The second post in Yearning for Wonderland’s new feature, A Room of My Own, features the creative space of Angela Goff (@angela_goff on Twitter).
Angela has a blog, Anonymous Legacy, where her most unique features include her Visual Dare and also Sunday 7 writing challenges. Be sure to check it out!
Q: Please describe your space, describing any features that make it extra special to you.
A: My hometown has an amazing art community, and the old town square has been revitalized over the past ten years into a fabulously hip center for all that is quirky, cool, and uniuqe ~ two locally owned and operated (and thriving!) bookstores, a framing shop, organic grocery, European bakery, art studios, not to mention a good score of locally owned and operated restaurants, ranging from Brazillian to Irish to Cuban to veg/hippie to fine upscale dining.
All that said, it’s the location of Gallery Row -and the clientele – that really makes it a perfect writing spot for me. Despite what you see in the photo, it’s almost never empty, and there’s always a wonderful mix of people coming and going there, from all walks of life. Knitting circles, bible studies, students practicing their acoustic guitar, people breezing by after work or dropping in for an after-lunch coffee and desert — they all descend on Gallery Row at some point, making it the best possible place to eavesdrop and people-watch, which of course makes the backbone of any writer’s repertoire.
Q: What is your favorite/most inspiring object in this room?
A: The walls: (1) because it’s the original exposed brick of the 140+ year old building; (2) because they always have a rotating exhibit of artwork from local artists [also fuels my writer’s imagination], and (3) it’s along this wall that all the high tables with the super-tall chairs are arranged, not to mention all the electrical outlets. This means that anyone working on a laptop typically commandeers those spaces, usually facing out toward the street. Why? Because most of us are writers and we’re all people-watching and eavesdropping between sentences. 😀
Q: What rituals do you go thru when you want to write in this space?
A: First priority is to claim a wall table near a power outlet or power bar. Then buy a coffee so I can get the code for the 2 hour complimentary WiFi. Then write like the dickens and slurp coffee so I can reward myself with the WiFi later. (I’ve found it’s a great incentive to not procrastinate, which is always tempting.)
Q: Any other details you would like to share about your special room.
A: You know how I’m always tweeting about writer’s meetings with one group or person or the other? Well, nine times out of ten it’s happening here. There is an astounding number of rising authors in this town (and I speak in full confidence that we all will, at some point, get published), and I’m usually up here at least once a week just to meet with other writers, even if I don’t get any personal writing time in. The atmosphere is just perfect for literary conspiracies, not to mention that the drinks and desserts there are out of this world. (Starbucks, eat your heart out.) 🙂
Thanks to Angela for sharing her Room with us. Want to share your Room? Email me at annabbps AT gmail.com with a photo and answer the above questions.
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