People often ask me where I write. The answer is: where don’t I write? Have laptop, will travel! I do have a home office, but since it’s not in a room with three walls looking out at the ocean, it’s not imperative that I write there. (If I had one of those rooms, I’d never leave it.) What is imperative is that I’m comfortable and the ambience puts me in a good frame of mind. I like a lot of natural light, so most of the time I sit in a comfy chair by a window in my bedroom when I work. But I also take my laptop to my bed, downstairs to the couch, and even out to a coffee shop from time to time, when the quiet of the house just gets too quiet. As long as I have my laptop and Internet access, I’m good to go. (I need Internet because I frequent dictionary.com and thesaurus.com, plus there are often times when I need to research something. And yes, Facebook usually comes into play too.)
I take my laptop with me when I travel. For me, comfort, solitude, and having a good atmosphere are required for a good working space. A quiet cozy cafe, a turret room looking out at mountains, a veranda overlooking an ocean, or a historic library have been some of my favorite and most productive places to write.
At the Inn on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, there’s a turret-shaped little lounge area off the lobby that has free tea and coffee, and a table at every window that looks out at the mountains. The coziness and elegance of the room, the beautiful view, and the tea made for a really good “office.”
Another favorite of mine is the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine. They have a back veranda that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. A comfy chair, the ocean, and a light breeze – could there be a better writing atmosphere?
A few years ago, I visited Stockbridge, Massachusetts for a month, where I found a kind of Northern Goose Pimple Junction (the small town feel and Norman Rockwell’s Main Street USA), but I also found my favorite library ever. I walked to the Stockbridge Library every day and spent hours in the upstairs room that was empty most of the time. I sat at a big table or sometimes in a wingback chair, and there was something about that room that really fed my soul. Surrounded by books and years of history, my big open “office” gave me hours of writing time. I had an outlet right behind me to power my laptop, and they had free Internet service. I often took a lunch and literally spent the day there. I guess sometimes I hogged the room, but my philosophy was first come, first serve, if you snooze, you lose, and all that.
I tried to get there early each day, as if I were going to work, but one day I showed up at 9:30 instead of 9. Horror of all horrors, instead of walking into my empty “office,” I found another girl not only in my office but sitting at my table. How dare she! I shot her dirty looks throughout the day – she stayed way too long, in my opinion – and vowed to never be late again.
So the next day, I got there when the library opened. Sure enough, a little bit later, the girl showed up. I smiled sweetly when she gave me the stink eye, but it didn’t take long for me to feel like a jerk, and I offered to share my table, which she accepted. Luckily, she was only in town for a few days, so after that, I had my office – and solitude – back to myself.
I don’t have a library in the city where I live that gives me that same feeling the Stockbridge Library did, so most of the time I write at home. In the summertime, the window gives me a lot of sunlight and in the wintertime, the fireplace gives me a warm and cozy “feel good” feeling. Sweet tea – either hot or cold – is usually involved.
In the car, at a park, a restaurant, library, hotel, on a sofa, chair, stool, on a plane or on a train . . . On the days when my characters are talking to me and I’m in my Goose Pimple Junction zone, life is good, wherever my laptop may take me.
About the Author
Amy Metz is the author of the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series. She is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two sons. When not actively engaged in writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Facebook or Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction
Genre – Cozy Mystery
File Size: 2120 KB
Print Length: 127 pages
Publisher: Southern Ink Press
An imprint of Blue Publications
Publication Date: September 4, 2015
This is not your average Southern town. With a hint of mystery, a lot of laughs, and unique charm, you’ll catch a glimpse of everyday life in Goose Pimple Junction in this short story compilation. Short & Tall Tales occurs chronologically between Murder & Mayhem, book 1, and Heroes & Hooligans, book 2, in the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series. Book 1.5 is a fun escape that will answer questions readers may have about the residents of this quirky small town.
How did Johnny Butterfield become police chief?
How did Tess and Jack get engaged?
How did Ima Jean come to live with Louetta?
How do you celebrate an Apple Day?
These questions and more are answered in Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction. Five short stories, one novella, and three recipes will give you more of life in Goose Pimple Junction, make you laugh, and have your mouth watering. If you want a feel-good read, you’ve come to the right place. Grab some sweet tea and escape to Goose Pimple Junction.
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