In My Study There’s …

Lea Wait, here! Over the years lots of people have asked me what was in my study. (A crystal ball? A rabbit’s foot?)

Actually, in addition to books and papers I’m actually using on a day-to-day basis, I do have a lot of memories tucked into various corners of my study. There’s the picture of my husband and I dancing in a Paris Street. An antique print of a Great Blue Heron. A button that reads, “STET, DAMMIT!” on my bulletin board. And a lot more. So, today, come with me on a tour … welcome to where I spend most of my days – and some of my nights~!

19th C medical book, books on poisons, costumes

19th C medical book, books on poisons, costumes

Ceramic Pencil Holder made by my daughter Liz

Ceramic Pencil Holder made by my daughter Liz

 

Noted for future books

Noted for future books

Books on Needlepoint

Books on Needlepoint

My daughters, Xmas, 1987

My daughters, Xmas, 1987

 

 

 

Agatha Award Nomination

Agatha Award Nomination

My hero!

My hero!

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Reference Books & Etcs ...

Reference Books & Etcs …

Gift from Reader

Gift from Reader

Winslow Homer wood engraving - "Digging Out"

Winslow Homer wood engraving – “Digging Out”

My writing assistant, making a few edits

My writing assistant, making a few edits

Smocked pillow made by my sister Nancy' Seaward Born pillow quilted by young fan

Smocked pillow made by my sister Nancy’ Seaward Born pillow quilted by young fan

Teddy Bear I gave the guy I loved when he had heart surgery in 1982. He returned it to me when we moved in together in 2003.

Teddy Bear I gave the guy I loved when he had heart surgery in 1982. He returned it to me when we moved in together in 2003.

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19th C wardrobe re-purposed for office supplies (Blankets for cat on top!)

19th C wardrobe re-purposed for office supplies (Blankets for cat on top!)

19th C brass stencils

19th C brass stencils

Mary Queen of Scots paperweight from Edinburgh

Mary Queen of Scots paperweight from Edinburgh

 

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13 Responses to In My Study There’s …

  1. Kate Collier says:

    Fascinating place, your study! I’d love to hear more about the “Lea Wait’s Wiscasset” map. Did an artist prepare that using your books as a reference? Such a cool idea.

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  2. MCWriTers says:

    Kate– Yes! Brenda Erickson was the artist who did the map. And it includes all the places in Wiscasset I include in my five historical novels set there. (I have smaller versions I give to teachers, librarians, anyone particularly interested.) I love it! It was originally done so people in Maine could give themselves a tour of the places mentioned in my book … and so young readers in the mid-west could better visualize wharves, piers — etc. My latest book, UNCERTAIN GLORY, includes a version of the map on it’s end-papers, which I love! Lea

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  3. Amy Reade says:

    I loved the tour of your office! Thanks for sharing your stuff with us! And the map is, indeed, very cool.

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  4. Carole Speechley says:

    Lea,
    Thank you for the tour of your office – it looks like you filled it with a lot of love, particularly the teddy that Bob kept for 20 years! Carole

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  5. Elaine Roberson says:

    You have a very interesting collection of items in your study. Thanks for sharing your mementos with us.

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  6. Jewel Hanley says:

    That was fun!

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  7. Lea: what a wonderful cornucopia of loved items that have made you the great writer and wonderful friend that you have always been! My office is pretty boring compared to yours. Can’t wait to see what in this varied stew will turn up in your next book. Write on!

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  8. Gayle Lynds says:

    What a wonderful column, Lea. I really enjoyed the trip!

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  9. MCWriTers says:

    Insanely jealous that it looks so neat. I’d have to clean for a week before I could take any photographs of my office. But I am inspired to do a photo tour of it one of these days. We certainly do collect a whole lot of stuff. I have a bullet-proof vest, a model of a Miramichi, NB police car, and a whole lot of book marks and postcards from all the books over the years!

    You have such a wonderful way of inviting us into your life!

    Kate

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  10. MCWriTers says:

    I will admit .. if my study isn’t pretty neat … I get involved with cleaning/straightening and not with writing. So although at the end of a writing session my desk may be covered with pieces of paper .. they call get put away for the night. It helps keep me moderately sane! (And productive.)
    Lea

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  11. dragons3 says:

    Thanks for the office tour. I’m envious of the neatness, too. I’m a packrat, and not a very organized one, at that. I especially like your writing assistant. Does he/she take on extra work during down times?

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  12. Calla says:

    It was simply delightful to see glimpses of your “world” and the ways it grounds you for the work (and joy) of writing. Create on!

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