My Office

  • My Desk
  • Bookshelves
  • The Other Side
  • More Bookshelves
  • And More
  • Flowers
  • More Flowers
  • Greenbelt
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Last winter, I finally took the time to reorganize my office, which had just grown up all around me over the course of the last fifteen years. I set up my desk exactly as I wanted it, with plenty of usable surface, no attached drawers to bang my knees against, and all my machines and movable file drawers in reach but tucked away where they don't get in my way.  Best of all, I've got a wide keyboard shelf that swivels every which way.

There's a green and peaceful view out the windows behind the monitor and on the right wall, you can spot some of my favorite photos.  The tack board is also a handy place to put pictures, maps, and notes for easy reference while I'm writing.

 

 



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Right behind me are the shelves of books I use the most---research on the Regency period, historical fashion, including dresses, hats, underwear and shoes, and lots and lots of books on English houses, villages, and landscape.  There are also plenty of books that I bought on the basis of "ooh, I might be able to use that sometime." 



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On the wall opposite my printers and computer, I have a wonderful glider chair, great for sitting and daydreaming---er, I mean, thinking up plots and characters.

That chair is also where my husband sits while we discuss important things like Longhorn football and Rangers baseball and what he'd like for me to look up for him on the internet.

You can also see my marker boards, which I use a lot when I'm first plotting a book.  I go back and forth between them and a spiral notebook like I used to take notes on in school.  I typically have one big spiral notebook for each series.  These are my brainstorming tools----and also where I keep everybody's names in an effort to remember the  the butler or the nosy neighbor or some ancestor or other.  In The Marrying Season, for instance, I had to have a reference list of all Myles' sisters and their husbands and children.

 



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Yes, another set of bookshelves.  These are farther away, as they aren't research, just books I like to read. 



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Another set of bookshelves.  Are you really surprised?  I'm guessing not, since you are all readers, too. 

It also has my own little glass menagerie. 

 



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If I'm in need of some inspiration, I can always go to my back yard and the flowering plants there, like this spirea.



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Or our roses, grown from a cutting of a rosebush that survived Hurricane Katrina.



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And if all else fails, I can always sit on our back deck and let the distant view of the greenbelt get my alpha brainwaves going--or is it beta? 

You might notice that bare branch of a tree sticking up on the right hand side of the greenbelt.  Often there is a large black bird perched up there---sadly, yes, I think it's a vulture.  But a few years ago I spotted a large bright green bird there that I cannot imagine was anything but a parrot that had escaped his cage and was living it up in the greenbelt. 

 



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