This week Kittling: Books is featuring a book blogger who contacted me about being on Scene of the Blog. This is something I really appreciate, so if you've been lurking in the shadows and you'd really like to be featured, use that Contact Me form on my blog header. It works!
Why should you forget about being shy? For the very simple reason that there are so many book blogs out there, and it's not humanly possible for me to know about them all and to contact all the bloggers. Do what Leah did: email me, and we'll talk! (I think she can agree that it's a relatively painless process, especially since I don't bite.)
I wasn't aware of Leah's blog, Amused By Books. When she contacted me, I immediately went there to take a look. According to Blogger, she's been aboard for less than a year, and she prefers to read "general fiction, women's fiction, some non-fiction, and cookbooks." I also like the bit about harassing her boyfriend's cat. (Do you really do that, Leah?) I enjoy the content of her blog, and I was happy to add Amused By Books to my Google Reader. If you haven't stopped by Leah's blog before, I hope you take the opportunity to do so soon-- and don't forget to say hello! Now... let's see where she does all that creative blogging.... (Don't forget that you can click on each photo to view it full size.)
This is the main hub of activity in our household. It is shared by both me and my boyfriend...and the cat! I would say 90% of the time I spend blogging, my boyfriend's cat Nyquist is sitting by my side begging me to pet her. As you can see she has found the optimal spot next to where I would sit, underneath the lamp which gives off heat and next to the wall heater! Every week day morning I sit down and make sure my scheduled post has gone up correctly and check my email and twitter accounts. On the weekend mornings I spend much more time here with my cup of coffee while the house is quiet, writing blog posts for the week and commenting on my favorite blogs. As you can see I have stacks of books here that I need to review, lots of pens and paper handy (and bills to pay - ignore those!). Everything I need is pretty much right here. The problem is, sometimes the boyfriend needs this space too. Luckily...I can just move to this other space!
Here is where I move when I want some more comfort and then I switch to the laptop. For some reason I prefer sitting at the desk but when I want to feel more a part of the family unit or watch TV, talk to my boyfriend, and blog at the same time, this is the prime spot! Also, this is one of my favorite spots to read on a lazy weekend afternoon. The couch is super comfy, gets lots of natural daylight and in the winter that light above is perfectly placed, as is that blanket! Oh and that photo above the couch - my boyfriend painted it of a theater in Boulder, Co - pretty cool I think.
Finally we have probably one of the handiest (and most jenky) things I've started using this year! A Reading Journal. I use this puppy all the time! It goes with me everywhere...my desk, my couch, maybe even over to a chair...look houses in San Francisco are small! Regardless, I record all of the books I've read this year, if I liked them, how many pages they were, progress in my challenges, author interview questions, etc. It is the handiest thing! Maybe next year I'll upgrade...but maybe not!
I don't see the need to upgrade, Leah... I use a reading journal myself, and have done for years. There's something about physically writing the information down that I really like.
The couch, the window, the lamp, the blanket-- and that seriously cool painting by your boyfriend-- I'm really liking your reading and laptop space. Actually, I'm trying to levitate that painting and see if I can get it from San Francisco to Phoenix without damaging it or giving myself a serious headache. I love it!
I also like your desk space with Nyquist gazing out at us all. Something tells me that you really don't harass that cat! Thank you so much for sharing your creative spaces with us, Leah. We really appreciate it!
Who will be featured on Scene of the Blog next Wednesday? Stop by to take a look!