Have you ever seen the movie Bedazzled with Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley? (I mean, helloooo! Elizabeth Hurley as the Devil? Who can pass up that wet dream, huh?)
(Author fans self.)
Anyway! Beyond the obviously prurient hormonal reasons for watching said flick, there’s the additional draw of being granted wishes from a power on high. (Or “down low” in this case.)
Who here hasn’t daydreamed about being given everything they’ve ever wanted?
When I was a kid, I’d go through the Sears catalog with a pen and circle all the cool clothes, drool over the latest toys and choose the furniture for my future house.
(That must have made my mother’s chore of shopping for Christmas a heck of a lot easier!)
Since I don’t need to sell my soul to catch the girl of my dreams (I’ve had her by my side for twenty-seven years,) I thought I’d narrow down the daydreaming a bit.
Instead close your eyes and imagine with me a moment. The Writing Genie has appeared in your living room in a puff of sparkly purple smoke.
Is he male with the physique of a surfer or body builder? A female with green skin and dark hair? Does your Writing Genie have the voice of an angel or does he/she sound like he’s/she’s been drinking rotgut whiskey and smoking cigars for the last three centuries?
Your Writing Genie has given all of us three wishes. How will you choose to use them?
I’d wish for the perfect office!
Currently I write at the dining room table or at coffee shops. (Usually the latter on a deadline.)
Even if I had a room I could dedicate to an office space, I don’t know that I’d use it however. It would be nice to have all my books and files in one place, the most awesome computer system and the freedom to decorate as I’d like.
(Did somebody say an oil triptych of Voyager flying through space bracketed by Janeway and Seven of Nine? No? Oh, sorry…my bad.)
The problem is that I actually need the visual distraction to access my inner muse. I do my best writing at a coffee shop, staring out the window at people and cars passing by. Therefore a home office just won’t do.
So, my perfect office would be away from home, a business rental with a large window at street level. I’d have all the awesome computer, books, file cabinets, etc., and watch the funny people as I write!
(And the triytych too, of course!)
My second wish would be for money in the bank.
I know, I know…that’s not exactly a writing wish, is it? But it would be so sweet to quit my day job so I can spend more time writing!
With money in the bank I could afford rent and utilities, food and travel expenses. (Not to mention the business office rental!) Then, rather than leave the house five days a week for the day job, I’d head to my office and spent four or five hours writing.
Hermione Granger’s Time-Turner. (Hey! This is my fantasy, remember!)
What I wouldn’t give to have had that Time-Turner last year! O.M.G.
A year ago I had all sorts of plans for 2014.
I had three blog entries a month lined up and a guest blogging gig on a writing community site.
I finished the Slow Movin’ anthology and offered it up as a mailing list incentive.
Mailing list! I started a mailing list with the intention of at putting out at least two posts a month.
And I still wanted to write two books, four free short stories and play with writing flash fiction.
Needless to say, most of this fell apart by April or so. I spent the majority of last year struggling to finish one novel and keeping at least tentative touch with my fledgling mailing list folks and my regular blog readers.
Worst of all, only one book got completed in 2014…and it was two weeks late for its publisher deadline. Gulp!
It would have been quite a relief to have had Hermione’s Time-Turner, lemme tell ya!
(No worries this year, by the way. For more information on what I’m going to be up to, check my latest post—I’m Red Hott!!)
What About You?
What three writing wishes would you like to have? The sky’s the limit here! A computer system like one found on Star Trek? A personal valet/housekeeper/nanny to keep up on everything so you can focus on the writing? The finest and most expensive bottle of whiskey to celebrate the completion of your latest book?
And for the non-writers out there, what about you? If you had a genie grant three wishes, what would they be? Do tell! There might be an awesome future story in your answers!