Out with the Old, In with the New
A New Year demands new writing projects and a new workspace. And since I’m a writer who is deeply inspired or discouraged by his environment, I need a workspace that has a lot of inspirational quotes, pictures and objects around me when I work.
Look closely and you can find all of my talismans and inspirational knicknacks, including
- Cookie Monster!
- Screenshots from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Natural.
- A painting of a summer scene by amazing artist and high school friend Kristine Zanno Kratky (based on my short story “Summer on the Cape”).
- My Muse, Alexas.
- Chestnuts that I smuggled into the U.S. from France (I got them in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris).
- Shell casings from my friend Bob Hanaburgh’s Sig Sauer .45 ACP.
- A snowy cabin in the Rockies.
- Two pictures of Ernest Hemingway.
- Pictures of my two grandfathers.
- A stunning redhead who was the inspiration for Shay Connolly in my Dakota mystery, A Real Piece of Work.
- Thomas Cole’s painting The Oxbow.
- Manuscripts from my next three projects.
- The Great Gatsby, A Moveable Feast, and The Stories of John Cheever.
- A picture of Mount Everest.
- A granite stone from a quarry that my grandfather and great-grandfather cut stone in.
- My Mont Blanc pen.
- Stones from Little Round Top at Gettysburg, Appomattox, Maine, and Castlecraig (one of my ancestors’ castles in Scotland).