Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Scene of the Blog Featuring Jackie of Literary Escapism!

Most book bloggers who enjoy fantasy and paranormal books are going to be familiar with Jackie of Literary Escapism. I love her clean blog design in which two things really stand out: (1) the cover art of the books she reviews, and (2) that Eyeball. Whenever I visit her blog I could swear that Eyeball is staring at me accusingly in an attempt to get me to clean my desk.

It only takes a second for me to put up a force field between me and that Eyeball so I can start reading Jackie's posts. Literary Escapism isn't just another pretty face-- there's plenty of content. If you haven't checked out her blog, please head on over to Literary Escapism to say Hi. It's her second Blogiversary, and she's got contests for all sorts of good stuff!

I have to admit that when Jackie sent me photos of her blogging space, all I could say was, "Awwwwwwwwww!" You'll see why in just.... a.... second..............

See? What'd I tell ya! If you want to take a better look at all that adorable cuteness, just click on the photo.

Now it's time to let Jackie tell us about her creative space:

This is my son, Ian. He's my only one and I've been a SAHM ever since he was born. He loves playing in the same room I am, so whenever I'm at my desk (and he's awake), I have to make sure that the end of my desk is cleaned off. That's his corner. While I'm typing away at my laptop, he'll get out his crayons, a coloring book or whatever else he has with him at the time (although the crayons and coloring book are now a part of my desk accessories). I'm dreading the day when he'll be too big to sit on my desk and I have to tell him he has to stay down. By that time, I'll probably end up with another desk in my office just for him to use or a chair for him to use.

This is pretty much where I do all of my work, which generally occurs when Ian is napping. There are times I'll be on my computer while Ian is up, so then I'm usually where he is - either outside in the grass or sitting on the couch while he plays on the floor.

My desk is pretty simple - it's two sections of a Sauder cubicle set that my husband and I bought when we moved to a new apartment and wanted a better layout for the office. My desk technically has another end piece and the hubby and I would be at each corner with the longer table between us. It worked out great and gave us so much more room than having two separate desks. At the time, we were going to get other pieces of the cubicle set to fill it out, but then we started moving around a lot and the tables worked.

Now that we're homeowners, I'm thinking that maybe it's time for a better desk, one that actually looks like a desk. But honestly, I need more wall space for another bookshelf, so I would be happy with downsizing my desk for more bookcases.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I love Jackie's set-up... probably because, in many ways, it reminds me of my own. I have two rooms of my house with the same color on the walls (as well as the white trim), too. She's got a window for light and a view, she's got photos of the important people in her life right at eye level to provide inspiration, and she's got lots of books close at hand. The only sad thing about it is--- since there is a time delay between when Jackie sent me her photos and this feature being written, Ian is now too big to sit on Jackie's desk. (They grow entirely too fast, darn it!) Knowing that, I'm wondering if he has his own desk now?

Jackie, thank you so much for letting us take a look at your creative space and your gorgeous son!

Whose blogging space will be featured next Wednesday? You'll just have to stop by and find out. See you then!

Did you honestly think I'd be able to resist sneaking another peek at Ian? Of course not!


  1. No Ian does not have his own desk yet, instead he takes over mine. Well, he does have his own desk, but his is downstairs and not in my office, but he loves playing with mama's laptop.

    Actually, the office has changed quite a bit since this was taken. That corner desk piece is gone and I now have a bookshelf there. Also, I have two new shelves above my laptop that are filled with books (I've acquired a lot more since then).

  2. Please tell me she straightened up before taking those pictures. Ian is a doll and I'd go absolutely no blogging done if he was sitting on my desk! Thanks for sharing with us Jackie!

  3. Oh yeah, this is what my office looks like cleaned. At the time though, that corner where Ian was sitting was always cleaned. Had to be otherwise he would get up there, throw everything to the floor, and then start coloring.

  4. What an awesome space...and Ian is such a cutie!!! Jackie...I read your blog everyday and it is so great to be able to envision you sitting there with your little one!!

    I love getting to know the people behind the blogs I read. Thanks for sharing.

  5. How adorable!! When he gets older, I'm sure he'll be under the desk. At least that's why my daughter did! LOL

    What a neat blogging space. I'd also go for a smaller desk if it meant more bookshelves. ;)

    Diary of an Eccentric

  6. Thanks Kara!

    Anna - if only. Now Ian wants on the computer as much as I do. The only time I really get to blog now is when he's at school or sleeping. Otherwise he wants on, which means I've been blogging more downstairs in our basement where his computer is set up. ;P

  7. I barely glanced at the desk because that little guy is just too, too cute. He looks so happy and contented. I'm with Kathy - I would get no work done with him around. Give him a hug for me.

  8. OMG, Ian is the cutest ever!! I too wouldn't get a thing done with that sweet face looking into mine. I love your desk! Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. Jackie you are waaaaay too organized. And how come you get to have a personal assistant? *grin*

  10. I am only organized when I'm given some time to clean the office. Trust me, it took me two days to find the time to clean for this. Right now, I've been trying to find time to clean my desk all week. :) I so need to get you a new picture. I have even more books close by than I did before. ;)

  11. What a great blogging space! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Ian is adorable. Great post and I love the pictures.

  13. I've been looking all over for this!



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