Many years ago when I first sat down to write a book I used a typewriter and the kitchen table. Not long after that my husband brought home a portable computer that used a big floppy disc, and we set it up in the spare bedroom on a desk we had gotten from a friend. My office was born. Sort of. Through the years I got new computers, printers and software that all required a learning curve. We moved numerous times, and each time I had that original desk. Although I shared my office with my husband, at that time, he had a job where he went to work outside the home. So I had the office to myself most of the time. When we moved to Florida in 2001, he started his own company and worked from home. My office became our office. It was upstairs in what is sometimes called a bonus room. My desk would not go up the stairs, so it wound up as a catch-all in the garage. I bought a small secretary desk, but I soon learned that it was too small for my needs, but I typed out the manuscript that eventually became my first book for Love Inspired, The Heart’s Homecoming, while sitting at that desk. Eventually, my husband realized that I needed a bigger desk when he was confronted with my piles of stuff all over the floor around my desk.
Here is a photo of me sitting at my new desk while we still lived in Florida. I was thrilled. In late 2012, we thought we were going to split time between Florida and Arizona, so I bought a desk for our Arizona place that I put together myself and placed in my corner of the office.
When we moved to Arizona permanently, of course, my big desk came along. We gave my temporary desk to the daughter of some friends. Our office space in Arizona is much smaller than the space we had in Florida, so we had to figure out how everything would fit into the space. We made templates the size of the different pieces of furniture out of cardboard and placed them on the floor to see which arrangement would work best. My desk wound up in the corner to the left of where the temporary desk was. Here are some photos of my space now.
I have doors that will close on the upper part of the desk, but they are rarely closed. Inside the doors are bulletin boards. They are perfect for award certificates and photos of my family, especially my granddaughters. There are lots of shelves for books in my desk. I have many resource books about writing that you can see in the first photo below. The other side is where I keep my dictionary, thesaurus and style manuals. Once upon a time I was a school teacher, so I have a couple of glass apple paperweights, although they aren’t holding down any papers. The best part are the hidden shelves behind these shelves where I have too many books that still need to be read.
My desk sits next to a window that looks out on the street. I’m not that tempted to look out because the best views are the ones that look out from the back of the house. This view might have me gazing instead of writing.
Finally, here is a photo of my desk in one of it’s neater moments.
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