For many of us who are self-employed, home and office are often one and the same. And if you live in a small apartment like I do, it can get pretty crowded. And confusing. Some days I’m changing hats as fast as one of those jugglers busking in the park. I come home from teaching and decide I better check my email and find myself donning my work hat again. I start revising a chapter of the novel in the morning and discover I’ve lost the whole day that needed to go toward prepping for a workshop. In addition, I’ve had to limit the number of participants in my Wednesday writing group because my apartment can only hold so many people, and I have to hunt down outside venues anytime I want to hold a special workshop.
Something had to give.
The solution: find a space outside my home where I could take my “day job” and hold my private groups and workshops. I call this the separation of church and state.
After months of searching and many, many not-quite-rights and are-you-kidding me?, I found 2911 Adams. A low-slung building in the center of San Diego refurbished to its original mid-century coolness.
My studio is the newly finished “patio room,” a long, skinny space created by enclosing the former patio.
It comes with a view out to the courtyard, which is where we’ll hold the Blue Moon Writing Workshop, the first gathering in the new space.
I needed chairs for the writers to sit on, which I found through Craig’s List and toted home in my car. Imagine 17 chairs in the backseat of a Toyota Celica convertible.
I needed a long table where the writers can gather:
I needed a rug and my desk and bookcase and, it seems, everyday something that is still at home. But these days, after I finish my morning writing time, I’m there wearing my Judy Reeves, teacher and writing practice provocateur hat.
What I need is a name for the space. I won’t call it The Patio Room; that sounds like a room at a suburban Denny’s decorated with plastic flowers and fake palm trees. So here’s my offer: Name the studio and if your name is selected you’ll win a hot-off-the-press Lively Muse Writer’s Daily Desk Calendar, which will be released this fall. Just write your suggestions in the “comments” section below.
Meantime, I can’t wait for the writers to come with their boundless creativity, wild imaginations and many stories. Maybe I’ll see you at the Open House this fall. I hope so.