I don't know about anyone else, but Blogger is giving me fits today. It keeps crashing my browser every time I visit a Blogger blog. Very irritating.
Okay, this month's topic is about that sacred of all places, the Writer's Space. I can't offer much of anything different from what others have posted so far. I'm a mobile unit, the laptop and me connected at the hip, and I write wherever and whenever I can.
Though I have an office that's about a ten-foot square of space, I rarely write in there. Except maybe email. I have a desktop computer on a stationary desk, but it's got a wide screen that is more conducive to my graphic design business. I strive to keep my two creative businesses apart from each other. It makes me feel kind of schizo at times, but there you have it.
Here are pictures of my favorite writing spaces. The Skychair on the front porch is my summer space and is usually used at night when it's too hot to stay indoors (I live in Central Oregon and we don't have air conditioning in our house). Dark is best because the laptop screen is impossible to view in bright sunlight. The Skychair is awesome, very comfy, and it swings. The writing life doesn't get much better than this.
Most of the time, however, I write on this loveseat, usually with a cat in my lap. Sometimes two because, you know, you can never have too much cat hair stuck in your keyboard. It's a tight fit, but we manage. The cats sort of wobble as my fingers skitter over the laptop's keys. Having two cats lay across your arms as you're typing is a great workout for the forearms.
I have a friend who has two specially assigned writing chairs. One she sits in to write, and the other she sits in to edit. That's an interesting concept, but I doubt it would work for me. It' just too… I don't know. Compartmentalized.
Today will be spent on revisions to my latest manuscript. My agent sent me a list of suggestions and I'm right about halfway through, hoping to finish them all by tomorrow. I can hardly wait to get my new urban fantasy out making the rounds at the big publishing houses. It's the first book in a series, so we're hopeful it finds a home soon so that I can get started on the second book. I have the first couple of pages from chapter one posted on my blog if you'd like to take a look.
Karen Duvall, author of DESERT GUARDIAN (The Wild Rose Press)