Jan 02 2014

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A Room of My Own

Posted at 8:23 am under Blog Post

my roomOne thing leads to another. A month and a half ago, I switched jobs. That put my wife Judy and I on the same schedule, making it difficult for me to do literary work and her to relax at the same time in our common living space downstairs. The solution was simple: move my office upstairs. After all, we have a bedroom up there that is used only a week or two each year. So last week Judy helped me move my furniture. Then I built some more shelves and hauled all my books and papers up the stairs.

Now I have a room of my own where I can close the door and work undisturbed. After spending a little time in this new workspace, I wonder why I didn’t make the move a long time ago.

It’s ten below zero outside this morning. The weather forecasters say it won’t get above zero today. I had planned on going for a hike with my dog this afternoon but I think we’ll stay inside instead. So it goes this time of year.

Funny thing about being an outdoor/nature writer: I do most of my work indoors. Oh sure, I venture into the woods when I can and scribble in a field journal while I’m out there. But the work is done on a computer screen at home. The way I figure it, the cold season is the best time for writing since I prefer being outside the other seven months of the year.

Deep winter. I expect to get a lot of work done during the next few months. Now I have a good space in which to do it. The world will thaw out soon enough. Then there will be plenty of things to draw me outside.


4 responses so far

4 Responses to “A Room of My Own”

  1. Hillel Bon 03 Jan 2014 at 8:34 am 1

    ‘Just started reading your book “The Allure of Deep Woods”. ‘Very much enjoying it as I relive my through-hike on the NPT, Sept 2009.

  2. Holly Bartonon 03 Jan 2014 at 8:13 pm 2

    Congrats, Walt. It’s a nice space for writing. I love the shelves and all the wood.

  3. Deb Wingerton 03 Jan 2014 at 9:51 pm 3

    Comfy room! Books make the best decorations! Have a productive siege.

  4. Bob Stantonon 07 Jan 2014 at 3:02 am 4

    Looks like a great space, Walt. A shelf full of books is a wonderful thing.