By Laurie Green
What is my writing space like? You guessed it. Bigtime Sci-Fi themes, but also a random jumble of “fun stuff I love.” Welcome to my space. 🙂
When you walk in, the first thing you’d likely notice is the big poster hanging on the wall over an L-shaped desk that says “All I Need to Know About Life I Learned from STAR WARS.”
It features most of the characters from the original trilogy and captures some of the gems of philosophy from the movies, such as:
“Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
And: “The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field are approximately 3,720 to 1.”
I love the first saying as a not-so-subtle motivator. And the second? Did you know the odds of successfully publishing a novel used to be much higher than successfully navigating an asteroid field? About 10,000 to 1. Thank goodness the times, and the publishing industry, have changed.
I also added this funky/campy bendable five-armed aluminum lamp with multi-color shades. It suggests something robotic or Early 60s Nerdy, the whimsical spirit of the so-called Golden Age of Sci-Fi. But other than lending some atmosphere, its main job is to cast a little light when my work space gets dim at night.
The top shelf of my desk is populated with the usual suspects–a Thesaurus, Dictionary, Word Menu, etc., but also a diminutive action figure of Luke Skywalker dressed in dark Tatooine garb (he moves around a lot—my SF version of Elf on a Shelf). There are some space-themed mugs and one that reads “One Day When We’re Both Rich and Famous, We’ll Look Back on All This & Laugh” (for the record, that day hasn’t happened yet).
And, of course, there’s the expected keyboard, mouse, Andromeda Galaxy mousepad, other sci-fi items and a collection of electronic equipment–monitor, tower, printers, speakers–but no stereo, radio or TV. I can’t work with music playing or background noise. I need quiet. Shhhhhh.
I also share my office with this guy. His job is to insure I have the proper motivation to keep writing. 🙂
I collect shells, so my work space is full of them. I love the infinite variety—all the different shapes, textures and patterns. They represent the depth and mystery of the oceans, and how the sea eventually gives up its secrets…one treasure at a time. Much like a good story, yes? There are a several shell art pieces on the walls, but my specimen collection takes up an entire shelf of the barrister bookcase.
Do any pets share my work space? Oh, you bet! I have three little writing buddies who know what “Let’s go write!” means and run as fast as they can to my office to curl up under my desk when they hear it. They’re all miniature longhaired dachshunds, and two of them (so far) have loaned their names to the StarDogs in my Pets in Space stories—Katrina and Luna. (StarDogs are bio-engineered weasel-mongoose-feline-canine mascots, and the canine genetics no doubt came from miniature longhaired dachshunds.) So my two pet heroine namesakes and their buddy Maura (who I promised will someday have a StarDog named for her, too), are a very important part of my work environment.
Laurie Green Bio
Laurie A. Green is a three-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist, an award-winning author, and a science fiction romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which is now over 1,000 members strong.
She confesses to being an Andromeda Galaxy groupie and would someday love to own a vacation home on Mars or Titan. She’s enthused to be a part of this wonderful anthology mash-up of two of her favorite things–pets and space.
Her family includes her husband, David, five dogs, three cats and several horses, all who reside on a ranch in beautiful New Mexico. A former military budget director and reserve state trooper, she now spends her time writing, networking, researching, enjoying the Southwestern lifestyle and, naturally, stargazing and daydreaming about other worlds.
Laurie is the author of Courting Disaster: StarDog 2 from Pets in Space 2
The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journhbits of eying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!
10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.
Release date: October 10, 2017 ~ Preorder now!
Courting Disaster: StarDog 2
A Novella in the Inherited Stars Universe Series
From monk to married…
Captain Navene Jagger’s certainty he will be promoted to command a new battleship is doused when the admiral instead assigns him on what appears to be a suicide mission. If that wasn’t bad enough, he finds his self-imposed decision to be a military monk is thrown to the far reaches of the galaxy when he is ordered to escort Ketsia Tayah and her StarDog through the treacherous, rogue-infested Bradley’s Rift in a battered derelict of a vessel – a task that also makes him have to confront his painful past.
Ketsia’s past had taught her a lot. The universe was not only a very dangerous place, it turns out that it is also a lot smaller than she would have liked! Ketsia is rattled when she discovers that she and her StarDog are to be escorted by the man she formerly had a crush on. She swears life couldn’t get any more complicated until they are thrown into jeopardy and have to pretend they are married!
Jag soon realizes there is more at stake than his pride when dangerous rogues threaten their spaceship. After he learns the ship, the mission, and the StarDog are all much more than they seem will he be able to save Ketsia, his career, and the day? Or will self-sacrifice be the only way to save those under his protection?