Saturday, January 21, 2006

Extreme makeover: or, a room of my own

Dear Friends,

Lately I’ve been working on creating a personal space for my writing. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m using a vacated kid-space to do this.

When we moved into this house, the room had a hideous orange 1970’s shag carpet. Still, it was ok with my son (and with my budget), so we kept it. I thought perhaps when he moved on, I would change it.

Now, however, he has moved on, but the orange seems just right, a fiery, passionate shade with yellows and reds. It fits well with my internal fire. Now I’m moving all kinds of things into the room that seem to go together in a serendipitous kind of way, ya know what I mean? There is the Kachina Still-Life signed poster by Michael Kabotie with royal blue and shades of orange, and the Mexico beach bag and blanket with pink and blue and red. There is my Matisse poster of a woman at a desk, and the Paul Klee rug of “The Village,” which I’ve had for eons. Lots of orange.

It is a giant genie’s lamp, and I am the genie inside of it, making my wishes and dreams come true.

Perhaps you have three wishes you’d like to share?

I am loving this space.


1. When I traveled on my vision quest this past summer – perhaps you may remember the unfinished serial blog – I visited an art gallery that had inspirational quotes written in crayon on the wall. I’m going to do this too, and want to share with you the quotes I’ve collected and I’m gonna put on my walls.

2. On my table is an 8 ½ by 11 paper that is covered with yellow sticky notes (you know the ones) that have my handwritten notes to self: “brilliant” blog thoughts. Well, forget that. I’m just going to share these without worrying about developing them or being “Brilliant!” I seem to write best when I write fast.

Beth aka woman who talks to herself


Anonymous said...

Wish 1: That you and I and Theresa can get together up your way--soon. I want to see this room...!

Wish 2: That you and I and Theresa can get together down my way--soon.

Wish 3: That you and I and Theresa AND male counterparts can all get together and have us a hell of a time--maybe a bonfire at D's come spring?


Anonymous said...

P.S. Why don't you post a picture of your writing space when the room's all set just so?


Cynthia said...

I wonder if this is some cosmic push to make writing spaces more...nurturing, maybe. I've been slowly working on the same thing.

alphawoman said...

I wish I felt myself enough of a writer that I would nurture a space for myself. Alas, it is the spare room (junk room) that supports the computer. And the local coffee house where I scribble away in my notebooks!! I love the colors you describe. I find that I am happy around brillant triumphant colors!

Theresa Williams said...

Beth, your project sounds wonderful. Will a place be made for your manual typewriter? I would love to see your writing room someday.

beths front porch said...

Theresa, the manual typewriter was one of the first things that was set up in the room! It has a place of honor. The ribbon has been changed. A letter has been started. I would love to have you and Paula see the room. Please plan on it!

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