What's the Most Unusual Thing in Your Writing Space? (Penny Rader)


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

When I saw the topic for this month I sort of panicked.  I don't have a space dedicated to writing...yet.  I will soon.  In a couple weeks or so a writing room/library with a bulletin board and a white board or two and lots and lots of bookshelves will be mine, all mine.  Bwah-hah-hah-hah. (Yay!) Nothing much inspiring, entertaining, or even all that funny about the unorganized mess I have going on now.

So while I was at work last week, in between freaking out about tax season and the looming deadline, I looked up.  Maybe I should backtrack just a bit.  When I first went to work at the accounting firm I shared an office with our very own Starla.  She has amazing collections.  Along the top of her desk she had really cool ceramic houses and lighthouses and such.

When she moved to her own office a year or so later I told her I didn't mind at all if the village continued to live on what would now be my cool desk.  I still get a kick out of them and often wonder who the inhabitants might be.

So last week I looked up and knew what unusual thing inspires me.  Or rather, shames me.


picture by Kathy Sparks



"Have you written today, matey? This week?  This month? Aaargh."






I really hate it when my answer is "No."

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Tell me about your writing space.  What inspires or entertains you or makes you laugh and dive into your current wip or a new project?

20 comments:

Andrea Downing said...

You know the saying about "if pigs could fly?" Well, that's sort of what I feel like when faced with a white page. So hanging above my desk I have a...you guessed it...flying pig. It's sort of like a puppet and has a string you can pull to make its wings flap. And so, since I have a flying pig, I know I can get the white page filled.

Penny Rader said...

What a great idea, Andrea! I love it...especially for those days when the words don't spill freely. Thanks for sharing.

Sandra Dailey said...

I have several, but the most unusual is a neon green, plastic, toy gun. It makes all kinds of loud noises and flashes colored lights. If someone tries to bother me while I'm working, I shoot them.

jenny andersen said...

A now multi-published writer gave everyone in our critique group a vase to hold the roses given by our local RWA chapter upon sale of a book. My inspiration/nag/goad is that vase sitting by my monitor. My goal is to fill it to bursting!

amber polo said...

So many things, but the most important is my yoga mat.

Tammy said...

I love the flying pig Andrea has! I'm still working on my space, but did get a corkboard to hopefully get the plotting wheels turning.

Melissa Robbins said...

Penny, that pirate is rather intimidating!

Nancy Jardine said...

I have a backscratcher...a real cheapo plastic one for when I feel uncomfortable at the keyboard!!!

Joanie said...

Only one?!? None of mine are particularly good for 'keeping' me writing--more for letting my whimsy break free. I guess I would have to say that I ALWAYS have some kind of kaleidoscope on my desk--started that back in my corporate days (actually, farther back, since I usually carried a small one in my purse in high school). The one I have right now is a psuedo-stationary one I bought at the Nature Store in Dallas about 25 years ago. Tiny colored crystals and sequin crescents and stars fill a small clear wand that slides into the kaleidoscope tube. As I look into the tube, I rotate the wand around and the filled wand let's the magical hoard catch light and fall to create the constantly shifting images. I also have a Poof Fairy--but you only said one so I'll stop typing right now. :)

Joanie

Reese Mobley said...

Armadillo. Doesn't get much better than that.

E. Houston said...

I have my Storyteller doll and my Writing Dragon. Both are ready to go.

Penny Rader said...

LOL, Sandra. How do people react to being shot by your neon gun?

Penny Rader said...

Jenny, WARA used to give roses, too. We're revamping our awards and I'm curious to see what the new awards will be next month. I'm dusting off the roses I've received and hope to find the perfect spot for them in my new office. Thanks for sharing.

Penny Rader said...

Amber, does yoga help you figure out story problems?

Penny Rader said...

Melissa, I agree. That pirate is intimidating -- that's why I hate to admit I haven't written anything for fear he'll have me keelhauled.

Penny Rader said...

Love the backscratcher idea, Nancy. It'd get quite a workout from me 'cause I'm usually uncomfortable at the keyboard, worried the words won't come, that my characters won't speak to me.

Penny Rader said...

Ooh, Joanie, the kaleidoscope sounds like great fun. Please tell us more about your Poof Fairy!

Penny Rader said...

I love your post about your armadillo, Reese. Way cool. Maybe WARA could give an armadillo award? ;D

Penny Rader said...

E. Houston, I would love to hear more about your Storyteller Doll and your Writing Dragon. Pretty please.

Joan Vincent said...

I'm going to have to start imagining my Berenstain bear atop her book asking me if I've written anything lately!