Useful Utopia

Describe your perfect place to write/work/meditate.

The #PNIWritingChallenge is rather bossy on day 3. Then again if you don’t give writers a direction they tend to write whatever they feel like and we can’t have that, now can we?

For me, working and writing happen in the same place because, you know, Stay At Home Author and all of that jazz. Where I’ve done these tasks changes on a regular basis.

I’m fortunate in that I live in Florida and I am one of those people who prefer to be outside for writing/working. As much as I complain that it’s hot here I don’t think there is anywhere else I would rather be – especially once we start talking fall and winter weather. It’s hard to type when one is shivering.

Regular readers will recall that we recently moved to Orlando from a smaller town outside of Tampa. I used to write on my balcony there, and that apartment complex also had a gazebo by the pool that I considered my “outside office”. I loved posting pictures of it in the middle of December because I’m evil like that.

There is an outdoor seating area near the pool, similar to the Tampa one at this complex here in Orlando, but I haven’t felt the urge to use it. This is because I may have the most perfect balcony that I’ve yet seen.

We’re on the third/top floor and in a corner apartment in our building and that gives me sky view in more than one direction. I have the sunset to my right and gorgeous skies to the south and southwest. I hang out on this balcony all day every day and watch the clouds go by as I research and work. It’s screened so I don’t have to worry about bugs, but it does affect the photos I so love to take here.

Sometimes rain will blow in sideways and that will chase me inside. I have two slider doors on the balcony. One leads to the living room, the other to my inside office that I’ve used exactly twice since we moved in around May/June. Hurricane Matthew was one of those days.

Are you ready for a photo gallery? I have tons of sunset and cloud photos on my phone/devices because it is absolutely gorgeous here.





See? Gorgeous. So yes, my balcony is currently my favorite place to work/write.

What isn’t covered in this article is the porch/deck at the family cabin in Baldwin. I’ve written about the cabin before. It’s about 15 minutes from town on dirt roads which leaves it nicely isolated. There isn’t a whole lot of traffic and was the inspiration for Anna’s cabin inĀ Freedom’s Treasure.

The deck is huge, quiet. It needs a rocking chair to be 100% perfect, but I’ll take it as it is. There’s something about that place … It’s inspirational for me.

When I was 19 I spent my first week there by myself. It was creepy as hell but the story ideas I walked out with were amazing. I’m using some of them to this day.

I always found the cabin in Baldwin to be rejuvenating. It must be the introvert in me, it’s the only explanation I can come up with that makes sense. I haven’t been there in a while and I miss it quite a bit.

My Companion and I have been trying to plan a summer trip to Michigan so that he can experience the peace and quiet I yammer on about excessively. Unfortunately the timing hasn’t worked out yet and his Michigan experiences have mostly been in the winter.


Okay, that covered writing/working. What about meditation?

The best place for that is in a sensory deprivation tank. Not having one of those handy, I tend to use the bedroom we decorated with only black out curtains. That’s right, nothing on the walls, barely anything on shelves, but those black out curtains went up immediately.

We take our daytime naps seriously in this household.

I generally meditate myself to sleep. What I picture/fantasize about is beyond me at this point. I conk out quickly enough that those memories don’t stick and that’s a beautiful thing.

Well, I answered the demanding, nosy question. How about you? If you had your druthers, where would you work/write/meditate?

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