Controlled Chaos AKA My Writing Space
How to describe my writing space? My first thought was a dark place inside my mind. After all, I write fantasy, sword fights, evil wizards, and life threatening situations are my stock in-trade. But I didn’t want to scare off readers so I shifted gears from worlds of imagination to the real one.
My formal aka official writing space is a back bedroom. In my old house, it was a brightly-lit room with windows on three sides. Bookshelves filled the spaces between and underneath the windows. A corner desk with a hutch put the printer and all reference books within easy reach. The office in my new home is not well-lit. There is just a single window. Instead of the corner desk, I’ve appropriated the roll-top desk that we used to operate the family business out of. After I put in the furniture that used to be in other rooms, only two bookshelves fit in the space. Reference books for research on projects not currently underway are boxed and in the closet. But I remain surrounded by photos (a few of mine line the top of the one cabinet). The geisha doll from my youth has been unpacked after many years absence and served as the imspiration for Mirabeesh of the novella, Fire and Ice, that is part of the collection, First Change: Legends from the Eyrie.
I'm one of those who ends up writing "wherever I am.” At home my informal, aka where I do the majority of my writing is, a comfortable recliner in the living room so I can keep an eye on family and be available. Depending on circumstances at the moment, a hard plastic chair in the emergency room or the only slightly more comfortable one in a room in the intensive care unit were two of the more unusual writing spaces that helped spawn my novels. Of course, these spots required using pen and paper and a small clipboard. And the scenes had to be extracted from the numerous medical notes.
I’ve revealed the formal and informal writing spaces. But my favorite one is the deck of a mountain cabin overlooking the lake. No television means a lot of writing can get done. That is after room and board was earned. Daylight was reserved for caulking, painting, and staining. At least until the afternoon shower rolled in to signal the end of the outdoor work day.
Now I’ve shared the formal and informal, as well as the writing space of the mind. I hope you’ll visit to see what the sites have produced.
Windmaster Legacy - The Windmaster Novels Book 2
Ellspeth is captured and imprisoned by an enemy she had thought vanquished. Her sole hope for escape is an untrained wizard going through the throes of awakening magic. However, he is her captor’s apprentice and under his total control.
Dal must make an impossible decision whether to rescue his wife, cure his mother, or thwart the plans of a rogue mage. More than who lives or dies is at stake. He might be able to live with his guilt over the death of a loved one, but could he survive killing the future of magic.
Choose between magic, revenge, or the life of a loved one.
A former feature-story writer and correspondent, Helen Henderson has also written fiction as long as she could remember. Her heritage reflects the contrasts of her Gemini sign. She is a descendent of a coal-miner's daughter and an aviation flight engineer. This dichotomy shows in her writing which crosses genres from historical adventures and westerns to science fiction and fantasy. In the world of romantic fantasy, she is the author of the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels. In her books, she invites you to join her on travels through the stars, or among fantasy worlds of the imagination.
You can read all about Helen on her website http://helenhenderson-author.webs.com/ and blog: helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com