Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December IWSG

Ah-Ah-AH-CHOOOO! and blow, Ah-Ah-AH-CHOOOO! and blow, Ah-Ah-AH-CHOOOO! and blow. Don't you hate colds? I predict there will be a mountain of used tissues everywhere before this post is written, but so be it. Onward!

First allow me to thank our host, Alex J. Cavannaugh, and his wonderful co-hosts,  J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker, Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey. You're all awesome.

Today’s question - What are five objects we’d find in your writing space?

Besides Kleenex? I have no idea. Wait! There's lots of papers which keep piling and piling and I'm sure at least one or two of them are really, truly important and I'll dig in there and find them some day soon. (Right.) And there's the laptop, phone, and printer, but those are boring. So let's get to the interesting stoof:

1. A Gem (or two) of a find:

The purple one is a polished hunk of amethyst in the shape of a bear. The rock behind him is calcite, which I love because its clear greenish color reminds me of a cresting wave. We go to a gem and rock show every October, and these were my picks this year.

2. Dead Pets Society:

This did not start out so grim. I had the picture of Sidney (white kitty) on my desk way before she passed. She is perched on the chair I'm sitting in right now. That was her favorite spot while I typed, and hey, she made a great neck warmer on cold days. More recently, my daughter added the pictures of Mr. Mistoffelees, one of him waiting outside our door in the snow back in the days when he was a stray, and the other after he had joined the household, tuckered out in front of the tree, Santa Hat set right behind him.

3. Inspiration #1

An illustrated Harry Potter! How cool are these? I know there are illustrated versions of the 2nd and 3rd book as well, but I've told myself, firmly, that I'm not allowed to purchase them until I've read the first one. These puppies ain't cheap. (Of course I've read the series through older versions--more than once--but I haven't read this particular copy yet.)

4. Knitspiration

For years, I've wanted to learn to knit and I finally did it this past summer by watching YouTube videos. Since then, I've only worked on two pieces. The is the second. The first is completely hideous. Excited about my new hobby, I quickly stocked up on way more yarn that I could possibly knit for the next ten years. Sigh. 

5. Inspiration #2

This is Poe, the raven, the last of his kind. I found this guy mis-shelved after Halloween somewhere in the bowels of Michael's. He was too soft to leave in such dreary circumstances. I knew he'd be much happier perched on the Raven Edition of Edgar Allen Poe's works--copyright 1903.

Tell me, great bird, when will I start writing again?

Don't say it, buddy, or I'll banish you to the basement with the rest of the Halloween decor.


Now I'm off to see what wonderous things my fellow insecure writers have around their writing spaces. And do have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Do you keep your desk neat and tidy or does chaos reign?


  1. Love the gems and Poe!

    Ugh on the cold. Hope you feel better soon!

  2. Wow I've always wanted to learn to knit too but feel like it would be impossible. Maybe I will look at youtube and give it a go.
    Love the amethyst bear - so cool. And the pet pics are sweet.
    Hope you cold is gone soon!

  3. I think it's nice you keep pictures of your furry friends on your desk. Never out of your mind and always in your heart.

  4. I loved getting a peek into your writing space! I have Poe's The Raven on my desk, but it is really a hollowed out book to hide my chocolate in! Those Harry Potter books are beautiful. Very inspiring. My desk is currently messy. There's a sticky spot from where my kid put... something...

  5. I love that raven on top of the old books! It's something after my own macabre heart.

  6. Parts of my desk are neat and tidy. Others are...not so much. They're a catch-all for whatever is in my hands when I sit down. I shudder to think what's on those shelves and in those drawers that I have forgotten about.

    I love Poe being on the Poe books. Perfect! And congrats on learning to knit! My mother tried to teach me when I was younger, and I never got the hang of it. But I did see these giant knitting needles recently that fascinate me...maybe they'll inspire me to try again?

  7. Having knitted most of my life, I can attest to your yarn stash always being way bigger than your planned projects.

  8. So sweet to have pics of your departed loved pets. Love the positive energy from the crystals and your Poe books rock. The raven definitely needed rescuing.

  9. Bless you! I hope you get well soon.

    LOVE that raven. It adds an interesting atmosphere to your work space, especially if you enjoy writing dark pieces. Maybe your Poe can help Poe. :)

  10. Ooo...Poe is neat! The knitting is a good idea. Heaven knows a little busy creative work is great for the muse when it decides to get a little stubborn.

  11. I love Poe and the kitty pictures! Hope your cold goes away soon.

  12. Love your purple gem. And I'm just getting over a cold too. Hope you feel better soon.

  13. I think you've topped the charts for interesting work space. It was Mr. Poe that did it!

  14. I'm sorry about your cold.

    I also rescued one of those crows from a bin at Michaels.

  15. I hope you feel better soon. Colds are no fun. The gems and raven look like great inspiration. Have a great month.

  16. I HATE colds, too. Hope yours is short-lived. LOVE your Raven though. He's perfect and looks very happy on his perch. @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  17. I have a stone on my desk! It's not a gem, just a bit of flint, but it's valuable in a symbolic way.

  18. I'm so sorry that you're sick, especially now, during the holidays. I hope you will be on the recovery side very soon.

    Hoping you'll be healthy to have a Merry Christmas!!!

  19. Hope you get well soon. I like the things decorating your area! I have a polished rock squirrel at my desk at work, but I think your bear is cooler.

  20. Stocking on yarn - I know that one. Everyone who knits knows that one, I guess. I keep planning to use all my extra yarn for some kind of a throw, but I keep procrastinating with that project.

  21. Oh, I love the raven! How cute.

    Sorry for your lost kitties. I've lost two myself, and it's heartbreaking.

    Also love the color of that wool. It's my favorite color. Happy holidays, Tamara! Hope you feel better soon.

  22. I have an amethysts crystal (my favorite crystal) on my desk. :)

    Feel better soon!

  23. Colds are the worst. I hope you feel better soon, and have a great New Year!


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