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satyesu
05-15-2011, 04:31 AM
Well, it's a dorm room and I'm looking for things inspirational or interesting enough not to get old.

dawinsor
05-15-2011, 04:47 AM
You're looking to decorate for inspiration? I have a ton of books, a picture a friend gave me because she said it reminded her of the feel of my stories, a poster some of my grad students portraying me as an anthropoligist in a pith helmet sleuthing around on the savanna (you had to be there), and a bunch of stickies with advice about writing that I like (Resist the urge to explain, Everybody arcs, stuff like that).

Whimsigirl
05-15-2011, 04:51 AM
Photos, and a nice vase of flowers (fake or real) does wonders to brighten up a room.

Jamesaritchie
05-15-2011, 04:58 AM
I have two think that never get old. One is a hand carved statuette of the protagonist of one of my novels. It was sent o me by a fan. Likewise, another is a carved wall plaque of the cover of a different novel, also sent by a fan. How can these not be inspirational?

Of course, I also have a leprechaun that's about a foot or so tall. If the carvings ever fail, I figure I can grab his beard and get a little magic, rather than gold.

dangerousbill
05-15-2011, 05:12 AM
Well, it's a dorm room and I'm looking for things inspirational or interesting enough not to get old.

A life size inflatable replica of Ernest Hemingway that really drinks whisky.

A life size inflatable replica of the Oxford English Dictionary (full print edition).

Fifty fake chatty letters from famous contemporary writers to pin carelessly on your wall.

jaksen
05-15-2011, 05:31 AM
My first story featured a boat called the 'Wicked Twist.' A former student made me a replica of the boat and it hangs where I can see it.

Other than that I've got a ton of junk. Books and more books. About 1,000 CDs of Trance music (yeah, I am an electronica junkie), and did I say books? Yeah, got lots of books.

Achilles
05-15-2011, 05:40 AM
I have a calendar of San Francisco. My goal is to move there in a few years so I keep the calendar to inspire me. I record how much I write and when I get to 50K (I'm at 23 K now) I'm rewarding myself with a small vacation to the city. :)

thothguard51
05-15-2011, 05:48 AM
Pictures of porn stars...

jaksen
05-15-2011, 05:49 AM
Pictures of porn stars...

And I believe you.

:D

Twinkie
05-15-2011, 06:08 AM
I mostly write in the living room right now, but in my room I have a few things set out. A Magic 8 Ball, a little ceramic pig that I insert into a lot of stories, a picture of me and Jodi Picoult. I have a card a couple of my beta readers sent me when one was visiting the other. They are both big fans of one of my novels, and the card they sent is supposed to be a picture of my MC when he was a kid. It's adorable. I also have a picture of the two readers next to it. Not that I'll forget who sent me the card, but so when people ask me about the card, I can point to their picture when I explain. :P I also have a couple of plastic plot ninjas that I got at NaNoWriMo events.

Purple Rose
05-15-2011, 06:29 AM
A small selection of books (hardcovers as they stand better), pictures of my children when they were little (so I never forget what they were like at that age) and a few ornamental figurines given to me by my children and husband years ago.

quicklime
05-15-2011, 06:40 AM
my inspiration is in my head and in my world; I write at home, at the office, and occasionally while riding shotgun in the van; I can't keep "inspirational artifacts" in all 3.

Atlantis
05-15-2011, 08:17 AM
My office is the living room. I have a framed poster from attack of the 50ft woman and one from the day the earth stood still. I have all my books and photoframes and my ever growing sailor moon figurine collection.

bluntforcetrauma
05-15-2011, 09:23 AM
Two-ply and clean towels.

mscelina
05-15-2011, 10:04 AM
My desk faces a blank wall peppered with tack holes from where I hang my continuity charts. The only things on my desk are my laptop, my three ring binder with my notes/world building/character sheets, a thesaurus, a dictionary and the Chicago Manual of Style. I don't want to look *at* anything when I'm writing; I want to look *beyond* my surroundings.

Oh. And cats. Always at least one. Sometimes up to six. At the moment, four and the kitten is swinging off the back of my chair.

Now, behind my chair, I have three walls that are floor to ceiling bookshelves (full), a comfy chair to read/edit in, my Wall of Shame/Wall of Fame bulletin boards (rejection letters and fan letters, respectively) and a good reading lamp. The only decorative things are candles and my mom's naturalization flag.

Oh. And cats. The ones that aren't on my desk are usually perched somewhere on the bookshelves, usually right where I don't want them to be or where I need to go next.

AmsterdamAssassin
05-15-2011, 01:07 PM
If I had a writing room, it would no doubt be decorated.

Alas, my laptop is the only continuity in the environs in which I write. Right now, I work shift doing security detail at a subway station under renovation and construction, so I sit at a desk on a draughty platform with subway trains passing by on both sides every few minutes and passengers embarking and disembarking, while the PA overhead blathers public announcements.

The weeks before that I sat in a security loge filled to the brim with camera monitors, which is pretty usual. Except that the company can be anything, with different threat risks I have to pay attention to while I write.

However, it has honed my powers of concentration to the point where I can write a dialogue while having a different dialogue.

Isabelle
05-15-2011, 01:21 PM
Books books books!

And...

Old maps - found a beautiful book of prints of antique maps which I cut out to decorate a wall with. They're amazing to look at.

Photos that make me smile.

Fabric wall hangings - they make it feel cosier.

Plants - I have a dragon tree and a christmas cactus that have both travelled about with me for quite a while. It's nice to have something to look after!

seun
05-15-2011, 02:46 PM
An old stereo, occasionally a cat or two and assorted piles of things I haven't got round to sorting out.

Cliff Face
05-16-2011, 10:03 AM
I don't really have an office... Just a desk in the corner of my bedroom. It's pretty bare.

There's the computer stuff (mouse, monitor, speakers, keyboard down on a pull-out shelf thing), a box of tissues (achoo!), some receipts for some reason that are pretty dusty, 2 USB sticks, a little plastic bobble-head Chihuahua I got free with a hot dog and Coke meal deal, a post-it and a business card, and then the main section is: My drink, and my copy of Australian Writer's Marketplace, to inspire me to conquer my fear of rejection and actually submit somewhere.

Apart from the chihuahua, I have no decorations here.

mccardey
05-16-2011, 10:05 AM
You know what would be fun? A thread where we post pics of our writing-places. Do we have one of those threads?

Cliff Face
05-16-2011, 10:06 AM
Uh, I saw a thread like that about a year or so ago, in Novels I think...

No idea what it was called, so I don't know how you'd go about searching for it.

mccardey
05-16-2011, 10:10 AM
Uh, I saw a thread like that about a year or so ago, in Novels I think...

No idea what it was called, so I don't know how you'd go about searching for it.

*sigh* You just live to tantalize, don't you, Cliff?

Cliff Face
05-16-2011, 10:16 AM
Yup. It's my superpower.

For my next trick, I'm going to drag a piece of bacon in front of a dog.

mccardey
05-16-2011, 10:18 AM
For my next trick, I'm going to drag a piece of bacon in front of a dog.


Not in front of my dog, you don't. Sure, he's got the cute and benign thing happening,

<-

but that's just for photographs. In real life, he'd take your arm off as soon as look at you.


*chortle*

Cliff Face
05-16-2011, 10:21 AM
Yeah, I've known dogs like that. Their problem is low self-esteem. Be sure to say, "Good dog, that's an excellent attack maneouvre!" next time he rips off someone's limbs.

Mr Flibble
05-16-2011, 12:12 PM
Uh, I saw a thread like that about a year or so ago, in Novels I think...


Definitely was, cos I posted in it. You can see the dragon skull hanging on the wall. And the utter mess of my desk. Hey, I work better in chaos! Just as well really.

mccardey
05-16-2011, 12:20 PM
and the name of the thread was.....?

Mr Flibble
05-16-2011, 12:52 PM
Errrr.....

You got me there.

scarletpeaches
05-16-2011, 02:53 PM
Posters of Gerard Butler.
Pictures of porn stars...
And I believe you.

:DAnd given my genre, hell yeah it's research.

rhymegirl
05-16-2011, 06:35 PM
You know what would be fun? A thread where we post pics of our writing-places. Do we have one of those threads?

Yup.

You'll have to go back a ways to find it.

Haggis
05-16-2011, 06:49 PM
A raven, a rat and a slug.

Sefer
05-16-2011, 06:57 PM
There's a surprise in the office I work in almost every day... last week we had a box full of different alcohols, baby ducks, baby geese, a new gold top gibson les paul guitar, a kite, a labrador retriever, a huge box of world's finest chocolate, 2 trays of home made Vietnamese eggrolls, and a mouse.

I can't wait to see what's in store for this week...

cray
05-16-2011, 06:57 PM
haggis,....


hmmm.

you are clearly not the raven.
the rat,....maybe....
the slug,....yeah. i think that's you.



am i right? i'm right, aren't i?

what do i win?

Haggis
05-16-2011, 07:02 PM
You misunderstand, cray. I have all three in my office watching me. The rat's battery is dead, though.

rhymegirl
05-16-2011, 07:04 PM
It looks like there have been quite a few threads.

Here is one of them:

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=142862&highlight=Workspace

Voxtrot
05-20-2011, 05:06 AM
One inspirational thing in my office *ahem, bedroom* is a giant world map!

Matera the Mad
05-20-2011, 06:37 AM
Office? Wot's a noffice?

Well, I have The Talisman: a hacksaw blade and a bone tied together with hemp cord, with a crow feather stuck into it.

And a lot of other junk.

Yeshanu
05-20-2011, 07:27 PM
I have a calendar of San Francisco. My goal is to move there in a few years so I keep the calendar to inspire me. I record how much I write and when I get to 50K (I'm at 23 K now) I'm rewarding myself with a small vacation to the city. :)

I always find calendars with really good pictures to be inspirational.

Also a fish tank.

But right now, my office has lots and lots and lots of junk in it, so I think I need to take ideas from this thread more than give them... :)

CaroGirl
05-20-2011, 07:36 PM
Framed certificates of my two short story writing awards. A copy of Elements of Style. My diploma.