At My Desk
Thanks to AusRomToday for inviting me to the blog. I had a quick look through the other ‘At My Desk’ posts and I feel shamed!
My personal writing space leaves a lot to be desired and the chaos surrounding me is gradually being blanked out instead of being dealt with. Probably something to do with the fact I’ve written three books this year and the fourth is being madly edited right now.
My work desk is an old table I once used for making jewellery on (and occasionally still do) and is covered in glue and chipped. I moved my desk recently and I’ve repositioned myself by the window overlooking the garden so I no longer stare at a blank wall (the wall that was waiting for my book cover prints to be hung on…once I bought frames to fit them!)
My desk contains few items: Macbook, lamp and for some strange reason a brown towel has lived here for a few weeks too. I can’t remember why, maybe it’s a throwback to my love of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (spot the reference?) My Macbook illustrates how I always have too many windows open at once, a bit like my brain.
Hanging on the lamp is a necklace a friend gave me with a ‘soul’ pendant on. This was gift to celebrate the release of my first book last year, Soul Ties. There’s also some Blue Phoenix ‘swag’ left from giveaways – key-rings I’ve made, postcards etc.
I keep a bag of almonds next to me which stops me looking for biscuits midway through the day. Day time, you’ll find iced water next to me and sometimes a mug of tea. I don’t drink coffee. Ever. I’m waiting to be kicked out of the ‘writer world’ for not meeting the coffee-drinking criteria. In the evening you’ll probably find wine there instead but since I killed my laptop spilling wine earlier this year, it’s kept at a very safe distance.
To my right, there’s a small notepad and pen plus the timeline for my latest book. Because Unplugged spans eight years, I keep losing track of character ages. Also, every book in the Blue Phoenix rock romance series overlaps as they’re about different band members, so I have a complicated timeline in different colours. This way I can try to spot the plot holes before my betas do!
Around me are shelves, work surfaces and boxes, all covered in jewellery supplies for a business I should sell so I can focus on my writing. I claim this is an obstacle course to keep family away when I’m writing but it never works.
Once this book is finished, I intend to de-clutter my workspace although I said that after the last book. This time…
What’s next from Lisa Swallow:
Lisa is currently working on Unplugged, the third in the Blue Phoenix rock star romance series, which is due for release in October. Book One, Amazon romance bestseller Summer Sky is currently on sale at 99c. She recently released her latest paranormal romance, Between.
About the Author:
Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark. In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.