Jen Fulwiler has asked writers to post and share their writing spots. Here’s one of mine.
(Much of the time, I just drift around my house and around town with a notebook and my laptop. I focus on this space, though, because for a year or so, the laptop I bought secondhand almost four years ago for $250 has been without a comma. I think I could configure the keyboard so that another key works as a comma, but I’ve not yet figured that out. I use it, but I can’t do any serious writing on it, given the fact that I have to copy and paste a comma from somewhere else and hit ctrl-v to do so…so until I fix that, I’ll be stationary here for the big stuff.)
This space is actually one of the reasons I purchased this house. It’s an alcove off the bedroom. I saw it, and thought, “Of course.” At some point I will rearrange and put a reading chair in that corner. Not much to see here. Obviously, rows of my own books that I have in stock on the left hand corner.
Long-time readers will not be surprised at the absence of large, overflowing bookcases. I have been on a book-purging path for a while now. Many take great and justifiable pride and comfort from their book collections. I used to – now I see them as heavy things that will have to be moved someday. I do own more books than this – probably twice again in addition to these..they’re in the living room and on a shelf in the basement…and my kids have loads of books…but I could even walk away from these at this point with no problem.
The crucifix in the corner is my First Communion crucifix. Shockingly, it’s a risen Christ. I vaguely remember my mother being distressed about that – I think it was all she could find (in 1967, even). I like it.
The other corner. There’s not much on the walls – which is odd because the walls in the rest of my house are filled with art of one sort or another. But I’ve known I was going to repaint this area from the beginning, so I’ve not committed to holes in the wall.
2. A blank book/journal with the Milan duomo on the front. Purchased at the Pauline Media bookstore right in back of the duomo. Where, incidentally, and I hate to say it, I encountered the rudest employees of any shop I’ve ever been into in Italy. They had better things to do than wait on customers that day, I guess.
3. A quote that gives me hope every time I look at it. “Total non-retention has kept my education from being a burden to me.” Flannery, of course.
5. My next Living Faith assignment. I figure if I stick it on a bulletin board so it’s RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE, I might not forget it. It works. Most of the time.
7. Printer stand – was a funny little shelf with a lip on each shelf that was in ratty condition at an estate sale. I got it for five dollars, painted it and just Mod-podged a piece of Indonesian decorative paper from the local fair trade shop on it – just because I had it, purchased in a fit of Crafty Delusion. Very nice! I didn’t pay more than ten bucks for any of the very good, solid wood shelves in the room.
8. Pencil/pen holder than sat on my dad’s desk for as long as I can remember. Until now.
Back to you, Jen!