A Writer’s Window

A friend told me recently, after she’d called and I couldn’t talk at that moment, “Since you don’t work, I always picture you living the life of luxury and just writing all day.  I don’t ever think you have other things to do.”  And then she laughed.

This is not a woman who believes in the Grocery Fairy, the Cleaning Fairy or the Yard Fairy – though I suspect she believes in Irish pixies.  So aside from the idea I might actually shop for food – and then prepare meals with it, clean, and take care of a yard, was the idea that writing was ‘not working.’  Then I laughed.

Granted, I get to work from home, keep my own schedule and be my own boss.  And I spend much of my time doing what I absolutely love.  But it’s still work.  I imagine other writers and poets would say the same thing – no matter how successful they are, how easy they make it look, how natural writing comes to them.

One of my favorite poets, Wendell Berry, published a collection titled, Window Poems.  He wrote the poems over several years from watching through a forty-four paned window, observing nature around him and the changes in his world.

Window: an opening in the wall of a building to let in light and air; the framework with fittings that closes such an opening; an opening resembling or suggesting that of a window in a building; an interval of time during which certain conditions or opportunities exist; a rectangular box appearing on a computer screen on which information is displayed.

My plan, my goal, my wish is that A Writer’s Window opens all those windows and lets you see a little of one writer’s life, one writer’s view – not always mine, and allow you to share how that reflects yours.

And the scene across the header?  While in college, one of my psychology professors asked us to describe ourselves as a house – this was about the time Barbara Walters asked an interviewee to define himself as a tree.  I pictured a log cabin, set in the woods.  I don’t have a cabin, but I do have a cottage.  And that’s the view from my window.

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12 Responses to A Writer’s Window

  1. roxie says:

    Great site, Kim! I wish you all the best ~ you’re a terrific writer and now others will be able to share your insights, musings, and encouragements. And this post is definitely one of those…I look forward to more! 🙂 btw, my fav pic so far is your desk, a true writer’s space, LOL!
    Roxie

    • Aww, thanks, Roxie. And you know I love your writing as well. My desk is a comfortable place . . . just glad the dust-bunnies didn’t show up in the picture! 😉 OK, I have two clear days of writing ahead YAH!!! Time to get to work…both of us. ~Kim

  2. Welcome to WordPress’ blogland, Kim!
    A cottage sounds just fine for me–as long as it’s surrounded by forestland. Oh yeah.

    • Thanks, 47whitebuffalo 😉 So far it’s been a very warm welcome. Yes, I need my woods. When I married, the compromise was I really needed woods and hubby really needed paved roads. The cottage doesn’t have them but the house does. Never thought of life as a field trip – always an adventure. Either way, it sounds like fun and I’m up for the ride. Sounds as if you’re the type who is also. Love the screen name 😉

  3. Hello Kim, so nice to meet you!

    I’m looking forward to read more of your work. With a woods view like that, those Irish pixies are bound to enter through your Writer’s Window.

    ~Marion

    • Hi Marion, nice to meet you as well. What a lovely surprise to see people ‘found’ me when I haven’t really told anyone yet! I look forward to your visiting and hope to make it worth your time. ~ Kim

  4. Julie says:

    Welcome to bloglandia, Kim! I look forward to your future posts and hope maybe you’ll inspire me to write more in my own blog.

    As for the picture, it reminds me of the view from my “writing rock” back at my parents’ house, a huge boulder set at the foot of a giant beech tree in a beautiful wooded area. Happy memories.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Julie. I think we all need some place outside where we can connect with nature. I think our creativity flows better when we’re closer to the Creator.

      I hope you do get back to your blog. I’ll start checking and we can keep each other on target.

  5. Susan Miles says:

    Hi Kim! I love your blog and your photography! Ironically your word press effort mirrors how I have spent my past month. In partnership with my son Alex, (a Winthrop junior) we recently relaunched a website for a business we run called Belevation. Please check out my new word press mom-blog at http://www.belevation.com
    (Click the Blog link on the top to enter).

    For a writer a heart, it is amazing to hit the publish button and send out your posts
    potentially to the world. I have written 11 posts in about a months time, pre-dating
    some, to document a bit of our companies history. Blog-on! – Susan Miles

  6. Tyhitia says:

    Yay, Kim! Glad you’ve made it into blogland. I’m considering doing more than blogging, but it’s all time consuming–but a must in this day and age. You’re an awesome writer, and I look forward to reading more of your work and speaking with you. 😉

  7. Heather says:

    I love it Cuz!!!! I’m impressed and proud of you! The warm, wonderful thoughts of your Mom brought tears to my eyes and wonderful memories back to my head. I tip my morning coffee to you both!!!
    I can’t wait to see what your thoughts and pen give us in the future. I will be back often.

    Love ya Cuz!!!
    Heather

    • Thanks, Heather. It’s been fun so far. I’m glad the story brought back memories. I’ve found from others who have read the post, having some kind of ritual with our moms is pretty universal. Love you, too.

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