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I keep antique toys. There is a very old, yet beautifully made artists maniquin that my mother left when she died. She named her Wilhelmina and used to talk of her as though she had a life of her own. There are several teddybears sitting in old,miniature, hand carved chairs. A clown, a large letter "A" and a small herd of wooden sheep that sit on a shelf. My mother was an entreprenuer who owned her own antique shop for many years. Her courage and ingenuity have always inspired me. So when I look at these things they remind me of her and help me believe that if I believe in myself I can do most anything. Debra

Rebecca Laffar-Smith

I have a few scraps of paper with quotes or numbers or snippets but nothing that inspires me. I do have a mock cover of my current WIP as the background image on my PC which is a reminder to focus when I load up my computer.

My ideal writer's office would have more trinkets but at the moment I'm crammed into a desk at the corner of my living room so I try not to spread out too much. My desk is cluttered with notebooks, books, pens, and a general 'mess' that I 'tidy' from time to time. It would be nice to add a few inspiring trinkets to the mix.


Debra - Wilhelmina sounds like she could turn into a children's story - or part of a memoir. Your comment could also turn into a personal essay. Such poignant details..

Rebecca - I LOVE the idea of a mock up of your WIP for your computer screen - I might copy it. Yes, a powerful reminder of where you're headed!


above our computer desk/"office" area i hung a canvas print copy of a currier & ives painting that i found at a flea market ~ it's a snowy scene on a farm in winter. i've got 4 other smaller snowy scene pics and paintings around it on the wall to the right. to my immediate left on the wall around the calendar i've got 4 small wooden tiles with more snowy farm scenes that i found at a thrift shop! i LOVE snow and live in an area that now gets barely a dusting each winter:(

i've got a quote taped up by the calendar that reads: "the art of writing... inspiration, imagination, expression, desire, discipline" and "forever, for always and no matter what" on a small wooden block that hubby gave me nearly 3 years ago (because that's one of our sayings!) that sits just below the monitor.

on top of the desk i've got an old pitcher wine bottle filled with curly branches that fell from the vines wrapped throughout the trees in the back yard our first winter here and a giant hurricane filled with dried blossoms from my gardens last year & dried roses from last valentines day. i've got 2 pics from our wedding and some candle holders up there too!

amid all the junk, clutter, files, disks & discs and pens (many of which don't work!), etc., i've got on the desk shelf: 7 journals (4 of which i still write in), steven king's "on writing," natalie goldberg's "writing down the bones" & "wild mind" (both from college), nina holzer's "a walk between heaven and earth" and anne bernays & pamela painter's "what if? writing exercises for fiction writers" and last but not least, louisa may alcott's "little women" (the one i bought in 6th grade at a book fair!).


I love this entry! So much of my own work through the years has revolved around helping clients create spaces that reflect their personality.

It took me quite awhile to follow my own advice, in terms of keeping things around me that remind me of how far I've come. My husband did it for me when he framed the letter I received from Harvard, making official the fact that they had licensed my program for use in their training seminars.

You need to display both items of inspiration, and those of accomplishment, too. :-)


Jo - Love those quotes - and how terrific to have Little Women out on your desk. (The Jo in that book always inspired me.)

Sunny - Yes - so true. Inspiration and accomplishment. (Love that your husband framed the Harvard letter.)


in response to your response to my comment - :)


Taped to the wall in front of my computer is a poem my grandmother wrote about an oyster who creates something wonderful with the irritating sand that gets under his shell.

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