Favorite Places to Read or Write

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Today we are sharing our favorite places to read or write. I had to give this some thought as I read anywhere, everywhere and every chance I have to sit a moment. Lately, my favorite spot is reclining in bed. The lights are off and I can use my tablet for e-Reading. Or the lights are low and I treasure the feel of turning pages as I read.

Most of the time I look for places that give me inspiration for my writing. My favorite place for stilling my mind and letting my imagination flow is the beach. This photo is the view from our place last August on Mexico Beach, Florida. There’s a special peacefulness at 7am every morning when I walk.

Inspiration
Inspiration

Everywhere you turn there are secret gardens for the wanderer to enjoy in Charleston, S.C.. I let my imagination run free and savor those moments that return when I need a special setting or sense for a scene.

Garden Path
Garden Path

Below are also places I love to curl up with a new book and while away the time swept into a new adventure. The balmy weather, the birds that settle into my space and the sense that time has slowed for me to enjoy the moment. This view is from a restaurant on the beach at Gulf Shores. The Heron joined us for lunch one day.

Gulf Shores
Gulf Shores

The reality of my writing day is two messy desks, one for high-speed work like this blog.

Library Desk
Library Desk

And another desk I save for my escape into writing. Right now this desk holds a stacked manuscript waiting for edits. It’s a mess as I’m moving and have to pack.

Writing desk
Writing desk

Once I move into our new home, I’ll have the best views for inspiration and can’t wait to see where it takes my writing.

New home view
New home view
New Office view
New Office view

The view from my new office has a pond in the distance. With nine acres to wander and my husband planning secret gardens for me, inspiration will be everywhere. You’ll have to come visit. 🙂 And as always, my cats join me wherever I read.KittyonDesk

Share your thoughts and ideas of your favorite places and then click on any link below to follow your own trail to more places to read and write….

Fellow contemporary romance writers Tamra BaumannPriscilla OliverasShelly Alexander | Romantic suspense writers Carol J PostSharon Wray | Novels with romantic elements – Jean Willett  | Faith-based and sweet romance writers – Kristen Ethridge |

Show Us Your TBR Pile

Today we’d like you to join us in revealing your TBR piles. Now, for those who don’t know, TBR is To Be Read. All of us write and read, but sometimes the reading stack grows…and grows…and grows…

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Here are the books in my office…Books4

My basement has wall-to-wall shelves with books. I started sorting one day then had to replace them in a hurry for carpet cleaning. Yes, my shelves are upside down. My TBR books are now mixed in but the fun is closing my eyes and picking one. It’s an adventure….Books1

Then my research books are stacked by current project, and there are always more books to reference and read….Books2

And I’ll end with a section of favorite books that my cats knocked off the shelves to find a hiding spot. They are now a merry mix…but always an adventure when I open the pages and begin reading.Books3

Now take a moment and show me your TBR piles. Add your photo to the comment section below. And then visit Sharon WrayKay Hudson, Tamra Baumann, and Priscilla Oliveras who will share their TBR piles as well. Enjoy! 🙂

Show Us Your Holiday Decor

It’s that time of year, the season of two-sided people.  The season marketers love, people stress over and children become overstimulated with. The bah-humbug creeps its way out in the form of rude, irritable and cranky people.grinch03

But that’s only one side of the season.

The other side of the season pushes people into the kitchen for the traditional sugar cookie bake, then into the living room to assess the best spot for the Christmas tree and ends with the great dive into the spirit of holiday shopping. Christmas music, colorful lights, yeast and cinnamon in the air, all enticing people to act courteous, humble and generous.cartoon-angel-wing-free (1)

 

So, ease back, relax and enjoy the cool weather, bright lights and holiday décor. We’re here today to share a small part of our holiday décor with you. Feel free to share yours. We’d love to see it!

I always start my season with Christmas music and Poinsettia plants.  I love the rich red and green leaves.poinsettia-sm

I spend a few moments deciding what, when, how to decorate our home. It’s never the same from year to year, so whatever strikes me is what happens. My favorite Christmas decor is the year Neo, our cat, decided that a tree in the house was a wonderful opportunity…

To sleep…

Neo asleep in the tree.
Neo asleep in the tree.

 

And the Nikon moment of the season was Neo playing hide-n-seek…..

Neo hiding in the tree.
Neo hiding in the tree.

 

 

 

 

It was a fun year of plastic balls and colorful shapes as our cats thought the tree was all for their enjoyment. From batting and chasing to climbing and falling asleep, our cats enjoyed the special tree that year. I solved that problem by putting up a new tree the next year that was stiff and scratchy. They haven’t climbed it yet….maybe this year I’ll pull out our glass ornaments!

I’d love to see your décor for the season. So take a moment to share some photos. Also, visit my fellow Firebirds and their favorite holiday decor. . .  Sharon WrayKay Hudson, Tamra Baumann, and Priscilla Oliveras