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Retired schoolteacher and aspiring author. Artist.


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JANUARY 2, 2011 2:21PM

A Writer's Desk

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I first became interested in writers’ workspaces when I browsed Jill Krementz’s book of photographs entitled, The Writer’s Desk.  In it, she shows us the workspaces of 57 writers from Stephen King to Archibald MacLeish as well as a description by each author about their routines for creating and what they like to wear.  This is a very good idea for an Open Call and I am eager to see the spaces where others work.

krementz desks


My own desk is a discard I bought at a garage sale for forty dollars but it served me well for over twenty-five years as a busy English teacher.  It is situated in the front room of my house that also serves as an old-fashioned parlor.  You cannot see them from this view but there are two built-in cabinets that house some of my library of over one thousand books.  It really is a writer’s library that I am quite proud of because it has everything from Nancy Drew to David Foster Wallace. Yes, I have read most of them. 


I need solitude for writing so the parlor is fine for that.  Music is essential to me when I am writing and the genres vary according to my mood or possibly even subject matter.  There’s my zune that contains all my favorite songs and artists—over three thousand!  I love beautiful things and so I have some of them around me.  There are the three Roseville vases also found at several garage sales, the holy grails of my collecting. 


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My 1980 GOP pencil cup, filled with multi colors of Parker Big Red pens, was made by Frankoma pottery.  The fabulous crystal inkwell I found in an old shop in New York last year.  I have a Navajo storyteller figurine that my BFF, a professor of Native studies, gave me for inspiration as well as an Edgar Allen Poe bobble-head that my daughter found one Christmas.  If you were to open the door in the center you would find a glass candy jar with the presidential seal of Ronald Reagan.  It was once filled with Jelly Bellies, a party favor when I worked at the RNC, but now it is filled with an old embroidery sampler that I made long ago and a large plastic fly.


I am a dedicated drinker of tea—black tea—all day long.  Red Rose is the brand and I drink it as stout as others like coffee.  Eating is not something I like to do while writing; also I have found that drinking alcohol doesn’t help at all.  Overlooking me as I work is a framed print by Alphonse Mucha of Calliope, the muse of poetry.


As far as a regimen, I haven’t one.  I am not only a writer but also a fine artist so I do whatever I feel like when I feel like it.  That is a big change for me in the past year because I had been a teacher most of my life and my own projects were put on hold.  Open Salon has been a good place to test the waters and I thank every single one of you who has read my work.  I have learned so much from all of you. 

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a pretty writing space, maryway, and sooo much neater than mine. glad you took the photos and put up the description. oh, and i'm going to look up the book - thanks for that, too.
Beautiful desk. Thrift stores and garage sales are the best furniture stores. Not furniture stores.
Thats some writing area. I would be afraid to write there, I might spill one of my many cups of coffee, strong like your tea. It makes my little are look like Hobo's Corner!
I am laughing because the only reason I was able to post this today-- instead of next week--is that I am Chicana and my mamacita told me if my house was dirty on New Year's Day, it would be dirty all year. I put up lots of loose papers and dusted!
It's a beautiful space full of meaningful things. Can you come and clean mine, now? I mean, since you are so good at making things look nice and all? :)
You have a nice, cosy space, Mary. Thanks for sharin with us.
Everyone is so neat and tidy...
whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :)
Lopved this and rated with hugs
I love your space. Thanks for answering the call. That desk is gorgeous. You dusted-I didn't...don't look too closely at my photos! ;)
I love your writing space. I think I would write some great stuff surrounded by order and beauty rather than a jumble of napkins and coffee puddles. If your lamp should ever go missing, well, you will never find me. ;-)
Thanks for sharing!
What a relaxing space... I love it! R
I love that desk!! It's beautiful.
I can't stick around, or I would develop hives - being, as I am, allergic to estrogen in massive quantities. Very pretty!
Now that your desk is all ready for 2011, where do you do your art? I love a creative/messy studio.
beautiful and very neat. are you sure you are not a librarian?
A lovely writing space. ~r
Pretty luxurious digs..I write in the family room, on my laptop on a corner desk (blonde wood, contemporary) and if I didn't find it so much a pain in the ass to take photos and put them up on the web I would send you a shot of it all. Trust me, nothing extraordinary.
Happy New Year!
Mary Way... maryway ...
Let's pause.
I have wanted to Thank You.
I admired a secretary desk.
I built one similar to yours.
I promise to 'cut and paste'
I built a desk for my sister.
It's local wild cherry wood.
I write on a desk of cherry.
It's the same wood `coffin.
I built my Mother's`coffin.
I type at the same `cherry.
I promise to cut & paste?
Maybe so day I will show`
Show a cherry coffin photo.
It is the same-same cherry.
It's (coffin & my desk top),
the harvested cherry Tree.
"I have learned so much
from all of you." Beauty.
Powerful. Take care Yes.
Please keep writing. Yes.
I wandered outside. Yes.
The heavenly skies. Yes.
And please take care.
We all need to care.
We must` Be peace.
Nice pics. My writing space is my lap. :/
Thanks, everyone, for stopping by! And Scanner, all of this swell stuff was found at garage sales--junk no one else wanted. It is indeed my hobo corner.
I LOVE your desk--fabulous tour!
I love the interesting objects you surround yourself with - especially the Poe bobblehead. That caught my eye right away! I'm glad you answered this OC - it's been so fun to see where fellow OSers write!