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A Small Place of Enchantment ~ Marjorie Kinnan Rawling’s View From the Keyboard August 8, 2011

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“I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.”  ~ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Today, August 8, is the anniversary of the birth of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and so it is in celebration of her life and work that I offer you this glimpse (image from the Florida Artist Hall of Fame website) into her writing space.

A small place of enchantment. I have been working in various corners and chairs in our apartment this summer, without any particular writing space. My writing room is inadequate: too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter. Is this why I’ve written little fiction this past month? No small place of enchantment to return to? Some would say that the enchanted place is the writing itself, and I’d usually agree. But I am one of those folks who likes my space to be just right…

Really, though, it is probably this business of the book that keeps me from sinking fully into my next fiction project. Blogging, tweeting, calling in markers, contacting publicity folks, inviting the world to the book launch of The Temple of Air. I’ve had other writing assignments along the way and have carried them out, but my mind, and my work at the keyboard, always goes back to the book. For now, this will have to enchant me, for this is the place I must return to.

Still accepting submissions for View From the Keyboard. Guidelines here. Thanks for reading. -PMc←

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1. Sam Hall - August 8, 2011

Took the photo for Cricia’s “View from the Keyboard” post the other day – sitting at the kitchen table, not very enchanting… How do you carve out a writing nook / niche when it seems all the space in our house is already utilized? We’ve talked about building a “writing shack” in the back yard – basically buying and modifying a wooden storage building from Lowe’s or similar, adding electric, heat, maybe A/C, a desk, some plants, a hammock chair… Sadly, we probably won’t have the money to do that anytime in the near future. So, how can I help create a small place of enchantment for my writing wife?

Patricia Ann McNair - August 8, 2011

That you even ask this question is a really good thing, Sam. Lucricia is on a roll with things now; the two of you will not let the fact that she doesn’t have a designated place to work is not going to stop this woman. In the meantime just try to provide her with privacy and quiet wherever and whenever she works.

2. Katey Schultz - August 11, 2011

I love that idea of your recently launched book as the place of enchantment right now. So often we finish something big and don’t allow ourselves to pause and revel in that accomplishment. No doubt you’re not pausing–you’re organizing, tweeting, etc.–but how lovely to realize that there, in the palm of your hands, is that place you “lived” in for so long. Long enough to write a whole manuscript. After finishing a collection, there’s a little bit of that post-partem depression, too. Or maybe a better analogy would be the lover that’s just been dumped for something a little more interesting. Either way, a little time between projects can be a good thing, I think. ~ks

Patricia Ann McNair - August 12, 2011

Thanks, Katey. I’ve heard it said that a book being sold is not really going to change your life, but it sort of does. Not like I am shooting to the top of the NYT best seller list or anything, but I am digging this gentle ride quite a bit. And the book is really pretty, too. And the mind keeps turning over ideas for the next project even as I wallow in this one for a while. Hope your life on the road is good.


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