Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Scene of the Blog Featuring Jeanne of Necromancy Never Pays!

This week we're heading to Ohio to visit Jeanne of Necromancy Never Pays. I can remember my very first days of discovering book blogs. There was something about the name of Jeanne's blog that struck my fancy. I had to visit, and I've been a follower ever since.

If you've never visited Necromancy Never Pays, I hope you take the opportunity to do so. Say hi while you're there!

Jeanne's content is her "bling"; if you visit blogs looking for flashy widgets and the like, you won't find them here. You'll find Trivial Pursuit for Booklovers, poetry, book reviews, and lots and lots of thoughtful posts.

Who is Jeanne? According to her Blogger bio, she's "a reader, a PhD in English, a Writing Center Director, an adjunct professor of English, a mother, a wife, a cat owner, and a person who is fond of reading satire, attending the theater, and building sand castles at the beach."

She also "believes in the importance of intellectual property rights, providing links, citing sources, and crediting inspiration where appropriate."

Jeanne's a very interesting lady, and I've enjoyed reading her blog for a long time now.

Speaking of time, it's time for me to shut up and let her show us her blogging space! Don't forget that, if you'd like to see the photos full size, all you have to do is click on them.

I started out blogging from my bed, because when I got the idea for Necromancy Never Pays and had the time to experiment with it, I was recovering from a knee replacement. I had injured the cartilage in my left knee when I was 22 and then again when I was 35 and finally there was no cartilage left and I couldn’t even get up and down the stairs to my desk anymore. Within my first six months of blogging, I was back to my desk, which had been moved to the living room on the main floor of my house. And that’s where my desk remains; I have to keep my books kind of picked up since it’s our main living space.

Right now I have two laptops, both belonging to the local college, because I use them for my work as Writing Center Director and I saved my Word files so oddly that my computer expert husband hasn’t made the time to laboriously gather them together and get them transferred to the new laptop. On the left, the desk has some books on top of the older laptop (which is on top of a box I store papers in) that I checked out of the local college library for finding poems to use on the blog. On the right it has some blog files, some household files (how did those get there? There’s an entire household desk to my right, which is where they belong) and a bunch of teaching files. In between is my clock, photos of my kids, and my blogging mug, which says "never before have so many people with so little to say said so much to so few" and holds pens, including my Ravenclaw pen from the Harry Potter Exhibit in Chicago last summer. In the little drawer on the right, under the files, are the cards I've selected for use in Friday's Trivial Pursuit for Booklovers.

In front of the enormous picture window is the enormous blue chair I bought right before my surgery, because our other chairs were too low for me to easily get out of without too much deep knee bending of my good right knee. In front of it is the footstool I put my feet up on while I type on my laptop and look out the window.

There’s a table to the right, in between the desk and the chair. I got a photo of it with its usual accoutrements-- cats, books to review, and some textbooks and videos I use in class.

I took a photo of the built-in bookshelf in our living room. It’s as tidy as it ever gets because I had just cleaned out most of the double and triple-stacked books and taken them downstairs, where the bulk of our 7,000 or so books are; the ones we keep upstairs are the ones we use most frequently, or just like to see every day.

I love what Jeanne said about the books that are kept upstairs because it makes them sound like exactly what they are: valued members of the family. Having had my own knee problems over the years, I can sympathize with her about chairs that are too low to the ground.

Jeanne's home looks so lived in and comfortable-- a place where booklovers would feel completely at ease. Thank you so much for allowing us this glimpse into your home and your creative spaces, Jeanne. We really appreciate it!

Stop by next Wednesday to see where Scene of the Blog will be visiting. See you then!


  1. I have somehow never visited Necromancy Never Pays --- but I plan to be regular follower now. Thanks so much, Cathy for introducing her today.

    LOVED the photos, but sure wish she had included one of the 7,000 books that are kept downstairs!!!

  2. Molly, it's difficult to photograph all the books downstairs, but I'm thinking of doing it as a sort of photo essay one day. I'll need to cajole one of my friends to be the photographer, I think--as you can see, my photos tend to be blurry!

  3. I love Jeanne's blog and her space. It looks like the cats are an important part of that space!

  4. Wow I am impressed with how neat how book shelves are as well as her blogging area! I'm going to check out her blog.

  5. Kathy, how perceptive of you! The cats ARE an important part of my blogging space. There are two more of them-- one white and one black--but the two you see in the photo are the most persistant about keeping me company.

    DCMetroReader, the shelves are not that neat right now. I had just cleaned up for our annual tea and poetry reading.

  6. Love the blogging space and that comfy chair with the picture window!! And here is another vote for seeing the 7000 books downstairs...LOL. Built in wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing your space!!!

  7. I've just paid a visit to Necromancy Never Pays and promptly put it on my favorites list. This one is a gem. I like the neat blogging space but I fear mine will never look so tidy.

  8. Thanks for this post. I love Jeanne's blog!

  9. Kara, the built-in bookshelves are, of course, one of the reasons we liked the house as soon as we saw it!

    Rural View, the rest of the room can be a wreck and I won't see it, but my desk has to be more or less tidy. The clear space on the front of the desk is just enough for both laptops and one cat, which is what it has right now.

    Avid Reader, thanks, and right back atcha.

  10. 7,000 books? I can't even count that high! How would you ever pick the favorites that go upstairs? I noticed at the top of her magazine pile was a Coldwater Creek -- certainly my favorite store.

  11. Kim, We do have more than one bookshelf upstairs--there's at least one in each of the three bedrooms--and books are constantly moving up and down. The ones in the built-in bookshelf are some of our favorites, and some of the ones we've been reading or one of us hasn't gotten to yet. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is still in there because I read it--thought it was okay--and Ron still hasn't made the time to read it. The Lost City of Z is up there for the same reason in reverse--Ron read it and liked it, and I haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

  12. What a great blogging space! I especially like the big blue chair, and I totally covet a built-in bookcase. (If we can ever buy the place we're renting, I know a good spot for one.)

    Jeanne's blog is one of my favorites - she always has an interesting perspective to share, and occasionally she even interests me in poetry.

  13. It looks (and sounds) like such a relaxing place to blog and read and talk books.

  14. Florinda, everybody likes the big blue chair! Unless they're allergic to cats, because there's usually a cat on the back of it.

    Kris, it can be relaxing during the day when the kids are at school, but the desk and chair are right next to the path from the front door...if you look closely, you'll see the button hanging with the keys by the front door that says "I childproofed my house, but they still get in."

  15. I just love Jeanne's blog and she's a regular at the Virtual Poetry Circle! I just love her faithful visits!

    That is a great peak into her blogging space and I just love chairs that sit near windows...and can I say...I want to live at her house with the 7,000+ books!

  16. I love Jeanne's blog and especially her thoughtful reviews. I'd love to have built-in bookcases, and the chair looks comfy.

    Diary of an Eccentric


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