The Office of Letters and Light wrote a blog post about writing huts, and that got me thinking about what mine would look like, so I decided to follow suit and do my own post about this.
I love the sound of waves, so I’d like my hut to be on the beach somewhere. Not the sunny Florida type beach. I’m not a fun-in-the-sun beach bum. San Francisco would be just about perfect. I fell in love with the Sutro Bath Ruins when I was there many years ago. It’s on the ocean, but there are also cliffs, which will feed my affinity for rocks. Garden of the Gods in southern Illinois is one of my absolute favorite places ever. I spent 4 days there last fall, camping, reading, writing, and relaxing. I can’t wait for the weather to hold long enough for me to make at least a day trip down there again, if not a weekend camping trip. But I digress.
Sure, building a writing hut at the Sutro Bath Ruins probably isn’t realistic…but that’s not the point of this exercise. This is all about dreaming up my perfect place.
So, what will my hut look like? I think a very miniature version of a medieval castle would be pretty cool. It would have to have enough room for my dogs to run around in, but doesn’t have to be huge. One large room would be plenty of space. I’d have my desk, of course, and a bookshelf for my reference books and printouts of my novels. A small stand for my printer, plus extra ink and paper, will be next to my desk. I will also need a sound system. Speakers hooked up to my Macbook would be ideal, so I can easily listen to my own music collection, or stream music from Rhapsody or last.fm.
There will be no phone and no TV. And now that I think about it, I like Laurell K. Hamilton’s setup of having 2 computer desks, and 2 computers. One has access to the internet, and the other doesn’t. So I’d have those on opposite sides of the room. The one with internet access would be connected to the printer.
Moving away from the castle motif, I’d have lots of windows to let the sunlight in. I’d also need a “wetbar” of sorts. Not for alcohol, just for water, and my coffee maker and teapot. An electric kettle would serve for making tea. A mini fridge would store fruit and veggies for snacking on, as well as a few 8 ounce cans of Coke for when I really need a major caffeine boost. (I’ve mostly cut soda out of my diet, but nothing gives me that boost like Coke – not an entire pot of coffee or tea, so sometimes I do still drink a bit of soda.)
I’d also have a big, plush, comfy arm chair with an attached ottoman for reading breaks. Inspirational artwork would hang on the walls. Add a few dog beds, and my writing hut would be complete. The inside set up isn’t too terribly different from my current office. The teapot, coffeemaker, and fridge are downstairs, as is the plush chair, and I only have 1 desk/computer, but other than that, it’s all here. There isn’t much I’d change about my current setup.