With the craft table out of the way and in my purple studio, I decided to create a special writing space in my bedroom. Generally, I sit propped up in my bed with my laptop - not great for my back or my tendinitis, and not very professional. A desk was in order. With such a small space and an even smaller budget available, I knew it wouldn't be easy to find just the right something. But then I went to Target in search of a lamb cake pan (I will explain tomorrow) and there it was: the Anywhere Desk (click HERE), solid wood with a cherry finish, and only $99. There was however, some assembly required; the box contained 10 pieces of wood, 67 pieces of hardware, and a booklet of instructions. Gulp. I had a hard enough time getting that heavy box off the shelf and into my shopping cart and then out of the cart into my car; as a matter of fact, it was probably comical to anyone watching. But somehow I managed, and although Nathan heaved the box from the car into my bedroom, this morning I located the necessary tools (a regular screwdriver and a phillips head screwdriver) and put the desk together all by myself. Here is a picture of my beautiful new writing nook.
I intend to keep the top of the desk relatively uncluttered; the items I chose to place there are simple but meaningful. There is a picture of my critique partners and me, representing the dreams I have for my writing; a stone a friend I have lost touch with picked up on the beach in Ireland, reminding me of all the faraway places I intend to go; a chai-scented candle, because the shimmering glow of a candle inspires me; and a coaster Pat gave me for my birthday last year, because I need a safe resting place for my coffee cup or wine glass.
The lamp is new, too - another bargain from Target (click HERE). It required assembly, as well - the stand is actually made from five pieces which screw into a base - but it was definitely easier to put together than the desk. It is perfect; the three-way bulb on top provides soft light in the corner of my bedroom, and the reading lamp is just what I need for all my late night romance novels.
Finally, I hung up a bulletin board, the perfect place to collect inspiring pictures and quotes. Ah.
Did I say I put the desk together all by myself? I guess I did have a helper of sorts.
Karma likes the new digs.
I will admit all this was daunting. Although I rarely let a little thing like inexperience stop me from doing what I want to do, I sometimes find myself in a bit over my head. This morning, for example, I couldn't help but daydream - just for a moment - about a big, strong man, handy with tools and eager to please me. He would effortlessly put all those pieces together while I admired his brains, brawn and prowess. Well, when no one matching that description appeared, I took a deep breath, sorted through my confusion over "how to use the cam lock system" and puzzled my way through Step 1 of the instructions. None of it made any sense to me at first; again, to someone accustomed to this sort of work, my befuddlement would have been laughable. But I persevered, and by the time I got to the end of Step 1, I knew I had it made. By the time I finished, I felt like a master builder.
Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~Christopher Robin to Pooh
Maybe this will be the first quote I post on my new bulletin board. After all, I'm a lot better with words than I am with a screwdriver. If I could assemble that desk, I can revise my novel. I guess I'd better get back to work.
Don't forget, our book club discussion of To Kill A Mockingbird will be Friday, May 13th. Be sure to pick up a copy and start reading. I can hardly wait!