Where I Write – Between the Dishes and the Dog
May 12, 2012 in: Writing
The dishes have to be washed before I can write.
The kitchen of my 1920s cottage-style house was remodeled several years ago, long before I got the house, and a desk was built in the kitchen. I’ve settled into it as my writing nook. I can sit here and look out the front door or out the back window at the roses that are blooming.
I used to tell myself I needed to get to writing first and could take care of the dishes later. The clutter just behind me, though, proved to be distracting. (Funny how it doesn’t bother any other time.) So I usually do dishes and fix a cup of coffee before I settle in to write.
I have a calendar and a clock hanging over my desk because that’s how I roll. I started the year with a calendar picked up free from a local business. But it seemed to be weighing things down. In March, I went shopping and got this calendar with a farmers’ market theme, at the bargain price of 33 cents. It lifted the whole outlook! I note my word goal for each week for my novel in progress on the calendar and put a star for every day that I write. That’s a memory verse tacked up on top.
And I have a writing companion. When I started working at home full time, he would stand and stare at me, asking why we couldn’t go write in the living room where it was carpeted. So I bought him this dog bed. Most of the time when I’m writing, I can stretch my foot out and stroke his fur.
Sometimes I have to nudge him when his snoring gets too loud.