Every Wednesday, I feature a writer/blogger and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow bloggers/writers better through their workspace and writing habits. I also wanted my bloggy friends to share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Golden Eagle, author of that information-packed blog The Eagle’s Aerial Perspective

Welcome, Golden Eagle!

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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?

My favorite genre to write is Science Fiction, because it gives you the opportunity to create a range of worlds and characters; I also enjoy Fantasy for the same reasons. Some of my hobbies or interests include writing—I suppose that one’s a little obvious? 😉 –reading, science, fiber art, and I’ve always loved collecting rocks. I don’t really do anything for a living at the moment—unless you count being a teenager.

On Workspace

1. Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing at the desk in the image. Occasionally I’ll write down ideas or a certain phrase if they come to me somewhere else, but the majority is typed into the computer.

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

It used to be my grandmother’s, I believe—my mom inherited it and now we both use it. I don’t really do much arranging of the work area, since most of the files I use (for writing, schoolwork, and just general stuff) are in Word, Excel, OneNote, or online. Except for the white paper you see on the second level down, above the printer; those are cluster diagrams which I do on paper, since it’s hard to do them in any program.

Golden Eagle’s Desk

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

Just the computer, and the modem for the ever-important internet. I don’t tend to need certain objects to work; I figure so long as I have my brain, I can’t go seriously wrong. 😛

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 the fact there’s a lot of light, as you can sort of see in the picture. There are a series of five windows to the left shaped a bit like a bay window and a large one to the right, so there’s sunlight throughout the day. There aren’t really any favorite objects on the desk right now, though there is a book—and I love books. :)

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

I always feel a bit nervous handling fluids around a computer, so I don’t tend to keep drink while I’m writing. I’d be too distracted about making sure I didn’t spill it on the keyboard or screen to get any words out. LOL.

On Writing

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

Not just one! That’s such a hard choice. But if I had to pick . . . Isaac Asimov.

Glen Cook inspired me to write; not because I fell completely in love with his book The Dragon Never Sleeps, (which also introduced me to Space Opera/Science Fiction) but because I wanted to see more of that kind of world. So I got up and started writing a story with a setting similar to it.


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

My typical day—not sure if I have one, really. I tend to write when the mood strikes me, though I do find that writing in the early/late afternoon causes me to be more productive.

As for quirks, I go through a long and arduous process of choosing a font and page size whenever I start a new project. A3, A4, A5? Calibri, Eurostile, Georgia, Times New Roman? To me, each has their own feel, and if I don’t match them up properly with the project I’ll get distracted and bothered by it.

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

No, I don’t write every day. I try to work on my WIP/writing every day (even if that’s just brainstorming or reading a book on writing) but I don’t tend to write daily. I don’t think it’s a bad idea; I just don’t think it would work for me very well.

I’m always distracted by Entanglement. I’m not sure why, but if I start playing that game I could do so for an hour or two . . .

4. Why do you write?

Because it’s a way for me to create and express myself.

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

I’m not sure where I originally heard it, but the advice to just put your butt in your chair and start writing often helps get me over a writing slump or moving when I don’t really feel like churning out any words.

I’m terrible when it comes to remembering quotes (much less who said them), so I don’t have a favorite writing quote, though on a literary note—

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read”—Groucho Marx

—always cracks me up. :)


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Thanks, Golden Eagle, for giving us a glimpse into your writing life.

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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71 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Golden Eagle”

  1. Lots of light is essential for a good writing space.

    That is one whacky quote!

  2. mooderino says:

    I never thought to play with fonts and page size. I would probably waste hours tweaking.

    mood
    Moody Writing
    @mooderino
    The Funnily Enough

  3. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell and Golden .. good thoughts re your desk – wish my neck of the woods was as small as that and as clear as yours .. love my books, but I do have plenty of light ..

    Cheers Hilary

  4. Southpaw says:

    Yippee another rock hound like myself! Don’t get me started on Entangled.

  5. Ah, I love lots of light when I’m working, too. Another great Wednesday Writer’s Workspace!

  6. Different fonts? I’m not even sure what mine is set to in terms of fonts! I think Arial.
    Good interview with Golden!

  7. Joshua says:

    Great interview. Asimov is a big plus.

  8. Elise Fallson says:

    What a fun concept for an interview. And wow, your desk is so organized and neat. *looks down at own desk and cringes* (:

  9. Old Kitty says:

    Hello Writing Nut! Thanks for having gorgeous Golden Eagle here! She’s so fab and ever so mysterious so it’s great to see her work space and read more of her writerly philosophy! Take care
    x

  10. Pat Hatt says:

    Nice work space you have, seems to have what you need and surely get things done. Also so true, plank your rear end down and write, best thing to do.

  11. That quote about books and dogs always makes me laugh too. Like TGE, I can spend time choosing fonts and page sizes, but for me it, usually a way to get distracted.

  12. shelly says:

    I love these work space posts you do.

  13. marcy says:

    Cool. Now I know a little more about the golden eagle than I used to. Plus I got a book recommendation :)

    Thank you both!

  14. I’d love to have more windows in my writing space. I think a serene view really helps. Ooh, Entanglement looks very cool. I need something to distract me from Mahjong!

  15. This is a great theme for a blog. I’m going to skim back through some of your older posts to check out more writerly work places.

  16. It was fun learning more about you, Eagle! :)

  17. Misha says:

    Aw man! I knew I forgot to do something.

    Sigh.

    I’ll send you the stuff you need this weekend, if you still want me to. :-)

    I liked Golden’s entry. I also write when the mood strikes me, because writing every day because I have to is a sure-fire way for me to burn out.

  18. I love this feature. I’ve subscribed.

  19. Stuart Nager says:

    So…more of the mysterious young lady is revealed…next photo of her: maybe her pinky? 😉

    Always good to know more about you, GE.

  20. Karla says:

    Great to take a peek at the Eagle’s nest – it’s as neat and structured as I thought it might be … mine looks like it was built by a Buffalo Weaver Bird (but then again, trying to weave a bufffalo … asking for trouble really…)
    Loved the interview and insight into the Eagle’s writing life – good quote too :-)

  21. Libby says:

    That is a ton of natural light! Good show sir!

  22. Krispy says:

    I love that ending quote! Hilarious!

    Thanks for hosting Nutschell, and thanks for the insight Golden! :) Fun hearing about people’s writing habits & seeing their spaces. Mine is way too messy to show to the world, lol.

  23. Your workspace looks really cramped. Ick. I could never write there.

    • Yeah, sometimes I wish it was bigger. But the table to the right is pretty big (6′?) and the second level of the desk slides out, so there’s a lot of surface area, at least.

  24. Thank you for interviewing me, Nutschell! :)

  25. Matt says:

    Awesome, I love The Golden Eagle. Nice to read this interview!

  26. Golden Eagle, it was great to get a look inside your head and your work space! What a neat guest spot. Thanks, Writing Nut!

  27. Pretty organized writing space… I need to learn from you:)

  28. It was great getting to know you. I like lots of light to write too, but since I usually write at night, that’s not possible.

  29. Ciara Knight says:

    Great interview. I wouldn’t be able to just pick one author, either. Yikes, that’s a tough question. I’ve never thought about font I was using when I start a new project. Interesting. Have a great weekend!

  30. Brian says:

    She is terrific, and very organized!

  31. michelle says:

    A basic and functional writing space… I suppose that’s all that you need anyway..
    Thanks to Nutschell, for affording us a peek into the mystery world of Golden Eagle.

  32. deniz says:

    Great interview! I have fun choosing fonts too. And ooh, that looks like a fun, addictive game. But I’d better not start…

  33. Its great to get to know you a little better. I don;t like beverages near the keyboard either, especially with kids around.

  34. Your work place is so organized. I used to worry about the drink thing too but I put it on my desk far from the keyboard and hope for the best.

  35. Lynn Kelley says:

    Awesome learning about Eagle and her work space, writing routine. How interesting about having to pick just the right font. That’s very cool.
    What a great new series you’ve started, Nutschell. Looking forward to reading many more.

  36. Great interview and advice. I love that very tody workspace ;O)

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