Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Rekha

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today is the official start for Geek Banter’s LEVEL UP BLOGFEST, which I signed up for. But since I’d already scheduled my regular Wednesday Writer’s Workspace post, I’ll be posting on the Level Up Blogfest on Friday instead. 

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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 Rekha, author of that fun blog A Chronicle of Dreams.

Welcome, Rekha!

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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?

Rekha modified

Surprised to see me here, join the club!

I was educated to be a lot of things, but ended up studying accountancy and have worked  in that field. Right now, I am a freelance content writer and ghost blogger. While, I am still a little fish finding its way inside the ruthless waters; I have never been happier, work wise.
I attempt all genres and lengths, but enjoy writing  short stories and flash fiction in contemporary or  urban women’s fiction and fantasy novellas with ‘wholesome’ romance thrown in. 
I love cooking and baking (when it comes to desserts and exotic dishes, mind you), photography (owning a Canon DSLR with different filter lenses is a dream), fabric and clay painting (I suck at drawing) among other stuff.
I used to sing, nowadays, it more of an off-key croak or whisper depending on the time of the day.

On Workspace

1. Where do you do most of your writing?

I write about anywhere unless I am typing on the comp. I write best in a cat like stretching pose. Go ahead, have a quiet chuckle. Most people who have seen me write like that from childhood, have raised a brow or two…

 

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

My computer table  is  from a local furniture shop, and  acts as my writing desk whenever I choose to use it. I love it messy, had to tidy it up for this post.

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Rekha’s Workspace

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

Nothing much, the Internet switched off, unless am researching. I can and do surf aimlessly for hours on end.
For work I need my Google chat to be on, most of the time.

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

Journal – jot down points or ideas or an odd poetry verse that turns up uninvited.
 iPod – listen to some songs to perk me up.
Picassa – to peek at my nephews’ pictures whenever  I am  depressed.
A quick game of Sudoku or Mahjong even Angry Birds.

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Rekha’s must haves

 

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

I love chocolates and filter coffee (Indian style), but reduced intake for health reasons. Coffee tastes like sandpaper with artificial sweeteners, so I switch to milky, sugary, spiced tea (masala chai as we call it) in the afternoons and hot chocolate on late nights. I keep wholemeal biscuits and Indian fried snacks handy.

On Writing

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

I love fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers, literary and some deep romances. I love picture books and fairy/folk tales, too.
Favorites include J.R.R Tolkien,  David Eddings, Cornelia Funke, Asimov, Arthur Clarke, Robert Ludlum, Robin Cook, Clive Cussler, John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer, Agatha Christie, P.G.Wodehouse, Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austen, Erich Segal, Paulo Coelho, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Alexandre Dumas, Leo Tolstoy, O’ Henry, Ayn Rand not to mention many Indian and Asian authors….I could go on all day.
I used to love the Hardy boys more than Nancy Drew,  Mark Twain, Alistair MacLean, Louis  L’Amour, Enid Blyton, Sidney Sheldon, Daniele Steel and Jules Verne among others. 
I have always loved books with boyish elements unless it’s women’s fiction.
I never felt inspired by anyone…on the contrary, gave up writing for two decades as I read more books and decided that I sucked as a writer.

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

I spend 8 hours on my freelance work, six days a week.
I write fiction in the evenings and late night up to to 3 a.m. when I am in the mood. Some days I get nothing more than 300 words in, and some days as much as 2000.
I perform best near midnight and beyond (having arrived into the world at 11 in the night may have something to do with being an owl).

 

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

Worst distractions – other’s books as I tend to finish them in one go (a habit I am slowly getting out of), writer advice blogs, submission pages of magazines, DeviantArt, music, online games, online tuts for website creation, Gimp and Daz Studio (a big, fat learning curve), blogging and social networking (brought it down to 50%), entertainment shows, my nephews when I am visiting them, daydreams, and sometimes sheer laziness.

 games modifiedRekha’s distraction 

 

4. Why do you write?

Younger days – to spin words and see the results.
Three years ago  – as self therapy, a need to die without that one regret at the very least. (I have a clean bill of health in case you are wondering)
It has become an addiction, a basic-bills payer and hopefully a fruitful career.
A lady can dream, can’t she?

 

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

Write what you know best. Be natural and don’t imitate others.
Read – you will even find average works penned by your favorite authors.
Learn new words and their meaning, learn or work on your hobbies.
Explore the world around you – you might just find the story to die for in a news article, a conversation, a picture or post you skimmed through.
I love this quote  –  “A room without books is like a home without a soul.’”―  Marcus Tullius Cicero
We could improvise – an ereader without ebooks is like a computer without a CPU.

 

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Thanks, Rekha, 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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42 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Rekha”

  1. And I thought I had a lot of distractions!
    Cat-like pose. Hey, whatever works for you!

    • Rekha says:

      I knew you would remark on that cat pose…We all have our quirks, some crazier than others.
      I have mastered the Zen art of “focused distractions”. 😀

  2. Shelly says:

    Very nice…I like my work space a bit messy, too.

    Hug and chocolate,
    Shelly

    • Rekha says:

      Thanks Shelley for commenting. Nice to meet you.
      I usually a stickler for cleanlinessbut not when it comes to my workstation or wardrobe. :)

      Hugs back and lot of dark and sugar free chocolates for you.

  3. M.J. Fifield says:

    I love having my iPod nearby when I’m writing too. I need noise of some kind when I work.

    • Rekha says:

      Nice to meet you.
      I am glad someone invented it. So much better than a walkman, especially as an exercise accessory. I listen to it while taking writing breaks or walks round the block..
      Nice to meet you.

  4. tcavey says:

    Enjoy seeing pics of peoples writing desks and lives. Helps build the connection to the interview.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    What a great interview. :) Love your list of writers who’ve inspired you.

    • Rekha says:

      Thank you. You made my midnight. 😀
      I have a lot more names on the list but Nutshell’s martial arts skill-set scared me enough to keep it to the bare minimum.

  6. Hi Writing Nut!! I love your site!! I love your little peanut logo/character too…very cute. I will come back on Friday, I circled your site on my cheat sheet, and thanks for letting us know! Very nice. I bookmarked your site to come back to visit often, I too am just learning, and I see your site and knowledge may be very helpful to me. Sandy

  7. mooderino says:

    I wish I could work with all those distractions so close by. Had to delete Angry Birds.

    mood

  8. Michael Pierce says:

    I love the quote. I have a Kindle and use it regularly, but the one thing I hate about it is not seeing the books I’ve loaded on it on my bookcase. Books can make any room. Great interview!

  9. Rekha says:

    Hi Michael,
    My sentiments, exactly. Nothing can quite replace the joy of leafing through the pages of an yellowing book, though the tech gen will vehemently disagree. :)

    I think, I’ve met you online through the A-Z challenge or Rach’s platform building campaign (I tend to remember names and faces). Either way, have a great day.

  10. My urge to play games comes and goes. So far, I haven’t played any in months. I’m glad, since that’s the biggest time killer. It’s great to meet Rekha.

  11. tara tyler says:

    your genre & author tastes are similar to mine =)
    is that webkinz? i used to love playing it!
    and excellent quote!

    • Rekha says:

      Hi Tara,
      Nice to blogger names that are familiar even if wedon’t interact much.
      Great minds have impeccable tastes, that’s all I can say. 😀

  12. I love these interviews because they are not only interesting, they are different!

    • Rekha says:

      Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for joining the ‘welcome’ club.
      I enjoy reading interviews…you find yourself sharing a lot of similarities and differences with the interviewee in terms of attitude, experiences and interests.

  13. debs says:

    I’d have loved to have seen a picture of you in the cat pose, Rekha!

  14. Nas says:

    Hi Rekha!

    It was interesting reading about you. Thanks for sharing and all these lovely photos are awesome!

  15. Nice to meet you Rekha! I agree that should not try to write like others. Finding your own voice is much more interesting.

    • Rekha says:

      Nice to meet you too.
      While imitation may be a good form of flattery, why lose our uniqueness (which we otherwise treasure) when it comes to writing?

  16. Nice to meet you Rekha! I agree that a writer should not try to write like others. Finding your own voice is much more interesting.

  17. Tyrean says:

    Nice to meet you Rekha! I love your thoughts on having a messy writing desk. When my writing area is “too” clean, I can’t seem to get started writing. I need to have at least a journal, a strange assortment of writing utensils – crayons, pens, marker pens, pencils, and colored pencils all end up in an odd arrangement on my desk, sticky notes, and a few books . . .but not the ones that tempt me too much – and none of it in neat piles. Neat piles scare me while I’m writing.

    Nutschell – great interview as always!

  18. Trisha says:

    I wouldn’t say I LOVE my workplace(s) messy, but they do tend to end up that way regardless of my intentions. 😉

  19. What a list of writers! Great ones! I loved the Hardy Boys, and have been trying to convince my son to check one out from his school library, but no dice so far. Great advice!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

    • Rekha says:

      Hi Shannon,
      I am missing visiting your blog thanks to my infrequent blogging…that should change very soon. :(
      May be, he is into graphic books, anime or manga. They’ll come to it on their own.

  20. I enjoyed learning about your work and about you, Rekha.

    Kathy M.

  21. deniz says:

    So nice to find out more about you Rekha! I love the idea of you writing in a cat-like pose :-)

  22. I really should learn to turn off my internet connection – it sounds much more productive!

  23. Rekha says:

    Hi Annalisa,

    Good to see you. True, switching the net off sure does me a world of good. :)

  24. Rekha says:

    Nutschell.
    Thanks a ton for showcasing me and my workspace on Writer Wednesday. I had a ball writing the post and enjoyed the meaningful interactions with fellow bloggettes/bloggers.
    Have a great week ahead. 😀

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