For years, my office was one of two main offices of The Heartbeat of the Home radio ministry. Little by little I’m weeding through the ten lateral file drawers full of information plus an upright four-drawer file cabinet. The ministry retired at the end of 2012, so my writing business is slowly overtaking those cabinets. Many of the ideas gathered during those 33 years of ministry are working their way into fiction and nonfiction projects, so thinning the files is progressing at about the same pace as thinning my thighs.
My desk looks out onto the front screen porch—white wicker furniture and all— with a view of the woods and the dawn. On the wall above the side of my desk are reminders of current or past projects—a small wooden canoe that inspired me while writing They Almost Always Come Home; a framed photo of Door County cherries hanging from a tree branch, draped in an icy glaze for A Door County Christmas; a photo of the woolen mill on Cedar Creek in Cedarburg, WI, for Cedar Creek Seasons; a calendar page of bright blue morning glories to remind me to pray for When the Morning Glory Blooms, Scrabble letters lined up to spell RAGGED HOPE, the title of my nonfiction July 2013 release—Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices. (A copy of When the Morning Glory Blooms or a copy of Ragged Hope will go to two of Tricia’s blog followers who comment on this post!)
My faux leather office chair has seen better days and needs a pillow prop here and there. But other than the enormous photocopier/printer that dominates a quarter of the room, it’s a cozy spot to write, when I’m not in one of my other favorite office spaces.
For a change of pace and more light, I write in the family room, perched in a leather rocking chair a friend donated to the cause, with a wheeled slant-top TV tray-sized table for my laptop. There, I look out onto more woods and the path the deer usually take when they’re looking for food.
In the warm weather, which in northern Wisconsin is gruesomely short, I haul my supplies and laptop and a nice long electrical cord out to the screen house on the deck just off the kitchen. It’s such a peaceful place to write. Don’t the birds and flowers and wildlife and breezes and wind chimes distract me? Why, n-no. N-no. Not at all.
Cynthia Ruchti has more than three decades of radio broadcast experience with “Heartbeat of the Home” radio and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. Find Cynthia on the web at www.cynthiaruchti.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
Speaking of Cynthia’s new book, Ragged Hope is currently on a blog tour! Check out the reviews HERE. Cynthia is hosting a $200 Visa cash card giveaway and author chat party to celebrate the release, and you’re invited to participate! Enter the giveaway HERE and RSVP to the author chat party tomorrow night HERE.
Cynthia is also giving away a copy of When the Morning Glory Blooms or Ragged Hope to TWO readers who comment on this post! The winners will be announced a week from today.