Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Elise Fallson

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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 writer Elise Fallson. You can find her blogging at  http://elisefallson.blogspot.fr/

 Welcome, Elise!

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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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Elise Fallson

 Currently, I live in France with my family and teach conversational English part-time. Before moving to my current location, I was an Entomologist and have always found insects and their macro-world fascinating beyond compare. They are the original architects and engineers of this planet and hold many more secrets just waiting to be discovered. As a writer, I have a penchant for fiction, mainly in the fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction genres. And when it comes to writing, I’m not afraid of turning to my six-legged friends for inspiration. When I’m not writing, reading, chasing the kids around the house, or singing off key, I’m trail running or doing some other sports related activity. As for hidden talents . . . I’m not sure I have any. I don’t feel I’m particularly good at any one thing to call it a talent. Oh wait.  I can force out a really loud, high-pitched scream. It’ll make your ears bleed. I’ve gotten hate mail from dogs and mermaids about it. Does that count?

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing on my desktop computer and/or on my laptop. When I’m working on the laptop, I’m either seated at the kitchen table or I’m at the local coffee shop.

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Elise’s desktop

 

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

We recently renovated this room to turn it into an office (it’s still a work in progress) and as you can see, my desk is actually the top of an old coffee table placed on top of two trestles. It’s a temporary setup but you know what, I like it. It’s functional, stays uncluttered, easy to clean. Plus, I’m not worried about the kids scratching or writing on it, heck, I may paint the trestles one of these days and keep the desk as is.

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Elise’s workspace

 

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

To work, I like to have paper, pencil, computer, and an internet connection. I’d also say I need a dictionary, but I’m too lazy to open the one that sits on the shelf right next to me. Instead, I use an online dictionary when I need. Oh, and I like to have my headphones and iPod to listen to music from time to time.

 

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

I like my desk because it didn’t cost much, it’s sturdy, and relatively big. I like to spread out when I work. My favorite items on my desk are two little wooden toys I call BB (Blue Bot) and his friend, George. When I get stuck on my writing and need a distraction, I pick them up. They’re fun to play with and twist into different positions. Note, BB and George were my kid’s toys. My kids played with them for about a day, but as soon as they put them down, I was all over them. Now they’re mine. ALL MINE. NO TOUCHY. 😀

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

Coffee or tea. I drink both.

 

On Writing

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

I enjoy many authors like King, Gaiman, Poe, Rice, Bradbury—the list is long. But the one who inspired me to write is my Dad.

 

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

I have two very active children ages 7 and 5 which means, I don’t have a typical day. Or maybe you could say my typical day is crazy, unpredictable, and full of interruptions. It’s not very conducive to writing during daylight hours, which is why I usually write at night.

 

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

I don’t write on my wip (work in progress) everyday, but everyday I do write something, posts, poetry, short stories, etc. I can’t imagine a day without writing. My kids are pretty demanding, so I’d have to say they’re my main distraction.

 

4. Why do you write?

I write because I like to see characters and scenes come alive on page. There’s something incredibly satisfying about seeing the right words come together. When you think about it, writing is just a bunch of symbols and squiggles on a piece of paper, yet these specific squiggles have the ability to produce a multitude of emotions in people—it’s a very power tool when used correctly.

 

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

Having a good critique partner or being in a good writing group is important, especially for new writers. And I’d also say to writers who are thinking about starting a writing blog–get your first draft of your manuscript finished BEFORE you start blogging. If you’re serious about blogging and building a platform, remember it is very time consuming. The time you spend on-line is time not spent writing your manuscript. It’s more important to get at least your first draft finished before you dive into the social media circus.

 

As for quotes, there are many I like. What comes to mind right now is this one:

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”

–       Thomas Jefferson

 

Thank you for having me here today, Nutschell! I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts, and showing you my writing space here at The Writing Nut. Happy Wednesday and I wish everyone much success in their writing endeavors.  😀

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

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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44 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Elise Fallson”

  1. M.J. Fifield says:

    “I’m too lazy to open the one that sits on the shelf right next to me. Instead, I use an online dictionary when I need.” <—Same here. I'm looking at my dictionary right now, thinking it probably needs to be dusted.

    Fun interview as always!

  2. Won’t touch your toys!
    Your dad – that’s nice.
    Smart advice. I didn’t even start blogging until I’d signed a contract, so waiting is a good idea. It does take a lot of time.

    • Elise Fallson says:

      I love blogging, but it does take a lot of time, which reminds me, may I borrow the blueprints to your cloning machine?

  3. Great interview. I so agree that it’s good to focus on your manuscript before you start blogging because the blogging can be very time consuming too.

  4. Mina B. says:

    Aw! Love this. You’re desk is so neat. I love the toys too. My kids would steal my toys. lol!

  5. Awesome interview! I loved getting a peek into Elise’s world. And I promise not to touch anything. She has a scorpionfly after all!

    • Elise Fallson says:

      LOL! Thanks Christine. If you come over, I’ll lock up the scorpionfly in the garage and let you play with the toys. Promise. 😀

  6. nutschell says:

    Lovely to have you here today, Elise! I looove your workspace!

  7. mooderino says:

    Not sure you need Alex’s cloning machine when yo have robots to help. Great interview!

    mood
    Moody Writing

  8. Pat Hatt says:

    Protective of your toys huh? lol Nice little spot to write. That bench must get hard on the butt though after a while

    • Elise Fallson says:

      After about an hour, that stool is literally, a pain in the ass. But, that’s why I like it. It forces me to sit up straight and keeps me from spending hours on end sitting and surfing the net…that is until I decide to grab the laptop and write on the couch, twisted like a pretzel under a bunch of blankets. *le sigh* :)

  9. Elsie says:

    I really like your desk the way it is. I worked on a military base that was going through a drawdown and they removed my desk. They replaced it with something very similar to yours and I found I was much more organized that way.

    • Elise Fallson says:

      Thanks Elsie, somehow I missed your comment too! Sorry.
      I think the lack of drawer helps to keep it more organized because I only leave out the things I absolutely need. Everything else gets put away…more or less *ahem* (;

  10. Tyrean says:

    My dictionary sits on a shelf next to my lonely thesaurus . . . because when I need to look something up I go to dictionary.com or another site.
    My writing life is crazy and full of distractions too – it doesn’t get less so when the kids get older, like I thought it would. Now, they don’t sleep as long and keep me just as busy. But they are worth it. :)

    • Elise Fallson says:

      Oh no! You just shattered my dream that I’ll have more time to write as the kids get older. *bangs head on desk* 😉 But I do agree, they are and will be, worth it.

      And dictionary.com is the one I use 90% of the time too!

  11. Your workspace looks very neat and functional Elise.
    BB and George are cute. They do a good job of keeping your creative juices flowing. No wonder you have a “all mine, no touchy” policy. :)

  12. Elise Fallson says:

    My workspace is functional…not always neat though. I relocated a bunch of papers for the photo. 😉 And yes, BB and George do help when I need to stretch my imagination. Funny how just having a toy like that to keep your fingers busy, helps.

  13. Mary Pax says:

    Elise, I love the wooden toys. It is important for new writers to get feedback and keep learning. Even if you think you know something, take a class/workshop anyway.

    • Elise Fallson says:

      The more I know, the more I realize I don’t know a damn thing about writing. I’d love to take classes/workshop or seminar, but it’s not the easiest when you live abroad… I do need to check out some online classes though. Thanks for stopping by Mary.

  14. I love the desk. Trestles desk are very stylish, but man, they can cost a pretty penny! DIY sounds much more easier on the pocketbook. And I also think I need to take some dancing lessons from BB! :)

  15. mshatch says:

    Love this interview and learning more about Elise – I can also relate to the dictionary thing; I have one within easy reach, too, and yet I still go online to look words up. Why? Totally agree about Critique partners; they’re the best!

    • Elise Fallson says:

      I think a lot of us are the same, the internet has made many things so much easier…plus, I might pull a muscle or something trying to reach for that heavy book! 😉

  16. Krystal Jane says:

    Loved this interview, Elise! ^_^
    Seriously, screaming is a talent. Seriously. Most people can’t scream for crap. Also, I totally love that desk! It’s so creative. It looks so artsy. :)

    • Elise Fallson says:

      Krystal! How did I miss your comment? My bad. Yes screaming, it’s great stress release except for when it starts making other people’s ears bleed. It turns out they don’t like it too much. But, it’s great to release a tribal yell when no one is around. 😀

  17. LD Masterson says:

    It was the bench that caught my attention. Not sure I could manage that. The rest of your workspace looks excellent.

    • Elise Fallson says:

      Thanks LD. :) The stool is certainly not the most comfortable, I admit. However, it forces me to sit up properly and after about an hour or so, it also forces me to get up and stretch/move around, which is a good thing for my back and legs and shoulder…

  18. Hilary says:

    HI Nutschell and Elise – lovely to see Elise’s desk .. very practical and your toys .. your creativity comes to the fore. I have to say with two active young children .. I don’t know how you cope – but you obviously thrive in all that’s going on with the family, and the activities you can get involved in ..

    Hortense comes to the fore for me .. I hope you can find out more about her ..

    Great peek into your work space .. my dictionary does get used, but sometimes I don’t stretch my arm out .. I have a small dictionary I can access very easily ..

    Cheers to you both – Hilary

    • Elise Fallson says:

      I’d love to find out more about Hortense, but the good thing about being a writer is if I can’t, I can just make it up and make it fantastic. Or at least I can try. (: Thanks for stopping in Hilary!

  19. I like your desk! It has that industrial, practical beauty. I used to let my kids play video games while I wrote, when I was done we’d do our chores. They never bugged me to quit and I’d have to set an alarm to make sure they didn’t get too much video time in!

    • Elise Fallson says:

      The video games idea can be a good idea, the only trouble I get into is when they come in and ask me to get them past a hard part in the video game. And then, 15 minutes have gone by and I’m still playing video games, ha! I just can’t win sometimes. (:

  20. Julie Luek says:

    Very fun to see your workplace, Elise. It’s so clutter-free! When I had an office, I loved setting it up. It didn’t have to be fancy (I like your desk!) just suitable and have touches of “me”. I’ve had to give it up for a bit while my son is home, but I’ll just appreciate the space all the more when I can have it back again. :)

    • Elise Fallson says:

      Thanks Julie! My desk usually starts off clutter-free and rapidly becomes a crazy mess. Funny how that happens. (;

  21. Love your writing space, and the insect world is indeed fascinating. Love seeing that part of our universe–tiny, yet infinite.

    • Elise Fallson says:

      Thanks Lee. The insect world is incredibly fascinating, if humans paid better attention, we could learn a lot from them.

  22. S.P.Bowers says:

    Ha, I have a toy I stole from my kids on my desk too. They’ve learned to stop asking for it back. :)

  23. Gary says:

    Hey Elise,

    Thee you go, as promised, I dropped over here. Well not literally. Aha, so you teach conversational English on a part time basis. You should come over to England and teach English to the locals where I live. Haven’t got a clue what they are saying.

    You certainly do your best, despite the rewards of giving attention to your kids, to focus, when you can on your writing. Well done, you. Suddenly, I’m thinking of bugs!

    Gary :)

  24. Elise Fallson says:

    LOL! Teaching English to the English by a French/American. What could possibly go wrong? 😀

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