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Jason Gurley

By day, I'm a user experience designer; by evenings/weekends, I write novels from my home in Scappoose, Ore. My newest is Awake in the World, due February 2019 from Roaring Brook Press; my most recent, Eleanor, was published by Crown in 2016 and has since been translated into German, Portuguese, and Turkish.

Analog desk achieved

Last week, I arrived home to a very excited Squish. "THERE IS A SURPRISE FOR YOU," she declared, and led me downstairs to my office, where I discovered that Felicia had assembled my new "analog" desk.  "DO YOU LOVE IT SO MUCH?" Squish demanded. 

And I do. I love it so much. 

My office now features two separate workspaces. There's the "digital" workspace, where I conduct the editing and refinement of my work, where I answer emails, where—when I work from home—I do the business of a user experience designer, drumming up wireframes and prototypes and things.

 The "digital" side of the office, ironically, is where all of my analog reading materials are.

The "digital" side of the office, ironically, is where all of my analog reading materials are.

And there's the new "analog" desk, where I write new things by hand, or keep up my journal, or plan new projects, or sketch early wireframes or storyboards of things, or just doodle. 

 And the "analog" side, with a reading chair that I currently can't sit in, due to all the reading stacked up in it.

And the "analog" side, with a reading chair that I currently can't sit in, due to all the reading stacked up in it.

 The new desk, basking in Squish's excitement for it.

The new desk, basking in Squish's excitement for it.

The new desk is identical to the first, which scratches that itch I have for symmetry. I've already laid out the tools for my next project:

 From top down: A journal I intend to keep while writing the next project; the thicker book in which I'm planning/researching; and the composition book in which I'll start the first draft.

From top down: A journal I intend to keep while writing the next project; the thicker book in which I'm planning/researching; and the composition book in which I'll start the first draft.

When I'm at the digital desk during my working hours, Squish has laid claim to the empty space. She already loves spending time in my office; now she has a place of her own to do the work of being six. 

 The six-year-old-in-residence, hard at work on her next project.

The six-year-old-in-residence, hard at work on her next project.

 Bonus: The resident kiddo sharpening her love for pencils. 

Bonus: The resident kiddo sharpening her love for pencils. 

Researching vs. writing

Writing as verb and noun