Look at my Desk! Sydney Salter

Welcome to the desk of my terrific friend from Utah (USA) Sydney Salter. Sydney also contributed to my 12 days of Christmas last year. You can see that here. But now, here is Sydney’s Creative Space. Just look at her desk, and bookshelf and more….


I suppose that my laptop is my real creative space. While drafting a new WIP, I often head to a coffee shop—or other public place—where I can eavesdrop on conversations as I compose. I actually keep a list of all the locations where I’ve worked on a particular story—like the chapter of Swoon At Your Own Risk that was composed on a ferry boat in stormy weather.

At home I’ve taken over part of our living room for my creative space. I like the open feeling of high ceilings, big windows, no doors, and having my biggest bookshelf in view. I can also peek out at my neighbors riding bikes, walking dogs, mowing lawns, etc. I feel less isolated from the rest of the world in the middle of the living room. Now if only I could keep my desk clean!

Little toys and inspirational mementos clutter my desk. I keep a small frame of quotes near my computer. (“Others will underestimate us, for although we judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, others judge us only by what we have already done.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) A jar of pink cupcake sprinkles adds a bit of fun.

I also amass a group of figurines and things relating to my WIP. Maybe you can guess the subject of my most recent novel?

My turtle collection is my favorite part of my creative space. Over the years I’ve gathered a small army of tortoises and turtles to remind me to have a tough shell when it comes to rejection or criticism, and that slow and steady wins the race.

Writing can sometimes be frustrating and lonely so I try to make my creative space playful.


See more of Sydney here at her website.

Her latest titles are:
My Big Nose And Other Natural Disasters, Harcourt/Graphia
Jungle Crossing, Harcourt Children’s Books

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