A to Z Challenge 2013

Friday, July 9, 2010

Blog Chain - Where's My Special Place?

For those keeping count, I've been unplugged from the blog for a while again.  I'm deep in the throes of my Master's degree classes, and I've decided I must be a glutton for punishment - or seriously unhinged.  Only a crazy person would voluntarily subject themselves to this stuff!

Well, it's blog chain time and today's question is brought to us by the ever-impressive B.J. Anderson.  She asks:

Is there a place you like to write that's extra special? Have you carved out a writing niche? Is there a certain time of day (or night) when the words fall into place, and your brain is focused on nothing but writing?

This has been a fun question chain, particularly since we get a glimpse into the chainer's worlds.  I hope you'll forgive me a bit then, since I want to show off my own little world.  Gaze longingly (or with disgust) at your screen...


As you can see here, this (our dining room table) is laptop central.  During the school year, it's homework central.  It's not exactly peaceful nor easy to find focus here, but I do what I can.  A set of earphones and some appropriate music in the background (Thanks to Amanda for mentioning Pandora btw;  I really love it and it is so helpful) makes things a bit easier.  This is usually where I am writing though.  If you'll forgive me a bit of geek pride, here's a closeup of my writing implement.


For the uninitiated, this is an Alienware laptop.  It's a high performance (a.k.a. gaming) laptop that can handle just about anything I throw at it.  My loving wife lavished me with this gift a little while ago, and I absolutely love it.  Besides the obvious gaming fun I get out of it, I love typing on this thing.  I never thought I'd enjoy a laptop keyboard, but this one is truly responsive and can easily keep up with my speedy fingers.

The dining room table doesn't always cut it however (especially since it's next to the living room and a 55" LCD distraction masquerading as a TV), so if I find myself really struggling to concentrate, I can always go here:


This is our office.  It's a bit sparse right now because we just replaced our old corner desks and bookshelf with these new glass ensembles.  It's quiet though, it has a door I could shut if I needed to, and there's not a whole lot to distract me here.  The greatest drawback to it though is that I get really cold sitting down here for long hours.   I'm prone to getting cold easily anyway (due to either not enough body fat or poor circulation I guess), but down here the cold just burrows its way in and I end up with icy feet.  I hate that aspect of this room, but oh well.

Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of choosing when I can write these days.  I'm basically trying to fit it in whenever I can.  Between starting work at 6 a.m., working on my Master's degree, exercising, occasionally doing editing and article writing for my 2nd job, and spending time with the wife and kids, creative writing has taken a back seat.   I'm trying to figure out a decent schedule, but I haven't come up with anything yet.  Life is just so dang busy these days, but I'll get it done somehow.

As the saying goes, that's all I have to say about that.  My predecessor Sandra had an interesting post yesterday (awesome Beatles picture), and Michelle H. is set to follow me tomorrow.  Check 'em out!  For that matter, make your way through the whole chain.  It's been alot of fun seeing where we all write.

15 comments:

Cole Gibsen said...

Good Lord, Eric! When do you find time to sleep?!? Hang in there, buddy. I'm sending caffeine infused good vibes your way! :)

Michelle H. said...

Stay awake. Don't go into work overload with that schedule. Great place, btw. Laptop central suits it.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

I love all the laptops!

Medeia Sharif said...

I've never heard of these gaming laptops before. Hmmmm.

You have a hectic schedule. Kudos to getting in some writing time.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Pandora is awesome. Cool that your laptop is Alienware. I've looked into their PCs, but the one I want is close to $4000.

Sarah Bromley said...

My husband would kill for an Alienware laptop. I hope you're able to work out a schedule that will allow you to do all the things you want. Time management is hard stuff!

Christine Fonseca said...

Love seeing these pictures! And hang in there Eric - all your hard work will pay off. It will!

jjdebenedictis said...

I laughed when I saw your dining room table. Yeah--who needs those things to eat on! We always eat in front of the computer anyway, these days...

nomadshan said...

I like that everyone has their laptop at the table. Modern family. :)

DEZMOND said...

looks like a comfy writing haven :))

Margie Gelbwasser said...

Wow! You have so much on your plate right now! Impressive you find time to write at all. I really like your table. So much room to put notebooks and cards and papers. I would be very happy writing in that kind of space.

Eric said...

Cole - Thanks. Yeah, some days I do feel a bit overwhelmed :)

Michelle H - Thanks. It works for now, until I hit the Powerball and build my dream writing place.

Medeia - Alienware are the bomb in my opinion. I have a desktop AND laptop that are Alienware. They are costly, but splurging is fun sometimes.

Alex - Yeah, I know what you mean. I'd love to get their top end laptop, but I had to just get what I could afford.

Sarah - Most of the time I'm sure some things suffer (like my writing), but that's just the way it is. Oh, and if you get him one, trust me when I say he'll probably hug you for an hour...right before he disappears for a year playing with it.

Christine - Awww, thanks. You are always so supportive and helpful. I appreciate it alot.

JJ - Uh...Yeah. Every once in a while we actually do clear everything off the dining room table and eat like a real family :D Funny, huh?

Nomadshan - There's probably something wrong with the whole idea of everyone laptop'in it, but it works :) Thanks for stopping by.

Dez - It is for a while, but I wish I had a hammock under a covered patio outside instead (with some kind of holder for my laptop).

Margie - Thanks for stopping by. I never thought about breaking out the notecards (I'm too unorganized), but you're right about that. And no, I don't find lots of time to write lately. Sigh...

lbdiamond said...

Thanks for sharing your space! Best of luck with classes! Sounds like you've got a full plate.

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Love the pics and ooh la la to the high tech laptop!

B.J. Anderson said...

Sorry I'm so late to comment! I would never get anything done if I had a super cool laptop like that. :D And good luck with your Masters. That's just craziness!!!