To space or not to space? That is the question.
And no, I don’t mean one or two spaces between sentences in your manuscript (this is a real dilemma, honestly). I am talking about your space. Your spot away from the hustle and bustle of families, pets, coworkers, and idiots with whom we share the road (nice turn signal, jerk!). Yes, sometimes we want to crawl under our desk, or maybe into the linen closet (maybe with some NyQuil – it’s not really booze, right?) and just
die forever and ever sleep until we wake up and all the stress is gone and we feel refreshed and fuzzy and… wait.
Everything is exactly as it was before I went into my NyQuil induced coma. Only now the kids and cat are covered in flour and feces.
Ok. Since NyQuil induced comas (and binge drinking our problems away) are frowned upon (and make things sh*tty – sometimes literally), the next best thing is to find a place to escape. However, if you can’t hop on a plane or a cruise ship to a desert island or a mountain retreat after giving your co-workers and family the one finger salute, the next best thing is to create your own personal resort at home.
Well, after you duct tape and/or hogtie everyone, throw them in the basement for at least ten minutes of silence (until they start screaming from below – clearly unaware of the rules of detention!) and emerge from your NyQuil fog, here are some tips:
- Find a spot, preferably with a door that closes… if not, just make sure you let the demon spawn and others in the domicile know that closed door means no engagement (unless the house is on fire – then, maybe).
- If you have hobbies or are working on a project (book, art, music, human dissection) this is the place to set up. A nice desk, table or slab is perfect for the elements of your future braingasms to spill out into creation.
- Make it your own! Do you like flowers? How about music? Retro band posters (I have a giant Slayer poster on my wall) are awesome. Or maybe posters of roadkill… it really is all up to personal preference.
Once you figure out what your needs are, how to get a spot (even if it is a corner in the kitchen or basement) and make your personal boundaries clear to others, your creative muse will thank you. I believe space is important to most. It is important to me and if you grew up having to share a room with a sibling (or a future serial killer) it is probably important to you! 🙂
As an introvert and borderline recluse, I enjoy having my own space to retire and unwind from the hustle, bustle and breathing of others. There are only so many grocery lines, coffee shops and parking lots I can handle on a given day.
Below are some pictures of my creaticave.
Good luck to you! And for Pete’s sake, remember to untie your family (duct tape removal optional) so they can eat (through a straw) or use the bathroom.