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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 Christian P., author of that fun blog, The Capillary.

Welcome, Christiana!

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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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Christiana P. aka. The Capillary

My name is Christiana P. I have been involved in nursing for the last 10 years, working as a Registered Nurse for the last six in Canada and the UK. I have been recently qualified as a massage therapist and currently work as both at the moment.

I love to write urban fantasy. As much as I love world building for high fantasy, I find urban fantasy a little more relatable for people. It also allows me to bring back some magic into my characters lives who are, let’s face it, snap shots of people in my life who think fantasy and sci-fi are cop outs as far as works of fiction are concerned.

My hobby and interests are martial arts and fitness. I recently reached my first dan (first level of black belt) in Olympic Style Taekwondo, and I’m working towards my first dan in the non-Olympic style Taekwondo. In the last couple years I’ve gotten involved with competing at various levels in both styles and have had a surprising amount of success, though I wouldn’t call this a hidden talent.

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On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing at my desk. Doing “work” or studying at a desk is something I was conditioned with from a very early age. When I’m feeling rebellious I’ll move a foot over to my sofa and put my feet up.

I’d love to be one of those people who can go to a cafe or library and be productive, but it just doesnt’ work. I end up spending most of my time watching people. Which is great if you need some inspiration for a character, but productivity? Not so much.

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

My original desk was bought second hand from GumTree and fit into the corner nicely, but my legs didn’t fit under it very well so I was constantly sitting at angle. After some bargaining with my husband I agreed to go to Ikea with me to get the desk you see now (’cause you know, you never come back from Ikea only with the things on your list…).
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Setting up this work area was difficult as my husband and I had moved from a 3 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom house. I had wanted to set up my work space in the spare bedroom but we quickly agree that we would struggle to host visitors. I’ve always been able to have a space dedicated to myself for all hours of the day. So setting up my works space in the living room and having my husband in the same space ( particularly in the evenings) was an adjustment and my productivity took a massive blow for the better part of a year.

 

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

The most important thing on my desk besides the obvious computer is a notepad and pen. Even on my most productive days I can hit a road block that needs a bit of back to basics writing. The other constant companion is a mug of tea. I have a number of different mugs and teas but my favourites are lemon and ginger tea in my Tim Hortons mug.

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

I don’t have any favourite objects. My work space is a practical space: I need the space to focus and think. Not very interesting for someone who falls under the “artsy” category.

 

On Writing

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

My favourite authors are David Eddings, not because he was super original, but he took a typical story and made it memorable with his characters; Robert Jordan, for what I think is one of the most complicated and original fantasy stories; K.A. Applegate, who made YA sci-fi the coolest ever.

Funny enough, it wasn’t an author that inspired me to write, it was my group of friends in high school. It’s like we had a little writing group for a while and we spent a number of lunch hours reading each other’s WIP’s. I typically don’t become nostalgic for my teen years, but when I do, it’s those lunch hours I dream about: where else did you have a writing group that met every day (or near enough)?

 

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

0830 – Training

1030 – FREEDOM (…/studying)

1230- Lunch

1300 – Work/Studying

1700 – Supper

1900 – Training

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During my two hours of freedom I typically do my most writing, editing, brainstorming, and napping. It’s not a lot of time, and sometimes other appointments eat into that time so it’s not a regular, set time every day. When work is slow sometimes I get a chance to scribble a few ideas out.

Tea. I always need a hot cup of tea next to me when I write. Even in the heat of summer.

 

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

I try during my couple hours of freedom, but like I mentioned, sometimes this time get filled up with non-training, non-business related things, or I pick up a shift at the hospital. If this happens I end up having binge writing days once or twice a month where I shut the world out and crank out a few thousand words.

Worst distraction: PINTEREST. A close second is the Facebook.

I always pretend it’s for business related things, but let’s not kid ourselves.

 

4. Why do you write?

I guess the short answer would be simply to make sense of the world and how I feel about things that happen in my life.

 

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

My favourite quote is pictured “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” I love it because it applies to so many aspects of life: training, writing, studying, or even just day to day life. But on the flip side, you need to get out. 

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Writing is such a solitary endeavour: you have to spend hours and hours at every stage by yourself, and in your head. Even though you have all sorts of social media platforms at your fingertips you risk becoming disconnected from the world around you. Get up, go to an exercise class, take a different route to work, enjoy being at that wedding, go on a road trip with a friend, and make time for family. Not only will it keep you grounded but it’ll spark your imagination, renew your enthusiasm, and make you appreciate your  writing dream.

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

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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3 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Christiana P. aka The Capillary”

  1. That’s a great quote.
    I see the two of you have something in common!
    I can’t write just anywhere either. It has to be at my desk, in front of my laptop. (Editing I have a bit more freedom.)

  2. That would be hard to work like that, but on the other hand you’re close to your husband. I like your work ethic Christina!

  3. I’m with Christiana on where to write. I can absolutely nothing on the page when I’m in a cafe, but I do collect a lot of characters for future stories!

    Thanks for telling us about this author and her workspace.

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