As we begin the new year, many of us are organizing our spaces. My own writing desk loomed un-tended for the past month. With the end of the semester, then preparation for the holidays, then recuperation and clean-up from the holidays, things just kept getting piled on my desk. I said to myself, “I’ll get to it after (fill in the blank).” Yesterday was the day. I turned on a book-on-tape and dove in. This morning I walked out in the darkness and felt the openness of the space that had felt clogged and cluttered. Today, there is room to work toward those dreams and deadlines.
I am fascinated with writing spaces. Each is so unique and laden with personality. Each, an altar of the person who writes there. I thought of our Dewdrops community.
We are a creative community that spans the globe. We live throughout the U.S., from the open prairie, to Los Angeles, to NYC. We live in the lushness of Costa Rica, metropolitan London, breathtaking Salzburg, and the mountains of rural Colombia. We travel a lot through eastern Europe, Canada, Qatar, and Thailand. We’re in México, Spain, and the Dominican Republic. We include writers, teachers, readers, bakers, opera singers, journal and letter writers, artists, musicians, software programmers, professors, body workers, photographers, beaders, international investment partners, cowgirls, biologists, doctoral and MBA students, and the whole spectrum along the arc. We range in age across multiple decades.
As I think of our community and our amazing array of experiences, I am always mindful of what common threads draw us together, of which there are many. We seem to be a group fascinated with life. We are curious and love learning. We seek beauty, even as often many of our hearts break. We are a resilient bunch who stands back up after being knocked down. And then we stand back up again. We read and talk and listen and joke and love.
Artist Jim Doyle created his version of my ideal writing space for me. To say that I cherish this piece would be an understatement. He used my favorite colors – bright, bold, full of energy. Each component of the piece symbolizes some aspect of my writing life. All revolves around my three children: three smaller notebooks on top of my larger notebook, the two windows plus mirror creates three, and three saguaros and surrounding landscape represent the beloved Sonoran desert of my childhood. A single cup of coffee steams from the table.
The Invitation – I include above the photo of my writing space. I invite you to send me photos of your own writing spaces. We are a community – let’s get to know one another and share ideas and images. Perhaps you write books at your desk, and perhaps you write letters or in your journal, you write music, business plans, lesson plans, or cake recipes. Perhaps your draw. Please send photos to me at email@example.com and write in the subject heading, “Dewdrops – Writing Spaces.” If you feel moved to write a bit about your space, please do so. It isn’t necessary, so feel free to send just photos. I’ll include your name, and if you have one, website/blog. Your writing space doesn’t need to be fancy or elaborate or even terribly neat – just authentic.
I look forward to our community sharing ideas and getting to know one another.
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