Saturday, February 25, 2006

Writing space

Ann Wesley Hardin posted about writing space, and the struggle to find the right space. Yep, I can relate to that struggle. When we designed our not-very-large house, I wasn't a writer. We also had to cut back on our plans, due to the high cost of building. The sunroom became my space - for my work materials, weaving, spinning and sewing equipment and stashes, and writing. It's a nice room, but it's crowded (two large looms don't help), and it gets stinking hot in summer during the day, and freezing cold in winter at night. Not to mention that in winter during the day the sun always seems to be shining onto the laptop screen.

The DH installed a wireless network, and I moved to the dining table in our living room. That was better temperature-wise, no matter the season, but the wooden chairs were uncomfortable for long periods, and if the DH wanted to watch TV I had a hard time not being distracted by it.

About this time last year, I moved my small desk from the sun room to the guest room, and bought an inexpensive, cushioned office chair. At first I put the desk into a corner beside the queen bed - but I found myself feeling claustrophic. I finally did a major clean-out, sorting out boxes that had been filling the small alcove which will, one day, house a piano. Now it houses my desk, and we've moved the DH's old bookshelf into the room so I have a place to store books and files. It's still not spacious, but it works much better. The window to my left looks out to bushland, and to my right I look down the passageway and out the french doors in our bedroom; I don't feel as claustrophobic. DH also hooked speakers up to my computer, so I can listen to decent quality music without having to wear headphones.



Here's a close-up: my favourite mug with tea, my knitting, Ann's blog on the screen, a pin-board with photos for my wip, Bats to watch over me, and yes, that's a giraffe riding on the computer ;-)

5 comments:

Dulcie said...

Those bats are not cute at all. :-D

Hmmm, more and more I see the need for a digital camera. Then everyone could see my cat-decorated work space. . .

Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Omg I love those bats! That's what I miss about my office with the desktop--the bats that always hung off it and watched me write!

It's so cool to see my blog on a computer screen half a world away...

Love you, Bron--one of the most talented writers I have the honor to know.

Angie the Hippo said...

Oh look! Bats! :)

Bron said...

The bats are gorgeous - I love them. These were my secret spook gift from Angie last Halloween. I thank her every day as I sit here ;-)

Dulcie, I'd love to see your cat space, and digital cameras are fun!

Ann, you made my eyes leak! Without what you started, I doubt I'd have made it this far. Love you too - and one day we'll get to meet, and do a book signing together ;-) (You could come and research a book on outback pilots.. ;-) )

THIS! Christine said...

My space is pretty much anywhere I park my laptop. Except outside, durnit, the opaque lid lets in so much light I can't see the screen, but I'd love to be able to work on my deck in the summer.

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