Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Marcy Hatch

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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 Marcy Hatch, author of that fun blog Maine Words.

Welcome Marcy!

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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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Marcy Hatch

I’m currently looking for work, having lost my job as office manager of almost 15 years last November. Before that I worked as a nurse’s aid, housepainter, and shelf stocker – very exciting stuff! My genres of choice are scifi and fantasy, YA and up, as well as historical romance. I also like to draw and paint, usually bookmarks, maps, and people (often the characters I’m writing about).

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do the majority of my writing at my desk.

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?
I bought my desk from a friend for $15 and then my dad refinished it for me for my birthday. I love my desk – even more now that my dad is gone. It’s nice knowing I have something beautiful he made for me.

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Marcy’s workspace

 

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

I think the most important things are the books, especially my thesaurus and dictionary, but also the other reference books like my name book, Gurp’s Space, The Emotional Thesaurus, North American Wildlife ( I know, weird ), and some foreign language dictionaries.

 

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

I’m just happy I have a space! I don’t think there’s anything I’d deem favorite – although there is a nice rock my son gave me that says ‘I love mom’ which is pretty sweet :)

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

It depends on what time it is! If it’s in the morning then coffee for sure. I don’t think I could start my day without coffee, preferably strong, sweet, and creamy!

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A few samples of the bookmarks that Marcy creates

On Writing

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

Too many to list! Tolkien, of course, Ursula LeGuin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robin Hobb, Tad Williams, Charles DeLint, Dan Simmons, Peter Hamilton, and Vernor Vinge to name a few.

 

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

As long as I have coffee I’m good to go.

 

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?
I do write everyday, unless I go away on vacation. Right now with not working I spend a lot of time at my desk, blogging and writing. I recently finished the first draft of my wip, NO REST.  The Internet can be a very distracting. I can easily spend hours looking at real estate, jumping around from blog to blog, checking my email, perusing Amazon…really, there’s no end to the diversions. One thing I don’t have is any good games on my computer, like Skyrim. If I did I’d never get any writing done!

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Marcy’s Skyrim alter-ego Ash

 

4. Why do you write?

I guess I just have to. I’ve been telling stories ever since I can remember and I don’t think I’ll stop ‘til the fat lady sings

 

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

I think my only advice to anyone would be to practice as much as possible because that’s the only way you ever get good at anything. The quote I’ll share isn’t a writing quote, but one I saw on a banner during the 2004 World Series where the Red Sox finally won. It said, “You have to believe it to see it.”

 

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Thanks Marcy, 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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50 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Marcy Hatch”

  1. Your Skyrim character is named Ash – nice!
    Didn’t know you created bookmarks. Very cool.
    And that quote from the Red Sox banner is so true.

  2. Elise Fallson says:

    How sweet your Dad helped fix that desk for you, how special that must be for you now. And what lovely bookmarks! I wish I could draw my characters, but I can’t draw to save my life. (:

    • mshatch says:

      I’ve always been a doodler and maybe if I hadn’t focused most of my energy into writing I would’ve been an artist instead – and no doubt just as rich and famous, lol.

  3. Your desk is lovely and it’s very touching that you have it as a memory of your dad now. Love your bookmarks, so pretty!

  4. mshatch says:

    Thank you so much for having me, Nutshell :)

  5. DEZMOND says:

    Marcy, what’s The Emotional Thesaurus? It sounds intriguing.
    Nice interview, ladies!

    • mshatch says:

      The Emotional Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is a fabulous reference book which will give you the physical signs of an emotion, the internal signs, mental responses, and more. These are the ladies from The Bookshelf Muse and they are well worth checking out.

  6. I always find the work spaces of others fascinating! Thanks for the awesome post/interview :)

  7. Great interview, Marcy. Not only is your desk special, it’s neat, too! Congratulations on finishing your first draft. Now the fun begins.

  8. Wanda says:

    The bookmarks are really nice and it’s wonderful that everyday you write, you have a reminder of your dad.

  9. Great interview, Nutshell and Marcy. It’s so interesting to see how other writers work.

  10. What a fantastic interview! I love those bookmarks, and very cool desk made even more so with sentimental value.

  11. LD Masterson says:

    You desk is so neat. Now I feel the need to straighten.

  12. tcavey says:

    Like your bookmark.

    We share some of the same fav authors!

    Good luck and God bless you in finding a job- it can be hard.

  13. What pretty bookmarks!

    I love the advice/quote. So true! I also think it is great that she is using the unexpected time off for work to write. Very productive. I wish Marcy much success. :)

  14. Mary Pax says:

    I’ve got to upgrade from Morrowind to Skyrim. :) Love those bookmarks, Marcy.

    Happy Wednesday, Shell!

    • mshatch says:

      What about Oblivion? That’s next in the Elder Scrolls Universe – tho I wouldn’t blame you if you skipped ahead to Skyrim cuz it ROCKS!

  15. L.G.Smith says:

    I love that picture of you, Marcy! And I love that about your writing desk. I have an old desk in my office that belonged to my grandparents and it is ugly as sin, but it has sentimental value for me, so I keep it around. :)

  16. Sia McKye says:

    I have to tell you I love the color on your walls. With the lovely desk and those colors it’s so inviting. Just beautiful.

    Bookmarks are pretty. I see so many who have multiple creative outlets. I think it’s a good thing, as one usually rests the other or feeds the other. :-)

    Job search is NO fun. Talk about rejections making you feel low, sheesh.

    I’ve never played Skyrim. Looks like fun. I play a lot of card games more than any other. Nice way to relax or gear up to destroy the opposition–on my way to taking over the world, you know. Lolol!

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

    • mshatch says:

      Strangely, the color you see is not the actual color, which is ‘plum perfect.’ However, I do have a color quite similar to that red downstairs in my living room and it is rather warm and cozy :)

  17. Lexa Cain says:

    I loved your interview, Marcy! You’re so funny! I love the desk – so beautiful. Now stay off Skyrim and get to writing! lol

    • mshatch says:

      Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your pov), Skyrim is not on my computer so I only get to play when I visit my brother which is usually only once a week, if I’m lucky. So don’t worry, I’m writing – mostly :)

  18. Julie says:

    Great interview Nutschell and Marcy! Beautiful desk Marcy, and I love how your dad refinished it for you. Excellent quote at the end!

  19. It’s lovely that your desk is also a keepsake. I get very distracted by the internet too!

  20. mooderino says:

    That was a great interview. Liked the story about the desk.

    mood

  21. Julie Luek says:

    Great to know you, Marcy. I love your bookmarks– so cute and creative! And your desk– what a wonderful keepsake.

  22. tara tyler says:

    yay marcy!
    your desk looks very similar to mine, except a lot neater!
    and pretty bookmarks! i hope you include those to sell at your table for book fairs!

    • mshatch says:

      I’ll have to make some more but I have thought about doing that – not only would someone get my book (but wait there’s more…) but a fabulous bookmark made by moi :)

  23. Marcy, did you organize your desk before taking that picture? 😉 I think that’s how mine might look AFTER a picture, but seriously, who’s that neat WHILE creating? (LOL)

    • mshatch says:

      No, I just happened to take the picture when it was neater than normal, also, you can’t see the space between the back of the keyboard and the monitor which has a messy pile of 3 x 5 cards with all sorts of random notes about characters, and plot, drawings of floorplans, doodles, character sketches, etc.

  24. Bish Denham says:

    Ooooo. I like those bookmarks! And I ate up the Darkover novels by Bradley.

  25. Al Diaz says:

    I love your bookmarks! They are so colorful. And your writing place looks very cozy. I am not fan of video games but I love to see other people playing. Your alter ego looks very cool. Internet distracting? No way!

  26. I love that your dad refinished your desk. I’m sure it is a special feeling to touch it and think of him. My Nan died recently, I brought home her fun fur and had it repaired. I love to walk past it and touch it. It makes me feel closer to her.

  27. Pat says:

    Nice job on both sides of the interview. I like those bookmarks. Marcy you are multi-talented.

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