To Be (Inspired) or Not To Be (Inspired)

What's the most unusual thing in your writing space that inspires, entertains or humors you?

To be honest, Toby isn't all that inspiring.  He's more of a nuisance, especially when it comes to insisting on making my desk his favorite snoozing spot.  (That's a 22 inch monitor.)  Having his furry, gray, and tubby body covering the space needed for notes isn't all that entertaining, although I do get some exercise lifting him him down from the top of my desk to plop him back on the floor...about every five minutes.  Humorous?  Maybe.  In the beginning.  Until he decided my desk was his spot, not my working space.  Stretched out, he's nearly three feet from head to end of tail, and even though I've created a desk that is almost 9 feet long, to hold drawers, two desk lamps, a phone, dictionary & synonym book, a printer, several three-ring binders and other smaller items that keep finding their way to my desk, he's pushing his luck.  And he's not my cat!  He belongs to my youngest daughter.

So what do I have in my writing space that inspires, entertains, or humors me?
  • The poster board needed to create a vision board.  However, it's still blank after two or three months and still not on the wall.  
  • Four 6 1/2" X 8 1/2" plaques, two of chairs on the beach, two of seashells, that I bought because they're calming and inspiring.  They aren't on the wall yet, either.  
  • A collection of family photos, waiting to be mounted in frames.
  • 12 framed covers of my published books, also waiting to be hung on the wall.
  • Miscellaneous projects, all inspiring, entertaining or humorous, plus a lot of things that need to find new homes, preferably unseen. ;)
Before you all scoff, my space isn't as pitiful as one my think.  Instead of all the pretties and things listed above that really would be wonderful to look at daily, I do have three things that especially remind me that I should be writing and keep me on track when I am.

Two sets of plotting boards and another catch-all board that contains photos (of WARA members at conference and book signings, granddaughter, and high school memories), more notes and receipts. One board is for the current WIP, and the second is for a story I've been working on for more years than I want to remember.

Yes, another plotting board that awaits anothor WIP that's been put on hold while deadlines are met on current and next current (not yet on a board) WIP.

Confused?  Me, too!

Chelsea, my #3 daughter (there are 4) and a huge Tinkerbell fan, gave me the plaque last year for Christmas.  Since then, I've been looking for some of that pixie dust, because most days I could use a little to make writing and life go a little more smoothly.  Couldn't we all?  I haven't found it yet, but I'm working hard on those faith and trust things.  Maybe once I have them, the pixie dust will be magically supplied.  One can hope, right?

Whatever makes the day go easier, inspires us to work harder and reach higher, and brings a smile or a laugh, are the special things in life.  Enjoy!

Happy Easter and Passover, everyone!


Reese Mobley said...

Your office sounds a bit like mine. A controlled chaos that works for us. No matter how much we do we never get it all done. Writing, cleaning, organizing. Something always gets the short end of the stick.

PS> love your cat.

Rox Delaney said...

Chaos, yes. Controlled? LOL

I've decided to give the office an hour a day. Not sure where I'll grab the hour, but something needs to be done. My bedroom is awaiting the same amount of time. I guess I'll give it the old college try and see how it goes.

Melissa Robbins said...

My cat just sits in my lap and one of my two dogs lays at my feet.

Your plotting boards look so tidy! Mine is a disaster and it isn't hanging on the wall.

Rox Delaney said...

Melissa, at least you can see your monitor. Half the time, I can't! I wonder if Toby has a desire to be a writer. Nah, he's lazier than I am!

Those plotting boards aren't even the final phase, where I put the storyboard on paper...and then quite often end up changing something as I write. But they definitely get me lined out.

I'm beginning to understand why I'm a crazy. :)

Joan Vincent said...

Now I miss my cat whose been gone two years. He loved jumping up on my keyboard as I typed. Never did get him completely broken of that- he acted like it was a game.

I'd like to say my desktop is organized chaos but that would be stretching the truth just a tad. I'm a stacker, I've accepted that I'll always be a stacker and am grateful when the prospect of company or my sister coming as she is today which makes me dig down to the desktop to tidy up. I wish I had your gumption for an hour a day for my basement storage. There just aren't enough hours in the day!

Rox Delaney said...

A stacker! I like that better than piler, Joan. :)

I'm a piler, my kids are pilers, even my ex was a piler. I always say that if our heads were flat, we'd pile stuff on top of them. (I had to move things out of the way to take the picture.)

But now that you mention it, maybe I should start with my desk today. Today is the first day to try out the dedicated-to-cleaning/straightening hour. I'll be honest. I don't expect miracles. I tend to give up far too soon. :(

Anonymous said...

Loved the post! Spread some pixie dust my way if you find it. I really like the idea of framing book covers. Want to do that some day myself.