I mentioned last week that, for my birthday, I was giving myself the gift of Time. Seeing’s how I’m typing this up on Sunday morning, it’s taking me a bit of time to get some traction on that score.
And that’s ok. This whole thing is a work in progress. I didn’t expect to have any significant gains after only a week. I suspect that it’ll be a battle I’ll be waging every day.
So that (More or less) takes care of Time. This week, I want to talk about the second gift I’m giving myself: Space.
(See what I did there: Time. Space.)
I want to talk about space on a couple of levels. The first relates to being a writer.
We all need some space to write. When we bought the house, I was delighted that it had an upstairs room over the garage.
This, I thought would be an ideal place to write – and it was, for roughly three-quarters of the year (give or take).
The problem – and, yes, I recognize that this is utterly a first-world problem – is that the house is pretty big, and heating that space above the garage during the winter has an impact of the rest of the house.
Still, I gave it a shot for a couple of years. We tried scheduling heating the room during the times I was in there, I brought up space heaters, but it didn’t quite work, and I found myself moving back downstairs during the colder parts of the year.
Then, when my desktop pc died, I switched to a more robust laptop, and I retired the old laptop I had been using to write on. Now I’m on a single platform for everything.
I came to the conclusion that it didn’t make sense for me to routinely move to a new space to write, when I could just sit down and write.
The thing is that this room doesn’t reflect much of my personality, so we’re looking at a little bit of a redesign in here to make the space a bit more my own.
I don’t know if I’ll post before/after pictures, but I’m looking forward to digging in and trying stuff out.
See you on Thursday!
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