Liane's post about proper attire for writers got me thinking about proper writing spaces, after all, I've got the attire down pat and have never worn sequins and sandals in my life, but what about the places where we write? For a couple years now, I've written at a mahogany table set up in the living room. The table faces one of the windows. As you can see from the picture below, it's a pretty orderly space - everything is, basically, just so. My pen mug is always on my right and the glass paperweight always on the left.
Below is the view through the jalousies - a couple trees to the left, a road in front and, beyond that, the ferry terminal. The sun is usually just as bright as it appears in the picture so I mostly keep the jalousies closed.
I've learned to shut out the noise from the street as I write, the beeps as people hail each other from passing cars, the snorting of heavy-duty trucks and the roar of muffer-less scooters. Thankfully, the horns of the inter-island ferries and the loud blare from the occasional cruise ship are not an every-day thing. But this is far from ideal for me.
Ideal for me would be a vine-covered wooden shed, set apart from the main house, in a country which cared about such things as noise pollution and actually took steps to curb it. All I'd want to see from my shed, when I looked up from my keyboard would be the flowering shrubs in my garden. In this shed, all my books would be stacked from floor to ceiling. A comfortable chaise for naps and reading bouts would be the only piece of furniture other than my desk, chair and cabinet. Oh, and moving from the shed to the kitchen would require more than the ten steps it now takes which would do wonders for my waistline!
So, what about you? What would your ideal writing space look like?