A funny thing happened on the way to writing my current novel.
Lamenting about the way writing at home with its constant stream of distractions (ringing phone, neighbors “dropping by,” dogs wondering why we’re not outside playing RIGHT NOW!), I began searching local classifieds for inexpensive creative space in the area. There were more offerings than I had imagined. Then I thought, What, am I retarded? There’s FREE space all over the place if you just look for it!
I love it when I talk dirty to myself like that.
Several months ago I “discovered” that my local library had study rooms available for reservation. Free. I must admit that my memory is a bit faulty, as I actually used to work at said library(s) but had totally forgotten the availability of the rooms. The one I happened upon in a neighboring town is amazing. Quiet, with natural light (if I so choose), its own climate control, and outlets for my laptop…and free wi-fi. Not only that, there are thousands of books at my fingertips if I should so need some quick research.
I don’t know where I’d be without my local library.
Ever since first discovering them as a five year old, I’ve been an avid supporter. Probably how I ended up employed by more than a few of them. Likely how I’ll end up on the advisory board for the one in my town.
I truly respect how libraries tout themselves as the last bastions of free speech. Perhaps that’s true…I haven’t done the research. But I like that they’re standing up for it. For our constitutional rights that seem to become more eroded every day. The staff at the library I recently ‘discovered’ for my own use is simply outstanding. With some libraries, there seem to be employees who were born with an axe to grind (puts one in mind of a kindly, blood-soaked, axe-wielding librarian, doesn’t it?). Of course, that’s probably true with many companies…but especially those run by government entities. Why is that, I wonder?
I’ve found an ‘office’ in which to work, free of charge. With amenities.
What more could an aspiring writer ask for?