This is another post in our series on where authors write.
Pavarti K. Tyler
This is Pavarti K Tyler’s reading space and her writing space. Looks very cozy. Is that an enormous heater next to the chair? Brr, she must live somewhere cold.
I need zero distractions in order to work. Thus, my desk looks like an abandoned cubicle in a downsizing office. (It’s okay, though. The “failing business” motif makes for great motivation!) I find that a simplified work area makes it easier to sort through the internal, mental chaos that is the art of writing.
The monitor doubles as the TV, because my husband and I watch mostly DVDs and internet streaming, and it saves time to have the computer already hooked up. It also means that I have a wicked-cool big screen and get to feel like a scifi hacker whenever I type really fast. The raised area of the desk contains a coaster for a mug of tea, and also serves as preferred cat parking. When I work with reference materials, those go here too, which elevates the cat parking by a few inches. The whiteboard contains story outlines, and also an ongoing list of phrases that would make good band names. The best one at the moment is “Body of Fogeys.” If anybody forms a band with this name, let me know so I can buy your first album. I’ll also support groups named “Fish Mess” and “Epic Thugs.”
At home in England I have a lovely room in the roof of the house with big skylights. It’s quiet and warm and it’s all mine! But I have to spend a lot of time travelling at the moment and have to make do without any space of my own to write in. This can be difficult, but I’ve got into the habit of writing in bed – it’s comfortable and I can spread out all my books and papers across the quilt, prop myself up on the pillows and balance the laptop on my knees. I’ve just found out that Florence Nightingale and Marcel Proust also wrote in bed, so perhaps it’s not so unusual! I do miss my own room though – with all my photos and family bits and pieces, and particularly the shelves of books.