Odds and Ends

Posted on 19 November 2010

Since my Poets & Writers piece came out, several people have contacted me to express how much they enjoyed the essay and what it meant to them. I even met one person for coffee and may speak at a local writers’ group at the request of another. I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to actually find my website and then send me an email — it’s always wonderful to hear that someone connects with your writing. So thank you!

On an unrelated note: When I started this blog just a few short months ago, I didn’t really know what might come of it (meaning anything other than a more public place to post photos of my cats, of course). I certainly didn’t expect it would give me the opportunity to screen an independent film about vegans living with a werewolf. Oh yes! I’ve been in touch with the (other) Living Arrangements people, and I will soon be a lucky owner of this movie. Obviously, I will blog about it. So stay tuned for that.

Finally, I enjoyed this essay by Jessica Francis Kane about where she writes. I clearly appreciate a good public writing space, but sometimes I feel a little claustrophobic in my own cramped living space and catch myself daydreaming about a larger place with an entire room dedicated to my writing/reading. This was a good reminder that hey, it’s not necessary. Just do the work.

I found this essay after reading Kane’s short story “How to Become a Publicist” in the Missouri Review. You can download the story as a PDF if you follow that link.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Photo: Darwin Bell


4 responses to Odds and Ends

  • Averil Dean says:

    I long for a room of my own. I have it all mapped out … comfortable chair … desk at just the right height … a small couch or armchair for daydreaming. And a door, which would be the best part. That sounds awful, I know, but at our house someone’s always got either the TV or the stereo on, and I can’t find my own words when I’m listening to someone else’s.

    Someday …

  • That sounds lovely. And yeah, if you’re going to have your own writing room/office, you definitely need a door! No need to feel guilty about that…

  • Cougel says:

    Your P&W piece got me out of the “I suck” slump, and brought me to this blog. So glad i found it. I have a blog which I think saves me, helps me keep things light, and forces me to exercise my craft. Here’s to writing all the time, no matter the form. Thanks Laura! X

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