about Torn and the release date, and I also talk a whole lot about Michael Wincott.

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  • Purple rain was an underrated masterpiece! Seriously. Glad to hear of your success, Amanda; keep it up!

  • 30&Dirty says:


    You make me feel old and unaccomplished. I have been saying I was going to write a book for well it seems like forever. I have had nothing to do all summer and I only wrote 40 pages. I am passionate about writing but lately I have been more passionate about reading. I would venture to guess that sometime around April or May I found your My Blood Approves on Amazon. I probably read the first three books in a matter of days (I am not sure exactly when I downloaded so if the dates seem off forgive me). I was overjoyed when I came across wisdom the other day. I am 30 (which is why you make me feel unaccomplished). Life got away from me, but your blog inspired me to really try and finish this book. Even if it’s only to publish on kindle. I will at least say “hey I did it”. SO thanks to you this summer I discovered the beauty of kindle both for reading and publishing, and I also found blogging. Good Luck in the future.


    P.S. I downloaded Switch to read.

    P.P.S. Your books really were awesome. I never realized your weren’t under contract. I was of course surprised that they were so inexpensive compared to other books I download, but that only made my discovery better.

  • Someone wrote a comment here, and I deleted it. Not because I couldn’t take it. It was a stupid comment.

    But my mom reads this blog, and she gets really upset when she reads that stuff. That may sound lame, but I don’t like getting calls from her in the afternoon all upset because of something somebody said.

    So when leaving comments, please be aware that my mom reads this. If you have things to say to me, email me. Or talk to me on Twitter. Rant and rave all you want at me. I’m okay with it. Let’s just keep the public space classy, okay?

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  • Ellen Faith says:

    Ten thousand words in one day? Wow. Congrats. What book was it on??