Thursday, June 19, 2008


The variety of writing spaces you all have (or would like to have) really surprised me, but those little side notes on what bugs you about or in your space had me nodding in sympathy. Hopefully someday they'll invent a way for us to write in the shower, keep people from hovering behind us and reading while we work (this is why I could never work in coffee shops) or work on a laptop with a comfortable keyboard (I used to plug a standard keyboard into my laptop whenever I needed to type more than one sentence.)

I'd also like some sort of non-lethal bazooka-type weapon to employ whenever someone intrudes on my writing time/space. Spraying them with Silly String isn't working.

We shook up the magic hat, and the winners of the Outer, Inner Spaces giveaway are:

Dawn Montgomery, who is obviously not claustrophobic or a messy diner.

D. (whose comment began with Honestly, in recent years I've found I can write just about anywhere. But oddly enough, my best writing usually happens on the train... I like trains, too, although I had a guy once on the people mover thing in Sacramento sit next to me and offer editing suggestions while I was trying to outline some notes.

Johnny, aka Writeorical Questions, who only needs a desk, the internet to crash, all friends to leave town and a modest blizzard to snow in the writing space (what do you do in summer, though?)

KatieB (whose comment was My ideal space is at home, in a comfortable writing chair. I like to have my outline or notes nearby and a cup of coffee within reach.) Make that a pot of tea and I'm there.

KTB (whose comment began with My ideal space is a loft with a window (basements always seem cold), a small glass-topped desk, thick carpet, laptop with wireless connection (for research only, of course)...) I love lofts -- I still miss the little one I had with a balcony where I could watch the sunrise; they're wonderful.

Winners, when you have a chance, please send your full name and ship-to address to, and I'll mail your book out to you. Thanks to everyone for joining in.


  1. How odd. My original (lengthier) reply seems to have gotten lost in the ether.

    Well, count me among those who can write most places, unless anybody is looking at my laptop screen.

  2. I am going to buy a copy of this book. Glad I heard about it here or I might have missed it.

  3. Congrats to the winners. Enjoy Dr. Maisel's book.

  4. Have you tried a semi-automatic airsoft gun for protecting your space? :-P

    I love your idea for fees, by the way. Would you take some mint chocolate chip oatmeal cookies instead of plain chocolate chip for the first one?

  5. LOL. I usually order french fries or some other finger food so I don't make a huge mess LOL.

    When I was a kid I used to grab my current book and a flashlight. Then I'd crawl into this little linen closet filled with sheets and make a nest. I'd read for hours in there...of course the sheets were a bit rumpled LOL. So a closet really is a slice of heaven for me LOL. Weird, I know ROFL.

    Thank you so much for the contest. It was so much fun to read everyone's answers to your question.

    Have a great weekend. :)

  6. I'm so thrilled. I can't wait to read the book. Thanks for the contest.

    I usually give people the "death glare" if I'm really into my writing and they interrupt me. Otherwise, I just sigh loudly and hope they go away.

  7. Marshmallow guns and potato guns are both available, depending on the force you want for your projectiles. (Of course, in our household, the dog would make keeping ammunition handy for either quite problematic.)

    Congrats to the winners!


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