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Saturday, October 28, 2006


My husband thinks I'm a little on the, uhm, unique side. I pretty well confirmed that he's right. I made myself a cozy little office in our storage closet. Yep. I sure did.

If you're cheering my sheer genius (or pure desperation)speak up! That means that you've wanted somewhere, anywhere that you can go to escape. I cannot be the only one. If I am, don't ruin my delusion. Play along, ok?

I've had my BOC time. Thank you, Mary DeMuth, for the use of your phrase. BOC=Butt on Chair. I've had my butt in this chair but I've been doing anything but writing. Reading blogs, sending emails, helping with the upcoming Carnival of Christian Writers, chatting, balancing my checkbook--ACK!!

Why is it so hard some days to get anything done at all? Again, please don't ruin my perfectly good fantasy that there are more people out there who feel this way. I have stories swimming around in my head constantly. Yet, I'm messing around doing things I shouldn't be doing, or at least I should write first and then play.

So I decided I'd fix it. I cleaned out the storage closet, well, I didn't exactly clean it all out. Half of it. I placed an old school desk in there with my back toward the messy side and I put a card table beside that covered with some nice black fabric. I put some wood crates on it and my writing books, I hung a shelf and put my important inspiration pieces on it, and set up the laptop. This is all very calculated. I have to have my back to the chaos of mess behind me, I have to have stuff that is important only to me around, and I need to have my internet privileges taken away from me.

I took pictures, but they're not available yet so when I get them I'll show you my wonderful new hideaway. I am thrilled about this and my husband patted me on the head and told me he still loved me.

My thoughts grew hot within me and began to burn, igniting a fire of words
Psalm 39:3

Michelle Pendergrass is a coffee-lover who lives in Knox, Indiana where she homeschools her son, Zane. She blogs at Just A Minute. When you visit, please note that her son is most definitely weaned and has been for some time now. Some names just stick.

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Heather said...

This is wondeful. I know exactly how you feel. My brother-in-law, who lives in our basement, is moving out soon and I am eyeing up his digs for my artwork (I wait until after the kids are in bed and write in my special corner fo the couch.)

Mary said...

Great post, one I can definitely relate to...but my pc is in a corner of our living room. With a toddler around, I don't dare hole up in a closet! :O) Can't wait to see pics!

I went to your site and wanted to post comments, but you have too many filters. I don't have a google account, and have long forgotten my blogger password! (I only got a blogger account so I could join Writer Interrupted. You have a great blog though...maybe you can change your comment options...pretty please?

Anonymous said...

Rest easy, you are not alone, Michelle! I too wrote at one point in a closet...just big enough for me, a typewriter and some inspiration..and I too have days still where I do the checkbook and get all of the appointments made I need, etc., etc. The wonderful discovery is this: the next day, you are rested and the stories swimming out of your head suddenly squeeze down into your typewriter or pencil. It is a good thing to take a day every now and then to attend to reality!
Connie Newbauer

Jennifer Tiszai said...

I love that last line. Ah, "normals" don't get it. But it's nice when they support us anyway. :)

Judy Grivas said...

I SOOOOOO know what you mean about other things taking away from writing! I finally have my cozy reading nook in the corner of what used to be our dining room (space shared with 2 BIG dog crates, a small hutch, dry sink and desk - all in a 10x10 room). Anyway, now I can do whatever I want in here - it's MY room - so, I dawddle! Oh, well: at least I can see I'm in good company!!
I, too, receive pats on the head..

Gina said...

I gave up my nice big office to my oldest son when he turned 10 so he didn't have to share a room with his two brothers.

Now I have two desks in my bedroom. One for writing and one for scrapbooking. I have a desk in the diningroom which is now the homeschool room, and I write in different spots of the house (living room, in bed)depending on my mood. Oh, there's even a little desk in the kitchen I write at! Funny thing is, all my desks are a mess but at least I always have a place to put my BOmyC!

Jenny said...

Getting in my BOC time is not a problem for me--keeping me off the internet is. I have a wonderful set-up but even my laptop is wired for surfing. However, I did find that I got a lot of writing done once when we drove to my mother's. She lives about 2 hours away and I actually wrote about 6-8 pages that time--the words were just flowing and I nearly drove my husband off the road with my excitement.
I've turned the front bedroom into my office now that the kids are moved out. It is my cave but I have made it too fun and distracting. Need to get more discipled--no, you are not alone, Michelle.
Abundant blessings,
Jenny Cary

Anonymous said...

That's wierd, blog settings for comments are the same as they are here. I bet its because I "upgraded" to the Beta version and there must still be some bugs they've got to work out. Email me and tell me what the problem is and I'll email Blogger/Google. m dot pendergrass at mchsi dot com

I just want a BIG GROUP HUG from the rest of you!!! It is so nice to find a place where I fit in. I've been fighting the weird looks and pats on my head for as long as I can remember. Now all of a sudden I've got all these people who understand. I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone!!

Heather said...

Yup, I love my new writing space that keeps my butt down and my fingers moving. And yup, the internet is always on.

Anonymous said...

I'm home by myself most of the time - TV off, but Internet running! I get inspirations for devotionals at Church, and I'm sure others wonder what this old woman is doing, writing during worship service, at times! :)

I believe we can write any place God gives us an idea - in the beauty shop, restaurant, car - wherever a pen and paper is handy. Been there, done that! Just wish He would slip that novel idea into my head. :)

Jennifer said...

I don't have a spot, but I am distracted by emails, surfing, blogging etc. Sometimes I have to use a good old fashioned spiral notebook to get the words out without distraction.