Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Blog Central

I am always curious to see authors' and illustrators' work spaces, so today I thought I'd give you a tour of the room I've jokingly named "Blog Central". This is my home office where I create the posts for Abby (the) Librarian. Enjoy!

We head into the room. Don't step on Howie. (His eyes look crazy because of the flash... what if they really glowed like that? That would be weird.)

And (depending on what time of day it is) we turn on the light.

Here's the whole room: (Heh, my other cat Ava is sitting in the bottom of that little shelvy stand in the middle there. Also note the printer that hasn't been hooked up yet and the stack of mailers for sending books to awesome people like you!)

Turn directly to your left and you'll find my TBR bookshelf. The top two shelves are books I own but haven't (yet!) read. The bottom shelf houses my binders, notebooks, and textbooks from grad school as well as various professional development resources. Laying on top of the bookshelves are a few library books.

Here is my desk, a hand-me-down from my parents. And my lovely new office chair, a birthday gift from my grandma. Yep, this is where the magic happens..! Note the lamp I've had since college, the computer mouse my ex-boyfriend gave me four years ago, and a very small stack of books waiting for me to write reviews (Shiver and Going Bovine, since I know you're curious).

Next up, we have the rest of my bookshelves. I have read almost all of these books. I also have boxes and boxes of books at my parents' house still... I'm bringing them over gradually. I really try not to hold on to any books that I don't really like. I use them as prizes at my library or give them to our YA librarian to use as prizes for the teens.

Here's a closeup of the cool bookshelves my mom painted for me. Aren't they fabulous? (Thanks, Mom!)

Next to these bookshelves, on the right-hand side of the room, I have another desk. I hated the blank walls and don't have money (yet!) for real art, so I've decorated with various free posters and book covers. I have a stack of book covers to put up, but I need to get more push pins. There are a few library books on that desk. Those are ones I've read and need to return.

And lastly I have my view from the window. This is what I see right this very moment as I'm typing up this blog post:

There you have it! This is my little corner of the world and I probably spend way too much time here. Now I want to see yours! Grab a camera and write a post about where you blog. Send me a link (in the comments or email me) and I'll post a compilation. A virtual walking tour of the Kidlitosphere!


Unknown said...

I'll have one for you later...I feel the need to at least kinda straighten the working space!

Melissa said...

Oooh... a great idea (thanks for sharing! Love your room -- and the bookshelves your mom did). As soon as my laptop gets back from the shop, I'll put up a post!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Wish I had that much space for bookshelves & books! I'd posted a photo of my workspace on my Deviant Art site but not on my blog yet...

L. Diane Wolfe “Spunk On A Stick”

Anonymous said...

It's always a treat to see people's work spaces, and I do love those painted bookshelves. And no office is complete without the cats.

Awkward Librarian said...

Very Very nice! Love the bookshelves (and cats) When we moved this weekend I finally got my books into some sebelance of order, also with "To be reads" on the top shelf!

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Your office is so organized! I blog in my living room and I recently posted pics of our new shelves, which is what I look at while I blog. Someday I'll get my own blogging room though!

Your cats are soo cute. And I love the Olivia doll:)

Unknown said...

This was fun!



Brimful Curiosities said...

Excellent idea. I'll work on a post later. I imagine many of my readers will be surprised to hear that I really don't have bookshelves...yet. Finally ordered some a couple weeks back. They should be here the first week of Oct. Wonder if our cats will try to make use of them as well?

Cathy said...

If you'd like to see more book bloggers' spaces, you can also check here. :)

Tom from BAL said...

Glad to see the Zombie Emergency Procedure right next to your computer! You never know when you're going to need it! :0)

Carrie said...

You have a hardcover of Leviathan?! So jealous!!! I can't wait for that one. Great picks!

MotherReader said...

I don't dare you you my working space - spaces, really. You'd lose all respect for me.

Now that I have my laptop, I'm all over the house anyway. And the books? Yeah, they're kinda all over the house too.

Carol H Rasco said...

Abby, this is such fun! I will have to take pictures of the office space when I return...but I like most to work on the blog at home anyway. http://www.rascofromrif.org/?p=3720

Jennie said...

I finally got my post up! It's not that exciting.