Living Authorly Post 19: My New Studio

Hey all. Different people like to write in different spaces. Some like to write in coffee shops. Some, at home. I wanted to have a dedicated space to write in at home that signaled to me I was getting down to work, so I took the room where I had stored my books and converted it into a classy space to write, read and relax.

In case it doesn’t show, I’ve been reading a lot about tiny houses and she-sheds. Anyway, it did take us a little elbow work. My husband Bryon was instrumental in helping me make this space a reality. He went out to a department store going out of business and found the main bookcase, and we added some bookshelves to it. The other two skinny shelves from the side are cube style book cases stacked.I sorted and paired my books down to the essential research and books that made me. Unread books are now stored until I have a chance to get to them in baskets and in those hassocks by the chairs. We had bought the Italianate desk some years ago, and I think it looks great. The chairs we also reallocated from other areas in the house.

All the art work? Most of it are drawings of characters I’ve written about given to me by other people, with a couple of wonderful pieces that represent other things. And the lights in the windows are VERY soothing and comfortable. And I bought some artifacts from other areas of the house which speak to my creativity and are treasures.

You’ll notice the corkboard? I’ll be able to do some plot structuring now, and that’s what I’m going to do tonight as soon as I’ve put this article to bed.

This feels again like commitment to my art and creativity. I like it, and I felt the need to show it off.

And now, more pictures!

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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