My Writing Life – My Eclectic Writing Spaces

This week I am on vacation from my corporate job and focusing on writing. I’m trying to finish the manuscript of my memoir so this week I am imagining I am living the life of a full-time writer, which has always been my dream.

I got up at my usual time this morning and headed to the Woman Cave for a time of yoga, prayer, and meditation.

After my morning ablutions, I headed to the dining room where I left my manuscript yesterday. You might think that is an unusual place for me to work, but I love my dining room. I can spread my things out on the table, I’ve got a big window to look out of, and the room itself just makes me feel creative.

Later, I headed back up to the Woman Cave to get on the computer and make the changes in the actual document.

The photograph at the top of this post is of the desk where I work, complete with Lang Calendar, Caramel Frappuccino and oh-so-heavenly-smelling Lilac Petal scented Yankee Candle. And if you look closely, on the left you can see my writing buddies.

You might remember Ida (aka Mrs. Potato Head) from an earlier post; she was a Christmas gift from my daughter. She has recently been joined with two friends: none other than Gumby and Pokey.

Gumby and Pokey were gifts from my husband. Sometime, somewhere I told him that I had always wanted Gumby and Pokey when I was a child and he remembered!

I love that man.

So, I learned a few things today about the stay-at-home writer’s life.

1.  Editing is exhausting work.

2.  It is great not to have to attend any meetings.

3.  My dogs bark at the UPS truck when it stops at the neighbors house.

4.  When I need a break I can run out and get a Starbucks.

5. It’s easy to forget to eat when you’re engrossed in work you love.

6. Silence is heavenly. (Okay, I didn’t really just learn that today. It was more of a reinforcement of what I already knew.)

7.  I can take a few minutes here and there to pop in and out of Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with what’s going on elsewhere in writer-land.

It was a good day!


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Linda,
    You have some of my favorite writing essentials: Yankee Candles and caramel frappucchino! Best wishes on your writer’s week, and the completion of your memoir.

  2. Fun blog! Love your writing space.

  3. Lucky you! Not only a dining room to spread out on, but that beautiful Woman Cave, complete with companions. Silent ones at that. Thank you for sharing your space with me.

  4. What a gorgeous home you have, LInda. That dining room is exquisite. And I love your woman cave. I am one of the lucky ones who gets to stay home and write, but let me tell you, there are down sides as well. It is very easy to get distracted by household chores, lunch with friends, and other living activities. So enjoy these days and I wish you exceptional productivity.

  5. I also write from the dining room table – for all the same reasons. You can really spread out. Unfortunately my table does not look nearly as neat as your workspaces. Maybe I need to get organized today… love the candle – smell is so important to the muse.

  6. Cute post Linda! I had a Gumby and Pokey and loved them. They look so cute and *quiet standing there! 🙂 Love your experience of your writing day. I love the quiet too…I rarely have anything on during the day unless I’m cleaning. It seems to go faster when there’s music on. Your home looks beautiful, love the soft blue. Strangely enough, I remember your home when you lived near Singh street. Long time ago!! 🙂

  7. I think, Linda, you are ready to retire from the “corporate” world and write full time. Thanks for sharing your space; I love seeing where writers create and hearing about how they manage their writing time.

  8. What a great space you live/write in! I’m so glad you had such a great and productive day. Love your companions. 🙂

  9. @Linda – Ah…another Linda who has great taste!
    @Pat – Thank you.
    @DJan – I find sometimes silent companions are the best ones. 🙂
    @Karen – Thank you for your kind words about our home and the good wishes for productive days.
    @Nancy – Trust me, it doesn’t always look this neat.
    @Carmen – That was definitely a long time ago. Another lifetime, in fact.
    @Jude – More than you know.
    @Deb – Thank you!

  10. Linda,
    Your home and writing space are beautiful! Love the view and all your props.I do hope you can retire soon (I will be retiring August 4th–Yay!) And I agree “silence is heavenly” and I do hope your vacation was productive for you.

    Lovely post!

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