Writer’s Workspace: 5/28

Good morning!  Welcome to this writer’s workspace.  Here’s what’s happening liiiiiiiiiiiiiive at Miranda’s desk:

What I’m working on:  One of my big goals for this month was to lay down some serious pipe on the first draft of ABSENT, my archaeological time-travel novel.  I’ve been zipping the characters from one near disaster to another and now they’re settling in for the final act – searching for a cuneiform tablet on an archaeological expedition in 1925 Iraq.

Snippet from the screen: “Emily glanced up the dusty slope towards the ziggurat.  The others had nearly crested the rise where the temple quarter excavations lay.  Reid strode close to Dr. Pendleton, turning towards him in animated conversation.  Lucy Everton had taken Reid’s arm for support.  She looked quite picturesque with the rising sun glinting off her pale blonde waves of hair.”

On the iTunes: for inspiration on this novel, I’ve downloaded bunches of great jazz and big band music from the 1920’s.  Right now Art Landry and his orchestra are serenading me with “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”

Keeping me company: since we got two new chairs for the living room, Mr. Ramses has been utterly useless (shocking, I realize).  He just lolls about in them all day like a Roman Emperor waiting to be entertained with wine and bloodshed.

Out the window: early summer has slipped up on us here in Brooklyn.  This might sound like a good thing…unless you rely on window A/C units to keep your workspace cool. Ugh. I now remember why I spent so much time working in cafes last summer…

In my mug: I’m embarrassed by how much tea I’ve been drinking, I really am.  Let’s just say, I got three boxes of Numi’s Aged Earl Grey what seems like just days ago.  Two bags remain.

A little procrastination never hurt anyone:  who am I kidding?  Of course it does.  The internet has been my enemy lately, tempting me away from my work with a never-ceasing death-spiral of links to follow, and follow, and follow.  I can’t bring myself to contribute to your destruction as well.  Pop into the comments to tell me about your current writing projects, then go work on them!

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