It's your turn to be an amateur sleuth!
As you hear about our desks and our particular clutter or cleanliness, read closely for clues. Each of the desks pictured below belongs to one of the Cozy Chicks. See if you can match up which desk is whose.
Then be sure to comment below - those who get them all correct will have their names thrown in a hat and one winner will receive some great cozy swag (so please include your email address!). If no one gets them all right, we'll draw a name from all commenters. How fun is that?
I got the conversation going with a simple question:
Julie: Hey, CozyChicks, I'm about to start working on a new manuscript. But before I
begin a new project, I always have to clear the clutter that piled up while
writing the last book. What about you ladies? What's
your relationship with your writing space?
Lorraine: When I think of my writing workspace, there’s only one word to describe it: messy.
Lorraine:When I initially set up my office, I had such good intentions to keep it neat and tidy. The rest of my house is tidy, but not my workspace. The problem is that I don’t have a lot of storage space and I keep ordering bookmarks, postcards, and books. Whenever I tidy one area, another picks up the slack. It was so bad, that for three years I answered my email on my PC and took my laptop into the dining room to write.
Heather: A few years ago, the “formal living room” was converted into my office. Lots of bookshelves, a cozy chaise, billowy curtains, all my knickknacks... I had grand plans of working in there all day, every day, but as life would have it, I work mostly on my laptop in my favorite chair in the family room. But when I’m on deadline and need to buckle down, I head straight to my desk and my PC (which doesn’t have Internet) and get straight to work. Deadline or no, my desk is always in disarray. I’m a clutter-bug, but it’s organized chaos—I know precisely where everything is under the mess.
Lorraine: What I love most about my office/workspace are the wonderful things I’ve collected over the years to decorate it. Pictures, knick-knacks, and other flotsam and jetsam which I can’t seem to part with.
Julie: Leann, you've just moved. How's that going? How does it affect where you write?
Leann: The photo I submitted is my desk as I now know it. Not too different from the desk I left behind--except there is no space for my research books, my notes, my bottled water, my cortisone cream, my eyeglass cleaner, my latest craft project, my notepads, my ipad ... okay, you get the idea. What I like about this desk? It's comfortable, it's clean and there's room for my cat and my dog. Always good to end on a positive note, right?
Julie: For me, I need silence. Complete silence. And a mug of hot coffee first thing in the morning.
Kate: My office is the best place to write because I know when I enter the room, I'm at work. When I use my laptop around the house, I tend to do things like email, shopping, and Facebook. I need the confines of an office to tell my brain "you're at work now, buddy. Shape up!
...You've seen the pictures and heard the stories, now see if you can guess which photo belongs to which author. You can win some fun cozy swag!! Bookmarks, postcards, a recipe, a button, and a teapot cookie cutter!
Don't forget to tell us about your workspace, too. If no one guesses all eight spaces correctly by Wednesday, September 13th, we'll draw names from all commenters. Lorraine will post the winner's name on Thursday, September 14th.