8 things you’ll find in my writing lair

Every author has a writing lair, whether it’s an arm chair in the living room or a hidey hole in the country. Some are fastidious and clean. Others are messy wrecks of paper and randomness. But all of them have personality, and you can learn a lot about your favorite writer from what sort of things they keep in the area where they write.

So I thought it might be fun to share some of the things that are in my writing lair. I don’t know what it says about me, but I’m sure it’s revealing in some way or another.

1. My awesome gloves

wpid-0320150941.jpgOne of my best friends (and forever sisters) made me an awesome pair of gloves that have the fingers and thumbs free. “Why do you need gloves in your office?” you might be wondering.

Well, I live in a 100-year-old house, and the upstairs where I live and work has no climate control. No heat. No A/C. During the winter, it gets a bit nippy up there. I’ve got a laptop so I can work on the heated first floor when I need to, but I am so much more efficient in my own environment. So my awesome gloves keep my hands warm when my office is subzero!

2. Plastic swords and light sabers

wpid-0320150941a.jpgFor about six years I either helped with or was in charge of the drama team at my church’s youth group, and in those six years we got to do a lot of really random skits and plays. They were certainly all memorable, although they may not have been quality. But the team loved them, especially the ones with choreographed fight scenes.

I keep the swords and the light sabers mostly as memory items, but every now and then it’s nice to hold one while I’m writing a sword fight scene.

3. My paper planner

wpid-0320150942b.jpgI always said I’d never keep a planner. Then my life got crazy busy. So now I do–and it’s color coded. I have to write everything down because I’ll forget deadlines and due dates otherwise.

You’ll always see me carrying this monstrosity around. Some folks wonder why I don’t do it digitally. Well, I’m better with actually writing things down in pen or pencil. It helps my brain remember.

4. My giant Darth Vader PEZ dispenser

wpid-0320150943.jpgIt was Christmas or my birthday years and years ago, two sisters who were in my drama team (see entry 2) gave me the most awesome present ever–a motion activated gigantic Darth Vader Pez dispenser.

You push his head up, Pez pops out, and he breathes a couple of times.

So. Totally. Awesome.

5. My embroidered wall hangings

I’ve got two bits of embroidery on my office wall too. The actually nice quality framed ones were gifts from my childhood bestie. The lousy round one is a piece I did when I was very very young, guided by the instruction of my Great Aunt Mary.

6. Lots of empty Coke Zero cans

wpid-0320150942.jpgWherever I go, you’ll see the empty shells of Coke Zeros that have breathed their last. I drink like a fish… or maybe a camel. I’ll down 60+ ounces of water a day, plus a few cups of coffee, a hot cup of tea, and maybe one or two cans of pop.

The problem with pop cans is that they don’t have anywhere to go. We’ve got a place for them on the first floor, but I’m lazy. So they just stack up in my office until I can’t walk around them anymore.

7. My collection of My Little Ponies

wpid-0320150943a.jpgReturn to my childhood, where I first began writing stories when I was in kindergarten. I was a My Little Pony fan. I spent my allowance on new ponies. They’re what I asked for at Christmas and at birthdays.

And because I’m a sap, I still have most of them. The first piece of fanfiction I ever wrote was a My Little Pony piece. I still have it somewhere. Not bad for a kindergartener….

8. Photos that make me happy

And finally, my desk also has a bunch of photos on it that make me happy. I am not a very photogenic person, but I have a lot of dear friends who are. And on the days when I’m discouraged, I just take a gander at their smiling faces and remember how fortunate I am to have so many awesome people in my life. This isn’t all of them, of course. These are just the photos on my desk….. That’s what Instagram and Facebook are for.


So there you have it: odds and ends from my writing lair. I’m not sure if you’ve learned anything about me or not, but this was a fun exercise for me. It’s nice to do something silly for a little while.

A.C. Williams

Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. hah! I honestly wish I knew what happen to my old first generation ponies. Long gone, that’s all I know. Maybe I will put some of my favorite Breyer horses in my writing lair in the name of nostalgia.

  2. Your planner reminded me of one of my husbands things: the Stephen covey planner. It’s pretty bulky too, but just as awesome. Also there’s a book called The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey that is pretty good. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it.

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