Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What's On My Desk


Hej! As William Faulkner said, "Don't be a writer, be writing." To be writing all I need is my computer or at the very least a good spiral notebook and a pencil. While I make it a goal to get words down every day, there are a few items I find helpful to have on hand to keep me organized and because, well, they're fun. *Note the above photo was taken in my pre-Passion Planner days. However, the system is much the same.

The Passion Planner. This helps me stay on track with my day to day activities and the long term goals I want to achieve. Read all about staying #Goalden here.


My "office" is smack in the middle of the living room. A 10x10 carpet designates my official space and here's my desk, complete with ergonomic laptop stand. And yes, my lappy is ancient, but I love the old gal. 



Here are some of my books...just some of them. It's the untidiest of bookshelves. Sorry/not sorry. 


But the Emotion Thesaurus is a favorite! 



Okay, so this isn't an "office" item, but I keep the fridge stocked with San Pellegrino for when I need some fizz.


My writer friend Cheyanne Young got me hooked on awarding myself with a star when I meet my daily writing goals.


Speaking of sticky, fun tape for taping things and stuff.


Post-its! Enough said.


And colorful pens! I don't have a color-coding system or anything, but these colors pop in my Passion Planner. 


I keep my business cards handy. Yes, they double as bookmarks.


The BASKET! I have a large basket filled with writerly stuff: ARCs, author copies, bookmarks, tissues paper, and confetti! 


Writer fuel! Yes, they're from In-N-Out.

Do you write? What's on your desk? What are your writing essentials? Are you a reader? Are there things you like to surround yourself before you lose yourself in the pages? If you have any questions about the writing life or posts you'd like to see, please leave them in in the comments below.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PEARL Playlist


While music plays prominently in PEARL, after all the eponymous main character's mother is the singer-guitarist in the Shrapnels, I listened to tunes in heavy rotation in between writing and drafting. 

Mostly, I don't listen to music while I'm writing the first draft of a manuscript, but since my "office" is in the living room, sometimes I need a distraction. Usually, I'll play an album or listen to a live recording of a band I know well, one I could sing along to every song if I saw them in concert. I also play music loud in the car if I'm driving solo and fall into the groove of a scene, character, or sticky point I'm trying to work through. 

Here's but one playlist I made for PEARL. 


Did you make it through all 18 songs? I wish some of them had official videos or that the live versions were better, but yanno, I worked with what was available. 

Have you read PEARL? Any songs that I should add?