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Interview at Beth Hull's site! - Odds Bodds

May. 27th, 2011 10:12 pm Interview at Beth Hull's site!

In keeping with my new "I don't blog, but can manage guest posts" philosophy, here's a link to an interview I did at Beth Hull's site.  

I have to post this particular excerpt, because I did a lunch at Our Lady Of Lourdes high school in Guelph, and I promised that if they googled me they'd see pictures of my (scandalous!) writing studio on my blog.  I had a great time at Lourdes: they treated me so well, and they  made me want to go back to high school and start a book club.  Obviously, we needed a book club: how did I miss that!  I salute the librarian there for seeing the need, and the kids for joining.  And for being smart and interesting and great hosts.  

Without further ado...  Beth asked me what my writing space looked like, and got more than she bargained for.  On  the other hand, her writing studio is in the "Love Shack," so maybe this was just what she was expecting.



People think I'm kidding when I say I work in a pole dancing studio, but I'm not

People think I’m kidding when I say I work in a pole dancing studio, but I’m not. My office is their spare room. It can only be reached by crossing the dance floor — check those poles! It’s cheap because I can’t use it at night, when the dance floor is, um, busy. And it’s fun because when I need to clear my head I can swing around a little.

I furnished my office with a hodgepodge of things that were either free or cheap – but it doesn’t feel makeshift. It feels cozy and practical, like a yurt. In this picture you can see the little loveseat (curbsourced) for curling up, a chair (from Rare Funk) handy for pulling up to the loveseat for coffee with friends, and of course a big desk (Goodwill) with lots of room for bulletin boards. You can see the picture boards here for Sorrow’s Knot (upper left) and Children of Peace (lower right).

My office is comfortable and practical

My office is a highly ritualized space – and I refuse to feel silly about that. I often find one needs to coax oneself closer to inspiration, the way a church coaxes one closer to God. So my office is furnished with ritual objects and relics.

My office is a ritualized space

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From:kellyrfineman
Date:May 28th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
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How much do I love this post? OH SO MUCH! In fact, I'm going to quote from/link to it tomorrow. That line about ritual objects and church really spoke to me. And man, what a beautiful space you have there!
From:erinbow
Date:May 28th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I wrote a lot more about ritual in a writing space, over here: http://erinbow.livejournal.com/169147.html