The Raven

While I was dealing with all the health issues I had this year, I was so exhausted at times that it was all I could do to make it to work.  Even reading was too much for me to handle.  Needless to say, I haven’t been as productive as I’d have liked, at least until the past couple of weeks.  However, to try to keep my writing mojo going, and at least stay in the mindset of writing, editing, reading, creating, etc., I redecorated my writing desk area with a writerly theme in mind.  (Actually, I overhauled my entire living room / dining room with the writerly theme, but I’ll save the rest to show you another time.)


As I’ve shared before, my décor is a late 1950s / early 1960s motif, so I tried to keep that going while adding literary touches.  You’ll note the books on the top shelf include an old school dictionary, thesaurus, and volume library.  (Of course, they also include the “Chicago Manual of Style,” Stephen King’s “On Writing,” and Chuck Sambuchino’s “Guide to Literary Agents.” Though those aren’t vintage, they are good to have around.)


My mouse pad as well as my little statuette features The Raven from my favorite guy, Edgar Allan Poe.



My printer is just the best investment ever!  I’ve definitely made use of printing my manuscripts in a different font than I type in then editing the hard copy.  It makes a huge difference seeing your work on paper as opposed to digitally.   This model is reasonably priced on Amazon (more reasonable than I’d have ever imagined), and the laser cartridges are under $30 which is less than I used to pay for ink in my old inkjet!  Better yet, a single cartridge prints around ten reams of paper with no quality problems whatsoever.

laser printer

I found these cool plastic envelopes at The Container Store to hold the manuscripts I print while I’m editing them.  (They’re great for carrying them back and forth to work to peruse during my lunch hour.)

editing envelopes

And finally, my awesome sister Michelle got me a subscription to Writer’s Digest as well as Poets & Writers.  Both are very cool (though I favor WD by far), and they both have lots of useful information that make them worth keeping after I read them.  (Those actually go in another one of those cool plastic envelopes once I’m done with them.)

Writers Digest, Poets & Writers

Anyway, thanks for visiting me at my house today.  As I’m starting to get my energy back, I hope my creativity will start flowing again and I can think of more interesting things to blog about.

So tell me, what do you have in your writing nook, and what keeps you inspired?

38 thoughts on “The Raven

  1. Thanks for sharing. I don’t have a writing nook either–I write at my kitchen table.
    I love the ravens. Your printer and envelopes look like great investments. I’m glad you’re feeling better and getting back to writing (or thinking about it.) 🙂

      • Were that it was a masterpiece…still getting into shape…was not doing much toward its completion after the Brexit vote…rather down about that for a bit. I’ll have a chat on FB with you shortly young Rachel.

  2. Great desk setup you have, like the Raven additions, especially the mousepad! I edit everything from printout as well, so much easier, and gives a welcome break from the screen too. I must say, your desk is very neat, you put mine to shame LOL 🙂

      • LOL don’t give all your secrets away! Well, it looks like a great workspace. Made me realize how messy my desk is, I’ll have to have a tidy up as well. I’m sure the cats love your desk as well 🙂

      • I don’t really know how to respond to your question. Seriously, as soon as one phase passes by there is something more. I live in the hope that some day we arrive to the end. There are rumors that the full of everything will arrive around nine months from now. If all goes well. For which I pray.

  3. My writing nook is just the family computer or my computer at work so it’s pretty devoid of all personal touches.There was a mouse in the office yesterday. Does that count? Ugh! Terrified to go back!! Anyway, yours is very cute!

    • UGH! No, I’d definitely be working from home if that happened! The most exciting animal at my work is the occasional raccoon in the dumpster or ducks that visit when the ditch outside my window fills with rainwater. 🙂

      • Ooooh, I don’t like raccoons either! I’m pretty sure my block is infested and we see them a lot in the winter after it gets dark. I know a lot of people think they are friendly and maybe that’s true but I don’t want to see their dark side!

  4. I love the style and color scheme of your writing space–I actually need to create one myself. I’ve just started rereading my last story and will be writing the sequel next month. I am starting to focus on my writing again as well, so it’s great to hear you are getting back to your writing. Love the raven statue and mousepad too 🙂

    • LOL! I love how yours is portable, Craig. 🙂 Your writing cabin is also equipped with Lisa and friends, too, though, so that evens out the raven in there. I just got your email yesterday and sent you what you needed. I hope you got it in time. ❤

  5. i love your writing lair, rachel. as for me, i have a desk with some of my fav things on it and around it and many times i write while lying down on the couch or bed )

    • Very cool Rob. I’d have imagined you’d have a rustic cabin with large windows that overlook the rural scenery and your favorite walking path up the mountain that takes you to a beloved fishing spot. 🙂 ❤

  6. ArGh…. you gave me chills again. OMG… The Raven! LOL. You wouldn’t believe the coincidences I’ve been having with ravens and crows the last 3 months. Well, make that year and a half actually, but still… another long story for another time, but it clicks into how we click! Anyway, love the new old look. It suits you and of course, you know I’m glad you’re more back than gone these days. xo.

  7. Well, mine does not look as tidy as yours, that’s for sure! I’m so glad to see you’re feeling better and well enough to start writing again! Go girl!

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