Where do you produce your best writing — at your desk, on your phone, at a noisy café? Tell us how the environment affects your creativity.
I’m getting feisty now- July is almost here and I like independence.
The muse comes to greet me in my sleep, while driving, when I’m walking, working, cleaning and daydreaming…after intimacy…oh baby…and just about anywhere, which is the reason for the ever-present notebook. Oh yeah, and during massages and acupuncture I get great ideas. Now that’s awkward.
I crave solitude. My favorite place to write is my sanctuary, my little office with its worn desks. One is held together with a heavy woodworking clamp. This corner fits me. My life fits me in this space. Nothing about it is glamorous. I keep cutsie items that have meaning to me but removed them for this photo, because it’s personal. I’ll tell the story when I’m ready. Maybe.
Ideas do not judge me at my desk. He, she, it…sheeit…the muses don’t care about literacy. I didn’t study mythology, never truly got into the childhood classics like Alice in Wonderland or even The Wizard of Oz. I haven’t read or watched Harry Potter because my kids were already grown up when it came out and my grandbaby wasn’t old enough to read. I don’t watch the latest movies for about a year. Even then, I don’t like the usual ones everyone raves about. I’m overly critical. Now you know. I struggled to get through high school.
I have tales other people might scoff at, but… now the word is out. We’re not the only ones here. Maybe science fiction is more real than Asimov or Clarke or Bradbury ever imagined.
Back to my sanctuary, I’m relaxed in my corner. My paintings are close, photos of my loved ones and affirmations, nearby. Trinkets my BFF cherished keep me company. I’m peaceful, frantic, wild, sad, discouraged, saintly, sexy, irreverent, and filled with enthusiasm; my workplace is life itself. My book collection – within reach. A masterpiece lurks
God, let me mean something helpful or uplifting to someone-anyone. Maybe, just maybe, there will be an inspired connection. I feel like I don’t belong in this era. Emily Dickenson, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, I got you. I dry your tears, hold your hand. Wordsworth, did you ever laugh about your name? Blake, Keats, Shelley-sometimes I wonder if I should even try. Robert Service, you make me happy. Dostoevsky, I would steal a loaf of bread for Ivan. Mr. Frederick Douglass, sir, I applaud your tenacity and formality. Booker T. Washington, I can feel the hair shirt. Vonnegut, did you ever worry about the bags underneath your eyes? I have the beginnings of them too, and am terribly concerned over it. I feel silly buying the cucumbers. Cucumbers for vanity. But Kurt, seriously, if I could borrow an ounce of your talent, I’d not be embarrassed.
Maya Angelou-there must be one helluva party goin’ on in heaven.
As the blog challenge winds down, I have to focus on the next assignment for the last day. I haven’t done any art. I miss it.
Hey loved meeting all the new people. There are only something like 152 million bloggers out there-so might as well let it rip.
Until next time,
Hugs n more hugs!
2 thoughts on “Writing Spaces- Aliens and Cute Things”
OOXX Thanks for being you. You know yourself well. I love that you keep journals and are a serious writer. I’m of another era. too. In this June of writing I’ve come home to myself and feel seamless. I’m not a fiction writer, but will keep on with my stories – somehow, somewhere. It’s been great to know you. I especially like your cucumber bit.
You’re fine, really! You have a wonderful style of writing and seem to enjoy it-persevere! I’ll be reading. 🙂 Going over to check out all the end of June posts. Great to meet you and please keep in touch! xox One of my favorites was of you and the grandkids. I think because of the personal, you-are-there quality of the vignette, anyone can relate to how someone feels about what is going on. You were able to create the story without actually narrating it. Hope this makes sense.