Tag: writer’s cat

The Perfect Writer’s Desk

When a writer gets to pick out a new desk, we may want things that are different from other normal desk wielding people.

old desk

My old desk felt confined and too shabby to inspire me. When I really sat down to write, I liked to take my computer to an open table instead. This led me to believe my next desk should be open and with more space to spread out.

To begin my search I looked for used desks. Used have the benefit of coming pre-assembled, pre-historied, and pre-depreciated.

Yet, writers can be practical too. An open desk with elbow room would be difficult to get up the stairs. Good options were not close to home, and logistics of getting help with the loading the desk into a truck narrowed down the choices. I didn’t want to sacrifice desk top space or drawer space to help keep clutter out of the way of my writing supplies just to find something easy to move. I also didn’t want to have to wait too long to write.

So, I began to look for new options that would ship in a box and not require me to use a truck.

Never before have I bought my own furniture and it was difficult for me to decide without the limitations of seeing what is available used and local.

I knew having the printer handy would be important to have paper copies to critique. The finish was up to me entirely, and I even researched matching bookshelves to make sure I could accommodate all my reference materials nearby while still looking nice in the room. I wanted open shelves with easy access and closed shelves for things I didn’t need as often and didn’t want to have as eye sores. In the end, I also picked a desk with a hanging file drawer large enough for each story idea in its own file.

 

Author Ashley Crookham's writing desk in progress
new desk in progress

 

 

 

The final product is something I’m so happy with. Everything has been convenient to reach, I can keep binders and books open as I write, and there is enough storage for me to limit things in view to things that aid me in my focus.

What is important to you in a desk?

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From the Second Story Porch

This morning I will have the last breakfast in my twenty-three acre country home.

Author Ashley Crookham 2nd story porch picture 1 Author Ashley Crookham 2nd story porch picture 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is where I learned to drive manual, collected too many eggs from my chickens, made elderberry tincture, and went fishing with my cat. I rode in a front end loader in four feet of snow around the cliff edge of my driveway, bred mice, and hiked with a friend made too late. I drank thousands of cups of coffee made in the sunroom, shot a raccoon with my bow, hosted two Hunger Games parties, and wrote my first novel.

I’m lovesick for this place, but it’s time for a raw infatuation.

My new apartment, lacking the sounds of swollen streams in the morning and baby coyotes practicing their howls at night, is fresh and shiny and safe.

Tonight I will have the first dinner there.

Love, Ashley (Crookham)

2016 Goals: March Update

Author Ashley Crookham's cat

Editing is still underway for Gender Chasm. I’ve been getting useful and positive feedback from members of my writer’s group. Here is a quote they enjoyed:

“…Our storage barn is a carcass of wooden bones and peeling paint. Sunbeams above the red tin roof glow like a flashlight inside a cheek…”

For the next week and a half, I’ll need to practice reading for the Book Signing on April 20th. My business cards are in, and I can’t wait to share this with my fellow authors and editor. I’m especially looking forward to the theatrics of Dr. Dale Grove.

My focus for the rest of April is to put together the first draft of my Fairy Tale for the 2016 Anthology. What are some of your favorite fantasy stories from childhood?

 

Love, Ashley (Crookham)