I write in my writing hut in the garden.
It's only a few steps from my house, so I have a very short commute!
Inside I have a comfy chair, a desk and some big cushions in a pile on the floor so I can curl up and read.
For the first twenty years of my writing career I wrote in whatever corner of the house I could. The computer was in our bedroom, and the main table always had to be cleared for mealtimes. But then - da daaa! - my wonderful husband (who happens to be an architect) built us a brand new house. What would you like in it, he asked? Well, where to begin?! I now have a library landing with backlit bookshelves that leads onto a balcony with rocking chairs - bliss. But he and I also share a big studio room; his drawing board and desk at one end, and my writing mess at the other. One long wall is lines with built-in bookshelves. But, as you can see, even now I have to share my writing space!
I've taken over the smallest bedroom, overlooking the apple tree in the back garden. Watching the birds (and the occasional squirrel) is a great displacement activity.
The walls slope so fitting everything in is a bit of a challenge and things tend to get stacked in heaps in the corners.
Occasionally I have a tidy up and clear out, but clutter is the default setting for my writing room.
For the first 10 years as a writer/paper-engineer, I worked in a little room at the back of our first house that looked out onto the back garden. As well as a desk, I had a huge “double elephant” sized drawing board, a large light-box and a plan chest, all crammed into the same small space.
|My first office in my old house was rather like a ship's galley.|
I needed somewhere to store all my books and art materials as well, so I built a big storage unit to house it all. There's a diagram of it on the right and you can just see the edge of it on the left of the photo above. There was a very practical reason for the unit’s 'grand piano' shape. It needed to be narrow at one end, to leave me enough space to sit behind my drawing board, and wide at the other, so I could have a decent bookcase beside my desk. When we moved house, the storage unit came with me to my new office which is quite a bit bigger and looks out onto the street. As you can see in panorama below, I have a silver birch tree right outside my window!
|A panorama view of my current office. Click on "view sphere", then click and drag inside the image to move around.|
One of the best things about moving house was that I finally had enough space for a sign-writer’s vinyl cutter. These computer-controlled machines are usually used to cut out the coloured vinyl signs you see stuck to the sides of vans and above shops, but I’ve adapted mine so that I can use it to cut out the pieces of card for the prototype pop-up books I design. The home-made stand it's mounted on folds down, a bit like a deck-chair, so that I can store the cutter under my drawing board, when it’s not in use.
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Abie, Pippa, Jane and Jonathan.