I can stand the rain

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Diane and Ian on *another* bridge. (Picture: Diane Parkin)

I’m loving listening to and watching the rain at the moment, so much so that I’ve set up camp on the kitchen table where I can see it through the open back door.

I had a bit of a mini-revelation over the past few days. I really, really need a view when I’m working. My desk is currently shoved into a dark corner of the bedroom, with a view of 2 walls. Granted with lots of familiar bits and pieces all over them, but short of knocking through a window, I think I need to move the office.

Even when I’m writing longhand, editing longhand or proofreading longhand, I like to sit on the settee in the living room opposite the window, even when there’s not a lot to see.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I do intend to one day gut the spare room and make it my office. There’s a window my desk will fit under, and I can watch the birds – and the weather – through the window. It’s going to cost money, though. And that’s the dilemma.

I have other things I need to spend my money on first; but I also need to optimise my earning so that I can afford it all.

Food for thought, but I think the next big job in this house may be converting the spare room to an office. There will still be room for an occasional, fold-up bed, and the number of visitors I actually get doesn’t actually justify a permanent bed taking up optimum working space all the time.

I’ve been very busy. I didn’t make it to Mom’s and Dad’s yesterday because I had to deal with idiots for most of Wednesday and lost the whole day. It also gave me the chance to have a good old de-clutter in the bedroom and office area, which is good and makes the work space inviting again. But it did take All Day.

So yesterday I worked. I carried on editing a non-fiction that I should finish (and invoice – hurrah!) today.

I have the weekend to myself and while I was considering going to the Leeds write-in tomorrow afternoon and maybe a gig tomorrow night, I can’t really afford it and I do have plenty of other work to be getting on with. I’ve also cancelled a dentist’s appointment today and will probably cancel my hair appointment as well.

If I can do all of my October income work before the 14th of the month, I can spend the rest of the month getting in new work, writing and preparing for NaNoWriMo in November.

I’m going to see my parents on Tuesday anyway, as we have some stuff to deal with. But between then and now I’m going to be busy, busy, busy.

This is the last of the pictures from our holiday in Dentdale, and probably my favourite one of the lot. It’s one that I set up and, I must say, it’s actually quite good. 😀

Have a lovely weekend.

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7 thoughts on “I can stand the rain

  1. esmeraldamac 4 October 2013 / 11:53 am

    A ‘proper’ office is a good thing, I think. I often wonder why we don’t do the same thing with our spare room! So many spare room are woefully under-used – it doesn’t make any sense, does it?

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    • Diane 4 October 2013 / 12:04 pm

      If my spare room was my office it’d get used every single day. At the moment it’s used once in a blue moon.

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  2. carolwarham 4 October 2013 / 1:53 pm

    I think it’s not only utilising space left empty, it is good for productivity levels. To go into a designated area, especially one that is comfortable, organised and light will really work wonders for you. I really think this should be your next priority. I need to sit by a window, although I rarely look out of it. I don’t like looking at a wall and I don’t like having my back to a door. I’m awkward I know.
    It’s a lovely photo and very meaningful. 🙂
    I can just tell where Rufus is!

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    • Diane 4 October 2013 / 2:36 pm

      Ideally the chimney breast needs to come out, but initially new electric sockets need to go in. I’m definitely doing it next, though – whenever it may be.

      Rufus is on the end of the lead! 😀

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  3. Melissa Marsh 4 October 2013 / 2:18 pm

    I agree on the view thing – I always like being able to look out the window or the front door while I write.

    And what a lovely photo! You look very happy. 🙂

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    • Diane 4 October 2013 / 2:37 pm

      Thank you. We are – I think! 😉

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