I’ve had to move out of my house.
No, no worries. It’s not that kind of moving out. It’s more of a “I can’t get a darn thing done with dog, chicken, children, and husband around me” moving out. I need my space. I need to not have to worry that someone will interrupt me to ask (bark) for me to let them go outside. (Again, again, and again. )
Which is why when I found out that a local chocolate shop (Swans in Merrimack) had opened their upstairs as a place for people to meet and/or work, I was thrilled. How perfect was that? Chocolate, coffee, and writing – literally a match made in heaven.
I’m actually not too keen on writing at some coffee shops, there’s just a little too much activity going on. I’m not one of those people who can easily tune out other things (like the two women over in the corner who are talking about their children’s high school finals – well what do you know, my son has one of the teachers they are discussing.)
However, when I’m in a groove, like a superhero I can make everything disappear (even the cool Frank Sinatra music that is always playing here.) The shop activity is downstairs, there is nothing up here but chairs and tables. Since I’ve arrived this morning, I’ve written a post and an article. Not too shabby.
And as an added bonus? I’m sitting in an upright chair that won’t allow me to slouch. My back hasn’t felt this good after writing for a few hours in a loooong time.
As soon as I get this post up, I’ll turn to my manuscript for that last hour I plan to be here (and then it’s off to begin the eternal kid pick ups from school activities.) It will be the first time I’ve had a chance to look at that baby in weeks. (I blame the holidays and the kids all being home – won’t admit a bit to procrastination.)
I guess it’s all about finding out what works for you. I’ve considered renting a room but to be perfectly honest, it’s not in my budget. I’ve lusted for a tiny (expensive) writing cabin, heck, I’ve even considered working out in the cold pen with the chickens – nothing seemed to be doable. But because I’m a writer and because as a writer, I want to write, I had to find something.
So even though it means packing up my computer and notes, it’s still worth it, the benefits of finally finding a place where you can concentrate on your writing far outweighs any and all hassles.
And as for those few extra inches from the treats (this morning it was a cafe au lait with an oatmeal, cranberry, and white chocolate cookie) that will be on my hips by the time I finally get my manuscript finished?
Small price to pay and totally worth it.
Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.
Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens).
And next time? It’s the cannoli.
I think I’m going to like working on this book.