We May Not Fit These Images

I found out that all of us here at 4F,1H are pretty much of one mind when it comes to writing attire.
I think we can all agree that ‘comfortable’ is the operative word of the week.

The question I posed for this week was: What do you like to wear when writing and what is the most unusual thing you have worn while writing?

This may not have been the most exciting topic I suggested.

If you have been visiting the Hound and the other Foxes, you know that none of us seem to fit the image most people have of writers. Jeff doesn’t suggest he ever reminds anyone of these images:

NPG D6851; Percy Bysshe Shelley by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Amelia Curran

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Jonathan Swift

or :


Robert Louis Stevenson

And none of we Foxes would maintain anyone’s ideas of women writers, such as:



Jane Austen


Mary Shelley

nor even this:


Meryl Streep as a Romance Writer in “She Devil”

I usually dress in slacks, (not jeans; I have never found them comfortable), to write. My tops are loose blouses in warm weather. I wear pull-over shirts in cool/cold weather, or sweaters, and often layers.

And normally, I have on my ballerina-type slippers, (with or without socks, depending on the temps).

Casual as that all is, I can’t feel ‘sloppy’ and be creative. My colors have to coordinate.

I wrote  when I worked during my lunch breaks in “service black & white” and an apron. I write recipes or descriptions for my other blog in aprons at home. I have typed away while dressed for Halloween, complete with bat diddly-boppers on my head, while waiting for trick-or-treaters. I have made a quick few additions that suddenly occurred to me while in my coat, waiting for The Husband. (Yes, sometimes it is the wives who have to do the waiting and the husbands who make a couple late).

I am not a person who can get up and hang around in their nightclothes. I can’t think of sitting down at the computer, (where I do most of my writing), in the morning if I am not dressed for the day.

When I was homeschooling my sons, a young reporter from New York was in this town on a Summer internship and asked to come in to do an article on us. Try as he might, he could not get us to say that the boys did their schoolwork in their pajamas. I didn’t think that my sons would do their best and brightest of they weren’t up and dressed. (Years later, the fellow was up for a Pulitzer. I wondered if he manipulated any testimony or stories. I hope he outgrew that sort of ‘journalism’.)

However, I have actually done what I consider some of my best work at night and in my nightgown.

My husband works second-shift, 3PM-11PM.He gets in anytime around 11:16 or shortly after. We go over the family news of the day, work of the day, world news of the day and often relax watching some show, (or something online), so I get ready to relax before he gets in ( I can also drop out to bed or doze off if I need to, since I get up much earlier than he does.)

When I am alone in the evenings, excited and on a roll, I slip in for a shower, get into something comfortable and type my heart out. I don’t feel like I have to watch the clock, or stop; The Husband understands when I need to finish a thought/scene/idea.

I have to admit that I like to look nice even at night and if I feel the need to be comfortable in the day, I certainly need to feel very comfortable at night. I have a number of types of over-robes and dusters, in various weights and fabrics, suitable for differing temperatures. Along with my ballerina slippers, (of which I have several pairs), I’m good to go.

I have no idea why it makes such a difference to me as to when I am in my nigh clothes as to how productive I feel. Maybe it’s the shower, maybe I feel untosled; I am not sure.

Oh, and sometimes, I wear a cat.


Do any of you still conjure up images of fancy-pants writers?


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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9 Responses to We May Not Fit These Images

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Interesting thoughts. I guess we all have things that we feel we need to do before we can direct our attention elsewhere. I’ve never felt the need to dress for the day unless I’m going somewhere – and it seems that in the past few years I have more days in which errands can be put off. I find it easier to combine several and get them done at once. But I CAN’T write (or sew, or craft) until my school work is done, correspondence is taken care of, and my bills are paid! Getting dressed is farther down the list.

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    • The reasons as to why I am so backed-up in writing are exactly what you stated! I hate having things hand over my head.I always did my homework very soon after school,(got out of the dress!) and weekend homework was done Friday night and if it was big, finished on Saturday morning!


  2. Joselyn says:

    I’m with you on being dressed and ready for the day. If I’m leaving the house, even if it’s just to get the kids to school, I want to feel like I’m wearing something appropriate. Recently I had to pick the girls up from church and I was trying to squeeze my run in while they were gone. I had to jump off the treadmill and run straight to the car… in the shorts that I would only wear at home. Then I had to go into the church to pick them up. I’m sure people thought I was crazy.

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    • We are in complete agreement! I see so many of the parents in pajamas at school! It drives me nuts the few times I have had to run out in something I would not ordinarily change from before leaving the house, I felt awful!


  3. jeff7salter says:

    well, if you can write with diddly-boppers on your head, I’d say you can write in nearly any circumstance.
    Hmm — it sounds like you do your most concentrated writing late at night, in your night clothing.
    Yet in the mornings, you dress for the day instead of lounging around in your night clothes.
    Had you considered the possibility that you might write more (during the day) if you just stayed in your PJs? LOL
    It’s a shame that reporter came to your story with his own angle in mind. I’m afraid too many so-called “journalists” these days make up their stories and their angles before they bother to learn the actual facts or situations.

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    • Yes, the reporter really upset me.He also twisted information in the story, (for instance, I said we like to get started into work by nine; the article said the boys get up at nine. We were often at church in the mornings at 7:30.)
      LOL! No, Jeff, I can’t get much of anything done when I feel disheveled, (see my conversation with Joselyn). Besides, that ‘s when phone calls come in,phone calls must be made. If I get to work in the daytime,(like today), I dressed! I did a lot of research, too.


  4. I certainly hope that reporter changed his tactics. We had one who kept trying to tell Quinlan that he does not need to go to college to be an artist and Qui lan said he wants to go to college so he can learn more techniques as well as how to handle a business. I guess the reporter didn’t like that because she wrote that he wasn’t pursuing college because some great artists have succeeded with no higher education. I was so upset.

    I also can’t write in my pjs during the day but can at night.

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    • Funny, isn’t it how different it feels in nightwear at night!
      I am so sorry about the reporter with Quin. We had a double murder in my neighborhood a few years ago.None of the “Locals” would talk to the TV news crews, and they were right.I did an interview and they chopped everything I said up, took a phrase out of context and sensationalized it. They even put it on their website.I commented about it below the tape. They had the nerve to come back for another interview; I said no, and told them why.
      I see why people say they hate reporters. Some give them a bad name.


  5. Hi Paul and the rest of the crew! Well done with progess so far. Keep going and dig deep. You can do it! Wish you could send some sunshine to us.


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