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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 ML Swift, writer and blogger at mlswift.me.

 Welcome, ML!

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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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As you see, I was born in the period when black and white photography was still the norm. Sure, color had been invented, but who could afford it except the very rich? Then Polaroid introduced instant color film to the masses and before you knew it, the entire world was snapping pictures, much like we are today with the advent of cameras on cell phones. Of course, we’re doing it a thousand times more and instantly sharing with the entire world, but ahh…technology…don’t you love it? It’s a blessing and a curse.

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It’s been a trip getting to this place in my life—you know, the writing aspect of it. Before moving here to the panhandle of Florida, I was living in Sunny San Diego and lovin’ every minute of it. The Navy took me there; the weather kept me. After my discharge my jobs varied, but I eventually settled into a nice position as a buyer for a men’s clothing catalog.

I was also an unofficial copywriter—that is to say, I wrote all the copy for my stock but didn’t get paid for it. While other buyers gave brief descriptions of the garments to the copywriters for identification, that didn’t fly with me. Call me a critic, but I didn’t like the garment and color names they’d choose, and the descriptions didn’t thrill me enough to grab the phone and order the shirt or slacks or belt or shoes or whatever it was. So when I handed my inventory over to the photographers and copy personnel, I also included the names and descriptions I wanted in the catalog. They liked it, it stayed, and my stuff sold. Everyone was happy.

But all good things must come to an end. The fine folks at Hanover House bought us out and consolidated the catalog, which laid off hundreds of folks, including me. My portion of the catalog—clearance and close-out items—was discontinued altogether, swallowed up by the individual departments to which the garments belonged.

That’s when I felt a call on my heart to be closer to my parents, who had relocated to Florida. Good fortune and investments allowed me to semi-retire, and I bought a small place on a couple acres in a little town south of Tallahassee. Although I hated to leave California, the move seemed to happen just in the nick of time; my mother’s health began to decline and she developed Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Until her passing in June of last year, I was her caregiver, and although Mom and I were always close, this strengthened our bond even more. During some of the most difficult moments, I began to write—to journal the events—which led to my decision to pen a book on the experience.

And that’s how this shaky venture into the writing world transpired. The book about my experience as an Alzheimer’s caregiver is yet to come, as I’ve needed to create different worlds with different characters…someone else to trudge through life’s hazards for awhile. I’ll participate vicariously from the sidelines.

I have no idea what genre I “belong,” but when I look back at my writing style, it has a literary fiction feel, with works more character-driven than plot-driven. Although the plot is just as important to me, I simply reveal it differently. I guess that’s why I don’t feel a belonging to any specific genre, but many, for my stories can be tailored to children, young adults, and old adults alike—whichever way the story wants to be told.

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Other than writing, I love to garden, and studied landscape architecture in college. I’m a true Virgo, the earth sign, and live up to that stereotype: meticulous and detailed, grounded and practical. I love all things to do with the Fine Arts, and can usually be found singing or acting in my spare time, even playing Jesus Christ on a couple of occasions.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

 

I used to have a room I lovingly called my office, but I began to lose that five years ago, when my twin sister moved in to help with my mom. It was nothing special: a door lying across two file cabinets that served as a make-shift desk, a bookcase from the thrift store, a love seat for visitors, and to keep in shape, a weight bench. Sis moved in, and although I could still use the desk, the rest of the room became her bedroom and walk-in closet.

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In April 2011, two weeks after I began my research into the publishing industry, my nephew moved in. His “just a couple of months” lasted two-and-a-half years and my office was officially lost in the process.

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I resigned to my bedroom  where my 1907 cast-iron bed became my workspace. On the bright side, it hastened the purchase of my Lenovo E530 Thinkpad! There’s actually a beautiful quilt under that awful yellow blanket, otherwise known as the dog blanket. My two boys, Buster and Rameses, like to lay with me while I work, and even with a bath a week, they’re dirty little critters. They’ve provided much love and comfort during my recent difficulties and I’d be lost without them.

 

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

After Mom moved in, followed by my sister, followed by my nephew, all of my stuff was displaced, boxed up, and crammed into a corner of my bedroom. I hesitate to even show you:

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My nephew finally moved out in January, and since then, I’ve been on a remodeling quest—and getting rid of the clutter!  It’s been a job, with many life distractions along the way.

Mom left me an exquisite Victorian Parlor Set which will finda a new home in the old office, and rather than keep the “door-desk” (which I really loved all the desktop space) I splurged and bought a BRAND NEW Magellan Series from the Office Depot: an espresso-colored L-shaped corner desk and hutch, tech station, and bonded leather task chair—the works! After I complete a couple more projects, I’ll make a video of the remodel and post it on my own blog, but for now here are a few stills of the process:

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And the completed product, minus a few finishing touches:

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

 

My older sister gave me a Shoebox Teddybear years ago that I’ve always kept on my desk, no matter the job, and I like to be surrounded by inspirational quotes, with several hanging on the walls. My twin sister gave me one a few Christmases ago: “May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live,” as well as this one during the remodel:

 

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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?

Other than the fact that it’s BRAND NEW (can you hear my excitement?), I love all the cubbyholes, drawers, special compartments, and especially the espresso finish. I’m a natural lover of earthy colors—the greens, golds, maroons, and browns—a veritable palate of the transition of the seasons. The espresso finish is a perfect accompaniment to my dark wooden veneer dresser and highboy.

 

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The tech station comes in handy as a storage and charging spot for all my technoware. I’m ecstatic, and haven’t treated myself to something like this in years. Add to that the new 32″ flatscreen I received for Christmas and I’ll never have to leave the room.

I’ve also always had a soft spot for this dragon mug given to me by friends almost twenty years ago. It’s never held coffee, only pens and paperclips, and is currently the home of a lucky hawk feather that lit upon me one afternoon while musing in the backyard.

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

Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Is that too stereotypical of a writer? Well, tough; it’s the truth. I awaken rather early and toss back a few pots to get the day started, then mainly sip it as a beverage until noon. After that, it’s usually water until dinnertime, when I have a Dr. Pepper or sweetened Iced Tea. I’ll have an occasional Pepsi or Sprite, but only if there’s no Dr. Pepper or tea. I also drink herbal teas and love the Yogi brand.

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On Writing

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

Oh goodness—fave author? How can I limit it to just one? I was raised on the classics and of course love the greats: Shakespeare, Dickens, Poe, Twain, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, C.S. Lewis, Louis Carroll—the list is endless—but I love just as many women authors, except they seem to be more contemporary (Stein, Walker, Angelo) or humorous ( Flagg, Bombeck, Stockett).

My inspiration to be a writer came from two of my high school teachers, Joan Pawloski and William Groves. I was fortunate to have inspirational teachers in each field of study, but Mrs. Pawloski and Mr. Groves went above and beyond any others in the Language Arts department. I had Mrs. P. for English in the 10th and Journalism in the 11th grade, as well as adviser to the newspaper staff, and Mr. Groves for both Spanish and 11th grade English. He was a remarkable man, a polyglot who spoke seven different languages. They each took great care in nurturing my creative spirit.

 

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

As I said earlier, I awaken at an ungodly time of day, usually rousing in the 4:00 hour and finally rising around 5:00, but I set the coffee for 3:45, just to be on the safe side. When I get up—and I don’t need an alarm—the routine is always the same. The house is dark, save the dim light over the stove, and through cracked eyelids I feel my way to the coffeemaker, pour my first cup, and feel my way back. I’ll drink that first cup with my eyes closed and the lights out. After that, I turn on the bedside lamp and get another cup, which I enjoy with my first cigarette. Then and only then does the day begin.

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

Yes, I write a little everyday, whether it makes it into something or not. I keep a list of lines I like, phrases, words…whenever I hear, read, or think of something, I’ll write it down. I have so many parts of stories going, it’s not even funny, but a lot of these have turned into characters or scenes that I use elsewhere. I never throw anything away. NEVER.

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When Mom was with me, she required a great deal of care, none of which I regret. It was difficult getting this venture off the ground being a full-time caregiver. Now that she has passed, I thought things would ease up a bit, however, two months later my twin sister was diagnosed with a severe form of breast cancer and we’ve been dealing with that. Life has a way of…complicating things.

Since September of last year, we’ve been making trips three times a week to various doctors, surgeons, labs, etc. in the ongoing battle for her life. She has two more chemotherapy treatments before surgery, and a double mastectomy is being considered. A BRCA test she took yesterday will determine for sure whether she carries the gene, and if so, the double mastectomy will happen as planned.

My other two main distractions are my boys, who like to snuggle against me and put their paws on the keyboard. “That’s enough for now, Daddy,” they tell me. Most times I can’t help but put the work aside and love on them for a bit.

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4. Why do you write?

I write because if I didn’t, I’d probably go crazy with all the stories piling up in my head. There’s always a conversation taking place up there; sometimes too many! Add to that some seriously exciting moments and terrible heartaches I’ve experienced, and it makes for good story. I want to pen these down, whether it be in fictional form or non-fictional creative writing.

I try to make sense of it all. I think God has put these experiences in my path and the desire to write about them in my heart for a reason: to share them with others, to instill a sense of strength and hope within the stories to help those in similar situations get through them. I write to promote a better sense of self.

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

I’ll end with this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which was the same quote I used as my yearbook affirmation in my Senior year of high school. It’s from his essay, Self-Reliance:

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.”

If you’ve followed me at all, you know what a believer I am in being true to yourself and in being true to your story the way it wants to be told. Forget trends. Forget hype. And forget success—it may never come.

Remember who you are and from where you come. Write about that, either fictitiously or realistically. That will bring you the most satisfaction and ring truest to your readers.

Peace,

ML Swift

MikeBeachGritEdgeML Swift is a writer of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult fiction, although he dabbles in many genres.

An Alzheimer’s caregiver for the past ten years, he has published several articles on The Alzheimer’s Reading Room, the largest online website catering to that community, and plans to write a novel about his experience in caregiving.

He resides in Florida with his dogs, Rameses and Buster, attempting to reclaim his side of the bed.

 

ML Swift | M.L. Swift, Writer | About.me

Twitter @mlswift1 | Facebook | mlswiftwriter@gmail.com

 

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

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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53 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes ML Swift”

  1. ML Swift says:

    Thank you so much, Nutschell, for featuring me today and giving everybody a little peek into my busy life and wonderful new workspace. It was a job putting it all together amidst the many trips away from the house, and I barely finished in time for the article. You are a saint for your dedication to and promotion of your fellow writers. I’m honored to be a part of your Wednesday Writer’s Workspace. Peace, Mike. :)

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  3. chemistken says:

    A writer’s workspace is his/her most valuable writing tool. It doesn’t have to be much, but if you’ve made it yours and you’re comfortable there, that’s all you need. I’ve been working on decorating my office for years to set up the proper mood for writing my stories. It looks likes an alchemist’s lab, but then I’m a chemist, so it makes sense to me! I wish you and your sister good luck.

    • ML Swift says:

      Ken,

      Thanks for coming by! I tell you, it’s already making all the difference in the world. I never did fully move into my other office…just didn’t have all the things I needed at the time (shelves, an actual desk and reliable computer). This feels like my own private Idaho—my sanctuary.

      I’d love to see your alchemist lab! Oh, and another inspirational teacher of mine was my Chemistry teacher. I love science! Thanks again. :) Good to see you.

  4. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell and ML – good to meet you .. and I’m so pleased you found looking after your mother a positive process out of the ups and downs of her daily life. I was with my mother during her last 5+ years, but she was in a Nursing Centre and thankfully we could talk and did about all kinds of subjects .. that’s how I started blogging. I’m glad you’re giving voice to your experiences … this will help many.

    My thoughts to your sister, your nephew and you as you help her through this time of your life .. as you say life can bite for a while .. but it sounds like you’re managing and coping … I love your new work area .. and finally you have somewhere special to sit and write … then the mutts – what delights they must be to you ..

    Cheers to you both – Hilary

    • ML Swift says:

      Thanks, Hilary, and it’s a pleasure meeting you, too!

      Yes, life with Mom was always positive, even during the most trying times. We were very close. Same with Sis, and as difficult as things can get, we do manage through with strong spiritual guidance.

      I absolutely love my new space. I’ve not totally “moved in” yet, but am getting used to sitting in my new spot writing. The bulletin board will be full of index cards and post-its before you know it. And my boys have already found their respective places at my feet. Makes for warm feet.

      Thanks for coming by and saying hi. Glad you like the space. :)

  5. Rebecca Douglass says:

    Mike, thanks for sharing all that! Your new workspace inspires me to want to clean my desk (again). I share a massive partner desk with my youngest son, but I have to confess the clutter is mostly mine.

    • ML Swift says:

      As you saw from my “shared desk” (that was actually after I moved out), I was crammed to the corner. And sitting mere inches away from someone playing computer games wasn’t conducive to writing! After I got the laptop, I enjoyed writing on the bed, but it was too disorganized. I can’t work without being organized first. This is heaven-sent!

      Goodness, I just hope things ease up a bit. I just realized I haven’t even gotten to your PBC post. Crap. Forgive me. I’ll be over TODAY! :)

  6. How can you say no to that doggy face?
    Your new office looks awesome, Mike!
    With all those ups and downs, you’re still moving forward. Just keep leaning on God.

    • ML Swift says:

      Thanks, Alex. And yes, Buster (that was Buster) is a handful! I love the new digs, and can’t wait to really put my nose to the grindstone and get writing at it. Thanks for coming by…I’m going to send you an email. Your following has been so faithful and true, I really appreciate it and you.

  7. Julie Luek says:

    Mike, I love what you’ve done with your office. It just fits every image I have of you as a writer! Yay to have your own space back again (I’m on the countdown until I get mine back too, and yes, I have a few improvement ideas as well). You have so many obstacles thrown at you but you never lose the focus of your dreams. You are my hero.

    • ML Swift says:

      And you are the wind beneath my wings. :)

      Just wait until I put together the video! Also, out of this remodel came three DIY projects, which will be individual posts on my blog. I can’t wait to see your improvement ideas and know quite well your anticipation of getting your life back.

      Hugs.

  8. The upper few pictures were missing for me (don’t know why), but I still enjoyed the post and the interview. Lovely office, Mike! Cute dog. And best wishes to your sister for a full recovery.

    Hi, Nutschell. *waves*

    • ML Swift says:

      Yeah, they’re missing for me, too. I’m trying to contact Nutschell about it…Some of those pics were small in the original email I sent her, so I re-sent the larger originals and don’t know if she got them.

      Did you like the old Underwood typewriter? One of my favorite finds. Thanks for coming by!

    • ML Swift says:

      Yay! As I was writing my reply, Nutschell must have gotten the pics and been working behind the scenes. Thanks, Nutschell—it looks great! Those smaller pics were as big as I could get them…and I don’t know why! :) Thanks again for having me.

  9. Tyrean says:

    Wow! You’ve had such a tough journey, but you are still writing. You are an inspiration! I love the way you’ve written through losing your desk, caring for your mom and sister and snuggling with your dogs. And now, you have a new desk, a new space, and you have awesome writerly habits. Again, just wow!
    Great interview! Great, honest pics of your workspace changes! and please know that I’m praying for you and your sister.

    • ML Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Tyrean…I’m a big believer in prayer and every one is heard. And yeah…I didn’t want to post those unflattering pics of how messy and unorganized things had become, but frank honesty is the way I roll and that’s how it had gotten! It’s so good to be getting a handle on it. I feel a new man and prolific writer emerging. Thanks for coming by. :)

  10. Susie Klein says:

    I love this so much Michael! Now I feel like I know you even better! What a creative and inspiring office space, sure to churn out some great work for the rest of us to enjoy!
    Susie

    • ML Swift says:

      I feel the same way, Susie, and thanks for coming by to check out the new digs! It’s exciting and I’d like all my friends to share in it. Yep, now you’ve seen me, warts and all. :)

  11. What a wonderful story ML and it’s not over yet. My Mom is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s so I got a little lump in my throat. So sorry about her passing. I’d like to add that that desk is amazing!

    • ML Swift says:

      Maurice, nice to meet you and thanks for visiting. Yes, it never ends…as a matter of fact, today was another busy one! Had a late afternoon/evening thing and just got home.

      The journey of Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers is a long and difficult one, but rewarding in a way, at least for me. I was able to give my mother back the same kind of love and care that she gave when I was just a baby. When I look around today’s world, I don’t see the honor and respect for the elderly that used to be, or maybe that’s only in our culture. I never felt it as a burden or obligation, but an honor and act of love.

      God bless you and your mother on your journey together.

  12. Now that’s a work space! Whew! We totally need to build one of those into our new house, but it may not happen until the littles are moved out. It would just get destroyed anyway. *shrugs*

    • ML Swift says:

      Didn’t it turn out great, Crystal? Just like I pictured it, but better, now that it’s a reality. Sort of like a story when it gets published!

      This took YEARS to happen. That door and two file cabinets wore out its welcome. Your desk will come. 😉

      Thanks for coming by.

  13. Mary Pax says:

    Mike, you’ve had a struggle of a road. Your office turned out beautiful. Hugs to you and your sister.

  14. Your desk is awesome – well worth the wait! And your dog in a blanket is so cute.

    Continued good wishes to your sister.

    • ML Swift says:

      And the best thing, Annalisa, is I got it for over half off! What a bah-gun! I love a good deal. And it is so beautiful. The whole corner is my little alcove of creativity. Thanks for the visit and wishes.

  15. mooderino says:

    Wow, great what you’ve done with the place. Looks amazing. And a great story too, very inspiring.

    mood
    Moody Writing

  16. ML Swift says:

    Thanks, Mood. I think it turned out great—even better than planned. I’ve a few more things to finish up and organize, then I’ll tackle the old office and get the Victorian furniture set up. The other half will be my sister’s sanctuary.

    If all goes according to plan, much of this experience will find its way into a character’s backstory or some other scenario. It’s not for naught. Thanks for coming by. :)

  17. Donna Hole says:

    Michael, that was quite a journey; both in writing and in life. Thank you for sharing it.

    ……dhole

    • ML Swift says:

      Hey Donna,

      So glad you could make it and witness the transformation! It turned out quite nicely, I have to admit. Thanks for being at this part of my journey. :)

  18. Wow, the new office is wonderful! Congrats on such a beautiful remodeling job, Michael. And there’s no way I could resist that doggie face. What a cutie.

    So nice to learn more about you. I look forward to sharing more of your journey in the future. :)

  19. Arlee Bird says:

    Your devotion to your mother and family is heroic, but it’s the way it should be. Nice job with the office makeover.

    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

    • ML Swift says:

      Yes Lee, that’s my mindset as well. Family is of utmost priority to me. And the office is a nice little sanctuary for my creativity. I’m quite happy. Thanks for checking it out.

  20. Steve Swift says:

    I loved reading this “interview” of you, and your responses. I am not sure how this gets posted, so I will just say how much I love you and how proud I am for you to continue to follow your spirit and what you love to you.

    • ML Swift says:

      Steve!

      Brother what a nice and welcome surprise! Wow! Welcome to my budding world of writing. It’s about time I got rid of that door…it was from Mom and Dad’s house when they replaced it with the French door.

      Yeah…you don’t have to be a part of the blog world to comment. I get my news and everything from the net (reliable sources, of course), and have been commenting on their websites and blogs years before blogging and writing. You know me…I always have something to say about everything. :)

      Thanks for coming by and your support! Dang, this threw me for a loop seeing you here. 😀

  21. Morgan Shamy says:

    Mike, you handsome devil! I love the navy pic! My grandpa was in the navy… Lots of respect. And holy, I enjoyed this so much. Not only the AMAZING transformation pictures (Can we say before and after?!?!?), but the interview as well. Man, real life stinks sometimes, doesn’t it? But you’re doing it, Swift. Your sister is lucky to have you. As was your mother. You’re an inspiration. Keep pushing… keep pushing through the hardship and continue what you’re doing. Good things coming your way. :)

    • ML Swift says:

      Morgana, you make me blush. Thanks. Those salad days are long gone and I’m a wilted head of Romaine now.

      Everything for a reason, right? Just keep the faith and draw strength from above. Thanks for coming by. Always good to see you.

  22. Great job on the wonderful new work space, Michael! I love corner desks and have one myself. It does a writer’s spirit good to be able to appreciate and love the space they’ve made as their muse’s home. My writing space looks a lot like yours, except the furniture is antique white 😉 And of course, there’s all these rather girly trinkets about…

    Great post, and I so enjoyed learning more about you!

    • ML Swift says:

      Thanks for coming by and checking it out, Anna. I’ve always loved a corner desk (and corner office with a view!). Somehow it doesn’t surprise me about the girly trinkets laying about…you seem like a woman who likes frills. :) I’m all about the dark tones. They feel so warm and inviting.

  23. Suze says:

    Mike, this was a really thoughtful post. Your work space looks ready for new vistas of the imagination!

    (I really like that dragon mug.)

    • ML Swift says:

      Suze,

      Glad you made it by. I’m still “moving in” the space…gotta make it all comfy and cozy and things at my fingertips. And the dragon mug now holds the plant. 😉

  24. Wow, Mike, I love your new workspace!!! All of that desk room…and the cubbies…and the little drawers and compartments…and the CORKBOARD! Yes, I’m a dork, but that is an AWESOME space. And much deserved, after the previous work spaces you’ve had over the years!

    Thanks for sharing so much of your history here. I always love reading more of your story, and getting to know you better each time :) I am absolutely thinking of you and your sister, and sending good vibes your way. Take care!

    • ML Swift says:

      You’ve got a nerd soulmate in me, Liz. I am so thrilled about all of this, especially the corkboard! Yeah, Scrivener has a virtual one, and I use that, but I still have to have something to touch!

      I’m catching those vibes! Thanks. :)

  25. Al Diaz says:

    Jesus Christ Superstar, my very favorite play above everything else.
    I wouldn’t say no to that dog either. I actually can’t say no to any dog.
    Amazing thing what you did with your office. Very nice place to get inspired. Congratulations.
    Hope everything goes well with your sister. Prayers for that.

    • ML Swift says:

      Thanks Al, and good to see you. Hope all is well. I love that musical. One of my all-time faves. And I’m a sucker for a dog. Those looks. Cats just don’t have them.

      I’m inspired and am about to get cranking on the writing. There’s a muse sitting on those shelves, too. :)

  26. Lexa Cain says:

    It was a long, hard path, Michael, but your finished product is spectacular!! I’m sure great things will be written in your lovely new office space! :)

  27. Robyn Engel says:

    Mike is one of my favorites. I love you, Mike. Thanks for featuring him, Nutschell. For one, I love the mention of Louis Carroll. He oozed with unique playful wit and tops my list too. I’m also impressed at the remodel, even though the original office space looks very much like mine today. However, mine is smaller and more cluttered.

    Hugs to you both.
    xoRobyn

    • ML Swift says:

      And the feeling is mutual, Robyn. :) And Louis Carroll…what can you say? Genius. As well as James Barry (sort of same vein) and so many others. I’ve still a few more projects and remodels in the works…hanging bifold doors where my closet and bathroom door were (that was the door in the picture) and cutting the old ones in half lengthwise to make shelves. Stuff like that. Thanks for coming by!

  28. Nice remodel, Mike. Now come to my house and redo my office. :) I learned so much more about you in this post. Thanks for sharing. Oh and one more thing; morning cigarette??? I thought you gave those up last year when you went eCigs to transition away from the regular cigs. Have you fallen off the wagon? Anyhoo, I guess we all have habits we’re trying to live without. Life is a process.

    • ML Swift says:

      DFG! Thanks for coming over to see the remodel. Hmm…I’m for hire, but I don’t know if you can afford me. Good work don’t come cheap. 😉

      The cigs…agh…they’ve been a thorn in my side. Yes, it’s a process, and one I still pluck away at. I’d even be fine with “one cigarette at the completion of each novel” like the James Caan character in “Misery,” but I don’t know if I can handle the hobbling. Thanks again for seeing the new space.

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