My Study – 2017

When the present year became a reality so too did several personal targets. As I tend to do, I had my year planner created, complete with weekends highlighted. A crucial difference to any other year was the month of October, when I’d retire from regular work.

I had considered changing from my PC to a Mac. As with all things I’d heard the positives and negatives for both systems which meant I had a lot of research to do before making such a big leap. Whatever I decided would affect my writing production.

It was my wife, Olive who suggested I should treat myself to a new look for my study. On several occasions after the idea was put to me, while working on a project I’d stop typing and stare at the wall in front of me.

We agreed it was affordable and settled on June as the month to do the makeover. I made a twenty-point plan and gave myself provisional dates for the individual phases. I’d be hoping to keep up with my writing with the exception of perhaps a couple of key days, like when the room was empty for redecoration, and assembling new furniture.

Yes, within the red boxes and behind the white doors is organisation.

Now in the first week of July the main task is completed. In the near future I’ll add a potted plant or two, but I’m now ready to learn how to use my Mac – and I’m eager to be writing again.

January 2017 saw minor adjustments …

I took a few ‘before’ pictures and ‘after’ pictures but I believe it only needs one to demonstrate that the effort to make the changes was worthwhile.

June 2017 saw a major makeover …

Until I sat here with my Mac at my new, larger desk in the centre of the room I didn’t realise how trapped I must have felt previously.




The stage is set to get back to work, so what lies ahead in my personal targets for the year?
I have the final edits to perform on Highland games – 4 before publication. By the end of this year I propose to publish Highland Games – 5 and A Life of Choice: Part Five, and both books are at an advanced stage.



My next novel is underway and will continue to be developed over the coming months. However automated, updated and organised my desk feels, I enjoy the comfort of a notice board which keeps me in control.

As always, I thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, and for any comments or feedback you may leave.



14 thoughts on “My Study – 2017

  1. Sam McElreavey

    Your new study looks great, Tom. I am sure it will inspire you with your creative writing. Say hi to Olive. Best regards, Sam.

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    1. Hi Sam. I hope all is good in your world. Many thanks for dropping by with such a kind comment. Best returned by Olive. Happy memories. 😀


    1. Thank you, Patrick, and it was a ‘job’ for two weeks … but worth every minute. I’ve just got to keep up with this new machine now – it’s faster than predictive text! 😀

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    1. Hello POD and I hope all is good in your world of fantasy and mystery. Many thanks for dropping by my friend. I must make an effort to get over your way. Stories keep getting in the way of blogging. 😀


    1. Hi Alwyn. It’s easy … my head is in a mess. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by, and I hope all is good with you.


  2. Julia Lund

    Oh my word, Tom! If you saw my desk and writing room, you’d have a fit. Tidy isn’t a word that correlates to how I work. But I do have an organised mind. At least that’s what I claim. Your new space looks calm, collected and ready to go. I truly hope you enjoy using it. Happy writing 🙂

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    1. Hahahaha … Hi, Julia. Thank you for dropping by. I’m sure your mind is like a little filing cabinet. 😀
      Yes, I’m thoroughly enjoying my new layout and furnishings. I have the natural light beside me now instead of over my shoulder which is a great improvement. My greatest challenge at the moment is getting accustomed to using my Mac, but the capability is impressive.
      The good news for me is that all my ongoing projects are all back on course. 😀

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  3. Julia Lund

    A huge filing cabinet – with stuff spilling out of the drawers. So glad your projects really back on course. Good luck with the Mac. My daughter swears by them.

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    1. Hahaha … love the image of your mind overflowing.
      Re: the Mac, I swear by mine too at the moment, but probably for different reasons. 😀

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