Friday, September 27, 2019

My Creative Space.

To my dearest friends and followers,

I have always believed that one could learn a lot about a person by what their room/house looks like. What colors did they use, what does their furniture look like, what decor did they use, what posters/pictures are on the walls?
It's the same thing for an artist. What does their creative space look like? What does that say about them?

A few weeks ago, I shared with you what puts me in the right place to write, my evening ritual as it were. XD
This week, I thought I'd share with you what my creative space is like.

To start, I don't actually have a designated room which is something that I would LOVE to have. So for now, I've just got a lovely wooden desk in the living room of the house. It's a dark wood, which is something I'd like to change to a light wood. In the left corner of it is an antique looking lamp. The light bulb is completely exposed, as there is chicken wire going around in the place of a lamp shade. This was not an easy lamp to find!! I spent years trying to find a lamp like this, with no lampshade.

Next to the lamp is a small green lantern (meant for a candle) which I am using as a pencil cup, or pen cup rather. It contains my XACTO knofe, a mechanical pencil, two ballpoint pens, a Prismacolor fine line marker which looks like a pen, a black sharpie, and three calligraphy pens. I have a fake dried flower clipped to the side of the lantern, and a natural coconut wax lavender scented candle in front of it.

Farther left is another 8oz lavender candle. Next to that is a small wooden chest in which I keep my thumb drives. Three tiny glass bottles, or fairy bottles if you will are on top of the chest. 
On the far right side of the desk is a stack of books.
From the bottom up, I have:

A large notebook filled with illustrations of characters from my book, and notes about another book I have yet to write.
Next is an Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology by Theresa Bane. This book pretty much speaks for itself. It has no pictures. It isn't the best book to learn about one particular creature, but it's great for a quick reverence about hundreds of creatures, with only a small paragraph of information about each one.
On top of that is my newest book, An Encyclopedia of Tolkien by David Day. I got this only two days ago. I wasn't looking for it, I just happened across it. It's really fascinating and talks about the original myths and legends that inspired Tolkien and how he used those in his own works. Definitely a must have I think for not just Tolkien fans, but fantasy lovers in general.
I then have The Middle Ages: Everyday life in Medieval Europe by Jeffery L. Singman. A very useful reference to that time period. 
Next is a book I wanted for about 5 years and only recently bought: The Princes In The Tower by Alison Weir. I have heard both good and bad things about this book, but honestly, any enthusiast of Edward V should give it a read in my opinion.
On top of that I have my yearbook journal for 2019 that I made.
I also have THE journal that inspired my book. There's nothing interesting inside it, I just like the cover art by Kinuko Y. Craft.
Next is the journal I made in 2015 as I was writing my book.
On top of that is a notebook I made for me while I am revising my book,
and on top of that is a small sketchbook I made.
The cherry on top is a small glass vase with dried roses, baby's breath, and eucalyptus (one of the decorations left over from my wedding). 

Of course, my laptop is in the front and center of the desk. I have one of those keyboard wrist pads in front of it because my wrists hurt a lot. And I have a wireless mouse next to the laptop. You know the trackpads that come attached, or built in to the computer? yeah, those. Gross. That's why I have an actual mouse. And even though my laptop is Apple, my mouse is not. Gross.
Ooh!! And there's a string of fairy lights creating an arch, like a window on the wall in front of my desk. I also have two big windows left to me that are nearly always open for that fresh California air, baby!

I do have 4 drawers in this desk, but I'm not going to tell you what's in them mostly because that's boring. They're filled with things like matches, candlewick trimmers, book light, earbuds, glasses case, more notebooks, etc.

In general, I am a very neat person. I keep my space clean and organized. Before I'm working at my desk, it's always clean. When I get up from my desk, it's always clean. BUT when I am sitting at my desk, it looks like a tornado went through, with papers and clutter all over the surface of it and on the floor around me. I know it's a stereotypical thing that creative people are messy, but that's just not 100% true.

Yours truly,

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