When Julia Quinn spoke at my RWA chapter's (Chicago-North) conference, she said something I'll never forget: that she was essentially a slob. That her office is a disaster and she doesn't know what half the stuff is on the shelves. I breathed a massive sigh of relief. Yay! Another writer like me!
For my first Lady Scribes post I thought I'd give you a peek inside my office, inside my own madness, then I realized that I'd picked up and cleaned the place not too long ago. Apologies for the neatness. It's not usually like this. I swear.
|The cheapo desk from Ikea whose drawers don't open all the way. The coffee, tea and wine spills wipe up easily, though.|
- I keep a separate notebook for each novel I'm working on. This was a huge step for me, because I used to just have one notebook, and just randomly scribbled notes I could never find when I needed them. See how far I've come?!
- My ancient, by Apple computer standards (ie, 5 years old) iMac. (A hint about Elementals book 3, Griffin's book, is on screen.)
- Wine! I'm celebrating turning in a book on 1/21/13 (Long Shot, the first of my Highland Games contemporary novels).
- Research books. "Treehouses of the World" (for a super sekrit project!) and "The Mammoth Book of Gorgeous Guys" (just because--does this need explanation?).
|One of two wine corkboards surrounding my desk.|
- Mmmm Sam Worthington. This photo is how I imagine Jase, the air elemental introduced in A Taste of Ice.
- I have no idea who this woman is, but she was my muse for Dr. Kelsey Evans, the heroine of my novella, No Surprise More Magical, coming out in March in the Unbound anthology. Only my good doctor doesn't wear shiny Jane Fonda Workout stretch pants.
- A gorgeous, delicate, folded paper bookmark my translator bought for me during a trip to Tokyo. I was a fool and actually used it for, yanno, books, and it got worn down and the girl lost the beautiful flowers she was holding.
- I bought this flag in the airport as I was leaving Australia, after having spent a college semester in Perth.
- Haha--a Valentine's card my husband got me last year that always makes me laugh.
|The bookshelves. Good thing they are metal and won't sag.|
- Top shelf: books I've read and want to keep for some reason (because I love them, because I learn from them, etc.)
- My paper TBR pile. Seriously. It's two columns deep.
- Craft books and research books.
- Author copies of my own books.