I’m excited to be able to post here, for two reasons. First, I’m getting to know Tricia because we are working on a novella collection together, along with authors Vannetta Chapman and Kathleen Long. An Amish Garden will release in March of next year.
Secondly, I just got a new office, so I’m glad to share about my new personal space where I escape during the day.
I’ve written books in lots of different places. In our old house, I wrote in a study that was right off of the kitchen. It was convenient but not very private. When we moved into our new house four years ago, I chose what is now my dining room to be my office. But it was dark and not nearly bright enough. Then I converted our sun room into an office. Bright and cheery! And VERY crowded. It became a dumping area for all things writing-related, and I quickly outgrew the space. During that time, I took to writing in a recliner in our living room. I wrote lots of books in that chair, but again . . . everything just kept piling up in the sunroom, and lack of organization was making me crazy.
So, after much discussion, we decided to convert a downstairs bedroom into my office. We painted, put in new floors, and moved my office furniture in there. And I love my new space. It’s bright, but not too much so . . . and we painted it a soothing light peachy/tan color, with one wall accented a bit darker. I have my desk, my bookcase with an extra computer, wireless printer, small recliner when I want to write with my feet up, and a lovely armoire that even has a TV in it in case I went to live in here forever, lol.
On my desk, I have the files I’m currently working with—usually the book in progress and a couple of others that are going through revisions and edits. I have my grandmother’s crystal lamp, which reminds me of her. The reference books I refer to most often are in the corner of my desk, my office supplies are in a bookcase above my desk, and I keep a picture of me and my husband front and center. I also have a picture of my publishing team on my desk. I have a small decorative rock that reads, The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
A large desk calendar is underneath the piles, and I have every appointment and due date documented on it. I have an ocean tide and sea salt candle that I light sometimes, and a small desk calendar with scriptures and spiritual messages for each day of the week. I love my new office.
Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. All of her books have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She is a recipient of the prestigious Carol Award, two-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series—Seek Me With All Your Heart—was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with Harpercollins Christian Publishing into the year 2015. Visit Beth’s website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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