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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome LD, mystery, sci-fi and romance writer and author of that fun blog http://ldmasterson-author.blogspot.com/

Welcome, LD!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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LD Masterson

I retired a couple years ago after twenty years as the techno-weenie (Information Technologies Director) for the local American Red Cross.  I also served as a disaster response volunteer on national disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, floods, and the World Trade Center site after 9/11.  Now I divide my time between writing and enjoying my family, especially my four grandkids. Oh, and I’ve shifted my disaster duties from the ARC to my church’s disaster recovery team (old disaster workers never die…).

I like writing genre mixes—paranormal suspense, sci fi mystery—always with a little romance just for fun.  I’m currently querying a paranormal suspense. I also enjoy doing short humor pieces, usually non-fiction because life gives us so much material to work with.

If I have any hidden talent, it has chosen to remain hidden. *sigh*

me and my friend

Me and a friend

On Workspace

1. Where do you do most of your writing?

I do almost all my writing at my desk. I’ve tried using my laptop in other parts of the house but I just can’t get comfortable. This is my spot.

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Work space

 

2. Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

The hutch desk where the computer sits dates back a couple decades. My husband and I share it, as we do the computer (the piles of papers to the right of the monitor are his). But the desk nearer the window is a recent add-on. I need room to spread out my notes and stuff when I’m working and, being left handed, having space on my left is perfect for me. That desk is all mine.

stuff on hutch

Stuff on hutch

3. What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Well, the most important thing is my computer, naturally.  And I have to have a mug of tea handy.  And as you can see in the picture, I rarely work without my partner in crime sitting in her bed next to my chair. That’s my Sophie.

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Sophie

4. What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I have a few things I play with when I’m thinking but nothing special. I keep some goodies on the top of the hutch, like my Boston Red Sox/Fenway Park memorabilia and a picture of my husband and sons all dressed up for our older son’s wedding, but my favorite thing would be the window and the tree right outside.  Birds and squirrels an arm’s length away.  I always keep the window open in the summer and have to put paperweights on my notes so they don’t blow around the room.

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Desk by the window

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Hot tea. Year round. Maybe a bottle of cold water if it’s really hot out but then I go right back to my tea.

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Wow, there are just too many. But I guess by shear volume, I’d have to name JD.Robb. I’ve read every one of the thirty-something In Death books.  I love Peabody.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

Oh, I wish I could develop a “typical” day. I thought once I retired, I’d settle into a nice routine with regular writing hours. Hasn’t happened so far. I still let other things get in the way during the day and end up writing through the night. I get a lot done that way but the next morning I’m a zombie. My only ritual is I MUST have a mug of tea when I’m working

 

3. Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

Um, refer back to the previous question.  Some days I write for hours, other days not at all. NOT a good plan, I know. My worst self-distraction would be Spider Solitaire or online Sudoku. My biggest outside distraction would be, “Hey, Nana, can you drive me to/pick me up from/get me a…/etc.” I love doing this but it still keeps me from writing.

 

4. Why do you write?

I’ve got to admit, I don’t enjoy writing. But I love having written. It’s a bit like running, which I did before my knees went bad. I never really found that runners’ high. I just forced myself to keep going. But afterwards, looking back at my distance and time…I loved that feeling of accomplishment. Writing’s the same thing. I force myself to do it because I love going back and reading what I wrote. Even if it stinks and I have to re-write it. It’s so much fun seeing where the story went and what my characters are doing.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Can I share my favorite Peanuts cartoons? I’ve got them posted on the back of hutch on my desk. The pictures are all Snoopy, sitting on his doghouse, typing. The first one is four blocks:

Gentleman, Regarding the recent rejection slip you send me.

I think there might have been a misunderstanding.

What I really wanted was for you to publish my story and send me fifty thousand dollars.

Did you realize that?

 

The second one is just three:

Some nights were dark. Some nights were stormy.

Some shots rang out. Some maids screamed.

Some more editors sent rejection slips.

 

Yup, that’s about it.  Thanks for having me today. This was fun.

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, LD!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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20 Responses to “Wednesday Writers Workspace Welcomes LD Masterson”

  1. I love your desk, so much room, but I would have trouble sharing with my husband. Snoopy is very wise.

  2. Mason Canyon says:

    Linda, it’s fun learning more about your writing and the window would provide great inspiration. I’d happy to learn you also like Peabody from the Death series. She’s a card.

  3. LD Masterson says:

    Susan – We’re talking about getting a second computer. If that happens, I’m booting him to the guest room. *grin*

    Mason – Yay! Another Peabody fan. She’s my favorite character.

  4. All that shoveling paid off! What a lovely work space.

  5. Murees Dupé says:

    Nice Desk. It’s so great that your dog stays with you while you write. My dog hates it when I write, because he prefers me staring at him for hours instead of the screen. You drink tea in summer? Wow, you really like tea. Great job!

  6. I loved seeing your writing space and learning more about your writing life. Thanks for sharing.

    Hi, Nutschell!

  7. What fun getting to know more about you Linda. And I suspected all along that you are left-handed. All really creative, funny, intelligent, giving people are left-handed. :-)

    I also share your favorite office item. I have a window by my desk and love to watch the critters that fly and wander through. I also love to watch my cats try to catch things. The cats are on this side of the glass, but they don’t quite get the fact that they cannot simply reach out and snatch that grasshopper who landed on the window.

    I would love to be a guest some Wednesday. I promise to find something else to talk about besides the window in my office so it doesn’t look like I stole the idea from LD.

    • LD Masterson says:

      Well, this is weird. I was here earlier and didn’t see your post, but now here it is. Thanks for coming by. (Are you by any chance left-handed?)

      I’d like to say Sophie tries to catch thing through the windows but she’s more into sleeping.

      Nutschell – Did you notice Maryann’s offer?

  8. LD Masterson says:

    Crystal – I probably shouldn’t mention I dumped it all just off camera.

    Murees – Sophie would rather I be walking her or at least petting her but she’s got the routine figured out and she’s pretty good about it. About the tea…I don’t drink coffee, so tea is my caffeine fix.

    Carol – Thank you for stopping by.

  9. You share a desk with Stan? Are you mad, woman?

    My husband is so (sweetly) annoying his computer is at the other end of the house. This was a deliberate decision made at the moment we decided to buy the house.

    Sophie is cool though–but you knew that already. :o)

    • LD Masterson says:

      Maria – yours was the other post that wasn’t visible when I checked before. Very strange.

      We share a desk because we only have the one computer (for now). But he’s really good about letting me spread my junk out everywhere and he gets a little corner for his.

  10. Jemi Fraser says:

    Awesome interview ladies!! Love the desk, Linda – one of these days I’ll have room for one! I’m a huge JD Robb fan as well. Peabody is such a fabulous character – love them all! :)

    • LD Masterson says:

      Okay, this is where I sheepishly admit I just noticed I can reply to each comment instead of leaving a group reply comment. Oops.

      Thanks, Jemi. I have lots of room since my kids are grown and gone. Yes, I love most of the characters in the In Death series but Peabody is definitely my favorite, even more than Eve. She’s just so real.

  11. Robyn Engel says:

    I like your writing nook, and I really love that shade of green on the walls. It’s important, and a luxury, to have sunlight where you work. Right? I finally repositioned my desk so I’m facing my window. I can’t believe I never thought to do that, until I had to move it to get to the back of my CPU.

    Have a nice weekend, LD.

  12. What a wonderful interview! LD has a great writing space. Love the sunlight. Wishing her the best of luck!

  13. My kind of writer. She hates writing, but loves having written. Me, too! And I envy her Sophie. I need a writing buddy to keep me company. I used to have a cat, but she’s no longer here to walk across my keyboard and wake me up.

    I enjoyed the interview and humor. She’s great.

  14. LD Masterson says:

    You definitely need a writing buddy. And there are thousands of cats and dogs out there who would love to fill the role. You should think of adopting. (My Sophie is a rescue girl.)

    Thanks for coming by.

  15. J.S.Pitts says:

    Thanks for the peak. I love your window! We all need a view like that and a Sophie to go with it :)

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