Because of a very important meeting that should have grand implications for our future family, we've spent the day spring cleaning. My little green room was a jumbly mess and perhaps I should have taken a before picture, but I don't want anyone thinking my name is Howard. Well I'm quite pleased with how things turned out, so I thought I'd share.
Finally, I can see the surface of the desk. I can't stand clutter. That's why you'll notice very few icons on my computer desktop. And since I was doing all this nifty organizing, it seemed a good time to put up a dry erase board for my story arc. That little bookshelf in the corner holds a few manuscripts, marked all to hell with red ink. If you look closely, you'll see a few pirate books. It seems when people find out you're writing about pirates they like to give you pirate books as gifts. I haven't read any of them fully, but they're chock full of historical crap, so they're good research materials.
I commissioned the Skully portrait a few years back by an artist friend. At the time I thought it would be a great way to market the story by setting up a Schmitty the Pirate myspace page. Yep. Myspace. That's how long I've been working on this thing.
The little figures on top of the computer are Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. My friend Joe tends to get over-excited about writing. When I finished the first draft of Grimstoke's Curse, Joe snuck a pirate-themed cake into the library for our critique group. Those were the cake toppers.
And there's an airplane hanging from the ceiling. When you become a pilot, the same people who give you pirate books also give you model airplanes.
Well, that's where all this magic happens. Unless I'm on the road. Then it's a laptop in whatever hotel I'm in. Now show me yours.