Sometimes it's at a table in a cafe, sometimes it's at a desk. Some folks have easels, workbenches, fancy tables. For some, the floor suffices, or the couch. The Once and Future Podcast wants to know, where do YOU make? This week we welcome author and game designer with Monte Cook Games Shanna Germain to tell us more about her maker space!
What about this space makes it yours?
It's filled with little gifts from people that I care about. I have some paper war moths made by one of my favorite gaming families, a fantastic green iguana, cards and notes from readers, stuff like that. They're touchstones for me. When I start to doubt myself or my ability to finish a thing (which happens about three-quarters of the way through every project), I have those there to remind me that I've touched someone's life, that they're the reason I push through the hard parts.
What is your favorite thing about this space?
I often work on a lot of different projects at the same time, and I like to have the inspirations for each of them easily accessible. Sometimes it's books. Sometimes it's images or objects. This space is created so that I can change things out quickly and easily. Everything behind me is hung on magnets or clips, and everything on my desk is temporary. I just finished writing a novel and I was surrounded by hand-drawn maps, a million notes, and books about writing and plot. Now, I'm mainly working on a time travel- and dinosaur-themed game called Predation and some adventure products for our family game, No Thank You, Evil! I was quickly able to change everything to dinosaurs, science, and whimsy.
What do you make here?
So far, I've written dozens of short stories, some blogs and essays, a novel, four game books, and some other super secret projects that aren't announced yet.
Do you have a particularly special object in your space?
Ampersand, the rescue dog who always snores under the table while I write.
If you could improve something about your space, what would it be?
Realistically, I would paint the walls some cool and inspirational color. Not-at-all-realistically, I want walls that can be programmed to project sights and sights that inspire whatever project I'm working on. Music and images. It would be like a surround sound of inspiration!
Oh, and while I'm dreaming, I want a little window so that someone could bring me deliveries of coffee and cupcakes.
About Shanna Germain:
Shanna Germain is many things…
First and foremost, she is a leximaven of the highest order, exploring her love of the written word through a multitude of formats and styles. Shanna (pronounced like ‘Shaun’ with a sigh of pleasure at the end or like ‘fauna’ with a shh in the front) also claims the titles of: girl, gamer geek, wanderluster, flower picker, tire kicker, knife licker, she-devil, vorpal blonde and Schrödinger’s brat.
She is noted for her work as an outspoken advocate for freedom of speech, GLBTQ rights, positive sexuality, and the rights of people of all genders, sexualities, abilities, races, beliefs, and walks of life.
With a whole lot of writing years under her belt (or her collar, depending on the day), Shanna’s poems, essays, short stories, novellas, articles and more have found homes in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, books and websites.
An Associate Fellow at the Attic Institute in Portland, OR, she has taught classes in writing, publishing, media and photography at a wide variety of places. She’s even garnered an award here and there, including a Pushcart nomination, the Rauxa Prize for Erotic Poetry and the C. Hamilton Bailey Poetry Fellowship. She keeps her ego in a tiny glass jar and feeds it drops of sea water and baby crickets so that it will never outgrow its cage.
You can find Shanna at her website, shannagermain.com, and don't forget to check out her newest Kickstarter, No Thank You, Evil: The Adventure Continues! It's an awesome game that introduces kids to role playing games!
Melanie R. Meadors is an author and editor of science fiction and fantasy, blogger at The Once and Future Podcast, and a professional author publicist. She studied physics and astronomy at Northern Arizona University, where no day was complete without a heated debate over relativity versus quantum mechanics. You can find her at her website, melaniermeadors.com, on Facebook, and Twitter, @melaniermeadors.