Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Creative dilemmas

I have the week off from work and am trying to use the time to drink good coffee in nice places and write as much as possible. I face a dilemma each morning as I plan my day: do I go to a coffeeshop for some atmosphere or stay at home? Going out is stimulating and gets me out of the house, but I never know if I'll get the right seat and for just how long I can stay per drink. Usually I think an hour and a half per latte.

This picture of her workspace from Meggie at Fashion for Writers inspired me. I saw it yesterday after I had been caught in torrential rain sans umbrella and it reminded me how much good, old-fashioned sunlight and fresh flowers can do.

Today I'm lucky because I have both fresh flowers and sunlight, so I thought I'd compromise by going to Lola and Simon for a latte and coming back home to work.

Here's my workspace for the day:

Some more fresh flowers. These lilies are monstrous!

Another sneak peek of our flat. These wedding pics I stuck onto antique paintings. People either love them or are very confused by them. (Can't she afford a frame from IKEA?!)

And, yesterday's workspace at Nude Espresso off Brick Lane... It was great, but I was soaked so couldn't even draw out the hour and a half that I felt I deserved for £2.20.

I will admit that this post on stuff white people like about moleskine journals not only had me pegged, but also helped me understand why I do need an Apple and a journal (Moleskine, of course). You can't see the laptop because it's in my bag, but guiltily, it's there. Here's an excerpt:

'But the the growing popularity of these little journals, is not without its own set of problems. One of the strangest side effects has been the puzzling situation whereby a white person will sit in an independent coffee shop with a Moleskine notebook resting on top of a Apple laptop. You might wonder why they need so many devices to write down thoughts? Well, if a white person has a great idea, they write it by hand, if they have a good idea, it goes into the computer.'

I don't completely play by those rules of idea hierarchy, but each serves a purpose, I swear. Now to actually do some work...


Jenny said...

ha ha..i love my moleskin...but i don't tote my laptop around, so i have an excuse!

Nadine said...

LOL - I carry my notebook and my laptop when I go to write at a coffee shop. I guess it's because if I want to brainstorm or pour out ideas, the notebook is great. But for the actual follow through, I use the laptop.

Love your fresh flowers!!

Jess Fouche said...

I'm laughing at the 'stuff white people like' blog! I too am journaling in a moleskin these days- although it was a gift from a friend and my next one is a cheap but pretty little notebook from the book store. Love your wedding pics on antique frames! Happy week off~ happy writing!

Jenny said...

seems like the work space is paying off...look at that sidebar organization!

love how your blog is coming along!

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