Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Ivory Tower

I know Imogen now has a room of her own in which to write. Annie, how about you?

As Imogen and Annie know very well (and a few others besides), my family and I are in transition. Once our house in England sells, we'll be plunking our money down pronto on a house here in Montreal, preferably a Victorian home—not a mansion mind, but something with considerably more room than we enjoyed in Nantwich. High on my list are a window if not a balcony and ample space for bookshelves. What do you consider essential to a writer's sanctuary? Hurry now, for the search is on!

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Blogger Amanda Ashby said...

My study is in the cupboard under the stairs, so I guess you could say that Harry Potter and I started out life the same way!! I don't need much to keep me happy - just a bit of wall space for the David Boreanaz photos and I'm good to go!

7:45 am  
Blogger India said...

Virginia Woolf concluded that 'a women must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction', and having moved into our own just-pre-Victorian house last year, I'd sincerely agree. If only I could afford to pay someone to come in and sort out the wiring/decorating/repairing of bathroom walls it would leave me much more time to write. My advice would be to move into somewhere that doesn't need much work doing on it, Eva!

10:28 am  
Blogger Annie said...

I agree with Ginny and Imogen. As much as I love the idea of an old house full of character, preferably overlooking the sea, I allowed myself to be persuaded by my other half to live in a modern house, which requires very little work AND has a downstairs study, which I'm proud to say I bagged before we'd even moved in! Like Eva, I think bookshelves are a must, as is a proper chair and a drawer full of blackcurrant- liquorice sweets.

1:56 pm  
Blogger Stacy Dawn said...

I second the wall space...but for a desk. I live in a century home with lovely slanted ceiling which beautiful and charming when buying a home leave zero place to put a desk at which you can sit up straight and not have to duck when standing.

Oh, I envy those with a room of their own! I am stuck shoved up against a wall in the 'sportsroom' in a testosterone filled house. Sadly, even the dog is male. My only saving grace is I face the window and a beautiful scenic view rather than the over-stocked walls full of every kind of sports crap available--up and including a blow up football endzone (for you overseas, I'm talking the primitive American NFL Football and not your elite soccer so think really big)

ROFL: Rolling On Floor Laughing

ROFLMBO: Rolling On Floor Laughing MY Butt Off

...to which I am often doing both while reading your blogs!

6:52 pm  
Blogger Annie said...

VGFI, Stacy!
(Very Grateful For Info)

12:04 pm  
Anonymous Sharon J said...

I consider a place where I don't have to sit on the bed with my laptop balanced on my knees pretty essential. Don't have it though :( Bookshelves? One in the living room and one on the landing. Both full to capacity. Otherwise the loft is groaning under the weight but that's not very helpful when you need that book right now. A window? Well, I have to say I can see look out over the railway works from my place on the bed so it could be worse. Couldn't it?

After living in a house surrounded by countryside and with a lovely office overlooking the garden, this is pretty hard to deal with. But my mum always taught me to be grateful for small mercies and I think that helps. I've been homeless before now - at least things aren't that bad!

6:14 pm  
Blogger Eva said...

Well, Sharon, you've cheered me.

Living, working, writing and sleeping in one room isn't so bad after all. It's temporary in any case (seven months temporary) and soon to end. I hope, I hope, I hope!

6:29 pm  
Anonymous Sharon J said...

Glad to have been of help :)

1:51 am  

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