Countdown: #4, My Writing Space

My last five posts of 2017 are reruns of the five most viewed posts on this site during the year. This one appeared in July.

I am fortunate to have a writing space of any sort, much less a comfortable one.

Shack X

This is the shack that launched a thousand rejections…or something like that. It’s small, with a 10 x 12 footprint, and is getting crowded inside.  The photo was taken in August 2013, a few weeks before the interior was finished out. Note the inspector, Jackboy, with his ball.

Shack 1

The most important feature of the shack is the air conditioner. The bookcases are nice, too, but the heat would be unbearable without the a/c unit.

Shack 2

Books keep migrating here. I wonder why. The cattle dog spent many hours in the dog bed, but the Chihuahuas prefer the house.

Shack 3

I try to use the available space as efficiently as possible, hence the skinny book cases. The painting is by Stuckist painter Ron Throop, whose art and words inspire me.

Shack 4

The desk is usually messier than this…

Shack 5

Birds often smacked into the righthand window, until I added the little mobile fabricated from a piece of cedar and wooden bird ornaments.

Shack 6

Yes, that’s a stationary bike. The good thing about having such a small space is that I can ride the bike and reach over for a sip of beer without having to pause.

Shack last

I’ve been banging on that guitar for forty years. It’s a little worn, but then so am I. The broadside is a Galway Kinnel poem, “Little Children’s Prayer,” which joins a small group of signed broadsides in the shack, featuring poems by Jane Hirshfield, Arthur Sze and Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge. Alas, I’m running low on wall space.

38 thoughts on “Countdown: #4, My Writing Space

  1. I like the skinny bookshelves. And the big picture of the rope bridge over the foggy chasm. It reminds me of a drawing I did when I was a child. I’m working on creating a space too. It will be small. (And probably a little messy too.) Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. A good place. I’m sure there are writers with tidy work-spaces, but I’ve never met one.

    In comparison, musicians vary. Some can be very clean, spare, and organized. After all their sounds must exist in space; while writing is internal–it is surrounded by the clutter of the body. Alas. as a writer/musician, I create both in my writer’s environment.

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  3. Love it. A space with little distractions. And clever to hang mobile w/bird ornaments to keep feathered friends from knocking out their li’l ol’ brains. They crash into our windows too — think I’ll try your idea. Thanks!

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  4. A timely post, as I am in the process of turning an old workshop/storage room into a creative space. It’s been neglected thus far as I’ve had the rest of the house to sort after a move.. But now is the time! Loving your snuggly hub there… I’d want to home straight in on those bookcases 😋

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