As I write my first March Slice of 2016, I think about writing and all things related to my writing life and particularly my writing office, well, soon-to-be writing office.
I’ve got plans, big plans…for a little space. I’ve got to face the facts, it’s a very little space. But, it will do. It will make the perfect writing place.
We have two dormers on the second floor of our house. One is in my oldest daughter’s room and the other is in the hallway. It is what some might say is, a dead space, but we have made use of it over the years.
At first, it was where our dog’s crate was and the place she slept all day long when we were out. My favorite memory of coming home was the thump, thump of Dobby’s tail as it hit the metal sides. She shredded towels and chewed up dog beds every single time, but it was her cozy spot when her humans were absent.
When Dobby was gone, the space laid empty for a long time. It was a sad sight, until one day the dormer became the “Dobby Memorial Library.” We lined either side of the space with baskets of books and the kids would lay in there and read. The perfect book nook.
But the book nook got out of hand and it got messy and soon there was nowhere for any kid to lay down. Enter, my idea. My selfish idea. I say selfish because one must disband the “Dobby Memorial Library” in order to make a writing office and well, sometimes you have to sacrifice the kids’ wants for your own.
It isn’t as bad as it sounds though. We have a hallway closet that is filled with nothing important so that’s part of the plan, to empty it and to put the baskets of books in there. Goodbye book nook, hello Dana’s writing office! (Don’t judge…my oldest has her own book nook dormer in her room and my middle guy has the space under his bunk bed and since we have books in every room of our house I have let go of the guilt!)
Let me tell you more about my little plan. The space is 3.5 feet by 8 feet. And there’s a window. It is big enough for a small IKEA desk to fit right in front of it.
I think I can fit a comfy chair and maybe a small bookshelf or some hanging shelves.
Oh, and it needs drywall and a door so it can be closed (and locked – hee hee!!) A space just for me.
This is my plan and it’s a good one. Now, I just need to make it happen!
Happy Slice of Life March 2016 to all!