All About the Light by Elishia Merricks
- Plants: One thing I hate being without, either in a writing or reading space, is some kind of greenery. I always have a few plants nearby—my favorites on my desk are three African violets I bought at the local drugstore, and which I’ve named Harry, Ron and Hermione.
- Current Nonfiction Read: I very rarely read fiction while I’m drafting, and definitely nothing in the same genre/category as the manuscript I’m working on, but I do tend to read a lot of nonfiction to fill the gap. Some of my standout nonfiction reads are How to be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield, and Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle.
- Personal Assistants: I have two very dedicated personal assistants by the name of Sammy and Fred, Sammy being a cantankerous ginger cat and Fred being a nervous, warm-hearted sheltie. They’re both essential to my writing process.
- Lemon Ginger Tea: A while ago I had to give up coffee and caffeinated tea, due to some health issues. I replaced with lemon ginger tea, which is not only delicious but good for you. I almost always have a cup on hand!
- Eugene the Plot Wizard: Eugene the Plot Wizard is my absolute best friend as an author and totally indispensable to me. He’s a giant whiteboard that hangs on the wall right next to my desk, and I use him to help me sort out all my plotting issues/get an overview of where I’m at in a book and where I’m headed.
"One thing I hate being without, either in a writing or reading space, is some kind of greenery. " - Laura E. Weymouth @lauraeweymouth #plants #yaauthor
- The Lumatere Chronicles: The one exception to my no-books-of-the-same-category-and-genre preference is THE LUMATERE CHRONICLES, by Melina Marchetta. I love them inordinately and always have them close by, in case I want to reference something or start yet another re-read.
- Heating Pad: I have endometriosis, and there are a lot of days where using my trusty heating pad is the only way I can stay in my chair long enough to get anything done.
- Pre-Raphaelite Artwork: Ever since I was a teen, I’ve adored the pre-Raphaelites and their gorgeous portrayals of idealized medieval life and folklore. I have four prints by different pre-Raphaelite artists hanging up in my living room, and love to sit and write surrounded by them.
- A Book of Poetry: I’ve been a poetry reader since childhood, and like to keep a book of it on the go most of the time. I read a lot of Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale, and Tennyson (as you can tell from my debut, The Light Between Worlds) but my most recent read was Devotions by Mary Oliver.
- Spa Music: I cannot function without the sounds of panpipes, harps, birdsong, and running water. My all-time favorite album is The English Country Garden, from the Solitudes collection
What kind of music do you listen to when you read? Let us know in the comments!
"I cannot function without the sounds of panpipes, harps, birdsong, and running water. " - Laura E. Weymouth @lauraeweymouth #reading #spamusic #yaauthor
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