Thank *God* David started this meme this week, because if I had to write a post with real thinking behind it I would be in huge trouble. I have just (literally just) finished writing TRUTHSEEKER, my 18th novel, and I have NOSSINK left in the way of brain.
In order to not be a total David copy-cat (the male lead of the book I just finished is Daffyd. I have typed ‘Daffyd’ twice now, trying to type ‘David’), I am including Photographic Evidence with my post. Here is my office:
My office isn’t as colorful and fun as it usually is because none of my artwork is up. (The walls here are not easy to put art on.) But, at the center there we have The Captain’s Chair, my beloved totally-split-keyboard writing chair. On the keyboard tray of the desk is the TRUTHSEEKER manuscript, left over from revisions. The books to the right on the desk are my dictionary and thesaurus, behind which are a photograph of my husband and one of many Rogue figurines. The solitary folded piece of paper has a comic book page layout scribbled on it, for reference when I’m writing scripts. Below the red lamp is a gift from a friend who died last year; it’s a sparkly “phoenix egg, guaranteed to hatch sometime in the next 500 years.”
Moving on to the left is my Rogue blanket, a gift from the friend who started my Rogue collection (I was just reading NEVERWHERE, in which Richard, the hero, has a collection of those little plastic poof-haired trolls. “Richard did not collect trolls,” the book says; “one day he found one on the street and in a desperate and pathetic attempt to enliven his workspace, he put it on his computer monitor. Immediately people began giving him more.” I believe this is how nearly all collections start.). Next to that is the music for my tin whistle, which is in the teddy bear’s lap. The idea is that I will practice the tin whistle for half an hour every day after I’m done writing. The reality is…not.
On the bookshelf, from the top down, are Rogue and Gambit figurines (there are currently 10 Rogues in my office, and that many again in the closet because I ran out of room), copies of each of my published novels, and on top of those, the shaman’s rattle that a friend gave me when I sold URBAN SHAMAN. It’s hard to see, but there’s also a gargoyle (named Broadway) sitting in front of the books, and the bookends are ElfQuest howling wolf bookends.
The mask is a gift from my sister, and sits on top of the foreign editions of my books. The space beside that is mostly empty, which allows me to put crap there when it gets in my way. It used to hold a stereo, but I don’t listen to music while I write, so we put the stereo in the family computer room. The big red book, though, is Myths & Legends of the World, or something like that, and I use it a surprising amount. Next to it, the electric blue thing is a dayplanner gift from some friends; it has the little sassy lady logo which I use on mizkit.com stamped into the leather. I love it.
Below that, mostly, are manuscripts and research material. And, okay, this wasn’t really an ephemera post, more like a tour of my office, but this is where I work every day. There ya go.