The View From Where I Sit

This is what I see when I write, books and our dog Martha painted by my youngest daughter. These photographs were taken while I was sitting at my desk. You see my room as though you were sitting in my chair.

Behind me are footprints of my three children. They were made the day they were born.  I packed sheets of archival paper  along with their first outfit in my suitcase for the hospital.

And to my right you can see the bottom of a wool tapestry I did in  the 90’s at the Monterey Community College Weaving Class. The red stripes are a candy cane door, and the tree is a doughnut.

The books on the bookcase behind me were purchased so that I would feel like a writer. I bought books on writing. I didn’t write.

I stopped buying books on writing. I write now.

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14 responses to “The View From Where I Sit

  1. Yeah! I’m so glad you write and no longer buy books on writing! I would like to know more about the leaf on one of the framed footprints.

  2. I see you have an organizational system of books that matches mine, I love being surrounded by books.
    I’m glad you are writing too.

  3. The books about writing sound familiar. I never read them even. They just gave me comfort or encouragement for a bit, like having it on the bookshelf would be an affirmation of my writership…but they are really of very little value to writing. Love the dog picture so much. How special. I think it needs a poem under it.

  4. How fun to get a glimpse of where you work. Some natural light, lots of books, an artistic endeavor, Martha the dog portrait(is Martha still roaming there, too?) and footprints of your children. Seems like just the right mix of inspiration to me. I am glad your writing book buying phase has passed into writing.

  5. Loved your last line: I stopped buying books on writing. I write now. I did the same thing!!!

  6. I loved seeing that! Thanks for sharing. I love the footprints and the fact that you stopped buying writing books and now write. That’s what a lot of people should do about weight loss and healthy books.

  7. What a great idea! I have some of the same books you have on your shelf & I really agree with your last line “I stopped buying books on writing. I write now.” I’ve finally realized I actually need to sit down and truly read these books & not just collect the. Thanks for the share.

  8. Oh, am I jealous of your large bookcase!!! I recently moved into a new place, and I do not have a bookcase, yet. Thank you for sharing pictures of your workspace; It is always nice to see where others’ creativity comes to life.

    Cheers!
    Mandy Chock @ The Chockboard

  9. What a cool idea – I love the glimpse into where you are. Your place is SO neat and clean! I really like the way you’ve framed the portrait of Martha (when I framed a picture my son painted and hung it on the wall he walked around three feet off the ground for a week) and those sweet feet. I only have one writing book which my daughter and I used to jump start writing together one summer “writing down the bones.” Thanks for the visit – perhaps I’ll have the courage to share my (messy) view at some point!

  10. Love the big bookcases holding books and the painting of the dog. 😉 Great ending!

  11. This entry was so balanced – looking out, looking in, the past, and right now. Each sentence so solid.

  12. My comment is listed as still needing to be moderated, but there are others after mine, so I’m sending again:
    The books about writing sound familiar. I never read them even. They just gave me comfort or encouragement for a bit, like having it on the bookshelf would be an affirmation of my writership…but they are really of very little value to writing. Love the dog picture so much. How special. I think it needs a poem under it.

    • Sorry about that. I was flying to Canada and must have missing your comment. I am borrowing my cousins computer. I won’t be able to read other writing until I get back. Thank you for reading and commenting

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