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Your Ideal Writing/Reading Spot

1LShelby
Fev 11, 2023, 7:15 pm

If you you could build, create or find the absolute perfect spot to write or read, what would it look like?

2paradoxosalpha
Fev 11, 2023, 7:55 pm

For writing, I really need a waterproof keyboard/terminal that I can get to when I'm still full of ideas from the shower and not yet dry.

3Cecrow
Fev 13, 2023, 9:25 am

Just about anywhere will do for me, as long as it's peacefully quiet and the kitchen isn't too temptingly close by. Used to think I'd want a window with a beautiful view, but that can be too distracting. A blank wall will do just fine, lol.

4LShelby
Fev 13, 2023, 5:24 pm

>2 paradoxosalpha:
I've heard of that phenomenon: getting ideas in the shower.

It never happens to me. I have trouble with the whole "standing" thing (also "sitting"). I never take showers if I can help it, I bathe. And when circumstances force me to take a shower the only thought in my head is "I need to lie down".

... do they make waterproof keyboards?

5LShelby
Fev 13, 2023, 5:35 pm

>3 Cecrow:
And if your kitchen is far enough away, then even if you do you can count walking to the kitchen as exercise!

I hear a lot of writers like to write in nearby cafes... but that's not exactly getting away from the kitchen, is it?

I think I wouldn't be okay with a blank wall. I think if I'm taking a break, and there is nothing to see but blank walls, I would find that depressing. I'm wondering if your writing sessions are more intense (involve fewer breaks)? Or at least if you think it would be better if they were more intense?

6Cecrow
Fev 14, 2023, 1:04 pm

>5 LShelby:, I'm more worried by distraction than by intensity. I have a hard time with focus, my mind starts wandering, so the less it has to feed on that isn't story-related, the better.

7reading_fox
Fev 14, 2023, 4:15 pm

Reading - almost anywhere if it has words on it, I'm probably reading it... However for Perfect I'm not sure, not too noisy but not utter quiet, comfortable most of all, book supported somehow, but after a couple of hours even the most comfortable sofa/chair/recliner/hammock starts to need to move. Nibbles and drink to hand.

8MythButton
Fev 15, 2023, 2:35 pm

I imagine a Beauty and the Beast sized library with a private corner containing a cupboard full of writing notes and a computer. Think of the library as a hotel, and my private corner is the penthouse. Of course, everything would be divided by genre and perfectly alphabetized. In my bedroom where I do my reading and writing, I don't own enough books to bother alphabetizing them...

9LShelby
Fev 15, 2023, 4:06 pm

>6 Cecrow:
So cafes would be bad then.
I don't think I've ever tried to write in a cafe, but I used to write in the school cafeteria way back when. :)

My walls have a landscape mural painted on them. This way they are not blank, but neither are they particularly distracting. Would that work for you?

>7 reading_fox: Book support is something I've never really thought about. I've always just held my book. What do you / have you used for that?

Having nibbles on hand sounds dangerous.

10LShelby
Fev 15, 2023, 4:18 pm

>8 MythButton:
That does sound lovely.
If I had a huge library like that I would want balconies rather than really tall shelves that you have to use a ladder to get to. It's not that I'm afraid of ladders, its just that they are awkward to browse from. I see libraries/bookstores in Asian TV dramas that have shelves that go up for forever, and I cringe at have all those books on display but not accessible.

Besides, I like balconies. :)

But here is the important question: do you or do you not have nibbles nearby? ;)

I have a couple hundred romances and classics in my bedroom where I write, along with the books I have written. There a few more hundreds of fantasy and science fiction books in the room across the hall. (They are most assuredly alphabetized.) The non-fiction is in the back hallway and the children's books in one of the other bedrooms.

11MythButton
Editado: Fev 15, 2023, 4:28 pm

>10 LShelby: Concessions, you say? It just so happens that my ideal library would have a Cinnabon and a Teavana.

12LShelby
Fev 18, 2023, 3:13 pm

>11 MythButton:
All these people who are so brave about mixing food and eating that they would set out to do it on purpose!

For me it just sort of happens because I was in the middle of a book when a meal was announced...
...and then I get to feel guilty when the book goes back to the library with suspicious stains. :(

13MythButton
Fev 18, 2023, 3:28 pm

I'd just keep it simple, like a fruit or pastry with either coffee or tea. Sometimes a little bit of wine helps kickstart the writing binge, although I never drink if my emotions are negative.

14LShelby
Fev 19, 2023, 2:28 pm

>13 MythButton:
I will entirely concede that if one is going to binge write, one needs to stay hydrated.

And for all you people fortunate enough to be able to write sitting up, I assume a comfortable chair is a must?
Do you have a favorite type?

15MythButton
Fev 19, 2023, 2:48 pm

Anything that feels good on my butt. Right now I'm using the stool of a two-piece recliner while taking 10-15 minute bursts of speed-reading Brisingr.

16reading_fox
Fev 21, 2023, 11:43 am

>9 LShelby: - I'm mostly on an ereader so it can just lie on the desk, but in a perfect world I'd be somewhat reclined and the book would need to be angled and supported rather than just propped.

It's a terrible habit, and means I seldom pay proper attention to my food (even when I've cooked it myself), but I've been reading at meals ever since I left home and my parents couldn't stop me anymore.

17LShelby
Fev 24, 2023, 2:45 pm

>15 MythButton:
The stool of a recliner probably qualifies as a "I will read/write almost anywhere" situation. :)

>16 reading_fox:
If its an e-reader I may have solved that issue. I didn't mean to, but after the disk-replacement I decided I needed to not by lying on my side propped up on an elbow all the time, so now I have a stand for my tablet, with an arm that swings out over my bed. I could easily set it up next to the recliner. The base is from a heavy-duty music stand, and the arm is technically a microphone boom or something like that?

(Except that while I was suffering from a herniated disk and the attendant nerve pain I developed an utter hate for our recliner. I lived in it for two months.)

I keep wanting to have a reading/writing setup outside. I love being outside, but I hate sitting/lying around not doing anything and I tire very easily. So I want to have a gazebo to provide protection from elements, with a solar-panel powered outlet for charging my tablet. :)