I wrote my first book in a booth at the local Panera Bread. It was nice to know that if the phone rang, I didn’t have to answer it. And the dirty dishes? Not my responsibility.
Now my writing happens at a desk, in an office that’s mostly mine. One corner of the room contains a desk for the computer used by my husband and eleven-year-old daughter. My desk faces a window so I can see the wildlife frequenting the road outside our home: deer, fox, and even the occasional bear.
The newest thing on my desk? The iMac computer. I abandoned my PC roots this past summer and am crawling up the learning curve. The double monitors are a nod to my years as a magazine editor—a wonderful way to edit issues!
I’ve filled my creative space—both the walls and the top of my desk—with things I love. On the wall behind my desk is an art project my son created in high school. If he can imagine twenty different ways to replicate a key, I can discover new ways to plot stories.
To the right of my desk is one of my favorite photographs of a tree in the midst of a snowy field with the words “Be still and know that I am God” scripted across the bottom. Next to this is my electronic photo frame—a welcome distraction at times, as I look at friends and family while mulling over a story. I also posted a prayer another writing friend sent me, asking that “the words our hearts tumble out . . . may they make Jesus a little clearer to someone. . . .”
My desk is usually more cluttered than what the photo reveals, and I left a little pile of papers in a flash of honesty. Under the glass top, I’ve stuck everything from a couple of childhood photos to a Pearls Before Swine cartoon, to a photo of my writing buddies, The MBT Ponderers. And yes, that’s a stuffed otter perched under one of the monitors—a gift from a friend who knows otters are my favorite animals. Just in case you missed it, that’s a photo of my husband and best friend, Rob, on the left-side of the desk.
There’s always something to drink sitting on my desk—iced tea in my Starbucks tumbler, hot tea in a favorite mug, or fully-leaded Coke with lots of ice. And if you peek in the bottom left-hand-side drawer, you’ll find my stash of jellybeans. I’ll be happy to share with you.
So where is all my “writerly” stuff (resource books and references)? On the bookcase you don’t see in this photo. It’s also covered with an assortment of memorabilia. I create best in an environment filled with reminders of people and things I love.
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