Happy Wednesday. Today's topic? Writing spaces. Our reality vs. our ideal.
To be honest, I don't have a dedicated writing space right now. With four kids, the bedrooms are all occupied, so no office for Jess just yet. And that's okay. The challenge comes when I settle down to write and the chaos descends. And most of it is just normal, everyday stuff - no one is being obnoxious or anything. Just chatting, watching a movie or show, joking around. And I'm not going to stop that (especially if it's not an argument or disagreement. If they are getting along, I'm not interfering!), and let's face it, the living room and kitchen are common areas, yeah? Can't exactly kick them out. So I'm a bit of a nomad within my own house when it comes to writing.
I write in the living room during the day for the most part, but when kids start getting home or on the weekends, if it gets too noisy or distracting, I'll either move to the kitchen or my bedroom. I've even gone out and sat in the car for some privacy and quiet when we've had a houseful of guests.
So yeah, no dedicated writing space, but the bright side of that? I pretty damned flexible and can write most places without too much difficulty.
I was going to provide pretty pictures of what I'd LIKE my office to be when all the kids are grown and away (if that ever happens LOL) but time has gotten away from me again. Definitely a pattern with me, as you've seen. o.O
So I'll leave you with a list of must-have in an office.
1. A desk - I don't always work at a desk or table. I actually get very uncomfortable in one position for too long, but there are certain things I prefer to do sitting at a desk/table. Plotting, for example, goes smoother for me if I'm at a desk. Go figure. But I just go with it.
2. A comfy couch or chair & ottoman - Like I said, uncomfortable staying in one position for extended period so flexibility is the key.
3. A window - I need sunlight. Though I sometimes doubt the sun's existence in the long winter, still need that window. In my DREAM world, outside that window would be a view of Lake Superior. *sigh*
4 - Bookshelves - Lots & lots of bookshelves.
5. Some pretty but resilient plants - Love plants but tend to kill them. But I would like some pretty plants around me especially through the aforementioned long winter.
That's about it, really. Check out the writing/blogging spaces - real and ideal - of the other ladies. 🙂
Until next week!