Here’s our Wicked Wednesday question: When you sit down to write and you look up from your screen, pad of paper, or tablet, what do you see?
Edith: My Tibetan Buddhist Nuns calendar. A list of hooks: Raising a direct question; Surprising situation; Overpowering emtotion; and so on. 2012 Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner menu. Whiteboard with note to self for Book Two copy edits and other lists. Picture of John Greenleaf Whittier. Brochure from my local farm. Comic about Day 10 “without a contrived coincidence to forward the plot.” And my favorite, THE MUSE MOST OF US REALLY NEED. (Click the picture to read what it is I need…)
Sherry: I love my office. (Thanks Bob for agreeing — and I use the word agreeing loosely — to take the office in the basement.) If I look out the window on the right I can pretend I live in a forest surrounded my trees. I love the valance in my office because my mom made them for me from a piece of vintage fabric I found in an antique store in Fort Walton Beach, FL. The painting between the two windows says: Follow Your Dreams — a good reminder for me.
Liz: I’ve recently redone my office (again). It’s a small space so I get to look at a lot of things I love. There’s my bulletin board with pics of animal friends, a couple of pics of recent events, inspirational quotes (My favorite: Whether or not it is clear to you, the universe is unfolding exactly as it should…), first draft prompts and affirmations. There’s a cardboard cutout from an old target practice with lots of bullet holes in it, a bamboo tree, and a few stacks of things I still need to sort through. But my absolute favorite thing to look at is my Sopranos picture.
Barb: Liz, I love your Sopranos picture! Above my writing desk I have an inspiration wall of sorts that keeps me focused on Maine. Of course, in the summer, when I’m actually working in Maine, I don’t have to look far for inspiration!
Julie: OK, I’ll admit it. I am distracted this time of year. Here’s what I see when I look up from my laptop.
If I were at my desk, I would see the skyline of Boston. It is beautiful, and inspiring. But fall is (happily for New England) post season baseball.
Jessie: Mounted to the wall opposite my desk I have a large sheet of clear glass. I scrawl across it with dry erase markers plotting stories and organizing my thoughts. Below the glass I have a low bookshelf that holds a collection of stone spheres, stuffed penguins and an antique Underwood typewriter in addition to books, books, books.
On the wall next to my desk I have a framed poster of the cover of Drizzled with Death that my husband ordered for me. There is also a pair of butterfly prints a dear friend gave me to remind me life is about metamorphosis and a set of photos taken gravestone angels. Finishing off the collection is a drawing one of my kids made for me imagining the sleuth in my first series as Nancy Drew.
Readers: What’s above your desk, or your favorite reading spot? Writers, do you write at the same desk every day, or do you look up and see the Starbucks menu or your fireplace mantel? Tell us!