blogging is happening all over!

NaBloPoMo Day 5:
Tell us about your writing space. Where do you write your blog posts?

I love the idea of that: My Writing Space. It evokes pictures of a Pinterest-worthy office that I DIY’ed from things I found in dumpsters and at Goodwill and – with just a smidge of paint and elbow grease and my natural decor sensibilities – turned into something that strangers are drooling over.

Truth is, I don’t write in a picture-perfect office. I write wherever I find myself.

Sometimes I write at David’s desk, which his dad built when he was a kid. It is appealing – it’s usually an oasis of neatness in the explosion that is our home office – but the desk was built by (and is now used by) a very tall person, so it’s a pretty awkward height for me. David spends all of his computer time there, too, so it’s not usually free in the evenings when I want to write.

A few posts have been written at my desk at my office, on evenings when I’ve worked late and need to take a break. It’s not my favorite place to write, though… maybe because I associate that space with stress, not relaxation.

I write in bed a lot. I got a lap desk for Christmas last year, which makes it a lot more comfortable than propping a hot laptop on my lap. (That was a lot of “lap” in one sentence.) My little laptop has a lighted keyboard, which makes it easy to keep writing even after David goes to sleep, on the rare chance that he goes to bed before I do.

Most of my posts, though, are written just as this one is being written: at one of the tables in my house. We have a kitchen table, a dining room table, and yet another “kitchen” table which is now living downstairs in the basement. We are a Home of Many Tables due to the sheer amount of game playing that happens here. Board gamers need variety – this table seats 6, the kitchen table is best for 4, and the dining table seats 8-10 (which means you can even have two games going at once).

Writing at the table suits me best because I can work right in the middle of things. I like the feeling of picking up my laptop and just getting to work. The distractions don’t actually distract me, because I can hyperfocus and tune out everything around me; in fact, sometimes chaos keeps me distracted enough from my own thoughts that I don’t get paralyzed by my ridiculous perfectionism.

So picture me as I am right now – sitting in semi-darkness at the table in my basement family room, surrounded by Halloween candy that Quinland and I sorted into a tournament bracket of sorts in order of preference, listening to Q try to pick out songs by ear on the keyboard, leg tucked under me on a hard wooden chair, feeling sleepy in this time-change week. It’s a good place to write.

2 thoughts on “blogging is happening all over!

    1. Yes! That’s exactly right. I’m so thankful for laptops, so that we can write wherever we are! Now that I’ve had one for a few years, I can’t imagine feeling chained to my desk anymore. (I don’t know how my husband still does it!)

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