To be honest, I spend most of my work time in the sitting cross legged on the couch balancing my laptop on my knees. The living room is kind of the hub of the house, where I can keep an eye on what all the kids are doing and get my work done at the same time. Still, when I get the chance I love toescape to my sanctuary. Translation: bedroom/office. I have an L shaped desk with attached hutch where I can write in peace. I used to have it in the front room, but my kids kept spinning in the office chair, not caring they were scraping off an entire layer of wood veneer or whatever it is they use to stain desks that pretty expresso color.
My workspace area is usually cluttered with binders, notebooks and lots of stuff I cleaned up before taking this picture, especially since I do first drafts in pen. I’ll only use precise v5 pens, preferable purple, because they have wonderful flow and I hate the blobby stops and starts of cheap pens. I have a white board on the wall that I’m determined to use for storyboarding, though I’m basically a pantser rather than a plotter and above that a ghost writer caricature I got done of myself at Indy scream parks last year.
I collect tarot cards, which are great inspirational tools and right now I have a thing about ravens because feature in a story I’m working on, so I’m collecting those too. The battery operated flameless candles set a zen mood without the risk of my kids burning down the house. I used to have a newton’s cradle, but my little weapons of mass destruction tangled it up in knots. It’s really hard to get into the flow of writing with so many distractions, particularly the children constantly yelling for mom to handle this or that.
Truthfully, I get most of my work done late at night after they’re all asleep. Given my husband works the night shift, we both tend to keep vampire hours and sleep while the kids are at school. Now that my youngest is in Kindergarten I’m finding it much easier to get things done with my current system. I could work while they’re at school and sleep when they do, but I guess I’m nocturnal at heart.
Jolie Pethtel, Author of the Jezebel Jinx Mystery Series