Writing Haven

From now on, I’m keeping my phone–with its picture-taking abilities–on my desk to memorialize things like what happened yesterday.

My living room is large, and what I call my “desk” sits right in the middle of it, abutting the backside of a sofa, which faces the fireplace, on my left, and in full view of the backyard, thanks to a wall of windows and the glass patio doors on my right. As a writer, I’m spoiled beyond measure. When I’m stuck on a word or a scene, or simply need to clear my head for an instant, I can study the flames in the fireplace on my left or look outside at the pond and trees and critters on the opposite wall.

Lately, I’ve been on a writing frenzy–an exciting, can’t-type-fast-enough writing frenzy. As I said before, on the day MSB worked the 11 a.m.-11 p.m. shift, I wrote over four thousand words. I haven’t done that again (he hasn’t worked overtime again), but I’m pleased with the 14-1600 words I’ve managed almost every day since.

Yesterday was one of my 1600-words day.  Looking up from the computer screen didn’t happen often, but one of the times it did, this is what I saw:

  • On the floor at my feet, Cuddlebug was twitching in her sleep;
  • Curled on the top of the sofa, right at my shoulder, Belle snored softly;
  • Sprawled across a chair I keep next to my desk exclusively for this purpose, PB yawned; and
  • Lined up on the patio, right at the windows, were four fat ducks, tails aimed toward me, heads tucked in wings.

Apparently it was nap time, and I’d worked right through it.

I wanted my camera–it was definitely a Kodak moment–but rising from my desk to get it made feathers and fur alike wake with a start, and the peace was shattered. But for a few seconds, all these sleeping critters were a sight to behold.

I wonder if anyone else has writing haven as wonderful as mine.

About Linda W. Yezak

Author/Freelance Editor/Speaker (writing and editing topics).
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10 Responses to Writing Haven

  1. K.M. Weiland says:

    Did all that snoring make you want to join in with a nap of your own?


  2. Oh, I was right there with you!


  3. Nikole Hahn says:

    It sounds beautiful, but then, I can’t pretend I’m not home. LOL.

    My writing haven is an office just off my hall. I have one window that looks out to the other house, but it also showcases my tree. Right now the tree is in its throes of change and will, in a few weeks, not have any leaves left.

    I can turn on my music and disappear, ignore the doorbell, the solicitor or Jehova Witness, and write. Or my two second favorites is my large and cheerful kitchen. This kitchen has a sliding glass door and lots of sunshine. I am also close to the coffee pot. My “starbucks” chair in the livingroom is my other favorite place to write–because I can write and watch my hallmark movies. I write sometimes better with distractions.


    • Linda Yezak says:

      My TV (with the Hallmark Channel) is in here too, but I usually have it off when I’m working. The major distraction is the call of chocolate from my kitchen, perfectly audible in this open floor plan. 😀


  4. Annie says:

    I have a creative spot in my basement. I have not managed to write 4000 words at one time-YOU GO!!!!!!!, but I sometimes end up staying up all hours of the night, on weekends only of course! Because the only sound is the furnace going on occasionally. While there I can write, scrapbook, paint etc. It helps me to lose not only time but myself. Also there are many comfy seats for the kitties and big picture window for them to look out. We call that window the tv for kitties. HA! HA! Just reading your post makes me lazy and since it is 10:30 pm here I may just slip into my jammies, tiptoe up the stairs and say nightie night.


  5. Walk says:

    I don’t have the view you have, but I do have sunlight streaming through several stain glass windows, casting reflections of color over the loft. If I rearrange my desk, I may be able to see the fireplace from there, I’ll have to think about that. It must be nice to have a place where critters feel safe enough to come up and nap. Speaking of which, if my boss wasn’t here I’d catch a couple of winks.


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