When we moved into our wee house and it became obvious that Stringer would be getting a decent-sized workspace, he decided to treat himself to a new desk and chair. And, being the decent fellow that he is, he passed on his old ones to me.
The study, which has to convert to a spare room, isn’t really big enough for both of us to work comfortably, but since I only need to use it in the evenings and on weekends it does us quite well. The problem, however, has been storage space: I might not rock an iMac like a proper, professional novelist, but anywhere I spend any length of time has a tendency to collect… stuff.
The solution? Well, during one of my weekends away, Stringer dug out a flat-packed chest of drawers we had picked up for the bedroom but ended up having no space for and assembled it to sit next to my desk. It might be a different colour, but it’s the perfect height – and now I have three full-size drawers in which to store cameras, stationery, bits and pieces I need to photograph and all my other blogging paraphernalia – as well as another surface for the stuff I need to have to hand!
Front and centre we have my blogging weapon of choice: my trusty MacBook Pro, assuming you can tell that’s what it is under the pile of band stickers. While it’s at home on my desk I’m supposed to have my portable hard drive plugged in so everything’s backing up, but I haven’t done so in 30 days according to the irritating pop-ups I keep getting so if everything goes tits-up I only have myself to blame.
I got one of those ban.do agendas for the next 18 months because I thought they were so pretty they would inspire me to get organised, but I stupidly ordered directly from the US without realising the company uses a really expensive shipping method and you get heavy hit with customs charges. So every time I use it I just remember how much it cost and get really annoyed. At the back of the desk: a copy of every mix CD I’ve ever made for the blog; one of my favourite wedding photos; the poster (designed by Kat Lombard-Cook) from my first foray into gig promotion, signed by all the artists; some original Neil Slorance artwork from back before he was famous; and far too many pens and pencils, in my favourite – but cracked, so can’t be used for drinks anymore – mug.
The cinematic light box* is the latest addition to my workspace. I’ve had my eye on what is possibly the ultimate bloggers’ prop for a long time now (almost a year, in fact) but I could never bring myself to actually buy one – so when Liberty Trading got in touch to offer one I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I’ve made a point of letting Stringer know that he can borrow it whenever he needs to for his Noir at the Bar events so I’m not just using it to spell out my name or write love letters to the cats – but guys, I’m going to be honest: I’m absolutely smitten with it.
My version runs off AA batteries (not included); although you could buy a DC adapter separately if you wanted to or needed to use it for events – it’s ideal for my purposes though, since I’ve only got two plug points in easy reach and need to use them for the laptop and record player, and to interchange various camera chargers. Liberty actually used to sell a version with pastel-coloured letters, which gave the trend a cute little update – but you can’t beat the classic black and white really, can you?
Speaking of trendy blogger props: you might also have noticed the bottom of a line of Prints with Motivational Quotes on them in one of the above photos, so let me own up to what I have.
As a general rule I despise Prints with Motivational Quotes – or, even worse, Motivational Instagram Quotes – but there’s something about the Mary Oliver one that speaks to my soul, so I’ve had it taped up above my workspace since back in the days when my desk was a Scully-shaped nook in the corner. But it’s only been a row of prints since this month’s Crown and Glory Glitterati box – flowers in my hair for life.
So, that’s my cosy little work space. I’d love to say looking at these pictures again has inspired me to get some writing done, but the truth is I haven’t watched this week’s Great British Bake Off yet, so… nope.
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.