Writing Spaces

As a writer, I’m always curious about other writer’s writing spaces.  For years, my “writing space” was the end of the dining room table, where I was constantly being interrupted and distracted.  It was the best we could do, and I dealt with it as best I could.  Then we moved to Colorado (where I came for work during the worst part of the recession back in St. Louis, my hometown).  We have lived in a series of rentals over the last four years, as housing prices are beyond us.  But sometimes, that is a good thing.  Each of the three rentals gave me some really nice writing space that wasn’t the dining room.

The current house has an entire garden-level suite.  This was an add-on to the house, and features heated floors (unless you’ve ever experienced those, you don’t know what you’re missing!), a kitchenette, a separate bedroom, a full bath, and a “living area.”  This 850 square foot space is my getaway, my writing retreat, the place where I do most of my creating.  Allow me to share it with you!

My desk

My desk is a sturdy 4 foot by 3 foot trestle table.  I like the extra depth, because I have an extra monitor in addition to my laptop.  I need room for my ergonomic keyboard, and my various notes and notebooks.  I had a smaller desk, but it was just annoying.  I need room to spread.  My bulletin board holds all kinds of things – buttons with funny sayings, pictures of people I will use for inspiration for other stories, comic strips my mother sends me, postcards from my student staff at my day job.The window looks out onto my back yard, which has a huge tree and lots of green grass.  When I don’t feel like writing, I can sit and stare at squirrels.

Write Your Story coffee mug

This is a prized possession on my desk.  The cup was made for me by a fellow writer in a writing group I was part of in Missouri, who was also being published by The Wild Rose Press.  The other side says “your story.”  It is perfect.

Book cases

No writer’s office would be complete without book cases.  These are filled with books, but also with memories, wind-up toys (a great distraction!) and materials from having been the Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month in Boulder County, Colorado.  Many of the books are reference materials; things I use regularly in writing my books.

Gracie the Cat

My highly-ineffective writing companion, Gracie.  She is two years old and really belongs to my daughter, but she spends a lot of her time in my office, enjoying the heated floors.

My betta, FishyFishy

FishyFishy (yes, that’s his name) is a much better writing companion than Gracie.  He swims along soothingly, waiting for dinner every night.

Editing Chair

The editing nook.  This chair is in the guest bedroom, but makes a good, distraction-free environment to sit and read through hard copies of my edits.

The suite is a wonderful space to disappear into.  It is not all mine, all the time, though.  We do open it up to guests several times during the year.  After all, I live in one of the prettiest places on the planet, mere minutes from the Rocky Mountains.  Who wouldn’t want to visit such a comfortable space?  They just have to remember that this guest space comes complete with a novelist!

Coming Soon!  Fairest of the Faire by Susabelle Kelmer

Fairest of the FaireThe renaissance fair is filled with characters and romance, but will it end in storybook love?

Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law’s Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.

Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Younglood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie’s don’t-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.

When she is threatened by her late husband’s bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.

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20 thoughts on “Writing Spaces

  1. Your workspace looks wonderful. Mine isn’t as big but shares many of the same features: view of the backyard and the squirrels, a wrtiing cat and what could be an editing nook (if I got all the stuff off the couch!). Your book sounds like lots of fun. Love Renaissance Faires!

  2. Great post, Susabelle, and I love your writing space. My office is our home’s third bedroom filled with desks, books, computer equipment and a closet filled with plastic tubs of research material from three novels. The first of them to become published (with TWRP) is Two Hearts in Time, coming soon. The html tags below this comment space are total Greek to me. This is my primary concern with promo time coming up. Super non-nerd here.

    • Aw Raymona. I know, I’m so confuzzled with all of it too! I’m getting there, but I’m also a geek by nature and training, so that DOES help. Finding an expert to help you with some of it is good, too. My friend Nicole has been helping me with Goodreads stuff, because that has been driving me nuts! Hang in there, you’ll get this! BTW, all of my writing research is in binders, you can see them sitting on the top of my bookshelf in the pictures.

  3. I envy you soooo much. I have a nice work space at one end of our enclosed back porch, but privacy isn’t in my families vocabulary. I sometimes wear uncomfortable, noise reducing headphones to block out my mother’s TV. She has one in her room, but insists on being near me so we can talk. My husbands desk is at the other end of the room. He often needs help with spelling or wording a report. I’ve often thought about curling up under my desk to cry, but that’s where the dog sleeps during the day.

    • Oh, Sandra, that is SO not fair! My family has been trained over the last ten years to know that I take my writing time, and my quiet time, SERIOUSLY. When the headphones are on, they know not to disturb me. But it’s taken years to get to a place where I actually have writing space. Before it was always a corner of the bedroom or the end of the kitchen table. Not really conducive to good writing! I feel very blessed to have the space I have right now, even though this is a rental and won’t be forever.

  4. My writing space is the the third bedroom of our house. I used to have to squeeze my desk into our bedroom, or share my writing space with the guest bed, but now that my daughters have left home, I’ve got the room to myself. I love it!

    I love your editing chair, except I would use it for plotting. I plot in longhand and edit on the computer. We all have our habits!

    • Lovely, Jana! I think we all need good writing space, regardless of what that is for us each individually. I love my writing space, it is so calm and quiet and away from everything else.

  5. What a delightful writing space. I also edit in hard copy, so I have a couple of edit spots. I once had an office, but it became a bedroom when my g/children came to visit and my g/daughter though she ought to have it as ‘her’ room. Now she’s older, but I have other g/children visiting frequently so I’m a vagabond in my own house. 🙂 I can relate to Sandra where that’s concerned!

    • I went many years without space, and I do give it up when we have guests (which happens several times a year). Then I am back to sitting in bed or elsewhere to write. My husband comes down here sometimes and sits in the comfy chair and talks to me, then he says, “it is so nice and calm down here.” Ya think? Maybe it’s because I don’t have the television blaring! hahaha!

  6. Your workspace looks awesome. Mine is still cramped and crowded and I look forward to the day it is a bit more secluded.

  7. Your space looks great! It inspires me to clean up my desk – I have way too much on it. It is in the corner of our everything room. I can’t quite call it great. LOL

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