Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fetch me my writin' shed

Before I begin this post in earnest, allow me to first say thank you to Jamie over at Being Positive with a Depressive Soul.  Jamie kindly awarded me my second Liebster Blog Award, which I consider a bloggy hug of friendship.  So big thank yous to Jamie.  Now go check out her blog! 
Thank you, Jamie!  You rock.
For past blog awards I have duly answered the 5, 11, 423 personal questions as instructed by the award rules, then passed the torch to the 5, 11, 423 bloggers I most adore.  I'm a rule follower by nature and I like to please.  This time, however, I'm going to be a rebel and humbly accept the award and ignore everything else.  Look at my Latest Distractions for the blogs I consistently read and love.  Surely you no longer care if I prefer AT&T or Verizon, The Black Keys or The White Stripes (neither is the answer to both, in case you're curious), and we can just move on to more interesting things.

I believe I promised to keep you apprised of my progress with Shiny Object School.  (See this post for more info.)  To be perfectly honest, I haven't done much!  This is the self-directed wing of Sarah Yost's program and, if I may be frank, people with ADD don't do so great with self-direction.  That said, I did the first week of work before trailing off and intend to get back on track pronto.  Here's what I needed to do:
  • Brainstorm a project that I'd like to accomplish by writing down a page worth of ideas.
  • Narrow down the list to my top 3-5 ideas.
  • Follow a list of prompts to choose the project I would select for the six week program.
  • Make initial goals, baby steps to get the ball rolling.
If you follow my Pinterest boards because a.) you're bored, b.) you have as rich of a fantasy life as me, or c.) you believe it offers you a window into my brooding soul (in which case you may need to seek the help of a good therapist), you know that I have a board devoted entirely to "That Writing Studio I Want."  This board of chock full of photos of dainty cottages and repurposed sheds, train cars and gypsy caravans.  I want me a writing studio because right now I use the dining room table or the porch swing in nicer weather.  Both are perfectly fine writing spaces, however the reality of such writing spaces is impermanence and distraction.  The dining room table is really a space for homework and family meals.  The porch swing is open to the elements and does not have a working electrical outlet nearby.  I need a space where I can spread out my books and papers, plug in the laptop, and be inspired.  It need not be a big space, nor an expensive space, but like Virginia Woolf minus the suicidal tendencies, I crave a room of my own.  So, this is my Shiny Object project.
To die for, right? (found at Small Garden Love)

When I told my husband that this is what I chose, he immediately went into "we can't afford that" mode.  He's right.  We can't.  But if he keeps saying, "Just publish that best seller already," and expecting that to happen at the dining room table, I think he's sorely mistaken.  Or that's just a weak excuse to have a cozy cottage in my backyard where I charge admission in venti lattes.  What I am proposing isn't crazy.  I want to transform our existing ramshackle garage into a studio/storage space; one half would be my little creativity shack and a wall would divide the space so that we could also store the lawn mower.  I contacted my husband's best friend who is a carpenter and all around knowledgeable guy, who also just happened to take a week-long course on building backyard studios, and asked for advise.  This is how far I have gotten.  He gave me a list of things to consider and do, I became overwhelmed and distracted, and here I am two weeks later having little to show you but my embarrassed face.

Tomorrow is a new day.  I plan to dust off the to-do list and get back in the proverbial saddle.  If any of you lovely writing readers have endeavored to build a backyard studio, would you be willing to share advice?  Or, if you are not a writer or a contractor, but know of a good local (local is key, people) contractor who is fair, available (I know, Stephanie, your man rocks, but he also has a full-time gig.), and willing to be paid in venti lattes, please send me a message.

Lastly, some housekeeping:
1. Go follow my friend Kate's blog over at Nested.  She is giving away fun prizes!
2. Go check out my friend Anna's blog over at The Silent Isle.  She is looking for guest posts.
3. Check back for some exciting news that I will be sharing. That is all I'm going to say. 
4. If you have been following me for a while you know that when I hit a certain number of readers, I share an embarrassing drawing that I created as an anguished fan-girl teenager.  I'm running low on these pictures, so I would like to propose that when I reach 100 followers, I will draw a new picture of an 80s band or musician, draw a name from my hatful of followers, and send a signed copy to you!  How's that for incentive?  What do you need to do?  Leave me a comment with the band or musician name you would like me to draw!  I already have a request for Aimee Mann (who I lurve) and will resort to drawing her if I don't receive other requests.

Let the submissions begin!