My Work Place

This week we’re sharing our writing spaces. I have several, and I’ll share pictures of a few.

kitchen-tableI do most of my writing at the dining room table. During the day, it’s bright in this room due to the sunshine coming through the skylights and I keep an office chair there. There’s plenty of room to spread out with my coffee, my handwritten notes, my phone, and any reference books I need. Unfortunately, it leaves me open to the biggest distraction: my husband. Yes, he’s a stud-muffin, but he has two distracting hobbies: TV watching and cooking!



sewing-roomMy hubby likes to watch TV, and when I’m struggling with a plot line or desperately trying to meet a deadline I can’t concentrate with the noise and dialogue from whatever show he’s watching. So I either put on headphones and play Baroque music to stay on task, or I escape to my bedroom, where I have a sewing table set up. I move my machine to the back of the table and set up shop there. I can get a lot of work done back here, as long as I clear away my unfinished sewing projects before I try to start writing!


kitchen-counterI have a bad back, so I can’t sit for long periods of time. Occasionally I need to stand up and write at the kitchen counter or the breakfast counter behind the stove. Maybe one of these days I’ll invest in a standing desk, or else an adjustable one. But for now, the countertop is a nice compromise. And it gives a change of scenery. But when hubby starts to cook, I get distracted, so I need to move again! I mean, who can concentrate on editing when there’s a pan full of apple crisp coming out of the oven?


Every now and then I’ll write while sitting in my recliner. But not for very long. Since my lap seems to be too low, I have to cross my legs and perch the laptop on a computer lap pad. That gets uncomfortable after a few minutes. And sometimes I need to get away from all the distractions in my house and go somewhere else. There’s a nice coffee shop about a mile and a half away, and on a weekday morning I can get a booth, pay $2 for an iced tea (with refills) and work all morning without distractions. I may have to go there more often as my end-of-the-year deadlines start looming!

I suppose it would be nice to have a dedicated office, but I’m not convinced I’d be any more productive than I am now. If I have internet access, I’m going to be distracted by unrelated “research.” If I’m still in my house, I’m going to be distracted by chores left undone. And if I’m accessible by phone, my family can still ask me to babysit or pick things up for them. So I’ll make do with what I have.

Do you have a favorite spot place where you can get things done?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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10 Responses to My Work Place

  1. Diane Burton says:

    Great post, Patty. Like you, I have a bad back, but mine hurts more standing. Our sofa has an electric-powered footrest that I can adjust easily. That’s great for writing on my laptop (also good for my back). I have an office but rarely use it.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks, Diane. When the girls grew up and moved out I thought I’d turn one of their rooms into an office, but I made it my craft storage room instead. If I’d made it into an office, I have the feeling it would be used more as a book storage room!


  2. jeff7salter says:

    I must say I’m impressed by your adaptability — if one base has been compromised, you have the flexibility to retreat to another.
    In my own case, I seem to possess very little flexibility. My desktop PC setup doesn’t allow for portability. I can write by hand when absolutely necessary, but my arthritis is so bad that the pain prevents me from doing much that way.
    I guess I’ll share more on Hound Day about my particular setup.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Yes, a desktop computer would make it a lot harder to move around! And I do jot down ideas by hand, but I get frustrated because my mind works a lot faster than I can write.


      • jeff7salter says:

        me, too. I can type about three times faster than I can write.
        Before my (hand) arthritis, I could easily knock out 80 wpm typing.
        Nowadays, it’s considerably less, but still better than pen and pad.

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  3. Husbands can be a distraction, for sure! Mine either keeps asking me what I am writing or he seems to be a little jealous of my time…but then, he is not home a great deal.
    My back hurts when standing, but not walking.Go figure!

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      My hubby doesn’t ask what I’m writing – but he doesn’t seem to realize that sometimes it takes me a while to get into or out of it. If he hasn’t said anything for ten minutes he assumes it’s okay to talk again – not realizing I need to tear myself out of whatever world I’m in to make sense out of what he’s saying.

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  4. Joselyn says:

    I love that you can move around. I do that too. I have a desk, but prefer the couch. When I’ve had more of an ‘office’ space, I didn’t like being there.

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  5. Love all your writing spaces. The coffee shop sounds great. I couldn’t do that because I need music to write and I don’t care for headphones.

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