I wrote this heartfelt blog about how I love to write and that I’m determined to write. And then I disappeared. But the two aren’t related. Not really. The truth is, I’ve been very, very busy putting together a new office. A new writing space! Hooray!
So, while I’m coming up with things to blog about, preparing to spend the day doing Memorial Day activities, and thanking our troops for their service to our country, I thought I’d take you on a little tour of my space. You’d like that, wouldn’t you, followers?
Anyway, as you might have gathered, I’m something of a geek. If you haven’t, consider this my second coming out party. I’m a super geek. I love comics, good and bad TV, literature, movies, cartoons, board games, video games, tabletop games, toys, good and bad music… I’ve dabbled in most areas of geekdom in my time. I even like one Anime (Yeah, Excel Saga!). My office reflects all of those interests in some context. I like to be surrounded by the things I love when I’m writing for two reasons: because it’s inspiring and because I love to be distracted.
First, apologies for the big pictures. I ant you to have details as I walk you through my office. This is eventually going to be the home to all of my toys, collectibles, knick-knacks, etc. Right now, it’s holding my DVDs. There are two rows of DVDs per shelf and we realized pretty quickly that this was not going to work, for ease of access as well as my neurosis about alphabetizing my collection. We ordered a folder to put all the DVDs in but until it arrives on Thursday, this is it. The framed images around it are my “girly” prints, things I picked up at conventions for my partner. One of which, of course, is holding the head of Bowser, because I can only compromise so much.
The vases belong to Sarah but, otherwise, these are some of my treasures. You can’t see her well, but Sarah commissioned a statue/doll with my likeness to be made into a book ninja. She’s holding a pen spear and standing atop two classics: Huckleberry Finn and My Life in Japan and America. The rest are miscellaneous toys and games that I want to display. Including my lightsabers. Because, y’know, lightsabers.
I haven’t gotten around to organizing my bookshelves yet. I’m pretty sure that I’ll get around to it once I’m heavily invested in some other project. At the top there is an award I won when I was a junior in high school for writing. Because, obviously, there is nothing pathetic or weird about having the last major acknowledgement of your writing prowess from high school around when you’re almost thirty. That red bin contains all of my comic books that I’ve been collecting since the New 52 launched back in… September? October? I don’t remember which. Eventually, I hope to have all my colored bins filled with comic books.
Also, I don’t just collect DC comics, for clarification. That’s just when I started again.
More books that need to be organized, more colored bins that need comics in them. The magazine rack holds my subscription to Writer’s Digest, which is a fantastic magazine that I read but rarely follow any of the advice in. It’s all great advice, I’m just lousy at taking it. Also, I just noticed that my Irish penguin is guarding my Harry Potter books. Which is good, since it’s the most important part of my library.
I’m sure you’re all very surprised to see that Buffy dominates my wall currently. I have a ton more posters featuring Marvel/DC characters but they need to be framed. As such, they’re rolled up neatly in a bag I got at some convention. They’re all weird sizes, though, and framing odd sizes is so expensive! Plus, I don’t own any Batwoman posters! My love of her is very recent and I haven’t been to any conventions since my discovery of her. Once I do get some, watch out!
And here’s where the magic happens. When I get around to it. As you can see, it’s a little cluttered, but once I get through with rearranging the DVDs, the knick-knacks, and whatnot, I’ll have more space. That scratch ticket there won me two whole dollars! I can buy another scratch ticket! And that yellow pile of papers on the far left? Those are my notes for my novel. The one I’ve been working on sporadically for ten years. Someday, you might even get to read it. The pile of notes, that is, not the novel. Like I’m ever going to finish that!
So that’s where I work, with work obviously being a loose concept that I’m still trying to develop. Stay tuned for real updates that you might care about, folks. Or, you know, more like, not many more updates!