Snow falls. My fireplace coats one half of me in cozy radiance. Across the room, Erin animates a book for my curious babe. School is still a solid day and a half away. As I sit here inspired by the art of Vladislav Gerasimov’s studio, I ponder physical space.
I catch myself in full muse about the spaces in which I usually write and how they might influence tone, mood, volume, and mission. Of course, I am sometimes sitting in my office at 3:00pm pecking keys that reflect the day. Other times still, I am stuck to a conference hall wall -hugging an outlet- allowing my laptop to drink while I scribble electronically.
Though given my choice, it would look much like today. The mission-inspired rocker where my butt is planted- was meant for a nursing mother just two years ago. Since this chair didn’t seem to inspire her “mission” after all, it has lately become my writing chair. Her lack of love for this spot has become my pirate’s loot. Here I sit feet up -gliding in the golden glow of flames- tapping on letters for fun.
The more serious posts in waiting: our school’s use of the Ning platform, tech strategies for increasing writing fluency, etc… well, they’ll just have to wait.
Actually, there is a plenty about our artistic stick blogger friend that doesn’t concretely resemble me. My head isn’t that big, I’m not a big fan of Digg, and far more than letters fill my head. A conversation with my Communication Arts department the other day revealed a multitude of mental strategies for writing. Most seemed to rely heavily on a stepped-draft approach. I thought it interesting that my pal Kelly Lock and I both tend to compose in mental spaces before encoding onto the page. You can thus imagine the stress we felt while fabricating those incremental “rough draft” assignments in high school. I bet the little fella above would create his “outline” assignment after-the-fact as well.
Come to think of it, there might be many similarities between he and I. He does have a slender build. He does lean intently into his superthin laptop. He does love dim lighting, and his silly feet seem to be less than planted on terra firma at times. Hey, you can’t always be practical, right?
So where do you write? Not when you have to… but when you can. What is there with you? Where does it take place when you get to choose? Tell it. Draw it. Photograph it. Blog it. Come back and share it. You know you want to.
ps- If you care that your screen is beautiful and creative, then check out the art at Vlad Studio. With the Holiday season fast approaching, I think Christmas Volcano is my current fave. Wow. No one on Earth would care enough to pay for an ad on this site, so consider this merely a nod in a cool direction. Image above is entitled: Blogger (digg it digg it digg it).