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Coffee

December 31, 2006

My recent distressing discovery is this: I find it hard to write without a good cup of coffee, this resulting either from Pavlovian response (I used to do all my writing in a coffee shop) or because the stimulant caffeine (with perhaps a bit of irony) helps me concentrate (see: Ritalin), distressing only insofar as it’s difficult to write much when you make at least 6 trips to the bathroom every day, and I wonder if it’s in bad form to bring my laptop into the bathroom, or if my flatmates will think so.

Work space

December 18, 2006

After months of finding it impossible to write at home (and thus downing an awful lot of cheap but plentiful coffee at Norm’s while pounding out pages), I’ve decided to take the advice of architects and start spatially compartmentalizing my life. No more eating in my room, no more surfing the net in bed. But most importantly, I need a place to write, and a desk may not be enough. I’m fashioning a workspace out of a storage closet adjacent to my bathroom (which, judging by the remnants of kitty litter, was once used for something other than work). It’s smaller than ideal, but with love it might become a great space for writing. I’ll set up speakers so I can listen to my film scores and ambient tunes. I’ll decorate the walls. I’ll bring in incense. It’s important to manipulate senses to get the creative milks flowing.

Later tonight I’ll be scouring the neighborhood for disused milk crates, upon which shall be set a table top, or, barring that, a smartly sized plank of wood, for a makeshift desk.

If you’d like to help, I still require the following objects:

Beads, to hang from the doorway once I remove the door.
1 lava lamp
small toys
1 ukulele
(all to jog the imagination)
paint or paintings or photographs or posters. Something to cover the walls. Something inspirational. Not like “Hang in there baby” but something that’s inspiring in its intrigue.
1 smartly sized plank of wood