I’ve written every book from on our sofa, surrounded by my mountain of index cards on the middle cushion and end table, and files stacked on the back of the sofa. I loved my space, save for the resultant mess, but the comfort provided all the excuse I needed, until back problems developed, making that comfort elusive. Then my tailbone decided to get in on the act, and discomfort ruled my writing day. You should see the bathroom drawer filled with Bengay-type products that provide temporary relief, but wash-rinse-repeat the next day.
I bought pillows, footstools, my daughter even gifted me with one of those rings you sit on, but nothing helped and productivity came to a screeching halt. That was when I assessed my situation and decided, that since I wasn’t doing to give up writing any time soon, I had to create another work environment.
We have a lovely sunroom, which was my go-to room when I spent more time reading, before writing occupied my time. It is rather spacious, so working together, my husband and I created a lovely space for me to write. He has a massive “desk complex,” which takes up most of one spare bedroom, so he shared a section of that desk with me. He also bought me a comfy, high-backed chair, with good back support and provision for my tailbone.
The atmosphere for me, is the key to the new space. I am a doily, candle, and rose kind of girl, so I’ve added some of each to my new desk. My smartass son-in-law asked me if I was going to write by candlelight, but my glare sent him packing, with a smile, of course.
The difference in the two spaces is dramatic. I have room to spread out and I don’t have to gather up my organized chaos when someone comes over. I have places for things now and a nice sunny space to create.
The first three days in my new office, we had workmen outside the windows. For two days, I listened to two men with heavy Cajun accents discuss sciatica and their crawfish preferences, and then there was the one who burped all day. One the third day, our roofer replaced our roof and you can imagine the banging and carrying on. Ah, but as I write this, there is blissful silence, just as I like it. I can’t write to music or television. I need silence.
All this change in my norm has reminded me, once again, that we live ever-changing lives. The more we want to keep things the same, the more life answers in ways that upset our neatly organized apple carts. I don’t go with the flow as easily as I once did, but I’m also not stuck in my ways. With warning, I adapt quite easily. As long as I have my family and a few close friends, I’m up for anything, except camping. That’s where I draw the line.
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About Brita: Born in a small town in upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the sultry south for many years. In the Frog Capital of the World, Brita shares her home with her real-life hero—her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee. All their children are grown.
Given her love of history, Brita writes both het and gay historical romance. Many of her historicals have appeared on category bestseller lists at various online retailers.
Tarnished Gold, the first in her gay romance Tarnished series for Dreamspinner Press, was a winner in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, Historical Romance category. The book also received nominations for Best Historical and Best Book of 2013 from the readers of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group.
A bit of trivia—Brita pronounces her name, Bree-ta, and not Brit-a, like the famous water filter. Brita Addams is a mash-up of her real middle name and her husband’s middle name, with an additional d and s.
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