Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Space of My Own - An IWSG Post


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March really is going to roar like a lion this week. We’re expecting some crazy weather. Hopefully it will go out like a lamb. Heck, I can’t complain too much though. February was like a fluffy bunny the last couple weeks. My electric bill is going be shockingly low because of how often I was able to keep the windows open and the ceiling fans running. Sweet!

No insecurities this month. I’ve been setting up a spare bedroom to be my recovery room/writing room since one of our kids moved out. It’s perfect timing. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll miss having my child around, but they didn’t go very far and the bed is still there so the happy couple can spend a night when they want. But it’s nice to have a space dedicated to me and my healing and my writing.

And believe it or not, I’ve had time to write. I don’t know how because I’m super busy at work and I’m still getting hammered with migraines, but somehow I’m writing. I think it’s having the private place to do it. I often toyed with the idea of going to Panera or a coffee shop (and I don’t even drink coffee) to write, but never did it because it was too loud…and well, I’m too lazy to get out of sweatpants. I mean c’mon, I have to dress up for work, isn’t that enough?

But now, now I just walk to the other side of the house and it’s amazingly quiet over there. No wonder each child battled one another to get that room. It rocks! And now it’s mine. As each week passes, I find things to inspire me to write or work on my recovery: plaques, wall hangings, photos, etc. I’m really having a blast decorating it.

Question of the month:

Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

I haven’t been writing long enough to pull out an old story. What about you? Do you have a special place to write or work on any projects you enjoy?


Scheduling Note: I’m working today so I’ll be by to visit either this afternoon or tomorrow. Happy IWSGing!

This has been a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's a chance to talk about our fears and doubts, or inspire others by sharing our success and happiness.  We’ve got a great bunch of people in this group and we’d love to have you join in on the fun too.  A big thank you to it's creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
 
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56 comments:

  1. I don't want to leave the house for the same reasons. I'm wearing sweatpants right now. Actually, I think they are sleep pants that I just wear as sweatpants, so I really shouldn't go out in them.

    A room of your own to write is wonderful.

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    1. As I type this I'm also wearing sweatpants. But I did wear dress slacks since 7:00 a.m. so that should count for something, right? I love sleep pants! They're so comfy!

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  2. That's awesome you have your own spot now. I need quiet as well. My mind would go insane in a coffee shop.

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    1. I'm really digging my little spot. I really can't believe what a difference it made having my area did for me.

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  3. I love it. It's going to be a long, long time before I have that kind of quiet in the house, but I'm looking forward to it...one day. My writing office is right in the middle of everything because my school office is the same place. (Home schooling definitely takes a toll.)

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    1. Yeah, you do have a long time until you get that quiet ;) My writing area before this new one was also central to the house so it was never quite quiet enough. I have to say, I give you big props for home schooling. Hats off to you!

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    2. I'll take it! It's a thankless job. That is, until your oldest graduates high school at 14 and is a Sophomore in college the same time his peers are Sophomores in high school. The others won't be that advanced, but I tell you what, the more demanding and rigorous the the child/education, the better prepared they are.

      So don't mind my writers envy for the next, oh, fifteen years. ;)

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  4. I never got the point of a coffee shop or elsewhere. As you have to get dressed, drive there, set up, listen to annoying people, pack up, drive back. Wasted what? 30 mins at least? Could spend that time writing. Having your own spot sure is a win indeed.

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    1. I never got the allure of it either. It sounds almost like it'd be cool in theory but to actually carry it out and do..way too much wasted time and effort. Maybe if there was some off the beaten path place? I don't know though, still seems easier to walk down the hallway.

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  5. "Too lazy to get out of sweatpants"... had to giggle, here in my sweatpants...

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    1. We have casual Fridays at work when we get to wear jeans...only good thing about working on a Friday. If they'd let us wear sweatpants, it'd be perfect. haha

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  6. Hi Elsie - so glad you've got your own room at last ... and can relax and write in there, while you also heal. I'm sitting here in 'sweat pants' too ... but can't say I'm inspire by writing in a coffee shop ... I prefer silence ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary! I love that you're wearing sweatpants too. I was talking to my youngest the other day about how people on TV don't represent the real world at all...none of them are in sweatpants when they're just hanging out at home. They're always in clothes I'd wear to go out to eat. ;)

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  7. Very cool on your own space. How long will you keep the bed there. Wow, this morning in the wee hours, the winds here were nutso fast. I mean, Hello March. She is here.

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    1. The bed will always remain. Maybe. Probably. It's a good guest room in addition to my area. Plus, one day grand kids will need a place to sleep so we've made sure that there's room for a crib too. I know, we're way ahead of the game. ;)

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    2. lololol. Maybe. Probably. lolololol.

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  8. I always enjoy being aside open windows and feeling breeze inspire me on writing or reading a book. Have a separate room and peace environment for self will sure motivate the activity we suppose to practice... hope it embraces you do things on favour.

    Cheers

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    1. Oh my gosh, yes! I set it up right next to a window where sun comes in all day long. I also have the view of the woods so it's perfect to look out the window and think. You nailed it, Jeevan! Thank you for the encouragement.

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  9. I don't even know what "time to write" is anymore. :(

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  10. I, too, am in sweatpants, the official uniform of the stay-at-home writer. Cheers to writing, and to having your space! I've never gone out to Starbucks or Panera to write for the exact same reason - it's nice and quiet here, and that, more than anything, is what I need to write.

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    1. I wonder if we could get Nike or Reebok to sponsor us? Maybe get some kind of royalty deal? No wait, then we'd have to leave the house and be seen. Guess that won't work. Agreed, writing in a noisy environment can kill my mood to write.

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  11. LOL I have never understood wanting to write at Panera or Starbucks either, for the same reason you gave! I love my ugly sweats too much. ;)
    So glad you are enjoying your space, made me smile to read it. Take care!

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    1. Thanks Julie. I think many of us love our sweatpants. It makes me think I may need to invest in a few more pair seeing how I only have a few favorites that I keep wearing. Time to update my sweatpants collection. :)

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  12. I have worked on occasion at Panera or Starbucks or whatnot, but I find you really can't beat having that private, dedicated writing space. (Not to mention working in sweatpants...)

    Enjoy

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    1. A couple of weeks ago, I had an appointment shortly after work so I killed some time at Panera and did some writing...I had so many typos in that section, it was terrible. Of course that doesn't mean I won't do it again next time ;)

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  13. Congratulations on your new writing space! I miss my extra room where I had my desk set up and my crafts stored. We downsized when we moved three years ago but I do get to dream about the next house which will have another extra room in which to write.

    I do write sometimes at a cafe, but there's something about having your very own private writing spot. It's nice to get out sometimes, but I can't wait to have my own workroom again.

    Enjoy your new writing space!
    Jen

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    1. My hubby and I talked about downsizing eventually but I don't think that will happen for quite some time. If we did, I think I would miss this little area. I've only had it a couple of weeks and I already love it. I imagine a cafe is probably quieter than Panera or Starbucks. Thank you!

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  14. Oh, having a place to write makes a HUGE difference. I'm happy to hear you're having a blast writing. Don't stop! Keep the momentum going. And good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much, Caitlin. It really has made a huge difference in my writing. It's almost like I'm going to work now rather than sitting in my living room or dining room. I love it!

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  15. Sounds like a wonderful place you have just for you. I have an office that is huge and everything in it is mine. Except it doesn't have locking doors and the entire family feels free to stop in and talk.

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    1. So you know exactly what I mean about having a place just for you. I don't even mind having the bed in there because my dog comes in and hangs out on his doggy comforter (yes he has his own so the guest set doesn't get full of dog hair) and makes a good companion. He tilts his head when I talk to him so I'm pretty sure he gets the ideas I'm bouncing off of him. ;) Ah, yes, locks...mine has them but I'm not sure it'd do any good. I'm sure the family would still find a way in. haha

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  16. I think once I pulled an old old idea and worked it into a novel. Lately tho (like for the past year) the writers block has left me wondering if I'll ever write any fiction again. :/

    A quiet place of your own is always good.

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    1. Oh, Mich, I'm so sorry you've been experiencing writer's block. That just bites. I hope your voice comes back again soon. On the plus side, Walking Dead is back and that rocks!

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  17. It is nice to have a space dedicated to our writing, if we're able to manage that.

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    1. I agree, Patsy. It was something I wanted for a long time. I'm grateful I have it.

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  18. So glad you have a comfy, safe writer-healing haven. That makes all the difference, especially when you can stay in your pajamas to get there.
    Love ya, hon.

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    1. Me too, Robyn. And you're so right, being able to wear those jammie pants rocks. I have a desk in there and a comfy oversized chair to curl up in too so curling up in jammie pants is a must in that chair ;) Love you, friend!

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  19. Weather's been up and down so much....mild today, plunging to 11 by tomorrow night. I'm glad you have your own space to write! How exciting! I love my craft room.

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    1. That's how it's been here too. Bitter cold one day, super warm the next. It really strange. I would like Mother Nature to pick a season and stay there. You get exactly what I'm talking about. Having that space to go to, there's something special about it.

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  20. Oh I agree with you on the weather. It seems to tease us with warmer temps a few days doesn't it? Love the idea of the added room to your home. My spare room is filled with clutter right now because of remodeling projects. For some reason everything found it's way to the spare room. :) I have also maybe twice reworked a post, changed the title and it's true, the second time was a charm. :) Hope you have a blessed weekend.

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    1. I'll be happy when the temps stay warm. Then I can get to the beach. We have a spare room that used to be filled with a ton of clutter but thankfully we've been able to clear out that clutter and get it much more presentable. Glad you've been able to rework your posts, that's awesome when our work falls into place. Enjoy your weekend!

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  21. I technically have that personal writing space, in my own room. My awesome desk it there, I can plug in the laptop, spread out. There's the TV, bed, eliptical. And somehow, when I decide to write for a spell, its always in the front room. Maybe quiet time just lets me procrastinate with games without anyone knowing that what I'm doing, lol.

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    1. That's the problem with writing on a laptop isn't it? That temptation of games, Facebook, Blogger, and a million other things that can distract us from writing. Then of course add in a cell phone and there's texts and alerts to distract us too. It takes a ton of self-discipline.

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  22. I think that having one's own space when doing anything creative is absolutely imperative...

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    1. It really has made a world of difference for me, Keith. I love it!

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  23. Glad you have your writing space now. Good luck. Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  24. We're supposed to have snow this weekend. I love it, but it had better not be 70 degrees the next day!

    Kudos on your new space!

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    1. We're supposed to get snow too. And just yesterday we were in the 70's. Crazy!

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  25. The weather has been all over the place here as well. Sorry to hear you get migraines. They are so awful.

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    1. Right now we are sitting in the 30s when it should be the 50s. Ugh!

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  26. A room that rocks... What more could anyone ask for? Except for a shockingly low electric bill. Of course I'm jealous. But I'm happy for you, Elsie. Keep writing.

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    1. Yeah, that electric bill changed this week because of the heat having to be blasted all day and night. I'm back to being mad a Mother Nature. She's evil!

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  27. I wish I had a special place to write but I recently moved to Johannesburg to live and I'm staying with my sister and her family while I work to sort out my own life and look for a place to settle. Right now I'm sitting at the dining table in the livingroom, while my two young nephews who are under 10 years old watch animated movies on the TV. This is my life - I make do and write wherever I can put my laptop, whether I sit on my bed, on the sofa or at the dining table. I used to have a home office back when I lived fulltime at my country home, but life pushed me to move. I'm adapting....

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    1. That does sound like it would be hard to write in those conditions.I hope you find a place to write that is peaceful soon. Best of luck and congratulations on your move! So glad you had a sister to help you through your transition.

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