Miranda P. Charles' Top 5 Must-Have Items in My Home Office
My home office is not just the place where I write and produce my novels. It’s also my own personal space where I can sit quietly and meditate. I love it.
Here are the top five items that I can’t do without when I’m working in my office.
This is an obvious one. If anything ever happens to my laptop, I’ll cry! I spend many hours with it everyday working day, and it’s the most important work item for me, apart from the internet. I do use a separate keyboard and a laptop stand for ergonomic reasons.
My covers board.
I’ve printed my book covers and stuck them on a cork board hanging on the wall in front of my desk. My covers serve as an inspiration to me, and I do love each and every single one of them.
Unfortunately, I’ve run out of space. I have to buy a new cork board so I can also stick my newer covers on it, including the one for Xavier: The Contract, which is my latest release.
I intend to fill the wall in front of me with my covers!
My exercise ball.
As a writer, I tend to sit on my butt for hours on end. This, of course, can be detrimental to my health, so I try to sit on my exercise ball when I’m editing, answering emails, surfing the net or checking social media. I can’t use it when I’m doing writing sprints, though, as I’ll be positioned too low against my desk, and that’s not very ergonomic.
I also use the exercise ball to do some five-minute exercises every hour or so—when I’m not too engrossed with what I’m doing that I forget.
Food and water.
I have lunch in my office during my working days. And of course, I have snacks in there too. If it sounds like I hardly ever leave the room, I do—to fix my meals!
I need plenty of sustenance when my brain is working hard, especially during the times when I write myself into a corner.
When six o’clock in the evening hits, though, I take my laptop to the lounge room. After dinner, I work there some more while watching TV with my hubby.
My special knick-knacks and trinkets.
On the cabinet in front of my desk, I’ve displayed a variety of knick-knacks and trinkets. These special items have been given to me by my friends and family—people I love, including my nine-year-old niece. They’re sentimental pieces that mean something, and when I’m all alone working in the quiet of my room, it’s nice to be reminded of the people who mean a lot to me.