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carol perkins

the dangling thing makes it perfect.


For me it's Periwinkle painted walls, a white desk from Pottery Barn, my favorite pens and paper. Right now it's so quiet I can hear the clock ticking. There's a rainbow twirling around on the walls created by a solar prism. My body is in a perfect space but my mind is like having someone else with me on speaker phone and a dangling thing in my head.

Lisa DeLong

While I do most of my writing on the go, and feel jealous every time I imagine ever having a ten foot long desk anchored in an actual office of my own, it is good to know the truth: no matter where you go, there you are.

Thinking of you today as my book is undergoing copy editing now. It is all so new and exciting!

Thanks so much for being an inspiration!

Denise Emanuel Clemen

I'm not sure why, but this made me laugh. There's so much chaos everywhere. The things dangling overhead made by granddaughters...whatever. I think, for me, writing is a chaos magnet. Put me in isolation--something will emerge and create chaos. Maybe we should just seek chaos and settle down into it and...write. Sent to you from the chaos of LAX.

Nancy Minchella

Oh Barbara,
Step outside and take a deep breath and gaze at that gorgeous Montana sky! That oughta do it!


Susan Davis

My purple writing room with a purple desk top that wraps around my room. Beautiful white shelfs that align all my writing books. And one of my Cocker Spaniels on the desk next to the keyboard......great writing time......too bad I am off to coffee club!!!!



Love the comments - Thanks!


I've had almost 200 sales over the years at most of the usual putaiclbions womags write for and have never been told, 'this is almost certainly a sale but you need to wait'. I've been shortlisted (aussie mag) but that system was never a guarantee of a sale unless you ended up getting another 'congratulations' email and an issue assigned.Anon, congrats on taking the plunge to full time writing and your success. I do believe though that any writer doing that needs to go into it fully realising that payment will be a feast or famine. If life was fairer, if payments were prompt, if accounts departments were perfect, life would be a lot easier for freelancers but unfortunately it doesn't work out that way. Plumbers expect to encounter bad smells, chefs expect to work late nights and weekend work, full-time freelance writers should expect sometimes months of waiting between payments - no it's not fair, but it is reality.Some writers are probably in a financial position where the long wait between payments won't be an issue, but for those who need a regular weekly or fortnightly income, then freelance writing is one of the riskier occupations to undertake.AAAP

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