I have a very small nightstand and I don’t like a lot of clutter. It’s a wooden nightstand, made out of oak, and there is a metal lamp with a cream colored shade that sits on it along with two rocks.
One of the rocks is a slice of a rock that has been polished, sort of looks like granite, greys and blues with tiny black veins, but with naturally rough edges. I use this as a coaster to set my water glass on at night.
Throughout my house there are rocks and shells; I like the natural beauty of them. The other rock is one I picked up on a beach in Del Mar, California during a walk I took with my mom before she died. It was a windy day and she wore her jeans rolled up and a pink slicker jacket as we walked along the shoreline. There is a scene in my book Casanova Cowboy that is very similar to that day. The rock is there to remind me of her, and that very simple things in life can be the most pleasurable.
Inside the swinging door of my nightstand are some books, including a couple of my high school yearbooks. I sometimes flip through them in search of a new characters name. And then some of my favorite books are inside as well, books that hit home and I can’t stand to not have near. I just like a good story, one that gets to me, makes me feel something. Pat Conroy’s Beach Music is one book I always keep close. I enjoyed it because it was different; there is emotion about life, love, and coping; a lot of it not always pretty and neat. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry is also there. I’m a bit of a sucker for cowboys and oh how the characters in this book grabbed hold and wouldn’t let go.
Also in my nightstand is an original printing of my first novel Boy In A Band; it serves as a reminder that I never thought I could write one book, let alone eight, with more to come. When I have those nagging doubts it stares back at me, encourages me to push harder; to keep writing.
I started reading very young. Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne was one of my favorites. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is another one I remember clearly. A good book can take one places they never dreamed of, emotionally and mentally.
Lisa Loomis resides in Park City, Utah with her husband and two children. For more information about A Horse Named Joe and her other releases, visit her website.