Wednesday, December 5, 2018

IWSG - My Five Things


It's IWSG time!

Every first Wednesday of the month, this group of writers come together to offer support, advice, encouragement or simply to let out frustrations and woes. Writing is a tough journey, and we don't have to go it alone.

Thanks goes to the brain behind this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh! If you want to join in or find out more (because there is so much more to this group) then head on over here.

Special thanks goes to this month's co-hosts:
J.H. Moncrieff, Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fe!


With Christmas right around the corner, time is tight. In other words, writing isn't at the top of my priority list...although I am managing to squeeze some time in.

So, I'm diving right into today's question:

What five objects might you find in my writing space?

I do have a writing room, but I don't use it very often. Mostly for editing since it has a beautiful, huge screen on the wall which allows me to easily put two documents next to each other. Otherwise, I'm normally at the dining room table, since that way I'm always front and center for every family member's desires (kind of a mom thing).

But here are things which are always present when I write.



Tea is my constant companion. Can't live without a cup readily available at all times.


I enjoy scented wax and am constantly changing up the odor to match whatever mood I might be in. (This one is cranberry-orange, selected by my youngest. She spilled a little)


Nibblies! Chocolate is always a favorite, but I like Skittles and gummy things and Twizzlers and... as long as it's sweet, I'll nibble on about anything.

Calendars and notebooks. Two calendars... thanks to my heavy schedule on my review blog. I have tons more notebooks...such pretty ones too! Do you love notebooks and collect them as well?

He sleeps near me when I write. Lazy dog but so faithful and true.









That's my five things. What about you? What do you keep near you when you write?


*****

This week, I'm running a giveaway! My publisher, Dancing Lemur Press, has only 2 ARCs left of my upcoming middle grade novel, Music Boxes, and is letting me give them away. They will be sent out ASAP...in time for the holidays. And since Music Boxes takes place right between Christmas and New Year, it's quite fitting!


Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.
 

(US ONLY)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Have a wonderful Holiday Season!!!!

65 comments:

  1. I loved your individual pictures. Chocolate is a favorite of mine. You pup makes me tear up. I had a boy just like him. HE was so loyal. She kind. I miss him. Have a lovely holiday season and your book sounds so great! I will purchase one for my 8-year old daughter. Would you be willing to sign a copy for me? I will pay everything :)

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  2. Your book sounds great. What an amazing and unique premise!

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  3. I usually have tea on my desk too.

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  4. Swap the tea for coffee and you have my writing space. I, too, have a beautiful office but use the living room sofa (recliner) to write. Thanks for co-hosting this month. Best wishes for a great holiday season.

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    1. Notebooks are a weakness of mine too (and tea is essential!)

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  6. Your book sounds fantastic! Love the dog. I have two faithful cats who hang around when I'm trying to write, nuzzling my hand, licking my face. HELP!! :)

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  7. Ann - Blessing to you as well!

    Erika - He sounds like a wonderful dog! And of course, I'll sign. Just get in touch w/ me later again :)

    Liza - Thank you!

    Patsy - Tea + writing go hand in hand (in my opinion ;) )

    Diane - Lol! Funny how that works, isn't it?

    Angela - There are so many beautiful notebooks out there too. Now, if all of them were filled with stories.

    Jennifer - Thanks! They love you :)

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  8. My dog usually lays on the couch next to me. Before my old Kitty died she'd lay over my wrists, that was difficult to write, but I loved her.

    A goodie to nibble on is essential :)

    Thank you for co-hosting

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  9. What a good idea to put be able to put documents side by side like that!

    And yes on the notebooks! Notebooks, binders, folders, pens.... :)

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  10. Thanks for co-hosting!
    Nothing wrong with some nibbles nearby.

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  11. What an adorable dog :-) Thanks for co-hosting today. Whoever the lucky people are to get ARCs of your book are going to love it!

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  12. Your dog is so cute! My cat is faithfully by my side all the time too... and under my feet. His name is Thunder, and I sometimes call him Thunder Under Foot! :) I'm nearly halfway through your book. You've done a spectacular job. Thanks for co-hosting today!

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  13. I love your five things! I should have though to of my dog and my cat ... they follow me around and show me the value of sleep (good rest) on a regular basis. :)
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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  14. I love the premise of your story--nice touch of creep factor. And what an adorable pupper! (Not a mis-spelling, but the current cool kids slang for dog according to my fourteen-year-old. If I ever write a story featuring today's youth, she will get mentioned in the acknowledgements.)

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  15. Thanks for co-hosting this month and thanks for a chance to win your giveaway. Hope you get lots of entries. My favorite thing about the holidays is time off work to enjoy family and friends without the usual stress of balancing it all.

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  16. Puppy! It's been a while since I've had a dog of my own, but we're dog-sitting as I write this. I'd forgotten what a comfort their company can be, especially during solitary occupations like writing. Wishing you a happy holiday season and enough writing time to keep the fires burning in December.

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  17. Love my big-screen desktop for editing! Glad I don't have kids making demands on me, but I'm also learning at least to be in the house with my husband while I work (he's pretty quiet, so not really an issue). And the book sounds good, and scary!

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    1. Oops--didn't comment on the question for the give-away. My favorite things about the holidays is all the colored lights in a dark time of year :) And family.

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  18. Lazy animals while we're trying to write haha. I miss having a pet. That book sounds so good! Thanks for co-hosting!

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  19. I love this idea/plan: "a beautiful, huge screen on the wall which allows me to easily put two documents next to each other."

    We all know the cat writes/edits your MS with her/his paws, as only imperiously nosy pets can do... but do you allow your kids in the edit process via this giant wall disply?

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  20. I commented, but didn't answer the question. My favorite thing about the holidays is the food and family gatherings. We rarely have the proverbial drama, so it's nice.

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  21. Your list is awesome! I have notebooks everywhere, with various scribblings. Tea and shortbread is my afternoon staple. And seriously, can we really be writers without our furry friends? Thanks for co-hosting today.

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  22. Aw, your last fella on the list is adorable!

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  23. Catherina - Sorry to hear about your cat, but it sounds like you were lucky to have double coverage.

    Madeline - My son gave me the screen a few years ago, and I wouldn't want to edit without it. Yay notebooks!


    Alex - Except maybe too many of them :)


    Ellen - He is a character. And thanks for the kind words! Can't wait for your next book.

    Christine - Lol! Thunder under foot is great :) So glad you're enjoying the read!

    Tyrean - Then you have constant company!

    Toi- Amen to that!

    Sadira - Comforting or a pain. Lol! I guess that's true love ;)

    Rebecca - My son insisted on putting up even more lights this year, thanks to the love of lights. Good luck in the contest!

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  24. Chocolate and skittles and twizzlers--yum! Your dog appears to be a steadfast companion. Congratulations on your new release!

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  25. Since it's just my wife and I in our house now and much of the time she's at work, I could have my choice of just about anywhere to write. Still I stay with my office space (that used to be a daughter's bedroom). I rarely have food or drink there, though on occasion if I'm there at night I might have a glass of brandy by my side.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  26. I love notebooks!! And planners. I got into them a few years ago. Definitely a must for your review blog.

    I think I would like scented wax. I’m burning candles and running diffusers on the regular.

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  27. The book sounds great - shame I'm not in the US!
    Thanks for hosting IWSG this month. I'm glad I'm not the only person who included four-legged friends :D

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  28. Tea is something I can't live without either! Thanks so much for co-hosting this month.

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  29. My pups are in another room. One of them is currently whining like the big baby she is 'cause she isn't with me.

    You like Twizzlers? I like Red Vines. Does that mean we're mortal enemies? LOL

    Great post. I think I should add a warmer/candle to my space as well for some nice fragrance.

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    1. Lol! I surrender. Now, hand over those Red Vines please ;)

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  30. Deb- Thanks so much! I guess animals and writing go hand-in-hand for many around here.

    Lee- Shortbread sounds great!

    HR - He thinks he is :)

    Jennifer - Thank you! My mind can't work without sweets.

    Arlee - Brandy isn't my thing, but a whiskey visits my space now and then.

    Krystal - The scented wax is thanks to my kids. They gave me a 2 burners one Christmas and tons of wax to go with it. I have to burn my way through :)

    Jemima - Where would we be without our 4 legged friends?

    S.E.- Glad to meet a fellow tea addict :)


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  31. Love those pictures of a vibrant writerly life and family (especially dog). Thank you for the ARC offer; your story sounds intriguing!

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  32. At least the dog isn't insisting on cuddles while you're trying to write.

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  33. What a cute dog! I also have a writing room that goes unused most of the time. It's the family's dumping ground. Anything they can't find a place for goes in there. Fortunately our daughter's boyfriend is visiting for Christmas, so she will have to clean the space before he arrives to use it as his room during his time here. After that, it's all mine :) Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  34. Well, I didn't think of my dog because he's not on my desk! LOL! My writing goes to the back seat during the holidays too, :( The Music Box sounds fun! Thanks for co-hosting! Hope you have wonderful holidays!

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  35. I have long contemplated over using a bigger screen or getting an additional computer to write with and using the other computer for emails, etc. Reading your post has convinced me. Thanks for being a co-host this month.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

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  36. I usually write from the dining room table too and always with tea (occasionally a glass of wine.)
    Congratulations on the upcoming release and Merry Christmas!

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  37. Great five! Love the pup the most, of course. I usually only use my desk for editing. Otherwise, I find the most comfortable place and plant myself.

    Teresa

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  38. The premise for Music Boxes sounds fantastic!

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  39. Beth - Thank you!

    Patricia - Oh gosh, yes.

    Heather - Lol! Mine is stuffed to the gills right now thanks to Christmas storage.

    Lisa - If your writing companionis a big as mine, having him/her on the desk would be something.

    Pat- Merry Christmas, and may that computer/screen make writing a dream :)

    Doreen - No better combination :)

    T. - Sounds like me and my desk.

    CV - Thank you so much!

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  40. Love your writing companion. Sounds like an exciting novel and a little bit, maybe a lot, scary, in a good way. Happy Holidays to you.

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  41. I had two mugs of tea today.

    I finally got through! Clicked on your link on Facebook. Now I know the secret.

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  42. I also drink tea on a deadline. Coffee makes me too jittery. I write long hand first, then type all my books. I'm also a plotter, not a pantser. I have a TOWERING stack of planners notebooks. (I provide pictures on this month's post.) I also have a dog child who has to constantly be touching me. Provided a pic of her as well. Happy Holidays. Thank you for co-hosting!

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  43. Thanks for co-hosting this month, Tonja! I love pretty notebooks. I like to develop stories in notebooks by taking a lot of notes or writing down the basic premise or character basics. And notebooks can be so pretty!

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  44. Great post during your hosting month, Tonja. Loved learning about your writing space. I'm enjoying the intriguing Madame Destinée. Have to find out what she's really all about.

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  45. Precious dog. He looks like great company. And chocolate. Can't do without it.
    As for your book, I'm so glad I got an advanced copy. Everyone who reads it is in for a treat. Thanks for co-hosting today.

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  46. Thank you for cohosting this month! You have such a nice dog. It's a cat for me. Once he settles onto my lap, there's no getting up.

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  47. "Music boxes" sounds enchanting! Aw, who doesn't love a writing companion? Best wishes!

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  48. Thanks for co-hosting. Happy IWSG Day. Your book sounds like a fun read. Love the premise.

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  49. Your dog is my favorite of your five things! Boxers have such amazing personalities. And, how do you stay healthy and slim with all those tasty nibblers?

    I like dogs around my work space as well. As we house and pet sit throughout the western US, the furry faces change with the writing desks. :-) Thanks for co-hosting and happy holidays!

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  50. Love your puppy, most faithful companion. My Sheltie is usually watching from the doorway, upside-down. Other things in my writing space is a roll of toilet paper, Bart (my froggy muse), my speakers so I can play my mood music, and my laundry basket reminding me of the fact I'm running out of underwear, LOL.

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  51. Susan - Happy Holidays!

    Diane - Yay! But I still wish it'd work an easier way.

    Adrienne - I'll be heading over to see those pics soon!

    Michelle - How true! There are so, so many pretty ones out there.

    C Lee - Madame Destinee is one of my favorite characters in the book.

    Beverly - Where would the world be w/o chocolate. And so glad you liked the book!

    Karen - He sounds cuddly!

    Diedre - Writing companions are a bonus.

    Juneta - Thanks! And a Merry Christmas!

    Liesbet - Traveling around like that sounds fun...and always a new animal to meet.

    Feather - Lol! Sounds like an interesting writer's space!

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  52. My dog is also great company in my writing space. He makes sure I remember to get up and move, too! @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  53. I always burn scented candles when I write too. My current is Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. Can't wait until it runs out so I can switch to Christmas scents.

    Thanks for co-hosting, and have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  54. I like your tastes, especially in snacks!

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  55. I usually use incense sticks, but I should try the scented candles sometime too. My cats tend to bother me when I'm writing. Rarely will they just sleep next to me.

    Thanks for co-hosting IWSG this month.

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  56. Sweets! I love sweets too. If I were not mildly allergic to chocolate, I would probably be twice my current size by now, due to the overindulgence in sweets. Allergy has its uses after all: it keeps my weight decent.

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  57. The pup nearby is a win. The cats here get close and sometimes too close haha

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  58. Sweet dog! I love chocolate too but tea is definitely the thing I have with me the most. Thanks for sharing!

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  60. I've spent lots of time writing at the table, too. My cats keep me company instead of a dog, though.

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  61. I love tea. Every morning I have a cup of tea.

    I also have a wax melt on my desk. :)

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