Work Place Blog Hop

I’ve been asked to participate in a work place blog hop by our friend, John W. Howell. I know many of you already know him and find as much delight in his creative ways as I do. Have you purchased Johnny’s novel My GRL yet? You should, if you’re a crime fiction fan of any sort. He’s on my TBR list, but I fear he’s beginning to question the truth behind that admission. I adore his short stories and weekly haiku, as well. He has the best sense of humor and often brightens my day so stop by and say hi, if you can. This hop was created to showcase a writer’s writing space. You can read his post here.

Please excuse the photos, I couldn’t be bothered waiting for the sun to go down. I don’t want to keep John waiting any longer. I’ve missed out on a lot being gone a few days. Thanks for asking me to add my space and for being patient with me, John.

Welcome to my work space:


Work Place when somewhat tidy.

My desk is found in the corner of two white walls, as white calms my thoughts. Everywhere else, I have loads of color, believe it or not. Do you see my gorgeous brown GnomeΒ with red sunglasses and orange cone hat? He’s been through a lot, but still keeps me company. I’m pretty sure he used to play a lot of jazz. Bass, hopefully. My Kansas State University mug reminds me that I once partied, a lot. A mirror to remind me that I’m not perfect. For me, headphones are a must, as some of you already know. This apple computer station keeps my music running, internet feeding and allows for a large screen on days when I need to properly watch a blog video, like Duke’s weekly Ripping Movie Reviews.


Maxine and Dotzie

This is the corner behind the desk. When I can, I love to keep the blinds and windows open for clean air and light, but it didn’t work when I tried to take a picture earlier. Apparently, there’s too much light to be had during the afternoon at this angle. Anyway, this is the growing station for two of my most beloved plants. The bigger lily is named Dotzie and the smaller one, Maxine. Dotzie is ten years old. Maxine is twenty-two years old. They were both given in condolence when grandmothers passed away. I keep them close, and only speak to them when I’m cleaning their leaves. They don’t mind being named after dead grandmothers. Both have been near death a few times, but somehow keep coming back. I was given Maxine at an age when nothing should have stayed alive in my care. Somehow, we both survived high school and then college.


Staged messy desk… πŸ˜‰

This is how my space looks most of the time. Well, when I have an opportunity to take over the space and stay awhile, that is. My phone, laptop, and Apple computer are all plugged in and being used in some fashion while in writing heaven. Okay, so a few more papers are generally being tossed around, but I tried to tidy up a bit.


Sitting behind the wheel searching my mind for the perfect word.

In all honesty, when I’m posting a poem, this is what I’m looking at, if my poem is written in the morning. I have some time to listen to music while driving to work, then I take a moment to clear my thoughts before starting my day, which then produces a poem. Staring at this steering wheel might be a source of inspiration, but my guess is that the car’s seat holds me just right. Nothing better than being held just right, you know.


Work Place most days…

During the school year I become super busy and miss a lot of opportunities to write at a normal desk. I’m often running from place to place, and usually arrive early, which allows for some typing on my Samsung Note while waiting in the car. I do my best to get my writing in every day, even if that means sitting in my car in a parking lot. Teachers wear many hats.

It’s a perfect day when I can write outside and enjoy a finishing view like this one.


My evening view and sunset spot.

Now for my, as John says, Tagees:









Morgan (Who, I know is currently on leave, but couldn’t leave her out β™‘β™‘ Keeping she and her family in prayer.)


48 thoughts on “Work Place Blog Hop

  1. Hi Audrey! I loved reading about your work space, and seeing the photos. I love that sort of stuff. And then you passed it on to me! Oh boy! Guess I better clean up my writing room quick! Thank you. I hope to post something by the end of next week. I do most of my writing on weekends – and this weekend is full of activities, like going to see my beloved Orioles play on Sunday afternoon.

    Thanks again for including me! ❀


  2. This is a nice look at where the Redheaded Queen writes and works ~ it is very interesting! I was expecting a dark, seedy dive-bar with turned over beer & whiskey bottles… πŸ™‚
    The plants are great…and amazed at their age as well. Impressive!


  3. Heyyyyyy Audrey, I just noticed you nominated me for this. Thanks girl. I love that you name your plants, and after your grandmothers even. That’s so cute. And what a great view you have for some evening inspiration.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.
    Are there any specific rules for this workplace hop?


  4. Really nice post Audrey. Thanks for the shout out on the book. I almost had a heart attack when I saw the behind the wheel photo, but then read the words and calmed down. Great space and it was really nice to see where you work. (including the Dodge) I enjoy the Professor as well,


  5. Very nice. Love reading that. The headphones! I noticed those almost immediately. I remember you telling me about them, in fact. You have a great desk set-up. (But, Audith, that screen is too big to watch the ripios on! You might see the professor too clearly! Especially if you put it in 1080p.)

    Now you know I think that car is simply awesome, right?! It must be great fun driving that beast. I like your plants, too. I had an orange tree for some time.


  6. I enjoyed the view into your workplaces, Aud. The desk is important, and the car is very important! I am floored at your creative ways on the run, my friend. And how about keeping your wonderfully named plants alive for two decades. That’s amazing. I loved this visit, Red. Thanks for the visit. And thanks for the Hop, John W. Howell.


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