Steviewren of A Little Birdie Told Me So has asked that today we share where we work and the places where we have our brainstorms, so I’m showing mine below.
Although I get most of my poetic inspiration in the middle of the night when my brain has hit the R.E.M. stage (I can’t show you right now, because I haven’t made the bed) – I do have spaces where I develop those ideas after I’ve let them marinate in the cerebral cortex for a while.
This is where I do most of my work, blogging and correspondence – right at my dining room table. I love it, because it looks out onto my back porch, the trees and all the creatures who come and go. (It’s also right next-door to the kitchen for when I get those cravings for chocolate biscuits and cups of tea!)
Speaking of my kitchen, this window has been the jumping off point for many a poem – the cemetery poems, Snow Upon Snow, Raising the Dead, and more recently Dead and Buried have all been spurred by this sight. Mind you, I have written many poems about birds, weather, squirrels and plants simply because I looked out the window while rinsing out a coffee cup, or grabbing a banana.
This is my office. It’s out of commission at the moment because we are trying to save some money by closing it off for the winter. It’s pretty chilly in there right now, let me tell you!
This is one of my bookshelves (sorry, it’s a bit messy – I recently bought some new ones – you know, the way you do – and I’m running out of room).
You’ll notice the stuffed animals at the top. I used to have a collection of around 100! They were running us out of the house, so I had to make the ultimate sacrifice and cull the group. I couldn’t even look as I packed them into a garbage bag to take them away. *sob*
Anyway, I did keep a few favourites and there they are at the top.
Funny story: Do you see the two boxer dogs in the back? Well, I had only one and thought I had donated him along with the others in the bag. One day we were at our favourite thrift store and I saw one just like the one I had donated, so I said to my husband, “I’m going to buy him back – I should never have got rid of him.” So, we brought him home and I went to put him on a rocking chair with the others and what did I find? I had not given him away in the first place! Now I have two identical stuffed boxers! I call one “Pisa” because he tilts when you stand him up and the other one is “Flo” for Florence. (And now you all know that I’m just a little bit kooky!)
Here’s a better shot of my “Mikado” poster. I found this at a thrift store and I was over the moon! I am a big fan of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas and the Mikado is one of my favourites. I also love the Mike Leigh film, “Topsy Turvy” with Jim Broadbent and Alan Corduner. It is full of the music, but also gorgeous to look at with its lush interiors and fantastic costumes!
Here’s another place where I find inspiration. I guess my mind just wanders off into worlds away when I’m shampooing the noggin. Some of my best ideas have come from behind this curtain!