Cynthia D'Alba

Den of Inequity?

Okay – Okay..I don’t have a den of inequity! But I do have an office where I write. Does that count? The problem with having a specified room for writing is that you have to be able to get into the room to write, right?

In May, Amy Atwell and Kelsey Browning (founders of Author Enterprenuer Management Solutions Website) challenged authors to take May to clean up their offices, do their filing, get your office back in shape to do some serious writing. So I took their challenge…sort of. Let me explain…

We had a fire in our attic in February. To repair the damage, which required moving a HUGE thingie (something to do with our air conditioning…don’t ask me what. I don’t know and don’t care. As long as I have a/c in the summer, I have no questions!) from the attic into a space in a wall. To access the space required going through my linen closet. To do that, everything had to be removed from that closet. Do you have any idea what kind of “stuff” you have shoved in there? Medicines. Towels. Wash cloths. Sheets. Blankets. Toilet paper. Cleaning supplies. And trust me, this is an incomplete list! All that “stuff” had to go somewhere, so it went into MY office…FOR MONTHS!

Once the repair was done and everything that was going back into the closet went, this was the condition of my office…Prepare yourself! It’s shocking! Make the children leave the room. 🙂

Bad, huh? Not only couldn’t I get into my room, I couldn’t have written at my desk if I’d wanted to. So I decided Amy and Kelsey were right. Here are the after-the-May-cleaning shots. I apologize for the blurry one. New camera and I’m still learning on it!

See that La-Z-Boy recliner in the middle of the room? Sleeps great! And perfect place to write. So I confess, I rarely use that desk you see. I’m either in that recliner above or…

Sitting here on the couch (the white is a sheet I have to keep on there for my assistant. She has very dirty feet and eats grass!)    Or you might find me here

So tell me about where you write…A dedicated space? A dedicated room? Or are you a butterfly who flits around the house and writes everywhere?

Do you find it makes a difference where you write? I’ll be honest and say for me, I write better in my office recliner. When I’m in there, my mind knows I mean business! Do you have a place like that? A place that signals your mind…”I mean business, buddy! Cough up some dialogue and quick.”

Thanks for coming by! Look forward to hearing from you. And shhhh…don’t tell Amy or Kelsey but I’ve still got a basket of filing to do.

11 thoughts on “Den of Inequity?

  1. I have a hovel in the living room. But in the summer, I haul the laptop to the porch and write there where I can see all the animals and feel the breeze waft by. I love it there.

  2. I write at my converted dining room table/desk in the kitchen. Sometimes I’ll prop up the laptop while in the living room watching tv with hubby, but pretty much, I’m always in the kitchen, looking out my window at the house next door.

  3. I didn’t know yall had a fire! scary. Nice work you!

    I just moved back into my “office”. I share my space with 3animals on the wall, a bowflex serving as a clothes rack and other assorted junk. but it has a door. which is my favorite part. 🙂

    1. I have a door. I have a “keep out” sign. It doesn’t work.

      Did you notice the HUGE Tim McGraw on the wall? Model for Travis Montgomery in Texas Tango Tangle!:)

  4. I like Nena wrote my first novel on the screened porch at my house in SC. In AR, with no screen on the porch, I write at my desk or at the library. I find I’m more productive at away from home. No snack breaks.

    Good job with the office cleaning! I’m sure it will help productivity!

    1. I can be more productive away from the house, usually because I don’t have a hubby talking, the tv going and two dogs who believe I’m their personal door man!

  5. Cyndi –

    So glad we inspired you to organize your office. I can’t imagine how frustrating the fire and its aftermath must have been! I write primarily in an office I share with my twelve-year-old son. That being said, we’re about to move so I have no idea what the new writing spot may look like!


    PS – don’t tell Amy, but I left some things un-filed when I put them in storage! 🙂

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