Finding Everyday Inspiration: Writing in the Space

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Part of WordPress’s writing course Finding Everyday Inspiration.

Today’s everyday inspiration challenges to conjure up an image of a space to write. It can be an actual place where you write—in which case I’d just snap a snap of my table, challenge solved. Or it can be an ideal space to write. Let’s overachieve and do both.

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Pencil porn

Scotland, Iceland and Chernobyl are my ideal locations. Except I wouldn’t write in them because I’d have better things to do. The choice of Scotland is obvious: depressing climate and bleakly humorous literature. Iceland is just because so, I don’t even know. I may have lived there in one of my previous lives. (No, I don’t believe in lives before or after life, but their (non)existence is independent of my beliefs.) And Chernobyl has been my lifelong fascination: I stole some photos from Pripyat in my old post and explained my intimate connection with nuclear plants elsewhere.

The space seems an ideal candidate for the space to write. Except I wouldn’t write much in there. For one, the space scares the living shit out of me. Also, I’m not sure how many words I would manage to type before dying of exposure, lack of oxygen, weird air pressure and wacky gravity or whatever kills you first when you’re just floating around in there. Finally, writing one’s last words is the opposite of no pressure. So scratch that.

My ideal home would be the ideal place to write. It would be super modern, ultra minimalist and high high tech. Everything would be black, white or red. Black and white are basic colours, obviously, red is the accent colour. My herd of cats would be exempted from this design requirement. I’d be typing on the most advanced computer station, except I wouldn’t be typing, duh, because neural interface. Also, I wouldn’t be writing here either because I’d love my ideal home so much that I’d spontaneously dissolve and die instantaneously.

My current space to write is a area of one square metre, which is slanted in direction of the opposite side of the room. Here stands my universal desk (writing desk, computer desk and kitchen table in one) and my office chair (also used as an armchair, rocking chair and kitchen chair). The chair has wheels and tends to move on the above described  slanted floor away from the table and towards the bed. Other than that, it’s alright. I mean, it’s mine to use (I even own the furniture!) and as this post evidences, one can write here just fine.

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13 comments on “Finding Everyday Inspiration: Writing in the Space”

  1. Hey, I like your idea of the modern home! Minimalism! Like my little apartment, not bare naked but not gaudy with things either. I like porn. Pencil porn. 😉

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    1. I’m a huge fan of minimalism, especially since I got a cat – you can’t really have vases and dry flowers and whatnot around, or the cat will destroy it. I also love stationery supplies – I have pens and pencils to last me a lifetime!

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        1. The pencils I posted the other day were all cheap and not that great, the crayons were from a dollar shop (well, it’s alternative here where I live) and the felt-tip pens from Tesco. I favour the Stabilo brand but it’s quite expensive. You’re too kind, no gift certificates to stationary supplies though, I already have accumulated an unhealthy amount of these supplies!

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  2. Sort of problem solved isn’t it. Iceland does fascinate me. How people manage to live there when it is such a barren looking place puzzles me. Of course they eat a lot of fish, breakfast dinner and tea I think. I’ve watched a few movies about the place. Volcanic rock everywhere, bleak and cold. I once taught two girls at my school whose grandmother lived in Iceland so that is my only connection. As for Chernobyl I figure I rattle enough as it is.

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    1. My knowledge of Iceland is also limited to having watched a few movies set there, and though the landscape clearly is desolate, something about it attracts me irresistibly. I’m not sure if I could live there or not, but considering that depressing things cheer me up, I might just as well love it 😉 And Chernobyl is probably an acquired taste really…

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  3. Undoubtedly red cats will have been invented by the time you get to live in your minimalist future home. Then you, and the moggies, will live together in a state of perpetual bliss ….

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  4. I don’t have a particular country I would like to write in. But I know I am most comfortable writing when I am shut away from the rest of the world – have to write at a desk sitting down, in a room all to myself. Ideally a small room where there is no clutter and everything is arranged nicely. Sometime back, for a while I tried writing in a public library – grabbed a single desk with a partition to myself and all the other desks full with other people. Needless to say, I wasn’t very productive.

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    1. I so understand what you mean! It seems to be a common habit to write (or work in general) in coffee shops – I don’t get it, I’d never get anything done in the noise with all the people around disturbing me. Trying to study in the library didn’t work out for me either. When I shared a flat, I’d study shut in the bathroom, sitting on the floor (it was a tiny bathroom), because I needed to be alone and in a quiet place. It was a bit weird, but it worked!

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      1. Sitting in a coffee shop or cafe is already distracting enough for me. It’s a kind of place that overstimulates me and I would never get anything done. Sitting on the bathroom floor sounds…hardcore and cold. I hope the tiles weren’t too cold! 😀

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