Today on the bloghop we are doing our first themed post. It will be a monthly feature on the last Monday of each month. This month the theme is, My Work Space. A lot of the time I work wherever I happen to be, I spend a lot of time in Fermanagh and Cavan. Some of the scenes in Shades of Atlantis were written in the setting where they took place, for example, the coffeeshop scene in Dublin between John and Triona was written in a coffeeshop beside Trinity College and the Tara scenes were written at Tara in County Meath in late September when they took place.
Having said all that I do have a preferred working space and that is at the dinning-room table in Dublin. My actual desk upstairs is looking pathetically abandoned at the moment.This is me right now.
1. My notebooks, I write everything in my notebooks first and consider it my first draft. It's normally quite rough and sometimes I even have problems reading them myself.
2. My pencil, sometimes I make changes in my notes that I'm not sure about so I write them in pencil. I can erase and move them somewhere else if necessary. There is a pen hiding there between my notebooks and copies of my first book. I generally like to write with a nice pen. The one I'm using at the moment is red metal and gold with a rubber grip.
3. Copies of Shades of Atlantis. My brother called in just before I took this picture to collect three signed copies for friends.
4. Another notebook, this is my most important one and comes everywhere with me. It's a small hardback and contains short notes on Shades of Atlantis and it's sequel, Ember and its sequel, some random short story notes, a script that I have been adapting since late 2009 and my miscellaneous notes. They are things that strike me in real life or dreams that I don't want to forget and so I write them down straight away. It's my memory vault for things like names and obscure facts that I often later incorporate into my writing. Only the most important notes go into this notebook.
5. I think this probably doesn't need much of a description. At the moment I'm working off Windows 7 and Office professional 2010. I email myself and use dropbox as back-up. My favorite item on Windows 7 is the on screen post-its, they come in mighty handy. Sadly, I had a massive crash before Christmas and lost my external drive and my laptop died. I gave them a proper funeral, they served me well until their dying breath. We were together five happy years but I worked them hard.
6. Most important, we have fuel. My half eaten tuna melt. Bram's cafe is right across the street and there is far too much temptation to keep writing instead of cooking.
7. My Mocha is hiding at the edge of the screen.
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