Our Trish has gone missing somewhere between Lincoln, where we were on a Mills & Boon Panel, and Middlesborough. Since it is possible she can't get an internet connection and has lost her mobile I'm not going to worry about her until Thursday night. If she isn't back in Ireland then it'll mean I have to do 'my' Film on Friday post.
So, it's me, Natasha. Again.
Actually, I think, this may well be the start of a series because creating the perfect creative space is a knotty writers' problem. You know how you feel absolutely certain you would be a better parent and your life completely joyous if only your house had more storage? Weeeell, I firmly believe I would be a better/more prolific author if I only had the perfect place to work.
Currently I work in a cupboard. Sometimes. Other times I am prized from the cupboard so the rest of my family can use my internet connection. And then, and this is the bit that really riles me, they shoooooosh my things out of the way. Oh and steal my pens. Hang on, I'll show you.
That's the result of offspring one doing his history homework and is how I found my desk this morning. Empty glass, headphones, laptop - NOT MINE. My things have been piled up in the corner.
As a direct consequence of this I am laying plans to claim the 'music room'. At the moment it has a piano - which will have to stay but then that'll be good because it'll prove to the tax man it's not a solely-used-for-business room. It has a sofabed - which is bad because it's less than a year old and the frame has buckled. (Don't buy from ScS. Here in the UK, after six months it becomes your responsibility to prove the goods were faulty as opposed to misused.) I may well get round to pursuing that but for the moment it makes me cross just looking at it.
That aside, it's all open to development.
I have found 'my' dream.
Want a peak at Anthony Horowitz's study? He's the author of the Alex Rider books and the TV series 'Foyles War'.
I would KILL for that view.
Obviously bookshelves are vital. His are gorgeous, aren't they, but surprisingly empty! I've done some research on the bookshelf market and, whilst I'm certain I've not hit upon my idea of perfection yet, here are some ideas you might like to consider for your own space.
This is the Equation Bookshelf and it's designed by Marcos Breder.
The idea is that you can divide things in order of priority. So, the most important can be stored between the parentheses.
Quirky but not big enough for me.
These are the Folding Bookshelves. They are made of cherry wood and, apparently, possess 'the lightness of rice paper'. They can be laid down, stood up, turned 90 degrees and be used vertically or horizontally. Only I'd just have them full and they'd stay like that which rather makes them pointless.
This is the Quad Bookcase which is designed to store CDs, DVDs, files and books. It's also designed to fit together to make a much larger piece of furniture. 'Asymmetry', as the designers do say, 'in perfect balance'.
Personally, I think it looks like it'll crumple my books so gets the thumbs down.
This is designed by Da-Euan Song - a man who clearly doesn't have many books because you really can't get much on the Shelf, can you?
Latvian designer, Stanislav Katz, designed the Shelves with a Bench.
For me, it's a no. I think it looks incredibly uncomfortable and there's not so much room for the books.
The search goes on ........
Natasha's latest Harlequin Romance Wanted: White Wedding is released in NA and the UK this month.
Romantic Times Magazine says: 'Natasha Oakley's Wanted: White Wedding (4.5) has its share of deeply touching moments, but what makes it stand out are the humor and the wonderful characters.'
You can find out more about it on her website and you can hear her moan about her sheikhs and other assorted disasters by visiting her blog.
Her contribution to the Niroli series, 'The Tycoon's Princess Bride', is available here and won the Romantic Times Magazine Best Presents of 2007 and is nominated for a RITA®.
'Crowned: An Ordinary Girl' has finalled in the National Readers' Choice Awards.