A Room of My Own: Angela Goff

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.

Keep an eye on this space for more writers/artists and their inspirational spaces!

See the spaces of other creatives in “A Room of My Own”!

* Lillie McFerrin

* Daniel Swensen

* Angie Richmond

Lucky 7 Meme: WIP Sneak Peek

The luverly Meg McNulty tagged me in this super cool meme, Lucky 7. I’m honored! This meme allows us to get a peek at the WIP from all our writer friends. Please go and read Meg’s 7 lines here.

I have included 7 paragraphs below from my current Work In Progress, a paranormal murder mystery set in pre-World War II Britain.

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Mr. Waters’ voice carried through the half-open door, “Just got back from my tailor. He told me that the government discourages cuffing on pants. They don’t want pleats in my trousers or vests with my suits or double-breasted jackets. Perhaps they’d also like the shirt off my back.”

Mrs. Waters said, “Robert, those extra three inches of fabric could save a life. You know they’re conserving for bandages. We have to do our part.”

“I’ll bet the Nazis have cuffs on their bloody trousers!”

Emmy peeked around the drawing room door. Mr. Waters was smoking at a furious pace, pausing only to tap the precarious spindle ashtray.

Mrs. Waters had not looked up from the book on her lap.

“First it was tyres, then meat, sugar, gas, typewriters and shoes. When the Germans arrive, they’ll find us barefoot and walking to market.”

Mrs. Waters set her mouth, “Don’t be infantile, Robert. We’re lucky you’re too old to be called up to the Front.”

Here are my Magnificent 7!

1) @surlymuse


3) @emmiemears

4) @backthatelfup

5) @laurabenedict

6) @write_me_happy

7) @kitgrindstaff

And here’s what they have to do:

1. Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP

2. Go to line 7

3. Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they’re written.

4. Tag 7 authors, and let them know.

I can’t wait to see everyone’s 7! I’d love to hear comments.