ASK THE AUTHOR: What's on your desk, Wednesday? Muffins Anyone?

This week I am pleased to welcome author, 
Daniel Arenson 
to Alternative-Read! 

I write at the local coffeeshop.  I show up in the morning, my laptop hanging at my side.  In the summers, I order an icy drink and a muffin, and sit by the window.  In the colder months, I order a hot coffee and sit by the fireplace.  I turn on the laptop, connect to the wireless internet, and take a sip of coffee.  I then find some music to listen to.  The music must match the scene.  This morning, I wrote a scene featuring Chinese dragons who live in a pagoda; I chose Chinese meditation music.  Last week I wrote an epic battle scene and listened to Mozart's Requiem.  Once I have my music, I take another sip of coffee, check my email, check my facebook, and procrastinate for a while.  Soon enough, my brain is sufficiently caffeinated, and I start to type.  Every page, I'll take a break, eat some of the muffin, sip the coffee, and check email.  Then it's back to writing another page.  I can usually write about 1000 or 1500 words before my mug is empty.      


Daniel Arenson is an author of fantasy fiction, from epic to dark and surreal. 

Like many writers, he began his career writing short stories. He sold his first story, "Worms Believe in God", in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various magazines, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card's Strong Verse. 

Five Star Publishing, an imprint of Gale, published Daniel's fantasy novel Firefly Island in 2007. 

His second novel, the dark fantasy Flaming Dove, was released in 2010. 


My website, which includes creative writing tips, free stories, novel chapters, and more:

My novel Firefly Island at Amazon:

My novel Flaming Dove at Amazon:

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  1. @DanielArenson Check out Daniel's desk!These comments are SO addictive! I'm tweeting/FBing &commenting all at once!

  2. Nice place to write at for sure :)


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