Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Jeff Hargett

Jeff takes over the reins today as I continue the Story Sprouts Blog Tour with a visit to Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh’s blog. Check out my post on the Top 5 Movies Based on YA Books to Look Forward to This 2014.

In the meantime, check out Jeff’s amazing workspace below!





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 fantasy writer Jeff Hargett. You can find him blogging at Strands of Pattern.

 Welcome, Jeff!


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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Author Jeff Hargett

I earn a living by writing computer software for a Fortune 500 financial company as a Lead Developer. I’m perhaps at my happiest when writing software that aids my creative writing. Epic fantasy is my favorite genre for novel writing, but pretty much anything goes when it comes to short stories.

I have a keen interest in the sciences, particularly astronomy and physics, although I’m not that well-versed in them. I’ve tried my hand at sketching, painting and 3D modelling. I find each relaxing, but my talent falls short of my enthusiasm. Oh, and I have a thing for maps.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing on one of the computers in my man-cave. Occasionally, I’ll write using my laptop, but I prefer using the twenty-year-old IBM keyboards; they fit my fingers. My tablet and smart phone serve as note-taking devices when the muse drops by unexpectedly.

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Jeff’s man-cave workspace


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

The glass, L-shape desk was a gift from my daughter and son-in-law and the credenza was compliments of my home’s previous owner.

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Jeff’s main desk

 The second desk might have been a Staples purchase, but I don’t remember for certain. My favorite desk is too large and heavy to bring upstairs, so my wife uses that one.


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Jeff’s second desk

 I prefer to arrange my workspace so that I am surrounded by copious amounts of flat surface. I waste none of it.

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Jeff’s credenza


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

Very little sits on my desks unless it has a function. Mementos and sentimental items find their way to shelves or mantles. I do, however, have a large whiteboard and a couple smaller ones. They do come in handy.


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

I think I probably love having the room’s north wall being a bookshelf the most. Unfortunately, the lack of a fridge and bathroom means I must, on occasion, leave my domain.

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Jeff’s bookshelves


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

I almost always have a diet cola at hand regardless of what I’m doing. The exceptions would be milk and orange juice. On rare occasions, I’ll have a hot chocolate. I never managed to develop a liking for alcohol or coffee.

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On Writing

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

I can’t single out just one. I’ve always credited Tolkien for igniting my love for fantasy and Robert Jordan for triggering my desire to actually write it. I’m also a big fan of Terry Goodkind, Robin Hobb, Brandon Sanderson and Mark Lawrence to name a few. There are so many great writers just within the fantasy genre that have had a huge impact on me. I can’t possibly list them all.


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

For me, a typical day writing begins in the evening. My job can be demanding in terms of time and brainpower alike. I cherish my days off work and quiet weekends when the writing day can begin earlier.

Perhaps my biggest writing quirk is that I simply can’t do it with music playing. Even an instrumental interferes with my concentration. I just can’t “get in the zone” without quiet. Maybe it has to do with my job’s forced multitasking all day, but I suspect it runs deeper than that.

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

I tend to write in a batch of sprints and definitely not every day. I normally won’t even attempt it unless I have a half-hour–minimum–of uninterrupted quiet time. Email is my primary distraction, followed by social media.


4. Why do you write?

Because I must. Writing is one of the few creative disciplines at which I have any real aptitude. I can’t sing or dance. I can’t draw or paint well. Yet I have this need to create, to entertain and amuse. I can sometimes accomplish that by writing. There is also within me a need to leave something behind for my children and grandchildren. I’d like for them to catch a glimpse of the part of me that can only be expressed through written words.


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

Write now. Edit later. Publish afterwards. Do not skip steps.



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

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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21 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Jeff Hargett”

  1. Wow! Love Jeff’s bookshelf. Loved learning more how Jeff fits in writing with working.

    • Jeff Hargett says:

      Thanks for letting me take the helm today, Nutchell!

      Thanks for all the comments today, folks. There is now one additional monitor on that desk, but it’s a second display for my workhorse PC. If only I could organize my thoughts as well. :)

  2. Do not skip steps! I like that.
    Multiple computers – just awesome.

  3. Elise Fallson says:

    Wish I had multiple screens too! It’s fun getting a glimpse of your workspace, Jeff. And your writing advice is spot on, which reminds me…back to editing I go!

  4. Al Diaz says:

    It is nice to see a bit more of the knight’s working place. All those screens look kinda fun, like a control room. :)

  5. Teresa says:

    Very interesting. I really like the last–advice or wisdom. We should never skip steps in writing. If we did that in cooking, growing up, etc. it would not work and would be weird.

  6. Jo Wake says:

    I love your man cave Jeff. I envy all the PCs but then it’s your business too. Have a friend in a computer business and his man cave looks similar. As you know I love your writing and am waiting for your Strands of Pattern to start being published.

    Robert Jordan is/was one of my favourites too along with Brandon Sanderson.

  7. Great to see your space. I could make myself crazy in a heartbeat with three separate monitors and keyboards :)

    Hi, Nutschell!

  8. Julie Luek says:

    Jeff, this was such a fun insight and glimpse into your writing life! You are so tidy. I love the credenza too. Now I want one. I have credenza-envy.

    I really like how you found your creative expression in art and in writing and look forward to your book. :)

  9. Tyrean says:

    Wow! Impressive man-cave desk! My husband’s looks similar . . . except he has piles of papers as well as monitors and tech stuff. I’m more of traveling lap top writer . . .
    I understand needing at least a half hour of clear space to think and write – that makes sense.
    And I love that you found an outlet for creativity in writing. Creativity is an awesome gift!
    Looking forward to reading your book. :)

  10. That is a man cave if I ever saw one! Great interview. :)

    Hi, Nutchell. *waves*

  11. mooderino says:

    Now there’s a set up I can be envious of. Wish I had a man cave.

    Moody Writing

  12. Writing code for computer games seems like the perfect marriage of right brain\left brain Jeff. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I should have known you’d have a tidy work space! I share my space with a house full of teens, so I have to clear away candy wrappers and trash before I can start. I need a girl cave! And if it were perfect, I’d have me a mini-fridge stocked with diet coke…I’d share with you Jeff!

  14. Nutschell, I enjoyed your post on Alex’s blog.

    Jeff, your computer space looks pretty high-tech!

    I like your answer about why you write.

  15. LD Masterson says:

    I found it interesting that you talked about writing software that aides you creative writing. Not sure if you meant that writing certain types of code gets your creative juices flowing or if you’re actually writing software designed to assist in the writing process. I’m an old computer programmer (from the dark ages – all linear code) and I always had trouble shifting gears from writing code to writing fiction.

  16. Jeff, I really like your workspace. And I’m really digging that bookshelf! Good luck in your writing.

  17. Great workspace, Jeff! Loving the L-shaped desk…

  18. Nicole says:

    I’m in awe of your bookshelves! Awesome! And Robert Jordan is one of the main influencers who got me into writing too. :)

  19. Wow. Love your writing space, Jeff. A second screen is something I’ve thought about getting. I must do it.

  20. Nutschell – I have a new blog about talk radio at devoted to radio hosts and guests.

    The release about the launch is below.

    Since authors love to go on radio to promote their books and hosts love authors because they view them as experts on their topics, our blogs fall under the same umbrella. (To quote marketing guru Dan Poynter, “Many people love to go on radio and television. In fact, I think some people write books just to get on the air”).

    How about swapping posts? I can interview my fantasy novelists and you can write on your experience on talk radio.

    I will add your site to my blogroll and give you a credit line. Hope you will do the same.

    Best, Fran

    P.S. I have put the information about your blog in the February 5 issue of my ezine, Book Promotion Newsletter.

    Release –

    New Blog Devoted to Talk Radio Hosts and Guests


    PRLog (Press Release) – Dec. 16, 2013 – NEW YORK — Most blogs about talk radio focus on terrestrial radio or changes in broadcasting and personnel. “Talk Radio Advocate” Francine Silverman has started a blog about radio hosts and guests, with posts such as what makes a good interview, who goes on radio, promoting your radio interview, and guests from hell.

    Each month she features a station from either her book, Talk Radio Wants You, or from one or more of her 16 ebooks of talk radio shows. Thus far, she has featured KFNN in Scottsdale, Arizona and Toginet Radio. Each highlighted show includes the shows in her books, along with their websites.

    The mission of the blog is to highlight Internet and on-air hosts who welcome guests, and their guests, and to provide information on talk radio.

    The blog is at

    Francine Silverman is host of a weekly radio show, Fraternizing with Fran, an on-line publicist who gets her clients on radio shows, editor of an ezine for authors, Book Promotion Newsletter, and compiler of 16 ebooks of talk radio shows.

    Francine Silverman

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