The Daily Post offers this prompt today: A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What’s it like?
This is actually a difficult question for me to answer. So long have I endured the barest, most minimalist of writing spaces: anywhere with a computer set up and internet connection.
But in thinking about it, I realize that a lot of times I have written before work, during lunch hour, and after work at my “bill-paying” job simply because I have a more comfortable chair there than I do at home. So I guess my genie will have to get me a really good, expensive, ergonomic desk chair for home.
I should probably ask the genie to get me a new computer since the one I have at home is nearly ten years old.
While she’s at it, she should throw in an iPad and a wifi connection for home so I can recline on the sofa in the living room when I felt like writing there.
Well, if you really pressed me and since the genie is so generous, then I would ask her to buy me a house with a separate room for writing. Frankly, I am a little tired of having my office in the same room where I sleep. AND while she’s at it, she could throw in another separate room as my art studio, preferably with running water and a sink. (Hey, how much extra work for her would that be?)
And I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to have that house in a neighborhood near museums and galleries and top-notch libraries and theatres, oh, and let’s not forget near some decent coffee houses and cafes (again with wireless) where I could sit and write while I do some people watching (always a good source of inspiration).
Getting back to the writing room at the house, if the genie was feeling really, REALLY creative and magnanimous, I would ask her to give me a writing room with a view like this:
ljg (c) 2013
Image: Del Cerro Park, RPV, CA, circa 2003