Sherlock Holmes My Space


Someone asked me the other day where I do my writing, and where my creativity stems from. Well, my office is super small – and it’s packed with things that inspire me. There is zero space left on the walls, since I love art, most framed and hanging up, along with chockfull bookcases. I use my white board (actually a quasi-clear board) a lot, which takes up a bit of room also. To some, the space may seem a bit cluttered.

You can tell a lot about writers from their office space—at least, I think someone would be able to, viewing my own. A Sherlock Holmes-type person would pick up a ton of clues, revealed in the above adjoining photo. Let’s start with the bookshelf: Lots of books, most of which are thrillers, by the likes of Nelson DeMille, Harlan Coben, and David Baldacci. So there’s a big hint … you know I read thrillers. Oh, and there’s a Carl Hassen stuck in there, too. I love to laugh! The old mariner’s clock on the top shelf was my Dads, and it still works, though I don’t wind it anymore. The thing ticked so loudly that it got where I couldn’t stand hearing each minute slowly tick away…

The white board was recently erased so what’s up there now is pretty new. I put three stars near the words: Gym; Walk Dogs; and Get up and Move—reminders that sitting overly long is the new Smoking hazard. So I need to get up every hour, or so, and move around. And also schedule daily, taking my two frisky dogs out to the dog park for a three-mile jaunt. The word Gym is self-explanatory; I’m pretty regular, putting in an hour or two at the local fitness club.

The framed art shown on my office wall is a romantic, impressionistic, painting of a small coastal town in Italy—there are a handful of small boats, floating on azure, crystal-clear, waters … almost as though they are suspended in air. It reminds me of all the very cool places I haven’t traveled to yet …

On my desk is a brass light-fixture. With its exposed wire, and multiple pulleys, it has a turn-of-the-century look about it that I love.  Next to the light, just out of sight, is one of my Harmon / Kardon glass speakers.  I sometimes listen to loud music when I write—Rock … Pop … Oldies … all kinds of music.

There are four books resting atop a corner of the desk. The top one is my latest print/e-book release, Ricket – Star Watch, Book 2. I love its cover and can’t get enough seeing it. Soon, it too will go on top of my bookshelf, next to the ten earlier MWM book releases. Beneath Ricket, on my desktop, are three Trait Thesaurus books, by Ackerman and Pugilist—Negative traits, Positive traits, and Emotional traits. I love these books and use then all the flippin’ time.

Finally, you can see my big 27-inch iMac. Since the drapes are open, you can see the refection of a bit of Colorado’s autumn trees. You can also maybe spot a book cover proof (one of many) in PhotoShop—a possible choice for an upcoming sequel to Mad Powers, titled Deadly Powers. 🙂

2 replies
  1. Jean Hoefling
    Jean Hoefling says:

    Hi Mark, I love this bog idea. Really does that all-important thing of helping readers get to know you and your personality. Really great!


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