Monday, December 3, 2018

December #IWSG: WHAT'S IN YOUR WRITING SPACE?




OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What are five objects we'd find in your writing space? 

The awesome co-hosts today are December 5 posting of the IWSG are J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker, Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey!


The five essentials you'd find in my writing space besides a laptop, of course, are the following: 

1. Punching bag (when I was querying) Rejection isn't easy. 

2. My favorite middle-grade murder mystery books for inspiring...well-formed plots, of course, silly.

3. A fort made out of my TBR list. Makes a good hiding place when you're trying to write and the kids keep asking about dinner. Sheesh.  

4. Cat one trying to type. 

5. Cat two trying to snuggle.The distractions are real, folks. 

Bonus item: My contract with my agent to remind me that I met my NUMBER ONE GOAL this year!! WOOHOO!!! 

Okay, so I don't really have a punching bag or plans for murder (or do I?) lying around my work space. And my virtual TBR list (I mostly order e-books) dwindles everyday. I just finished James Ponti's excellent MG mystery series, FRAMED!, VANISHED!, TRAPPED! I'm also finishing Sheila Turnage's MG mystery series, Three Times Lucky, Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, and I'm half way through The Odds of Getting Even. Boy, can Turnage write suspense and humor! My hero.  

People in the hallway outside my library door at school must think I'm crazy or plotting murder mysteries. Actually, I'm reading and giggling. Boy, do I read fast! I've tackled countless books since August. I've also written fifty plus pages of my WIP for the month of November. Not as much as I hoped. But I'm planning to write more this month. 

If you witness murder plots, criminal profiling books, and plans for the perfect crime, you've entered my work space. 

Hope you are enjoying this crazy busy month. Happy writing and Merry Christmas! 




36 comments:

  1. It sounds like a productive creative place :) Congratulations on a fantastic goal achieved :)

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  2. Love the punching bag! Brilliant

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  3. I would so have that contract blown up to life-size and framed. :)

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  4. Congratulations on the contract. Usually life uses ME as the punching bag! :-)

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  5. Love the book fort!
    Congratulations on your contract!

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  6. That's awesome about the contract.
    Build a really good fort and maybe you'll distract the cats long enough to work.

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    1. Thanks! I can hardly believe it some days. I sure love those cats!

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  7. Congratulations on your goal, wonderful! I'm thinking the punching bag is a good idea. I have one in my basement:)

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  8. Yay to getting the contract! My daughter has her punching bag right outside my writing door. Now, I know why :)

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  9. I just read a post where the writer keeps throwing knives at her desk. Ha. Congrats on the contract. Thanks for connecting. Happy Holidays!

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  10. Thanks for the chuckle. I could build an entire city with my TBR list ;)

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  11. A punching bag is a perfect item during query season. You have the best idea ever for getting rid of all that pent up emotion. I may have to copy you.

    Have a wonderful holiday, Jennifer. I hope to see you in 2019.

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  12. Congrats on the contract. Thanks for the suggested MG books. I'm trying to decide if my new book is YA or MG. These should help. Have a great month.

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    1. Anytime! I love recommending books. It's my job. Ha!

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  13. Your items are so much fun! I love it. Have I mentioned before that I can't find you on the IWSG list? You comment as your name Jennifer Hawes (obviously), but your gravatar isn't linked, so I can't click back to your website to visit, and I can't find you anywhere on the IWSG page. http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

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    1. Hey! It's listed under the title to my blog, The Writing Game. If you click on my gravatar it should direct you to the profile of my blog and then you can click on my blog. I thought I'd fixed this awhile back! I will have to check again to make sure! Thanks!

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  14. Ha! There have been times when a punch bag might have been a useful addition to my woek spce! Glad you have the contract instead now.

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    1. Me too. Thank goodness that stressful time of my life is over!!

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  15. Hey, a punching bag sounds like a good idea!!! ;)

    My old Kitty (that's her real name) used to lay over my wrists while I write. I miss her.

    Congrats on the contract with an agent!!!

    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!!!

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  16. Woot! You're rocking and rolling. Happy the agent let you check off a goal!

    When you mentioned punching bag, I was mega envious. I want one of those! It'd totally be something we could invest in.

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  17. There are some people I'd like to punch, should probably stick with a bag though, huh? lol the cats sure have a way of joining in.

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  18. A punchbag would also be useful for plotting frustrations, I imagine!

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  19. I need a punching bag!

    I usually have a cat or two in my writing space, too. lol

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  20. Damn, Jennifer--I was so excited when I read you had a punching bag in your writing space (I'm a muay thai kickboxer). I think it would be a perfect addition.

    Congrats on getting an agent! Wonderful news.

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  21. 50+ pages is fabulous! It seems like a lot of people have cats in their writing spaces :-)

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  22. A punching bag seems like an excellent idea, especially when I'm stuck with writer's block.

    www.ficklemillennial.blogspot.com

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