Friday, September 12, 2014

Random Fridays: Favorite Places to Read/Write
For a writer and bookworm like me, there's nothing quite like losing myself in a good book or penning a thrilling, dramatic scene. I'm lucky in that I can do either of these things pretty much anywhere- but both happen more readily (and more enjoyably) in certain places. That's what this week's Random Friday is about: Favorite Places to Curl up and Read/Write.

Since last November, this has been one of my favorite spots for early morning reading and writing- or writing any time I don't want to risk the myriad distractions in my room:

It's pretty much my favorite chair in the whole house: big enough to kind of curl up in if I want and just the right balance between comfy and firm, the latter being essential for writing. (It's weird, but the comfier the chair, the harder it is to actually write anything.)

Outside is another of my favorite places to read or write, especially the latter.
This is not me.

Getting out of the house and away from most of my distractions can really help me focus on my writing, even if I don't go any further than my back deck. Breezy, cool days are the absolute best, especially when there's a storm moving in. There's this feeling in the air of Something About To Happen and it's so inspiring- more inspiring than sunshine, believe it or not. If I can, I'll stay out until there's no doubt that the rain's actually here.

Once the rain arrives, though, it's time to move inside- assuming I don't decide to ditch the book and notebook and go for a walk. (I love walking in the rain, possibly more than I like walking on sunny days.) If it's a proper storm with lightning and thunder, though, the best place to be is, of course, curled up in bed with a good book. (Or on the bed, if I've already made my bed and don't feel like undoing it. Which is pretty much anytime between breakfast and bedtime.) Alternately, I'll move to the aforementioned chair or my desk to write some more. The chair is more convenient, though I do like my desk. It's awesome, though a mess. Picture for proof:
Despite the comforts of my favorite chair, my desk is probably my favorite writing spot in the house. It's quiet- with the exception of my writing music- and safe within the privacy of my room, with books and notebooks close at hand for reference if I need them or if I need a break. 

What are your favorite reading/writing spots? Please tell me in the comments, or make your own Random Friday blog post! Thanks for reading! 
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)

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  1. I love this post :) It's so interesting to see where my fellow writers like to go and do their work! Right now I rent a room, so getting out of the house is a necessity as I don't have room for a desk!

    I go to the library. It's awesom because it's quiet, and their internet is awesome! And there's a coffee shop, with delicious tea, coffee, and goodies ;)

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      Ooh, I love the library, though I've never tried writing there.

  2. I like the look of your first example. Often, I'd like to curl up on a chair like that and read, but both viable chairs are in my brothers' rooms.

    I very rarely read outside, but I did walk up and down the length of our section numerous times on Thursday while reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I'm reading Narnia again, for the first time in ages.

    And your desk, while admittedly messy, is not as messy as mine. I think it was my favourite picture, though, because of the pictures of a little girl that I assume is your younger self…I'm so not a stalker. :P

    1. Thank you! And ouch.

      I don't usually read while walking . . . I can, but I'd rather just listen to an audiobook, unless I'm reaaaaly into whatever book I'm reading. :P And cool.

      How messy is your desk? And good guess. :P I meant to blur those . . . too late now.

  3. I'm so glad there's someone else weird like me who likes breezy, stormy days. Sunny days are just plain boring at times. But storms and rain is good for the imagination. =D

    1. Yay! And yes. It's kind of like writing itself- the days where nothing is happening aren't all that interesting to write, but when there's trouble or conflict, BOOM. Awesome.

  4. My writing areas range from on the floor, my desk, my bed, and wherever my computer charger is so it doesn't die on me. :p
    It's SO much easier for me to write in places that are quiet. I just can't seem to focus when there are other conversations going about and action that I want to be involved in.

    I don't think I've ever written outside actually. I should try that, but seeing that it's getting cold outside... Not such a great idea anymore. :)


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