A Fortress of Solitude?
A Bat Cave?
A secret (maybe they just wish it was secret) place where I can hunker down and get lost in the world of my creation?
In truth, it appears that I’ve written all six books from different locations over the past few years. I have a tendency to move frequently and it’s been difficult to settle in one place. However, I think I’ve finally crafted a secret lair, collecting the most critical of items so that my writing mojo is not only protected but enhanced by the space.
Today, I’ve decided to grant readers a special tour of my secret lair in which I work. But be forewarned: there are things here that may frighten you into turning back before the tour is over. Don’t worry. I will protect you … this time.
First off, to greet any visitors that enter my lair is a white ceramic mask of a shrieking Jack Skellington. This was a Christmas gift from my younger brother several years ago and has always resided by the door to my office. This mask is used to immediately scare away any negative vibes that might be trying to enter the office and attack me from behind as I work. The mask has done an excellent job so far.
Next, we come to my work space itself. I love my large desk, which is a hand-me-down from my parents when they decided they no longer needed such a large area to work at. I was more than happy to take it off their hands as it now houses a large collection of my most important research materials AND can hold two computers comfortably. Yes, there are days when I will find myself working at two different computers at the same time. Those are usually not good days. Directly beside my large monitor are my essential reference guides: dictionary, thesaurus, quotation book, Chicago Manual of Style, and my Character Naming Sourcebook. Despite having two computers at my disposal, I also keep at least one legal pad and pen handy. Sometime, I just need the feel of paper beneath my hand or something easy to capture that quick, random thought before it flutters away.
Directly above my monitor is my second layer of guardians: my gargoyles. This is the gang, with Fred as they leader in the center. They watch over me as I work, protecting me against self-doubt and occasionally writer’s block. They also keep the positive mojo flowing as they work in tandem with Jack at the door. As a way of saying “thank you,” I am working on a way to fit them into a book as a biker gang of gargoyles, but don’t tell them. It’s still a surprise.
And finally, one of my favorite little spots is in the far corner of my lair is a picture that I picked up at Disney World a few years ago. The saying below is by Walt Disney and states: “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Accurate statement.