I have a beautiful office in my home. When we first bought our house, I had grand visions of sitting in my ergonomic chair at my fine wood desk, with my coffee pot at my side, writing through the wee hours of the night.
I also have a dog. She's a gorgeous, lively, playful, affectionate, unbelievably naughty Golden Retriever named Piper. Piper likes to chew pretty much anything she's not supposed to, with the books on my bookshelf way up at the top of the list (second only to my slippers, which she likes to chew right off my feet.) Finally we had to install an indoor electric fence to keep her out of many rooms in the house, including the office. We call this handy little device the "disc of death."
That should have solved the problem, but it didn't. Piper has another annoying habit. She barks at people when they're in a room she can't go in. And since I do the majority of my writing while everyone else is asleep, that's a big problem.
So much for the beautiful office. I now keep all my writing notebooks, etc. in a box with handles that I can carry around the house. Luckily I write on a laptop, also portable. Now I write in the living room or the dining room.
Every morning I pack up my supplies and move to wherever I'll be writing for the day. Usually Piper will lie contentedly at my feet. We says she's "guarding the writer." She seems to view this as one of her main roles in the family, along with giving each guest an exuberant greeting and keeping the cat in line.
When my morning writing time is up, I pack up my books and laptop and move them back to the security of the office. Sounds like a lot of work, you say? I couldn't agree more. Good thing Piper is so darn cute.
How about you? Where do you write? Do you have your own space, or do you share with other family members? Or do you have a portable "office", like mine?
Until next Sunday, happy writing, and may your coffee pot never run dry.