The Blogger’s Desk

BookendsCindy and Lynn: One of our favorite out-of-print books is The Writer’s Desk (1996) by Jill Krementz. In it are her photographs of famous authors where they write and the great photos are accompanied by the authors’ musings on the writing process. Stephen King tipped back in an office chair with his feet on the desk and his dog below him, writing on a pad with a pen; Jean Piaget with an office piled so high he cannot work and sits instead lighting a pipe; E. B. White in a stark boathouse with a view of the water; authors we love with typewriters, laptops, towering piles of paper, overflowing wastebaskets, pets, beds, desks, kitchen counters . . . and PILES of books that make us feel better about our own workspaces. Speaking of which, we thought we’d show you where Bookends is created. Here we are at our reading spots and blogger’s desks. Where is your favorite spot to read? Hey—that would make a great bulletin board with student photos! Oh, and we’d like to challenge our fellow Booklist Reader bloggers to show us where they do their blog work. Bring it, Booklist bloggers!

We thought we’d show you
where Bookends is created.

IMG_4092Cindy: Summer is drawing to a close (I know it has been fall for a week but I’m in denial). When the weather allows in Michigan, I can be found with my laptop blogging from my 18-foot-long tiki bar. I have a view of a quiet bayou with swans, blue herons, a belted kingfisher that keeps me company from his regular perch, ducks, and sometimes a white-tailed deer or two. It’s a favorite reading spot too. When I’m not outside, I have a comfy reading chair with a loaded wooden library cart bookcase on wheels next to me insuring that I will not lack for something to read next. It’s sometimes hard to get to that chair for all of the stacks of books in front and beside it. Beside me on the wall is a black-and-white photo of Bob Dylan composing at a manual typewriter with a full ashtray and a not-so-full bottle of wine. We all need our inspiration. What’s yours?

Blogger's deskLynn: I have a lovely desk in a quiet spot but instead of working there, I’m usually wedged up against the island counter in my kitchen. There’s no place to put the books I’m working on and the older members of the focus group are either roaring through the kitchen or talking to me about something. It’s noisy, distracting, and our cats are always knocking my stuff on the floor. It IS close to the coffee pot, however, and access to caffeine trumps everything else. It is also a blissfully quiet spot early in the morning before everyone else gets up and I’m probably more productive in that brief period than the whole rest of the day!

And, honestly, who wouldn’t want to be in a place where opinionated grandsons can easily report on what they are reading? The twins are racing through Jack Gantos’ From Norvelt to Nowhere (2013) right now and they are on my case about not having blogged about it yet. It’s on the list, guys! Now if I could only find the list!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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