“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm – yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.” E.M. Forster, A Room with a View
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At some point in our lives, we crave a space of our own; a feng shui certified room with a view of the ocean, huge bay windows, a thriving English garden below and enough light and sun to balance the space. It’s a room where we can convene with our muse, create masterpieces and recharge our batteries. It all sounds wonderful but the reality is something different. A few have a dream space exceeding my description. Some of us have rooms of our own that might have a few of what I listed above. Others have space within the home; a nook or corner table placed strategically against a wall and used for billing rather than writing.
In my college days, the picture above fit perfectly and any serious writing projects had to be completed in the library. I still crave my perfect space but for now, perhaps like you, an ideal room of my own exists in my mind’s eye. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the writing space I share with my cat. He jumps around and tries to distract me, and the birds and deer drop in looking for food… Below, I found a picture of a room that might work, but it’s missing crucial elements from my list. What might that be? More below.