The truth is, the title of this post should be “My Workspace Blog Hop,” but the hopping got held up by none other than… me! My very good friend, Craig Boyack, tagged me for this fun little blog hop which is supposed to showcase where we do our best work and allow us the forum to talk about the process a little bit. (If you follow Craig, you already know how fun his blog is, not to mention his writing!) However, when he tagged me for this, my mind was on Thanksgiving, then Christmas, not to mention all my other obligations that slammed me in November and December. Now that things have calmed down a bit, I’d like to pick back up where I left off and take you for a tour of my area…
I took my chair away so you could see things better. Yes, I do have two computers on my desk, but I generally just use the one. (The one that’s turned off is strictly for making video slideshows of weddings that I photograph.) Yes, the TV is right next to me, though it’s seldom that I actually “watch” it. Normally, I just have it on, turned down low, for some background noise.
If you weren’t able to see in the photo above, I almost always have a cat near my desk begging for treats. This is Cleo. She’s my special companion. She’s half-sphynx, meaning she’s half-hairless. She has no hair on her face or tail, she has no whiskers or ear hair, and the fuzz that is on her body is actually not fur but is rather just undercoat. It’s the softest hair you’ve ever felt, and it’s wavy. Anyway, she’s the kid that jumps onto my desk once an hour while I work to alert me that it’s treat time.
To the left of where I type are my writing essentials: 1) The green spray bottle contains water. This is for when my cats decide to get into an argument near me and I have to spray mist at them to break them up. 2) My must-have snack is Frito Lay Sunflower Seeds. I’m a saltaholic, and these are easy to pop while I focus on my writing. 3) Yes, I have Whisker Lickins cat treats in salmon flavor. No, these are not for me but for my five furry friends that visit while I write. 4) Dasani water is a must. I usually drink this all day long, though during the month of December, I will switch to the seasonal Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash flavor soda. For the most part, I don’t drink soda anymore, but since this is only out for a limited time each year, I do drink it while it’s available. 5) The ugly purse is actually a padded case that houses my Nook.
Whenever I write, I update my Nook daily with my current work in progress. Then I have my sister read out loud whatever I wrote that day while I read along silently on the computer. I like to gauge her reaction to the actual storyline and also hear what she thinks might happen next. Plus, this is a good way to catch any typos.
So when my chair is there, my writing desk is quite comfy, and it’s where I spend the bulk of my waking hours.
Anyway, I guess now it’s time for me to tag someone else on this Workspace Blog Hop, and hopefully, they’ll be timelier than I was at getting around to showcasing where they create. I’d like to tag Dena Rogers (https://demiro1029.wordpress.com/), Rhonda Blackhurst (http://rhondablackhurst.com/), and Robyn Lawson (http://blog-woman.com/). And if you don’t follow these ladies already, you’re really missing something special.
Let’s talk: Laptop or desktop? Cats or dogs? Salty or sweet? Nook, Kindle, or iPad?