Not many writers can say they’ve written all their books in a bar! I found a website where authors share pictures of their writing “caves” and thought I’d like to share with you the cozy little corner of our house where I write. It’s the perfect area for me. It has a little powder room, a quiet, outdoor patio, and most importantly, a lock on the door!
You can see my sunny little patio where I sneak out to for some fresh air and ‘communing with nature’ action. To the right is where my drums are usually set up. This is where I go when I’m super-frustrated with my writing and need to pound out some Metallica riffs. Or if I’m feeling mellow and want to get back into my rhythm and play along with a little tropical rock.
As promised, here’s the bar. We found this mammoth piece of oak at a garage sale and had to have four friends help us get it home. Hubby said it needed a TV above it, and a mini-fridge behind it, so we’re all set up for entertaining. I’ll admit, being that close to a well-stocked bar is sometimes tempting. But I’ve tried writing after drinking, and it doesn’t work very well for me. Lots of editing the next day!
Of course, every bar needs a dartboard, a karaoke machine, and a record player for playing those real vinyl oldies we’ve collected over the years. Distracting? Sometimes. Especially when I’m having a difficult time finding my way through a manuscript. Singing a few of the Top Dance Hits of the ’80s will sharpen my verbal edge.
And there’s the LazyGirl chair, over in the corner, just waiting for me to get cracking on the next scene in my manuscript. She’s getting old. Over 10 years, now. One day last year, she gave out, her wooden undercarriage cracked and she started listing to the left. I panicked, but my dear sweet hubby came to the rescue with glue and clamps and screws. My hero!
So, there it is. The little spot where I dream up all my sexy cowboys and cowgirls, where rodeos and stampedes thunder around in my head, and where hot, naughty love scenes steam up the windows. And where I am truly the happiest I’ve ever been in a job.
Thanks for coming along on the tour. I’d love to know where you do your best work? Do you have a hideaway? Or can you work anywhere, through any kind of noise or distraction?