A Room Of Her Own – The Writing Space Of Rita Leganski

This month’s featured author, Rita Leganksi, kindly gives us a tour of her writing space today:

So I admit to having a couple of quirks. One of them is that I like the space where I write to be very neat, because I’m easily distracted and clutter interferes with my Zen. Writing can be a messy business—littered with notebooks and paper clips and such like—but I’ve found a solution: my writing space is L-shaped. The immediate area in front of me is quite tidy. The only things on it that aren’t technology-related are an antique Underwood typewriter (think Hemingway), a flower pot full of pens, and my little green-painted pelican. The flower pot and the pelican are made of the good earth’s clay, which brings a nice balance to the technology stuff. Three of the walls are painted tawny gold, but the one that I face is a nice brick-red. Affixed to it are shelves full of reference books, family mementos, and my two hard-earned diplomas. I like the wall I look at. To my right is a south-facing window that frames bushes and lavender and a flowering pear tree that loses its blossoms in summer and its leaves in autumn, but keeps its berries for hearty little birds that stay all winter. To my left is where the mess is kept—the piles of notes, the remnants of research; the flotsam and jetsam of etcetera.

I sit in a chair that doesn’t match anything in the entire house. It looks exactly like what it is—an ergonomic piece of office furniture. It may not be pretty, but after eight hours of sitting at a computer, I’m ready to chant to my homely blue office chair.

Oh yes, behind me hangs a framed print reminiscent of Toulouse Lautrec’s Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant dans soncabaret, but instead of bearing the famous likeness of Aristide Bruant, this one features Daffy Duck. The Looney Toons vibe seems to fit.

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About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

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3 Responses to A Room Of Her Own – The Writing Space Of Rita Leganski

  1. Normandie Fischer March 20, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I’m not even sure I should comment here, Rita. Your writing space is lovely, but your neatness has me over the top into envy. I know, envy is unhealthy and unproductive. If I were a better person, I would just use that emotion to get off my duff and clean house. I’m fooled into lethargy by a view out over my computer screen to the creek in front of our house, my blinders raised against those unorganized stacks, those unfiled papers.

    Perhaps today? (But by tomorrow there would be more…)

  2. Katherine Jones March 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    My favorite part is the antique typewriter!

  3. Alice Borowiec March 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Love the antique typewriter and the wonderful green pelican! I love neatness, too, Rita…just can’t always maintain it though I do try. ;-) You have a great working space…thanks for sharing!

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