Saturday, December 22, 2012

One Writer's Inspiration: What's on your nightstand?

What's on your nightstand?

Mine has been known to hold a retainer, an alarm clock, a few toys, a box of tissues, a glass of water, an inch of dust, books, books and more books.

Yes, that is a true story right there to the left...

I sleep next to them, hoping their greatness will seep into me as I sleep, filling my brain with wonderful ideas. Each night I open and re-read parts from at least two of these books.

There's my current read, The Hobbit, two books on edible plants and yes, The Hunger Games Trilogy (stop judging me! I love them!)

And stop looking at all the electrical cords. I know, electrical fire hazard and paper right next to each other are not a good idea.

And yes, those are two textbooks.

I am a true geek. I sleep with Hole's Human Anatomy and Physiology and Brock's Biology of Microorganisms next to me. There was a Biochemistry textbook there at one time, but, it resides in my library now.

No no no, I cannot show you THE library, it's quite a mess..

What's that box? You ask.
My childhood treasure chest.
My mother and father had these ornately carved cedar boxes. 
That one was my Father's, he passed away when I was nine. It holds little bits of my childhood, pictures, rocks, tiny toys, memories and magical things. If I remember correctly, there may actually be a unicorn in there. A real live one. These are some of the things that bring me inspiration.

What's on your nightstand?


  1. A lamp, a phone, a clock, and whatever two or three books I might be reading at the moment.

  2. If I didn't know any better I'd think you stole my night stand! I have a lamp, my mouth guard, an embarrassing layer of dust and oodles of books including a bible from Jerusalem and a copy of The Night Circus, Unnatural Selection and about 8 journals :) Fun post. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ooh! The Night Circus held a spot on my nightstand for a while. Great read!

  3. I don't have a proper nightstand, but my desk chair acts like one. I have four books on it, two for research for my novel--Jane Austen and the World of Her Novels and Staying Power-- and The World of Downton Abbey and Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas.

  4. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one hoarding multiple reads on my nightstand :)

  5. Always have all sorts of books and magazines on there, crowding out my tissues, lamp and glass of water. But lately I haven't been reading them! I'm just online till all hours - not the way to settle down, that's for sure.