Out with the Old, In with the New

Orcutt2016WorkspaceA 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).

 

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By Chris Orcutt

Writer — The Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, Short fiction, Plays — Editor & Speechwriter for Hire — Avid Golfer, Chess Player & Awesome Wood-Splitter — Twitter: @chrisorcutt

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