J PERRY'S WRITING SPACE:
I chose earthy colors for my writing space (to calm), and have decorated it with several items indicative of my genre: an antique bottle of actual Victorian smelling salts, a teacup and a little clay English cottage, to name a few. On my wall are several John William Waterhouse prints, as well as an actual leaf I filched from Hyde Park when I was in London two years ago (what customs doesn't know ... heh, heh). I have a candle on my desk that when lit, triggers my creativity (and makes me hungry), and I find I'm most productive when my space is organized. In that light, I take about 5 minutes to straighten up before I ever plant my tush in the chair.
The embarrassing detail I'll share with you is something I made. It's a picture of me holding a Rita award (read: my eventual Rita award). I've pasted it right at eye level on the window in front of my desk.
...because visualizing the mountaintop is half the climb, no?
I’ll Tell You What You Don’t Need to Know
I never listen to the radio when I drive, but I always wave to say thanks when another driver is courteous to me. I believe that controlling your own fate is your destiny. I try to remember to smile when no one else is around. I love seeing people read even if it is something I would never read. Cutting the grass is relaxing for me. I want to learn how to play the piano. I try to take the stairs when I can. I don’t watch TV. Part of enjoying life is observing real life. For me, writing is like telling secrets that belong to imaginary people.
"My Office" Susan May
My writing/office space is in the basement of my home. There are no windows but that may be a good thing because I don’t have to worry about staring out a window. I have pictures of flowers to posters from James Bond movies hanging on the walls. My newest item is a framed grouping of Harlequin romance bookmarks. Inspiration. Maybe one day I will have framed bookmarkers of my own. I have a large book shelf stocked with my keeper books. Close to my straight back chair and under the large winged table that I use as a desk is a dictionary and thesaurus. I’m big on organization so there are numerous file folders, along with different colored binders containing my manuscripts. My sewing machine also has a spot in my office. An antique sofa that belonged to my grandmother is used by my children when they come down to talk.
My Workspace: CiCi Barnes
I write in my study at a large desk with multiple draws, shelves and filing cabinets since I’m a bit of an organization freak. Over the computer are shelves with reference and research books. A large Thomas Kincaid lighthouse (the love of my life after my hubby, children, grandchildren and granddogs) picture graces the wall above the desk.
One floor-ceiling-window lets in the sun and gives me a great view of the pasture land in front of my house when I have the need to gaze out and think about my next scene or figure out what my character will do or say next.
There are multiple bookcases with all my keeper books. My non-keeper books have been relegated to the basement in seven huge containers. A rocking chair sits by the window along with an old elementary school desk my daddy acquired for me years ago from my old grammar school before they tore it down.
It’s quite a cozy abode for writing, thinking and playing on the computer. I use a candle for scent and always have a warm cup of green tea nearby. I’m not one to play music while I write, as a rule, especially music with lyrics. I tend to start singing along. But occasionally, for a super intense or romantic scene, I’ll put on “Robin Hood, Prince of Theives” or “Somewhere in Time” CD.
I also have a “Keep Out, Writing” sign on my door to keep hubby at bay. I would hate for him to lose an arm or a leg by interrupting at a crucial moment.