IMG_1927I have 9 wonderful distractions in my house.  Nine wonderful distractions who jump in my lap and make nose art on my laptop.  They spill my drinks and have to go out.  And come in.  And go out.  And come in.  Andwhydoyouhavetogooutagain?  Youwerejustout5freakingminutesago!  Writing becomes the fine art of not getting so irritated that I forget where I am.

I love being outside when I’m writing, but if I’m writing in my yard, my dogs are with me, and if my dogs are with me, it’s a really really really good time to play ball or frisbee.  Only they don’t want to bring me the ball or frisbee so I can throw it.  They want to play keep-away with it until I sit back down and start to work.  Then it’s a good time to drop a slimy, sticky ball in my lap.

One of my friends (who is also a writer, check her out at Be Nice And Follow The Rules) mentioned that she goes to Starbucks to get writing done.  I never really thought about doing that, but I realized that at a coffee shop, I don’t have to do dishes or take dogs out to walk.  I won’t be distracted by the bills that need to be paid or think about vacuuming.  When I used to work in Mobile Crisis, we’d sit at a coffee shop sometimes between calls, and I was super productive there.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m moving from Arizona to Austin in the next couple months.  Austin appears to be a wonderful place for indie coffee shops and bookstores, so my hope is to find one that appeals where I can park it for a few hours a week and get some productive writing done.  In the Phoenix area, my favorite coffee shop was Copper Star coffee. It’s a local place with cool local artwork and a laid back feel.  Though it was always busy, there was almost always at least some seating available.

Where’s your favorite place to write or get creative?

Day 4- 30 Days of Gratitude

IMG_14811.  I’m grateful for the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  So soon you’ll be gone, but while you’re here, I’ll love you as many times as I can.

2.  I’m grateful that I didn’t dump the entire enchilada bake I just made on myself and the floor.  Very grateful.

3.  I’m grateful for Pink Floyd.  If housework must be done, I’m glad Pink Floyd is there to keep me company.

The Best Places on Earth

In my opinion, the best place on Earth is the local coffee shop.  Local coffee shops are all the same in many ways: great coffee, interesting baristas, couches, free wi-fi.  Each one is unique with different types of decor and different moods.  My personal favorite right now is Copper Star Coffee in Phoenix.  It’s a funky mix of artwork and grunge, with fun baristas.  I love hanging out there with my laptop and caffeine.  All the distractions that come through are the right kind of distractions, if you know what I mean.

Starbucks will do in a pinch.  I like Starbucks, mostly because they’re all pretty much the same, and they’re everywhere.  If I need to find a place to hang out for a while, and I can’t find a nice local coffee shop, the local Starbucks will do.

Related to this post is a post over at Post of the Day: the 9 Most Annoying People at Starbucks.