Where the Magic Happens #WritingPlace
So, you wanna see where the magic happens, huh? I have to say, normally, I’d straighten up a bit before I had guests, but in this case, I thought it would be more fun to give a glimpse of reality. I even labeled the picture for easy reference. You ready for the tour?
Allow me to show you around…
A) Hand lotion. The rarified air of authordom is dry. Very, very dry.
B) Cup of rarely used writing utensils. Apparently, before the QWERTY keyboard became all the rage, people used things called pens and pencils. I keep some here for nostalgic purposes but find I have mostly forgotten how to use them. For the record, I never run with those scissors. Heck, I never run at all, so no worries there. I love the mug, though. Fodder bought it for me. It says, "True Love and Romance - In this issue: Being A Bad Cook Is the Smartest Move A Girl Could Ever Make" True. So true.
C) Bunny stickers and index cards. Both very necessary to the plotting process.
D) Sassy pants sticky notes. Because I wear sassy pants most every day. Used only for special occasions.
E) The sparkly rainbow alligator and flamingo paper clip guard the last of my pretty postage stamps. These are particularly valuable because they are Forever Stamps, so their street value keeps increasing.
F) Reading glasses because I am old. But if you look behind the glasses, you’ll see I have an ENTIRE PACK OF ROLOS. So, I may be old, but I am an old broad with Rolos.
G) Mechanical caterpillar. Because.
H) All electronics are propped to ergonomically correct heights courtesy of World Book Encyclopedia (M, (j)K, and 1968 here).
I) More sticky notes. And flags. Because I lurrrrve them.
J) Library card. Kept on hand for at-home book emergencies. I also keep one on my keychain.
K) 28" television used as monitor because I am old (see F). Also allows me to switch from author to chair potato at the press of a button.
L) Stack of boxed note cards used for book mailings. Includes Jane Austen quote cards, classic Harlequin cover postcards, cute typewriter cards, and an assortment of foil-embossed cards with things like, "First of all, you're really pretty" and "You're so cool, and I'm not even mad about it."
M) Dongle. *giggles*
N) MacBook: the brains of the operation. Also supported by World Book Encyclopedias spelling W (xyz), (q) R, I, T, E.
O) I am told the out of doors lies beyond these dusty blinds. I'm going there shortly. Wish me luck.
And there you have it. Welcome to my world!
Play for Keeps - Love Games, #2
Mixing business and pleasure is a dangerous game...
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By day Maggie Wells is buried in spreadsheets. At night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. She’ll tell you she’s a deep down dirty girl, but you only have to scratch the surface of this mild-mannered married lady to find a naughty streak a mile wide. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, she just can’t help herself…
That’s part of her charm.