What’s on your writing desk, Elaine Stock?

What's on your writing desk- (1)

Today I’m excited to feature one of my dear writing pals, Elaine Stock. She is represented by the same literary agent I am, the lovely Linda Glaz. I’m so happy that my readers get to know Elaine. She has a very engaging blog. You’ll want to check it out.

NewDeskPic

Karla:  I love this picture of you and your cat! I write surrounded by my pets, too.

Elaine:  Although this photograph of myself is a tribute to my not long ago writing muse of the past nineteen and a half years, Wild Cat, who left me for a much better forever writing spot this past October, what you see is pretty much my writing place. Oh, I do have this great big antique oak desk that is presently in the corner of the kitchen. I think. Is that what’s under the printer, mounds of paper that can never, ever be thrown away, and writing how-to books?

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered

Karla: Oh yes. I have one of those mysterious wooden things you call desks, too. I’m sure it’s under there somewhere. Along with a pony, maybe? I’m very sorry about the loss of your cat. As an animal lover with five fur babies myself, and having had many over the years, I know how very precious they are to us.

Where do you like to write the most?

Where in the world do you write-

Elaine: With limited space, I’ve come to appreciate this corner of the sofa. It’s the closest to the wood stove in the winter, plus I look out four big windows and a backdoor for views of the countryside. Since the photo was taken I now have an additional pink marble side table. On good days I use the coffee table and side table as desk extensions—of course! To add a little more zest in my drive I’ll keep a mug of coffee—if early in the morning—or hot tea or plain old tap water. I’m not into snacking—really!—but may indulge in fruit or a granola bar if the blood sugar sags.

Karla: I don’t think I know the meaning of “not into snacking.” I wish I did! I envy that! Thanks for sharing your lovely writing space with us, Elaine. It sounds absolutely cozy and inspiring.

COhCMIXWgAAanYi

Karla writing from her snack fort.

Here’s a bit more about Elaine. I hope you’ll make every effort to connect with her, Dear Reader!

Elaine Stock never expected that a college major in psychology and sociology would walk her through the see-saw industries of food service and the weight-loss business; co-ownership with her husband in piano restoration and 10 years in community service. All great fodder for writing fiction.

Bridge

(c) Elaine Stock

In the spring of 2011 she placed in the Semi-finals category in the ACFW Genesis Contest for her novel WALK WITH ME. In 2013 she received the honor of My Book Therapy’s Frasier Bronze Medalist award for her novel NO GOING BACK. And in 2014 she was blessed with the news that her short story IN HIS OWN TIME won the People’s Choice Award in the FamilyFiction Contest, which was published in the printed anthology, THE STORY: 2014 Anthology. November 2014 saw her short story, THE FOREVER CHRISTMAS GIFT, released in CHRISTMAS TREASURES: A COLLECTION OF CHRISTMAS SHORT STORIES. In January 2015 she became a regular contributing author to Happy Sis Magazine (http://happysis.com) aimed at an international readership to “inspire women to know Christ and to grow in faith, integrity, confidence, success and happiness.”

Her own blog, Everyone’s Story (http://elainestock.com) has grown in its over 4-year existence, receiving an average of 8,000 viewer monthly visits. She weekly hosts authors, writers, and readers, which helps to further her reach and connection to many on an international level. Everyone’s Story’s theme is to uplift and encourage all through the power of story and hope.

Connect with Elaine here:

Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ElaineStock

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorElaineStock

Goodreads  http://goodreads.com/ElaineStock

twitter-bird-1-300x300

Tweet this: What’s on your writing desk? Come see what’s on Elaine’s and tell us about yours! 

Would you and your writing spaces like to be featured on my blog? Find out how!

30 replies
  1. linda glaz
    linda glaz says:

    So many folks have their little corners and laptops. I guess I spread out too much mess for that. So also have a desk. Plus I love to work off of a desktop!

    Reply
    • Elaine Stock
      Elaine Stock says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Linda. I used to work off of a desk top–parked on the kitchen table (before I got the desk), but with my neck problems I’ve found the most comfortable way is on the sofa, leaning back. Plus, truth told, I’m a Mac person and a laptop was a better price than a desk version. I’m on my 2nd one now and can’t imagine exclusively going back to a desktop. Whatever works for the individual writer, that’s all that counts, right? 🙂

      Reply
  2. Kathy Rouser
    Kathy Rouser says:

    Elaine, I’m a Mac person as well, and know what you mean. I’m glad I’m not the only writer with a favorite writing spot in a chair or on a sofa. The big oak desk upstairs was commandeered by my hubby and the small one in the dining room looks like . . . well, usually more like Einstein’s.

    Reply
    • Karla Akins
      Karla Akins says:

      Kathy, you know my favorite spot is the couch, too. But I also have a few other secret spots. Sometimes I have to go up to my church office and I have a lovely chair there. Sitting at a desk hurts my back. But I think I’m developing some bad posture sitting on the sofa. I’m constantly having to remind myself not to slouch when I’m in public!

      I love macs, too, but Windows has gotten so much better in terms of intuitive software that I switched to Windows a few years back and really love it. I do have to use a mac at my friend’s business (that I help with from time to time) so I do know the difference between the two.

      However, I’ll never give up my iPhone or iPad! I really want an iWatch. Maybe someday! Thanks for reading today!

      Reply
    • Elaine Stock
      Elaine Stock says:

      Oh, Tanya, I’m so happy you visited! From what I’m learning here, it seems to me that no matter how big or small one’s home is, writers are more inspired in the hub of the home. I wonder if this is more a woman’s thing, or if male writers prefer an office or the corner of a sofa?

      Reply
  3. Kate Breslin
    Kate Breslin says:

    Hey Karla and Elaine,
    Wonderful interview! I really enjoy your banter and Elaine, it’s great to finally see your comfy work space. I love the picture of the wooden bridge amidst such green! Is that your view from the window? I once had a nightstand-sized table in the corner of the dining room that I called my office, surrounded by piles of paper on the floor, but these days I use a ginormous desk hubby bought me and I still manage to clutter it up just fine. 🙂 I’m very sorry about Wild Cat, too. I hope one day that a new fur baby Muse finds and adopts you!

    Reply
    • Elaine Stock
      Elaine Stock says:

      I appreciate your visit, Kate. The view from 2 of those windows shows our backyard, but what’s nice about it is that we’re out in the true country so part of that view is the beginning of woods and the other part being our back neighbor’s horse pasture. The side view is of our driveway, not necessarily scenic but if you look beyond it that’s where it turns nicer. The front window shows “Snake Mountain” (which is actually 2 hills), which I was very actively involved with my community group for the whole decade of my 30s fighting a mining company that wanted to blast for a 100 years and truck the hillsides for road pavement.

      I miss Wild Cat… and all of the cats that we’ve had. However, my husband and I are appreciating the empty-nest. If life goes okay in a couple of years and we make it to Ireland for a special wedding anniversary, we’re then thinking about becoming cat parents again. I want twins this time!

      Reply
      • Karla Akins
        Karla Akins says:

        I’m trying not to be envious of your country living. I have always, always wanted to live in the country. Although, most people in the city would say I do because my backyard is a cornfield. But I live in a little rural town with neighbors. I want to live where there are no neighbors. I’ve lived in the country before and absolutely loved it. Especially the getting snowed-in part!

        Reply
    • Karla Akins
      Karla Akins says:

      Kate’s here! Yay! I used to write on a typewriter perched atop a TV tray when I was growing up and I thought I was really something. But there’s something special about those primitive writing spaces, I think. I’m told I have a big desk in my office someplace. One of these days I’m going to find it!

      Reply
  4. Karen C. Prough
    Karen C. Prough says:

    I always liked to wander off to outdoor areas to write, especially at one wooded park we have near by. I’d take my big white dog (Shayla) and sit at a picnic table, but changes in the park drove me out of my special place. It has become the secluded haunt of individuals who ruin a beautiful park for everyone. Another special place was a barn (made into a cabin) but my parents had to sell it. So … I am at home and usually at a desk with a cat and a dog curled up near me. Boy, I wish I lived in the country! 🙂

    Reply
    • Elaine Stock
      Elaine Stock says:

      Karen, it’s a changed world these days. Nothing is safe except our imagination… and then, only at times. LOL. Actually, beloved pets curled up beside a writer always inspires the muse–never heard otherwise.

      Thanks so much for visiting!

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *