I’ve been thinking lately about writing spaces. For some reason, I’m always drawn to rooms that look old and lived-in, where you could easily imagine stereotypical décor or furnishings, like a faded world map or one of those leather tufted chairs.
I mean, who do I think I am? An old man in 1946 Oxford? A hobbit, perhaps? I feel cheesy and weird talking about it.
My own personal style skews in pretty much the opposite direction, as I think you can see in the post from when Jane featured my own (though no longer used) writing space in her “Where We Blog From” series in 2010. As well, I don’t feel like my writing style even matches a room like the one pictured (Vita Sackville-West’s “Writing Tower”). But despite these things, when I think of the best, most right place to shut myself up and write, I think of the Oxford hobbit writing room.
I wonder where it comes from. I wonder if I saw a photo when I was young, or some throwaway scene in a movie that made an impact without me realizing. I don’t think I’ll actually ever want a tufted leather chair, but maybe I can incorporate some elements of the Oxford hobbit room into my real life somehow in the future. A tiny starter world map, maybe.
(Image: National Trust, John Hammond)
There’s a new entry at Lumisilla mailla, and Susanna’s photographs are absolutely stunning, if I do say so myself.