Welcome back to Writer Wednesdays. I’ve begun a romance-writer blog party where, once a month, my writer friends and I will all be blogging on the same topic on the same day — we’ll be talking about things all romance writers love to talk about: reading, writing, and romantic things.
Our first one was about our wedding day highlights.
And this one is about a favorite item on our desk.
Hmmm. … First, I’ll show you my desk in general to show how messy it always is:
I can’t even show you the right side because it’s just toooo messy over there! I just turned in my Book 3 edits on Monday, so things look a little messier than usual. I have my Thesaurus still out and open there above my keyboard. (Probably because I had to look for words to use instead of “nodded,” which I used an embarrassing 127 times in the manuscript.) I have my to-go cup from Wahoo’s there on my right, which is where we went to eat tonight. (It also happens to be the fish-taco place Fin takes Giselle to in THE RED BIKINI, wouldn’t you know?) My mail is kind of overflowing and crazy there in the top right. My Galileo thermometer says 72 degrees, with the 68-degree bulb rising, if you’re wondering how warm it is at 6 p.m. on May 5, 2015. And on the left I still have my flyer that the library made me for my visit last Saturday.
But I’ll zero in on my FAVORITE thing on my desk right now. Can you guess what it is out of the photo above?:
Yep, it’s the cute little sea lion! He’s sitting on top of my notes for Book 3.
He’s there for inspiration for Book 3, because it’s about a scientist who works at a sea lion rescue place on an island off the coast of California. My little sea lion has been sitting there for a year — ever since the day my husband, my teenage daughter and I went to this place in Laguna to research sea lion rescues almost exactly a year ago (weird!). My sweet hubby bought me this little sea lion toy as inspiration. (He bought my daughter one, too. They both went toward donations to the center.) My sea lion’s name is Moe, which you’ll understand more when you read Book 3!
Hanging above my sweet sea lion are my inspirational pictures for Book 3. That’s hero Elliott on the right, and the three Grant sisters on the left. Natalie Grant is Book 3’s heroine, and she’s the one in the middle. Paige Grant will be for Book 4. (And I haven’t decided yet if she’s the one on the right or the left!)
I find it so helpful to have inspirational pictures hanging when I’m writing.
In fact, I’ll try to take pictures of my desk for each book so you can see all the stuff I put around while I’m needing inspiration.
So that’s my favorite item on my desk right now!
Do you have a work desk? Do you have inspirational items on it? Do share! I love to see/hear what people surround themselves with.
Want to see what all my writer friends have on their desks? Here are the participants. All of us are Golden Heart 2012 Firebirds. You can click on their names to go to their blogs and read:
Fellow contemporary romance writers Tamra Baumann – Jamie Wesley – Kat Cantrell – Priscilla Kissinger | Paranormal romance writers Kay Hudson – Pamela Kopfler | Romantic suspense writers Carol Post – Sharon Wray | Novels with romantic elements Natalie Meg Evans – Jean Willett | Faith-based and sweet romance writers K.D. Fleming – Kristen Ethridge | Historical romance writers Kathleen Bittner-Roth – Wendy LaCapra
Quick plug for one of the writers above:
K.D. Fleming has just come out with her third book this week! It’s a faith-based romance published by an “Inspirational” line. (Some of you probably didn’t even know there was such a thing, right?) Here are the deets:
TOBY HENDRICKS HAS THE INSIDE SCOOP ON GINA LAWSON
The reporter is looking for a story that’ll be his ticket out of his small Georgia town. With her political connections, legal assistant Gina Lawson could help Toby realize his aspirations. Their friendship is just an added bonus, but falling in love isn’t part of his five-year plan. Gina’s devoted to her family and community, and doesn’t plan to ever leave. Though she finds her favorite reporter maddeningly irresistible, she must guard her heart. But when a betrayal of trust threatens to shatter both their dreams, will Gina and Toby learn that they share the same values after all?
Buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, HQN
And be sure to come back every month for our Writer Wednesdays! Here’s what’s in store:
Love your messy desk! I start out seeing the wood and once I’m into the story, papers and books seem to grow exponentially. I’m always stepping over a stack. Each story has something that keeps me in focus– from flowers to jewels to paintings. But my all time favorite item is my Reading Rabbit. He makes me smile.
Jean Willett´s last blog post ..Writer Wednesday – Favorite Item on Your Desk
I love seeing other writers’ desks and love the controlled chaos in your room. I love your sea lion and can’t wait to find out why he’s named Moe! 🙂
Sharon Wray´s last blog post ..Writer Wednesdays: The Muses on the Desk
Great post, Lauren. I love your sea lion and how you put things out to inspire you for each story. I can relate to your overused words. Mine are “gaze” and “panic.”
Messy? No way, I like the way Sharon said it best: controlled chaos.
It may look like a mess to someone else, but it’s a mess that makes sense to you. 🙂
Funny, you zoomed in on the sea lion and my eye was drawn to the pictures hanging just above him. All three (sea lion and pics) are too cute!
Thanks for the peek at your private writing space!
I LOVE that you have a messy desk too! I too need to have my STUFF nearby so I can feel the inspiration and love they bring. Congrats on turning in your THIRD book!
I have ALWAYS loved looking into other people’s refrigerators, and seeing another writer’s desk and home office setup is just as fascinating! It evokes my love of fresh paper, pens, mechanical pencils highlighters, colored folders…
Congrats on getting those edits in! I love the sea lion and I love, love, love your screensaver!
Wendy LaCapra´s last blog post ..Favorite Desk Item: Writer Wednesdays
Your desk is so neat!!! And I love that pic of Elliott!! Damn….and Moe..
Your office looks a lot like mine–as one of my Boynton buttons says, “we’re not messy, we’re creative!” Love the sea lion, too, glad I’m not the only one with a stuffed animal (or two, or three) on my desk.
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