I was ready for a change a couple of weeks ago when the week before school started I decided to completely redo my office space. With only a couple of days left, it’s no surprise that the only thing that really got done was the wall color and a few things hanging on the wall.
Now, a couple of weeks of school under my belt and a day filled with thrifting at the Northwest Arkansas Vintage Days, I feel like it is a little more complete. Nathan hung the shelves that I painted two weeks ago, and I finished hanging the artwork on the wall.
The first booth that we passed at Vintage Days was the one that I wanted to get lost in. It was artwork from A Wing and a Prayer Art and I was super inspired. The quotes on the painting are what stuck out the most to me, and I knew, even though I could only afford the smaller ones, that they had to hang in my office.
I have always felt a strong connection to J.R.R. Tolkien. He and J.K.Rowling were really the beginning of a life-long love of fantasy for me, so when I saw his quotes, I was immediately moved. Then, the images themselves are breathtaking. They capture something so beautiful about the human experience. I feel like deep down there is something inside everyone that makes them wonder.
The rest of the office was a breeze. The shelves can’t hold all of my favorites so I had to be choosey. On one I have my collector’s edition The Tales of Beedle the Bard. One holds some of my favorite books on writing and a mixture of Sarah Addison Allen, Menna Van Praag, and my favorite, Suzanne Palmieri. Those books are being watched over by Pigwidgeon the owl. My final shelf holds three books for middle grade aged kids that have really moved me. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke is one of my absolute favorites. It is a captivating story of a kid finding his “family” against all odds. The Giver of course must be on the list, and finally, Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman. This book was inspiring as a writer, and everytime I look at it, it brings a smile to my face. So, here are some last pictures. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening, I hope it involves a book.
I didn’t realize this, but it took me a long time to pick what would go on each shelf. Each shelf says something about me, as a person, as a reader, and as a writer. It tells you the story of what keeps me going on this journey of the writing life, and it tells you what I value. I can’t help but wonder what I would have put on these shelves a year ago?