Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cozy Conversation and a Contest!

We Cozy Chicks love to chat among ourselves. Recently we were talking about our writing spaces and we decided that we should turn this into a fun blog post ... and contest. 

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?


Desk A
See? Added incentive to join in the conversation! We'd love to hear about your desk or workspace, too!

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.


Desk B
Julie: Ha! Me too. I truly have a love/hate relationship with my desk. I adore writing here, but despise how messy it gets. It's *crazy* the amount of stuff that collects. Time for me to clear out.


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. 

Desk C
Kate: Because I have to have a neat desk, the real personality of my workspace lies in the bookshelves behind my desk, where I keep my reference books, cookbooks, CD player, CDs, mementos, photos and meaningful knickknacks. Across from my desk is a bright, cheerful modernistic oil painting, and to my left are big windows that look out onto my backyard and the woods beyond, where I often see deer.
Desk D

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.



Desk E
Deb: When my son moved out a few years ago, I finally got my own office (with a view even). I love this space, and find it really conducive to creativity, although it’s almost too comfortable. I social network way too much. My cat celebrated her seventeenth birthday in August, and she thinks my desk belongs to her. If nothing else, she keeps me organized. I found the crow in a little shop in Kennebunkport. He keeps me in line.

Desk F

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.


What I’m most proud of is the framed cover for Bookplate Special and the New York Times listing that accompanies it.  I was the first Berkley Prime Time author to crack the top 20, and my publisher rewarded me with that gift. 

Ellery/Jennifer: My desk was my mom's and I've been coveting it for years. It has a really cool history. It's called a Campaign Desk because it comes apart in three pieces in order to be carried on horses or camels. According to the London antique dealer who sold this to my parents a few decades ago, the desk belonged to an officer who fought in the Boer Wars. I hardly made such important decisions on my desk, but I like to think that it's seen quite a bit and now has to deal with me and four cats!


Desk G
Kate: I like my office during the afternoons when the sun streams in, but hate it in the mornings because it's gloomy. I can't write in a cave. If I could change one thing about it, I'd change the orientation to the sun. Because I'm moving in a few months to a new house with a smaller office, it'll be a challenge to make that workspace as convenient as this one. On the plus side, it'll be much sunnier. On the minus side, it'll look out onto the street, not the woods.

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?

Desk H
Maggie: It's a good thing I'm back home in Northern VA, suburbs WashDC, that way I can't send a photo of my messy work area(s) back in my House/home in Colorado. Yes, there are more than one. Now, I move around with my laptop. I'll work beside the living room windows in my rocking chair, on the sofa stretched out, outside relaxed on my chaise lounge in the shade, outside in the front yard in a lawn chair beneath the shady maple tree. And yes---small piles of papers have started appearing on one of the living room end tables. Arrrgh! I'm hopeless!

Kate: When I write, I need a cup of tea sitting nearby. I often forget to drink it, but having it there is comforting. I usually write in silence (there's enough chattering taking place in my head) but on the occasion that I need a soothing distraction, I go to my main man Mozart. I've tried other musicians but always find myself gravitating to Wolfgang. I always have to start my writing sessions with ten minutes of Free Cell. It's like having recess before school starts. 

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.

Have fun!

31 comments:

Joanie said...

Okay, here is what my sleuthing deduced:

Desk A = Lorraine
Desk B = Deb
Desk C = Kate
Desk D = Maggie
Desk E = Ellery/Jennifer
Desk F = Heather
Desk G = Julie
Desk H = Leann

Joanie



Brittney said...

Desk A- Heather
Desk B- Deb
Desk C- Maggie
Desk D- Leann
Desk E- Lorraine
Desk F- Kate
Desk G- Julie
Desk H- Ellery

Love seeing all the desks!
Brittney

Aimee Hix said...

Desk A = Heather
Desk B = Deb
Desk C = Julie
Desk D = Maggie
Desk E = Julie
Desk F = Kate
Desk G = Lorraine
Desk H = Ellery

E.F. Slattery said...

Desk A: Heather
Desk B: Deb
Desk C: Julie
Desk D: Maggie
Desk E: Lorraine
Desk F: Kate
Desk G: Leann
Desk H: Ellery/Jennifer

My current desk is our big farmhouse kitchen table. I'd like my own space, but a) we live in a 1BR in New York and b) it forces me to clean it up every night! ;)

E.F. Slattery said...

Oops, forgot to read the directions! My email is slatterye at gmail dot com.

ladyvyvian said...

My picks are:

A - Lorraine
B - Deb
C - Julie
D = Maggie
E - Ellery
F - Kate
G = Heather
H - Leann

My e-mail is ladyvyvian@hotmail.com

Paula Miller said...

Desk A=Lorraine
Desk B= Deb
Desk C=Julie
Desk D=Maggie
Desk E= Heather
Desk F= Kate
Desk G= Leann
Desk H=Ellery/Jennifer

I pretty much always work on my laptop on the couch or on my back porch and keep paper work in a large notebook/bag. My desk is the place where home school papers and mail get piled until I go nuts and throw it all out at once without ever looking at it ;) My office is two tables and a desk. One table holds my paperwork/mail. The desk and other table have been converted into a baking station (My office is a corner of my kitchen) with my mixer, bread machine and crock pot. Most of my work consists of baking, cooking and teaching my kids. And sometimes I get to do something creative :) Thanks ya'll this was fun :)
pmiller4438@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My picks are: A--Heather, B--Deb,C--Julie, D--Maggie,E--Lorraine, F--Kate, G--Leanne, and H--Ellery...My desk is my laptop on my kitchen table! My email is Ladynono52@aol.com

Pixie Poe said...

A. Heather
B. Deb
C. Julie
D. Maggie
E. Lorraine
F. Kate
G. Leann
H. Jennifer

My e-mail is pixiepoe123@yahoo.com

Paula Matter said...

Here are my guesses...

A. Heather
B. Deb
C. Julie
D. Maggie
E. Lorraine
F. Kate
G. Leann
H. Ellery

I'd take a photo of my desk if I could find my camera under all this clutter.

Shirley said...

My guess:
A. Lorraine
B. Deb
C. Julie
D. Heather
E. Maggie
F. Kate
G. Leanne
H. Ellery

Email: shirleyj.landes@gmail.com

I have a small roll top desk which I use only for supplies. Any work I need to do at a desk I do at my my kitchen table.

Alicia said...

Here are my best guesses....
a. Heather
b. Deb
c. Julie
d. Maggie
e. Lorraine
f. Kate
G. Leann
H. Ellery

My 'work' desk is cluttered but I can usually fine the file I'm looking forward. My home desk is too buried with filing to find so I'm using the kitchen table now.

Thank you for a fun bit of sleuthing!

afarage@earthlink.net

Angela Holland said...

Here are my guesses.

A - Heather
B - Deb
C - Julie
D - Maggie
E - Lorraine
F - Kate
G - Leann
H - Ellery/Jennifer

My desk at home is covered with scrapbooking things, and some odd and ends of things.

I loved seeing your desks.

griperang at embarqmail dot com

mariehahn13 said...

Hmm... :) What I've gathered:

A - Heather
B - Deb
C - Julie
D - Maggie
E - Lorraine
F - Kate
G - Leann
H - Ellery/Jennifer

It was so much fun seeing everyone's desks! :) Thank you so much for sharing! I'm obsessively organized, so everything on my desk has a place, and is typically labeled. Sad, I know :)

Kaye Killgore said...

My guesses are:
Desk A: Lorraine
Desk B: Deb
Desk C: Julie
Desk D: Maggie
Desk E: Ellery/Jennifer
Desk F: Kate
Desk G: Heather
Desk H: Leann

My desk's a mess, partly because the cats like to push stuff off the edge onto the floor. LOL

kaye.killgore@comcast.net

Linda McDonald said...

Okay....I've been working on this for a while and I hope I've got it:

A. Heather
B. Deb
C. Maggie
D. Leanne
E. Lorraine
F. Kate
G. Julie
H. Jennifer/Ellery

As for my work space....The desk gets messy at times,I have family photos, some of my owl collection, and books all around it. And a pen holder that always seems to not have any working pens in it!

csolinda(at)hotmail(dot)com

lavendersbluegreen said...

Desk A - Lorraine
Desk B - Deb
Desk C - Leann
Desk D - Maggie
Desk E - Julie
Desk F - Kate
Desk G - Heather
Desk H - Ellery/Jennifer

My workspace is always cluttered and has way too much stuff going on... but I do know where everything is, it is organized chaos!

- lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

Joanie said...

I forgot to add my email (so focused on my 'reveal moment'--I felt so Sherlock!). My email is jmrhine@gmail.com

Thank you! Fun challenge.

Joanie

Kimberly Brooks said...
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Kimberly Brooks said...

A-Lorraine
B-Deb
C-Julie
D-Maggie
E-Heather
F-Kate
G-Leann
H-Ellery/Jennifer

I don't really have a workspace right now...my current desk is leaving the house to make way for less clutter. I have a laptop that can take anywhere with me.
kim86004@gmail.com

Kuzlin said...

Wow, this was tough:
A - Heather
B - Deb
C - Julie
D - Maggie
E - Lorraine
F - Kate
G - Leann
H - Ellery/Jennifer

My desk has to be neat with everything filed away. (Bit of OCD - LOL!)

kuzlin@aol.com

Cynthia Rielley said...

I love how different all the guesses are!
Ok I am going with:
A:Lorraine
B:Deb
C:Magie
D: Heather
E: Leanne
F:Kate
G; Julie
H:Ellery/Jenn

I have no desk and am a wanderer searching for space the teens or 5 year old haven't claimed!
Cynthia@rielley.com

Dru said...

Desk A: Heather
Desk B: Deb
Desk C: Maggie
Desk D: Leann
Desk E: Lorraine
Desk F: Kate
Desk G: Julie
Desk H: Ellery/Jennifer

Alexandra Aimee said...

I will leave the guessing to others, I just have to say-- As an author/graduate student just starting out I am insanely, ridiculously jealous of the gorgeous, peaceful spaces most of you are writing from. They look like the belong in the books rather then this world.

kiki w said...

Desk A Lorraine
Desk B Deb
Desk C Juile
Desk D Heather
Desk E Maggie
Desk F Heather
Desk G Leanne
Desk F Ellery/Jennifer

Carol Brown said...

I tried to post this the other day, but I see that it never showed up. I'll try again (Fortunately, I kept the paper where I wrote down my ideas!)
A--Heather; B--Deb; C--Maggie; D--Leann; E--Lorraine; F--Kate; G--Julie; H--Ellery/Jennifer.

grphdsgnr09 said...

Heres my best shot -

F-Kate
D-Heather
B-Deb
A-Lorraine
H- Ellery
C- MAggie
E-Julie
G- Leann

grphdsgnr09 said...

I forgot my email its sarah@raxter.net

Kristin A. said...

A- Heather
B- Deb
C- Leann
D- Maggie
E- Julie
F- Kate
G- Lorraine
H- Ellery/Jennifer

That was fun. Thanks for letting me get some sleuthing practice in! As for my desk, lately it's been the kitchen table or couch!
kristin409 at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

Here goes:

A. Heather
B. Deb
C. Julie
D. Maggie
E. Lorraine
F. Kate
G. Leann
H. Ellery/Jennifer

This was so fun!
Marysue
mrogers@ci.charlotte.nc.us

grphdsgnr09 said...

Did you pick a winner yet?