My husband and I own a home with three bedrooms and no kids (at least, not the two-legged variety) so we are fortunate to each have a home office. Of course, those offices do share a double-duty. His is an office-slash-guest room. Mine is an office-slash-seasonal storage. His is full of military and law enforcement memorabilia and Rance Hood prints (some gifted by the artist).
Mine? You guessed it. Bigtime Sci-Fi themes. But also shells, dragons and Thunderbirds, so a wee bit eclectic.
Welcome to my space.
When you walk in, the first thing you'd likely notice is the big poster hanging on the wall over an L-shaped desk that says "All I Need to Know About Life I Learned from STAR WARS." It features most of the characters from the original trilogy and captures some of the gems of philosophy from the movies, such as:
Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.
The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field are approximately 3,720 to 1.
I love the first as a not-so-subtle motivator. And the second? Well, did you know the odds of successfully publishing a novel used to be much longer than successfully navigating an asteroid field? Yup, about 10,000 to 1. Thank goodness the times, and the publishing industry, have changed. :)
Like Donna, I do have a dragon overseer and a model of the Enterprise. Birds of a feather, ya know.
But from there our office styles part company.
Mine doesn't follow any of the feng shui rules--at least not intentionally. It's more a random jumble of "fun stuff I love."
- a volume of The Art of Star Wars
- a Star Trek bookmark with "To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before"
- A shell necklace from a long-ago trip to Hawaii (ahhhhh!)
- a mug that reads "One Day When We're Both Rich and Famous, We'll Look Back on All This & Laugh" (for the record, that day hasn't arrived yet...heh heh).
- a diminutive action figure of Luke Skywalker in dark Tatooine garb
- An engraved gold star paperweight from the Spacecoast Authors of Romance Launching A Star Contest
- A mousepad with the Andromeda Galaxy
- Two more mugs--one with the SFR Brigade logo and one from Kit Peak Observatory with the Milky Way Galaxy
I love shells in all their infinite variety--so many shapes, textures and patterns. They represent the depth and mystery of the oceans, and how the sea eventually gives up its secrets--one treasure at a time.
Much like a good story, yes?
The walls also sport posters of popular sayings (Desiderata, et al), and this collection (pictured below right) which carries some personnel bits of inspiration and nostalgia.
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
"Creation is an act of sheer will." - from Jurassic Park
"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
-- T. S. Eliot
...and the Writer's Creed, which I'm sure you've probably seen.
A collection of past RWA badges hang from a wall hook--Washington, Orlando, New York, and Anaheim. Ah, lots of good memories looped over that hook!
There's the usual collection of electronic equipment--monitor, printers, speakers--but no stereo, radio or TV. I can't work with music playing or background noise. I need quiet. Shhhhhh.
So there's my impromptu, illustrated dollar tour.
What is your writing space like? Do you have special items that inspire or influence you? What's your favorite thing to keep in your work space?
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