Glamorous and Literary

Posted on 24 June 2012

A friend left me the following voicemail this weekend:

“It’s Saturday at 6:09pm. My guess is that you spent all day working on the house because that’s what people with houses house do all day on Saturdays. But I hope that the real answer is that you did something super glamorous and award-winning and literary.”

Sadly, I did not do anything award-worthy or glamorous. Unless by “glamorous” you mean “help Peter move two heavy dressers upstairs,” “measure windows for blinds,” or “await delivery of new dryer to replace the broken one.” In other words: for shame.

The good news, however, is that on Saturday I also took a 12-year-old relative to an excellent children’s theater production. Afterward, we stopped in an “upcycle” store, where we dove into the crafts table. She decorated a tin and made coasters; I made the pencil cup pictured here.

If you ever feel a little dry on the creativity front, hang out with a kid and some sequins, tin cans, and glitter glue. Also, when you look at your finished pencil cup, remember that at least your writing efforts don’t turn out that shabby (or sticky).

So yes, I’m still a little sad that the house (more specifically: unpacking) is taking up more time than my writing, but it won’t last forever. And I’m already coming to terms with the fact that my writing room won’t look quite how I envisioned it. The furniture will be clunky and not fit into the space very well, the walls will still have their old paint, and the litterbox might remain in the closet — but I’d rather have it like this and actually write in the room than spend weeks or months decorating to make it look perfect. That’s not what this is about.

I’m in the writing room right now, by the way, with my favorite mug full of green tea and a short story I desperately need to revise for Bread Loaf. That’s right. Before I go out to buy curtains or to search for outdoor carpeting remnants, I’m going to get some work done. Repeat: I’m going to get some work done.

It might not be glamorous or award-winning, but I’ll take it.

(Reminder! If anyone is in the Sacramento area this Friday, June 29, I’ll be one of the featured authors for Stories on Stage, where an actor will read one of my new stories. Spread the word!)


7 responses to Glamorous and Literary

  • margosita says:

    Way to GO.

    And your writing room sounds perfect. Like an old school notebook instead of a beautiful Moleskin notebook. A room you can get work done in, not one that’s too pretty for it’s own good.

  • Downith says:

    “help Peter move two heavy dressers upstairs”

    *shudder* (flashbacks)

    • Tell me about it. But I *think* we are done moving all the major stuff now. (We even had movers for the moving day, but still did not escape moving a ton of stuff ourselves.)

      • Averil says:

        Ah yes. We have a two-piece armoire upstairs and I cannot lift my side of it onto the base. I guess it will stay that way until we make a few friends around here.

        Enjoy your writing room, Laura, and don’t worry about that paint job; if the space is too beautiful, it will distract you from your work. (That’s what I’m planning to tell myself in the coming months.)

  • We’ve been in our house going on six years and I have yet to measure the windows for blinds. Don’t knock yourself. You’re doing great. And that pencil case is gorgeous.

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