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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A room of my own...again!

I used to have a lovely home office. And then I had a baby and she took it over. But we're about to renovate our house, claiming the apartment downstairs, and the thing I'm most looking forward to is having an office again. [That and not having to hide stuff behind the bed when we have company!]

These days, when my sitter comes so I can have some time to write, I have to leave the house and go to cafes. This has its perks, of course. Better coffee than I make at home, yummy Greek breakfasts, the occasional good looking man to gaze upon (like the one guy who comes in to my neighborhood Starbucks on Fridays looking all broody and studying tomes by Jean Paul Sartres). But there are downsides, too. Like how it's annoying if I can't get a seat by an outlet. And the one guy that goes to the Greek cafe who never ever ever stops talking on his cellphone. And frankly, sometime I just don't feel like making myself presentable to the outside world by 10 am.

So lately I've been thinking a lot about what this new office of mine is going to be like. Technically, it'll be my old office, since we're likely to move the baby into a bigger, brighter room. But I want this office to be somehow better, more inspiring than my last one, which was full of lots of, well, junk. I know there will be a desk, and probably a comfy chair for when I'm reading print-outs of my drafts. But beyond that...well, I don't know! Something inspiring on the walls? Maybe a masseuse? Any ideas for me as I plan the way forward?



Jennifer Echols said...

Congratulations, Tara! It's important to have space of your own.

I painted my office pink to keep my husband and my son out of it. It didn't work.

So I spend a lot of time in my office, but it's still good to write at Starbucks. Nobody at Starbucks will burst in on me to ask me to change the batteries in their CD player or to go online just for a sec to check the weather.

taltebrando said...


I confess to liking certain aspects of Starbuck's culture. The anonymity. The lack of real distractions (it's my understanding that wireless is only free if you're on tmobile and even if that's not true it's best that I think that way).

But I've had a number of bad weather writing days. Torrential, jean-soaking downpours, deathly heat, bitter cold, the whole gamut. It'll be nice to have the option, at least, of writing at home. I think. :)

Kelly Parra said...

Oh I'd love an office! Right now I have a desk, haha. I think it just would be nice to surrounded by books and have a neat place for all my notes and research instead of disaster piles. :) :)