The Portal to my Alternate Reality by Susan M. Boyer
I’m fortunate that we have a spare bedroom in our house—at least on the floorplan it was a bedroom. As a practical matter, it’s been my office since we bought the house. It’s small, but I don’t need much space because I don’t spend much time there at all. I mean, I’m physically there most days, all day. But I’m really on Stella Maris, that island in my mind, or in nearby Charleston, SC.
My office is my portal, the place through which I pass on my way to spend time with my imaginary friends—the place where I’m an early-thirties private investigator, a grown-up Nancy Drew.
I have a desk…
…but the reason it’s mostly clear is because I typically write in a comfy recliner with a lap desk.
If I happen to daydream—and that’s part of the job, right?—my gaze drifts out the window and lights upon this temptation.
This is the view from my chair, which helps keep me focused:
And from another angle, I see this…more temptation to lounge by the pool with a book.
Susan M. Boyer loves three things best: her family, books, and beaches. She’s grateful to have been blessed with a vivid imagination, allowing her to write her own books centered around family, beaches, and solving puzzles wherein someone is murdered. Susan lives in Greenville, SC, and runs away to the coast as often as she can.
Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and was an RWA Golden Heart® finalist. Her latest novel, Lowcountry Boneyard, is out now. Susan’s short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, and Relief Journal among others.
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