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September 2019: Office Space
~ Helen Henderson ~

CTR asked:

Describe the space where you write. Is it an office? A coffee shop? Messy desk?

Helen Henderson said:

Whether it is an empty spot on a kitchen counter or a comfortable recliner, a writing space is an essential part of an author’s existence. My normal writing space is a comfortable recliner in the living room so I can keep an eye on family and be available as need be. My favorite writing spot was the deck of a log cabin on the shore of a serene mountain lake. No television reception meant a lot of writing got 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.
A separate room can provide sanctuary from family can focus creative energies. A spare room in our house is jokingly called my office. Besides file cabinets for personal and business records, a printer/fax machine is placed there so it’s clicking won’t disturb the family. An oak roll-top desk, that is closer to vintage rather than antique, is available as a writing space on the occasions when I can be alone. While it is difficult I try to keep the desk neat, as opposed to the chaos of the rest of the room. However it is the bookcases filled with reference books that form the heart of my office. Topics range from ancient civilizations to the American Old West, archeology to the stars, and how-to-write. One spot is reserved for the history books I authored.
Or the response to describing my writing space could be as simple as “wherever I am.”

I’m one of those whose answer is often, “wherever I am.” A hard plastic chair in the emergency room or the only slightly more comfortable one 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 took as each doctor visited.
What is your writing space? Is it an actual space or a state of mind? Leave a comment below and be sure to visit the other authors to read about their “writing space.”


Hatchling's Vengeance by Helen Henderson cover

Hatchling’s Vengeance (The Dragshi Chronicles, Book 4)

[Fantasy Dragon Shifter Romance, MF]

Glyn, former bodyguard and companion to a dragon lord, is now Lady Glynnes Janaleigh, a dragon lord in her own right. And she has found her intended mate. But, finding him is only half the battle. Keeping him alive is the other when duty has other demands and Fate holds all the cards. On one card is written — A mating flight doesn’t always include the one you want.

The cult leader, the Parant, means to have his vengeance. No matter how long it takes or how many innocents die, he will kill all dragon shifters. Saving your kind—or yourself—requires more than the power of a dragon soul twin when vengeance threatens all. Not even dragon fire and talons are enough to overcome the mind control wielded by the one called—the Parant. Your only hope lies in the fact that vengeance has two paths. One is death—the other is love.

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