"Not so!" screamed my back.
Hours of lying in the laziest position possible began to gnarl my lower back in pain. Not to mention that writing, dealing with deadlines, and the pressure I put on myself had the unexpected side effect of making my bedroom and bed a place of anxiety and not a place of rest. I started to have trouble sleeping.
That's when I remembered Stephen King's bit of advice about having a space that is solely for writing; and I started to imagine a cute little desk and chair, where I could be surrounded by things that inspired me. I tend to get grand romantic, fanciful notions like that. I knew just the room I wanted too. Our library. It has been my favorite room since we moved into this house, but not a room I spent nearly enough time in. It is part of the original structure of the house, an 18th-century room with exposed beams and beautiful pumpkin pine floors. And it is where many of my books live. My darling books.
My beloved Boston and one of the antique trunks in my collection.
|My new writing space, which looks out at the perfect view|
|On my music stand, turned book stand|
On my desk I set some of my favorite, most inspirational things - a framed print from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a few of my antique books, one of the blackbird from my collection, and a Civil War Union jacket button, purchased in Gettysburg. I also rearranged my bookcase to be filled with the things and books I loved the most.
1. Antique camera and old tintype in my bookcase, 2. Uncle Tom's Cabin and other books that sit on my desk, 3. framed print of a scene from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, 4. Civil War military jacket button
1. Detail from bookcase, a framed illustration of the Salem Witch Trials, 2. Bookcase
Stack of antique books on desk - The Scarlet Letter, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Irving's Works
The best part about my writing space, however, is my view, which often includes humming birds and butterflies hovering at my window. It's the kind of view that makes village life so appealing. I gaze out at all the antique homes that surround me, as the steeple of an early 19th century church shoots above the rooflines. One of the past owners of my home was a minister in that church over a hundred years ago. He had children born in my home, and one die in my home as well. I often imagine him staring out the same window I do, thinking of his flock as he wrote his sermons.
Part of my view
I now have a room of my own, and it has made all the difference in the world. It really has. Just give me that view, my old books, my computer, and a cup of coffee and I am ready to write!
"So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say."
My Articles for Yankee Magazine:
- Click here for my newest post, about Bass Harbor lighthouse in Maine
- Click here for my post on America's Stonehenge in Salem, NH
- Click here for my post on the Gingerbread Cottages of Martha's Vineyard
- Click here for my post on the Nathaniel Hawthorne inspired side of Salem, Mass
New England Book Recommendation:
I was recently sent The Art of Floating by Kristin Bair O'Keeffee. When I am sent books to review for my blog, I don't mention the book unless I liked it and would recommend it. This one did not disappoint and drew me in from the first paragraph. It's clear from the start that the story centers on a couple of mysterious occurrences - one strange man is found on the beach a year after the Sia's (the protagonist) husband mysteriously disappears from the same beach. Magic realism is used as an element in the book, which I love. The setting is on the gorgeous Massachusetts coast, north of Boston. And settings mean a lot to me. I'm all about environment. It's a breezy read that also makes you think and wonder.
The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Mass:
Taste of the Gables on Sept 21, 2014. An evening of amazing food, drinks, and silent auction on the gorgeous seven gables property. I have been in on one of the planning meetings for this event, and it looks amazing!