This Writer’s Space: Rhiann Wynn-NoletPosted: April 2, 2014 Filed under: On writing | Tags: inspiration, this writer's space, writing 9 Comments
First of all, thank you Cassandra for having me on your blog! I remember our Thursday’s Children blog hops very fondly and am so happy we’ve stayed in touch.
Where I Write
Last summer we moved from the northeast corner of the US (Maine) to North Carolina, about a thousand miles south. The sights, sounds, and smells of northern New England permeate my writing and probably always will. Not only was I born and raised there, but my ancestors first settled in the Salem area around 1630. No matter where I go, that will always be my spiritual home.
Knowing I’d miss coastal Maine, I planned to recreate it in my new writing space. My husband painted the walls a grayish blue*, we hung up seascapes, etc., but in the words of Thomas Wolfe, “You can’t go home again.” If anything, being surrounded by pictures of beaches made me dwell on what I’d lost.
On to Plan B, in which I gave free rein to my love of things weird and sparkly, flowers, quirky art, shabby velvet, and rich (non-beachy) colors. Here’s my Pinterest Reinventing the Office board for a closer look at some of my actual choices. Shells, seaglass, and sand dollars share space in my “cabinet of curiosities” with an animal skull I found by the side of the road, my crystal ball, lichen-covered twigs and so on. The room isn’t quite finished, but I’m very pleased with the Boho/Bloomsbury vibe. A writer reinvents herself with each book she writes, so why shouldn’t she reinvent her writing space once in a while?
*p.s. My patient, thoughtful, and creative husband was actively involved in bringing my decorative vision to life, as well as painting the room (twice) and installing my new light fixture. It’s not that I can’t paint walls. He’s a Virgo, so…yeah. I should probably give him a backrub.
Where I’m Inspired
I get my best ideas from Nature and all things gothic. Since our move, the Neuse River and abandoned farmhouses have replaced the beach and old cemeteries as my favorite haunts.
To Be Read
At the moment I’m reading SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard. For Christmas I got my first e-reader and currently in the queue are RAVEN BOYS (Maggie Stiefvater), UNTEACHABLE (Leah Raeder), and THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE (Neil Gaiman). I also spend quite a lot of time reading things my CPs send me.
Rhiann Wynn-Nolet is a YA/NA Fiction writer. Her book TENDRIL is represented by Stefanie Lieberman of Janklow & Nesbit.
As a reader, she longs for unforgettable characters whose stories are filled with family dysfunction, true love, and complex emotion. She adores symbolism and beautiful prose. By “beautiful” she doesn’t mean “purple”, even though she’s in love with her purple office walls. She tries to write the kind of books she wants to read.
Rhiann co-hosts the annual Like A Virgin Writing Contest (#LV14) and #CriTiki Lounge (a pitch feedback forum). When she’s not writing, reading, walking her Jack Russell Terriers, or struggling with her sixth grader’s math homework, she can be found here: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest
OMG, Cass! I didn’t realize you were a Thursday’s Child alum. Christine Allen-Riley is a dear friend and inspiration to me.
Hi Rhiann! Love the reinvention of your space. I don’t have a space per se, but I have a list of wants for when I do! Sparkly things are a must. Just today, I saw a beautiful tiny painting of a fat bluebird and thought, “I need that.”
Yup. I came in toward the tail end of the meme, though. Sadly.
It was fun while it lasted! But it was very time-consuming for us to visit that many blogs every week and we were running out of inspiration ourselves…
Thanks Tess! I hope you bought the bluebird painting 🙂 It was fun to use Pinterest in a “practical” way to keep track of my ideas, find inspiration, etc.
I love this glimpse into other writers’ worlds! And Rhiann, I love your writing room! I’ve seen your “cabinet of curiosities” title before but didn’t realize it was “real”. I can only imagine how you felt leaving your old life behind, but glad you’ve got such an inspiring space!
Thanks to both of you for sharing.
Hi Debbie, and thanks 🙂 I just wish it wasn’t so difficult to procure ethically-sourced bones!
What a gorgeous writing space, Rhiann. I love the curio with the things that inspire you. 🙂 ❤
Thanks for dropping by Denise!
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