Welcome! Let me show you around...

Last week, I was in New York City for the Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators' Winter Conference (SCBWI).  It was a blast meeting with other writers, my agent and my editor. Unfortunately, I was so caught up in all the fun and excitement, I completely spaced taking a lot of cool pictures for my blog this week.

I highly recommend attending either (or both) annual SCBWI conferences.  If you want to get a real taste of all the amazing action, check out the SCBWI blog and I hope to see you in LA in August.

In the meantime, let me show you around my home office.

First up, my plot board...

I recently redecorated my little writing loft and this is my prized addition.  This plot board is a wall feature designed by my carpenter, who was inspired by my desire to have movable images and plot notes to support my writing process.  The board is made up of metal strips with marbles inside, based on the order system in a restaurant.  The marbles hold pieces of paper, or anything else, up on the wall by simply sliding it under the strip. Plot points, conflicts, characters, chapters, and images can be easily moved and rearranged.  I love it!

I'm looking forward to the new additions to the shelf this year!

Of course, I have LOTS of books in my office, but this is by far my favorite shelf - My very own Muses shrine!  I also have a little inspiration over my favorite writing chair and, if you look closely, you can also see a calendar right there over my printer with DEADLINE printed in all caps.

Finally, I must admit I am rarely writing alone.  There are usually two chocolate labs somewhere under foot and this guy...
A framed, color copy of a book cover make for affordable (and inspirational) art
Stu is waiting for his starring role in Book 2.


Oh, I'm drooling over the board - so cool! And maybe we'll run into each other in LA!

Stu is lovely - thank you for sharing him :-)

I used to work at a pizza shop and we had the same bulletin marble things. There were so many times when we'd put a receipt up and yank it out only to find half of it was eaten by the marbles! Also - your cat is amazing. Thanks for sharing your space!

Could it be? Another Jake & Amir fan?! Great writing space. : ) I've been putting mine together piece by piece for a while now, so it's still a work in progress.

Nice space! : )

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