Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Your Ideal Space

Ever have big dreams of your ideal work space, should you ever succeed beyond your dreams? Of course you do. We all do. It's fun imagining it ... and I know if you're a writer, you've fantasized about it. That's what writers do ...

As a child I knew I wanted to be a writer. I always envisioned myself as Joan Wilder poring over my typewriter with a headset on, no makeup, and a box of tissues ... in my own little apartment with my cat.


Yep, I reference that movie a lot. It was always my fave.

But in all actuality, my writing space is nothing like it, nor do I live alone or have a cat anymore.

I do have my own desk, which faces a big window of the woods behind my house.



I also have two small children and a big playful dog. But I'd never complain about the abundance of love in my life. *blushes*

Here's my dream space: Picture it: A seaside cottage at the base of a lush green hill, with woods to one side, and ocean ensconced by cliffs on the other. My writing office would have a corner nook with big picture windows to each side so I can look out and gaze at the panoramic view below. My desk would be carved from a refurnished wood, salvaged from a prestigious galleon or something with a lot of history like that. I'd have an orthopedic leather chair that smelled as good and rich as it felt. There would be world maps on the wall, next to hand crafted works of art from various cultures throughout the world. My shelves surrounding me would be filled with my fave books ... and of course, let's not forget my cappuccino machine placed strategically at arms length with a finely polished silver tea service ...

Okay, wake up, PK! Reality check. :)

What about you? What does your ideal space look like? Please share ...

BTW Michael di Gesu has a great post on how writers can stay in shape. Check it out!

29 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

My ideal space would be a room and a desk overlooking the beach, which I find very relaxing.OR where there is plenty of wild life to entertain me as I write,.

Have a good day.
Yvonne,

Old Kitty said...

Awwww what a lovely dream workspace!

Mine would be a room, a desk, a pc with unlimited and fast and reliable internet connection, cats and SILENCE. I must have silence.

Next door to this room should be a well stocked kitchen! :-)

Take care
x

Rebecca Bradley said...

Mine would be a closed door. Comfort. A big comfortable chair. Some photographs of family around me as well as some colourful prints a massive desk so I can spread myself out. Oh and an Apple Mac :)

Sarah said...

Since I don't work at a desk, I'd have to have a big comfy chair and ottoman. I love the cottage-by-the-sea idea, as long as I can have a lightning-fast internet connection and my groceries delivered. And--I loved Romancing the Stone! Cheesy, yes, but totally hilarious.

Tony Benson said...

That view out of your window onto the woods looks fabulous! I like your description of your dream workspace.

A comfortable chair is a must. I've had so many uncomfortable chairs to work in that I probably don't set a very high standard now. The one I use at the moment is adequate, but not great. One day I'll have a nice chair.

How sad is that? Wishing I had a nicer chair!

Rogue Mutt said...

My ideal space would be somewhere outside. I hate trying to write indoors at home anymore. Totally spoiled by laptops/netbooks.

Stephen Tremp said...

You have an awesome view. Me, I lost my man-cave and had it convrted to a bedroom for the kids. Now I share a smaller room with wifey and her iMac. We have an awesome view too and that's what's important.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

i find my ideal writing space is ever changing. I'd like it to be cozy, and have some windows with a nice view. Also a fridge for water would be nice

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love both your ideal space and the awesome view you currently have. My less than inspiring view is of the houses across the street. At least the green trees look nice. Too bad that doesn't last long. :(

Lizz said...

I want one of those!!!!!!!!!!!

Elena Solodow said...

My ideal space looks like YOUR ideal space - wanna trade? haha

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, PK...

Thanks for the shout out!

I am currently redoing my space. Since I live in a condo in the big city, space i limited... Luckily I am a designer so I know how to utilize every inch.

My living room doubles as my writing/work space. I am currently changing from Parisian style elegant to contemporary functional replacing the overstuffed down ancathus leaf sofas and chairs to two sleek leather sofas and a fun burnt orange leather chair for writing in. After the consignment shop pics of my former elegance, I will bring up my gorgeous drawing table that I have in storage. It's actually a Biedermeier style so the elegance will still be present within the modern.

I'll post pics when it's finished. One must have form and function...LOL.

You space is awesome PK with such a great view! Thankfully my apt faces the park and pond so I have nature right out my windows too. It's so important to connect with nature while writing.

Jules said...

Ideal work space... one I did not have to clean myself and came equipped with a personal Geek Squad. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Joyce Lansky said...

I've been to a few writer's retreat weekends in quaint little towns with homey little houses. I wrote a lot during those weekends. Plus it didn't hurt that everyone around me was writing.

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

T C Mckee said...

Well, you've seen my practical work space. The loft/office overlooking a fifty foot waterfall that flows into a crystal clear lagoon filled with friendly, colorful fish(nothing that could eat me, of course)is probably not going to happen.
As for the complaining about our lovelies, I do it all the time. But its usually just to be funny. Course my kids are 16 and 17. Old enough to read the blog and know I don't mean it. I just use them as an excuse as to why I haven't finished my revisions. I should be ashamed...er, and further along. Oh look, here comes the dog. Gotta go. LOL.

Kathryn said...

I love this! Your view is spectacular!

Mine would be similar to a picture of a writing nook I saw online about a year ago, which was an attic loft in a country chic farm house with a ladder as the only way to get to it. I'd have a couch and a lot of pillows, but hubby vetoed the wine rack if I was going to have a ladder... : /

Elle Strauss said...

That's quite the dream space! I hope you get it some day. I'm happy to actually have my own office, and the view's not bad. What I'd really like is my OWN book on my shelves...that would be my dream office.

Lori M. Lee said...

My ideal space would be a warm office with heavy furniture, maybe a sitting area and a fireplace, wall to wall bookshelves, very Victorian lol.

Actually, right now, ANY room would be okay with me. I write at my kitchen table with the dogs running around me, my daughter's papers and drawings covering everything and my husband watching tv so loudly I'd swear he was deaf. Woe! lol

Richard said...

Hi, PK,
I can work about any place.
(This is also a test to see if my comment posts.)
Richard

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I want a big window that reveals snow-covered mountains. In fact, everything is covered in snow. And a killer stereo system! I could work in those conditions.

Lindsay N. Currie said...

I'd want a cabin - preferably one that overlooks a pristine lake somewhere. A steaming mug of coffee sitting on my desk and a large window that looks out onto the water. Ahhh, instead I have the glider from my kids old nursery and my laptop. LOL guess it works though:)

Jennifer Hillier said...

Joan Wilder! I so need to watch Romancing the Stone again!

My dream writing space would be a little house overlooking the ocean. I'd have the windows open so I could smell the sea water and hear the waves. It would be rustic but with full electricity and internet (OF COURSE!)

Carla White said...

Wow, that sounds lovely and very similar to something I'd love to be in while writing. I'd definitely have a big bay window overlooking water, preferably a waterfall. And there'd be a corner nook with a big comfy chair and overflowing bookshelves for when I need a break from writing and want to absorb the works of other writers. I'd definitely need a coffee maker... and maybe a liquor cabinet for the days filled with writer's block.

M.J. Fifield said...

A view and a stereo system. I like those ideas.

Truth be told, my writing space is pretty damn close to perfect. My view is of the rhododendron that desperately needs pruning but other than that, I'm good.

Ellie Garratt said...

I think I want yours after reading the description!

Mine would overlook the sea, with a large box window. My desk would be oak and large, with all my essentials strategically placed. There would be an open fire, a faithful dog who would keep my feet warm during the winter, and shelves on every wall. Bliss.

Ellie Garratt

Nas Dean said...

Hi PK,

My ideal space would be a room high, maybe on the top floor of a building with all around serene views.

BTW, I like your space!

Christina Lee said...

I want YOUR window view--pretty!

fOIS In The City said...

You know I love this post and was also crazy about poor, clueless Joan Wilder. Loved her and the movie and watch it when it appears on one of the Encore channels.

Thanks for pointing out how where we write also says a great deal about who we are :)

I don't have a designated room, but I have a very defined space and it you look into my BR where I write, read, watch TV and think, you would see ME there.

Nolan Haselden said...

I imagined myself in the same room. I'm not so much into writing, but I adore books! Stacks and shelves of them... that's my dream study! And one wall devoted to a window with an open view of nature... now, there's a nest!