I have two desks in my office. One is for the day-to-day finances, emailing, music, and all the rest.
The other one is my writing desk. I planned it with the idea of getting away from distractions. It’s on the opposite wall from my other desk, so I turn the speakers off on that one. That way I won’t be distracted by email beeps, and all the rest. And yes, I turn off the music too. I find I need as much silence as possible. Probably indicates I’m easily distracted!
So I took a picture of my writing desk, the one with no distractions. As I looked at the picture I wondered what I’d been thinking! No distractions? I had to be kidding myself.
However, if you’re one of my readers (and I hope you are!), I’m presenting the picture for you here. Feel free to get a little view into my head and the things that interest me—the stuff I’m interested in.
I’ve got a 1949 Packard Deluxe Eight sedan. I bought it in 2006, rusted, gutted, and not running. I worked on it pretty hard for a few summers, and now it’s a fun car to drive.
I use Scrivener for my writing. It’s a wonderful software product, and you can take that from a guy that writes software for a living (me).
I love Bluetooth stuff, so I use a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. Also a headset, but that’s not in the picture.
The Mossberg 300 is a great shotgun for home defense. There’s a box of 12-gauge shells for it.
The fake security camera is looking for opportunities. It doesn’t take pictures, but it does follow you around with a blinking red light and runs on two AA batteries.
I built an airplane from a kit, which I flew happily for six years. Loved flying that thing. I finally sold it to a brain surgeon (yes, I really did) because fuel got so expensive. Maybe someday I’ll build another one.
My day job never goes away, so I have a dedicated laptop for that under the Toshiba I use for writing.
My kids (their ages range from sixteen to forty-four) and my wife are what keep me going. I’ve got stuff all over from them.
And lastly, you can see real work taking place. That is, when I’m not distracted.
John Faubion has spent many years in Asia as a missionary with his family. Since returning to the United States, John has worked as a senior software developer for a large appliance chain. He teaches an adult Sunday school class and enjoys writing and driving his 1949 Packard automobile. John lives near Indianapolis with his wife, Beth, and their daughter. Learn more about him here.
About Friend Me and a Giveaway
Scott and Rachel’s marriage is on the brink of disaster. Scott, a businessman with a high-pressure job, just wants Rachel to understand him and accept his flaws. Rachel is a lonely housewife, desperate for attention and friendship. So she decides to create a virtual friend online, unaware that Scott is doing the exact same thing. As Rachel desperately tries to re-create a friendship with a friend who has passed, Scott becomes unfaithful and is torn between the love for his wife and the perfection of his cyber-girlfriend. But neither realizes that there’s a much larger problem looming…
Behind both of their online creations is Melissa, a woman who is brilliant—and totally insane. Masquerading as both friend and lover, Melissa programmed a search parameter into the virtual friend software to find her perfect man, but along the way she forgot to specify his marriage status. And Scott is her ideal match. Now Melissa is determined to have it all—Scott, his family, and Rachel’s life.
As Melissa grows bolder and her online manipulations transition into the real world, Scott and Rachel figure out they are being played. Now it’s a race against time as Scott and Rachel fight to save their marriage, and their lives, before it’s too late.
In today’s digital age, the Internet presents all kinds of opportunities to test our personal boundaries, and this exciting and suspenseful story raises important questions about the ethics of virtual relationships. Friend Me will open your eyes to a new—and terrifying—moral dimensions and how they play out in the real world.
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