Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Guest Blogger Candice Gilmer - Dreams of an office…

Hi. My name is Candice Gilmer.

I am a writer.

I write my books on the corner of my kitchen table, which is not used for any feasting--this is my home office. Reference books stacked on one side, leaving just enough space for my laptop. A lovely bowl that’s supposed to just hold pens, winds up catching any loose knick-knack I find. My mouse pad is an upside down magazine, that also serves as my scratch pad, until it no longer holds together.

I dream of an office with a door. A room that I can walk into, shut off all outside noises, and write. (Don’t we all?)

I have dreams of all the things I want in this office.

I want a wall of bookshelves for all my books (they currently reside in storage tubs--I know, it’s horrible). I want a work table, so I can throw out my notecards when I’m plotting. A desk, and a really comfortable chair are important too.

Oh, and I want soundproof walls.

You see, I live in a tiny house with two very active children and a husband, all of them are very loud. We are looking at houses right now, trying to find the perfect place for our little family.

Including my office. It must be out there. It is. I am really tired of trying to pen my amazing romance masterpieces to the tune of SpongeBob Squarepants. I even wind up putting kids show references in my books, without intent.

It happens. More than I like to admit.

Exhibit A: My latest book, Under His Nose, about Fairy Godmothers who take on men:

“Time out.” Stephanie waved her hand in the air, moving closer, though still not within arm’s reach of either Christy or Cupid. “So you’re a fairy. Where the hell were you when I had the shittiest teen life possible? Aren’t you supposed to help kids?”

“This is real life, not Fairly Odd Parents.” Christy let out a sigh, flipping a strand of hair out of her face. “People aren’t assigned a Fairy Godmother until they’re mature enough to handle it. And even then, only some get godmother help.”

Stephanie put her hands on her hips. “Well, who decides?”

“You do, actually,” Christy said.

“Me? I don’t remember that class in school,” Steph replied.

Someday, I will have that office, where I can hide from the world and write to my heart’s content. Hopefully it’ll be my favorite place to go to escape, too.

Where do you like to run off and escape from everyday life?

Candice Gilmer leads a dangerous double life as a mommy and a writer. In between boo-boo healing and fixing broken toys, she writes stories usually to the tune of children’s television shows.

Growing up in the Midwest, Candice stays close to her family, especially the ones with basements when the tornadoes come around. She also works as a hairdresser, which she’s done for over fifteen years, and brings her laptop to work so she can write between clients.

When she’s not writing, styling hair and taking care of her family, she gets together with her girlfriends for gossip and coffee while her husband hunts ghosts with Wichita Paranormal Research Society. All in all, she stays very busy, but really, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Well, maybe a little less children’s television.

Website: http://candicegilmer.com

Blog: http://candicegilmer.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candicegilmerauthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/candicegilmer

Email: candice.gilmer@gmail.com


Meg Benjamin said...

Hi Candice, welcome to the Naughty Nine! I actually have an office that's pretty close to ideal, but I don't use it. Instead I balance my MacBook on my lap desk so I can watch the outside world from my living room. Go figure.

Candice Gilmer said...

Hi Meg, thanks for having me.

LOL. I imagine I'll be that way when I do move and get an office. I'll spend all this time, fixing it up, then wind up spending all my time on the porch or something, lol.

Jennifer said...

Hi Candice - Thanks for the glimpse into your writing life! My feeling is that it doesn't pay to be attached to anything resembling a perfect situation in which to write. It just limits you, you know? It's better to be able to write through chaos, and Spongebob Squarepants. ;-)

Sydney Somers said...

I write primarily from my dining room table too and know well the interruptions that come with having little ones around. :) I just keep telling myself, "Someday..."

Kelly Jamieson said...

Oh I have that dream too!! Welcome Candice! I'm waiting for my daughter to move out so I can have her bedroom. It has a big window looking down onto our quiet, leafy street. My desk will be there in front of the window. I will also have bookshelves and a daybed, because sometimes you need to lie down and daydream, er, I mean plot. Right?

Candice Gilmer said...

Hi there Jennifer,

It is true that writing through chaos is pretty much a fact of life in any writer's life--I wrote my first book in a karaoke bar on bar napkins--I still really want to be able to have a place to work that says "Okay, I'm serious. It's work time right now." :) At least, that's the plan. :)

Candice Gilmer said...

Hi there Sydney! Yes, someday, we'll have that special place to work. :) We're currently house shopping, and one of my must-haves on the list is a writing space. View optional, lol ;)

Candice Gilmer said...

Hi Kelly, thanks for having me here. :) Oh, a sitting area in your office? That'll be awesome. Day beds make great "couches" for "plotting..." Before I had kids, I had a little office with a day bed in it. It was great. Now, that room is for my kiddos (hence current house hunt) and the kitchen table work space.

Kate Davies said...

Oh, I wish I had an office space, too! Right now my Surface Pro is balanced on the arm of the couch, while I try to type. We've got a bonus room in our new house, but I just haven't gotten in the habit of writing there. Too many boxes, not enough desk space. So I ... uh, guess I take no desk space instead? *snort*

PG Forte said...

Hi, Candice! Good luck with the house hunting! I've had offices. they can be pretty awesome, actually. Although my last office was a sunroom that I had to abandon during the coldest months. Currently my "office" is one half of the L-shaped room that also houses the dining room. It has a killer view. ;)