Since arriving in Brunei, I’ve been very inspired to write. I have been working on this blog, but have also started working on a book, have done a writing workshop, joined a writing circle, read books and blogs about writing, and have considered how I might get articles published.
You might think that with all that writing, and with two spare rooms in our little house, I would have a nice space set up. A desk, some inspiring pictures, calming music, and nice ergonomic set up to prevent pains and strains. That all sounds pretty good actually, but the reality is quite different.
In fact, this is where I write:
Important features of this include:
- Air conditioning. An absolute essential for this Antipodean. I am definitely not used to the tropics yet.
- Amazing couch. We didn’t bring any furniture with us, so rented our apartment furnished. The provided lounge suite has a fairly interesting pattern. I love it and am scared by it in approximately equal parts.
- Coffee table. Useful as a foot stool and for storing random bits and pieces. Todays clutter includes two amazing letters that I got this morning, and absolutely made my day. Both because they prove that our address works, and because they were great letters.
The view from where I write is equally uninspiring.
As you can see, with this there is really nothing to note. The wall is blank (it’s hard to find posters here, and we haven’t thought of any other wall decoration ideas that we can use for our concrete walls). The laptop is on my knee, which creates a somewhat awkward angle, and strains my shoulders if I write too long. I then have to do yoga to stretch them out. We don’t get much natural light, so the lights are always on inside.
So basically, it’s amazing that I am inspired to write, because it’s certainly not from my surroundings. In fact, putting this out there, and thinking about it a bit more, I think that it has to change. I’m serious about this writing lark, and I should put some attention to it.
Project Makeover My Writing Space starts now. Who’s got ideas for me?