Tuesday, June 15, 2010
To give Brandon his bedroom back, we had to clear the space that had become part storage/part activity room and included my husband's computer area. My husband now has a corner in the living room for his computer desk as my writing room is a little too girly for him. Brandon had to take a bunch of storage tubs up to the attic today and the cats followed him - to my chagrin. If any of you remember our newest member of the family, Justin's kitten Dasha, who got stuck in the dashboard of the car you will understand my concern. Yes, both cats managed to disappear in the attic floorboards and despite much coaxing, Dasha waited for her "Daddy" Justin to get home from work to come down. Speaking of cats, I almost forgot to mention that Brandon's cat, Snafu, is moving back home with him. This will take a little getting used to for my cat (who probably thinks he's dead) and the new kitty (who has finally befriended my Briar Rose). So, our home has been in a little bit of a tizzy making room, but with much joy. I truly sleep much better with both sons under my roof. Although everyone has busy schedules, I relish the opportunities to spend bits of time together that come from living in the same house.
This "nesting" has me thinking about how I prep for writing. I have a cozy writing room which is my personal writing and computer space so I often go there to get down to business, although sometimes I just cuddle up in bed with pen and paper. When I'm in my office here's what I do to get ready to write. For inspiration I need my "stuff" in view - the things that when I look at them just fill me. I set my computer comfortably (since I have a rotating monitor) and adjust the page color in Word (I type with a beige page to be easy on the eyes). I try to eliminate as many distractions as possible - which is usually sound for me. Thank goodness I can usually tune out the clutter! :) My writing tools are nearby: research books, computer research and other notes I've collected. I usually refresh my memory with a glance at my research visuals/photos I've gathered. Occasionally I listen to a little music, but seldom, and only when relevant to the story I'm working on. I prefer absolute quiet. And when the weather is prime, no matter where I am, the fresh air always gives me a boost. The most essential element in my writing nest is prayer. I never write with out it.
What do you do to "nest" for writing?