Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I'm thinking of moving my office to the kitchen ... specifically the area currently occupied by the sink.

This is my view when standing at the kitchen sink. Not only is it beautiful and serene, it also has something new to see each time I peer out the window ... a butterfly, a hummingbird, a new bloom ... or one of those 8-legged creatures that I actually prefer not to see.

Settings like this tend to fill me with inspiration and creativity when I'm working.

Not that staring out a window is going to get me very far, but - as you may have experienced - writing tends to involve a lot of, shall we say, thinking time ... your fingers may not be tapping across the keyboard, but your mind is working, creating, plotting, solving, striving.

What fills you with inspiration? Do you have a favorite location where your writing flows more naturally and ideas come more easily?

Wishing you an inspiration-filled day of writing!


storyqueen said...

My laptop is kind of in the kitchen...which I don't like much because I can see the mountains of dirty dishes. It seems I have been kick off of just about every desk in the house, sooooo, here I sit, in a hard wooden chair, staring at a mess I don't want to clean up.

But it's really inspiring because if I stop writing, I'll have to do the dishes....sooo......

Love your blog!


Susan R. Mills said...

I love this post! My surrounding play a huge role in inspiring my writing. Now don't laugh, but I did a post back when my kids first got out of school for the summer about how I had to write in the garage because it was the only quiet place in the house. The scenery isn't great, but it is quiet!

holly cupala said...

What a beautiful view! I would just watch the flowers grow. Thank you for your nice comment, Kelly!

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, how lovely. (Funny, we renovated our whole house and our office is now where our kitchen used to be)

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Hi! I saw your comment on Keli's blog and thought I'd take a peek! Okay, only in Oregon could you have a beautiful backyard like that! In Texas, everything is starting to turn brown and wither up...not conducive to any inspiration in my mind! :) Nice blog!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I love your gardens and the metal tubs in them. So cool!!

I'd want to write with that view too.

Pretty much everything can inspire me. It just seems to jump out at the weirdest times. But I love it.

lisa and laura said...

Such a pretty view! I'm always most inspired late, late at night, so maybe it's all that trashy television that inspires me? Or maybe I'm just a procrastinator. Probably the latter.

Sheri Perl-Oshins said...

How'd you get an octopus in your garden? you said 8 legged creature...

of course, I'm kidding. but my children's writer's brain went right to that... A literal child - a modern version of Amelia Bedelia...

Mom said there's an 8 legged creature in our garden. (turn page)

I always wondered how an octopus got there (picture from child's POV)

An over active imagination - job hazard... or a job perk... you decide

PJ Hoover said...

I want to move to your kitchen sink also!

Anonymous said...

Kelly you are such a gifted writer. I love the view from your kitchen sink too! It's stunning. Looks like you are a gardener too.

I have often wished that I could have my studio in the very back of the house. We have a view of the Sacramento Valley. Love that.

My studio is on our courtyard, which does have natural light. . .but no trees.

Bee said...

I have a little garret study. There is a tiny window that looks out at a willow tree, but mostly I just gaze at my hummingbird wallpaper (that you see as the background of my blog).

I love to write in coffee shops . . . where I can gaze at people and eavesdrop on their conversations. Of course that can be rather distracting!

CaraBee said...

That is a beautiful view! Sadly, there is no view from my house quite so lovely. Sigh.

I usually wind up at the dining table, as I am now, but I don't really have an "inspiration" spot. If anything, I do most of my writing in bed at night, in my head,after the lights are out.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

my kids. But i also love rain :)

C.R. Evers said...

That is a gorgeous view!

Nature inspires me too, but I'm most partial to the beach. There's something about overlooking the ocean and listening to the waves.

Great post!

Clementine said...

My favorite thinking spot is in the surf. I just love to plop my beach chair where the waves wash into my lap. Problem is, I don't live on the beach! I only make it down there a couple of times a year. But some of my most inspirational ideas come from that spot. I think it says a lot about freeing up our minds and giving ourselves permission to take a break. It does wonders for creativity, does it not?

Kelly H-Y said...

Shelley - That is too funny .. definitely good inspiration to keep writing! Thanks so much for stoppig by!

Lazy Writer - The garage! You poor thing ... but, also completely understandable! Hey ... if it's quiet ... :-) Too funny.

Holly - I'm pretty sure I'd be doing the same thing!

Corey - Oh my goodness ... how ironic! See ... I just have to renovate my entire house! :-)

Sherrinda! Welcome! Oh, that is so true ... I'm sure all that green is hard to keep up in TX! Though ... if our 107 degree temps keep up, we'll be having the same thing. I took this pic right before our 100+ hot streak started, and now my flowers and leaves have a lot of crispy edges!

Eileen - Thank you! I know what you mean ... I've also written before about getting great ideas when I'm driving ... or in the shower ... bizarre places ... usually not too conducive to jotting down ideas! :-)

Lisa/Laura - You can always be guaranteed to make me laugh out loud!

Sherri! Oh my goodness ... I laughed when you wrote octopus ... I actually had a moment where I kind of thought - oh no - I did imply spiders, right?! Too funny ... love it! I'd definitely say it was a job perk! :-)

PJ! Join me! You're always welcome! :-)

Sherry - You are so kind ... thank you for your thoughtful comments. Yes ... I do enjoy gardening (minus the spiders which FREAK me out!) quite a lot! Your studio sounds wonderful!

Bee - That sounds really nice! You're right, though ... sometimes sitting in a coffee shop watching all the happenings can be just as inspiring and get the ideas rolling!

CaraBee! Yes ... late at night is often the most quiet time, which also helps a ton!

Shelli - How sweet! And, yes ... the rain can be very inspiring.

CR - I LOVE the ocean too! I wish I could get there to write more often ... usually, we're on a vacation when we head that way!

Amy - You are so right ... I love the ocean too! I'm the same though ... only get there a few times a year, and its for play rather than work when I do make it!

Sherrie Petersen said...

The beach inspires me, when it's free of people. The power of the waves, the salt in the air...but I never get to write there. Really what inspires me is silence. When it's quiet, and I can think in complete sentences without being interrupted, that for me is inspiring!

Stephanie Faris said...

The view from my kitchen window is the best in my house too. I have a pond in the back yard. I wish I could push a desk up to the window and just enjoy the view all day.

Suzanne Casamento said...

What a lovely garden you have - so lush!

I do my writing thinking as I walk in the hills. The walking churns up all sorts of ood ideas!

Katie Anderson said...

Oh my gosh, that is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! You are quite the gardener!!!

Kelly H-Y said...

Sherrie - Me too! I love the beach and the sound of the ocean ... but never get to write when we're there, since we usually go for a family vacation!

Stephanie! Welcome ... thanks so much for stopping by! Ohhh, the pond sounds really nice. I'd love to add a water feature to our back yard!

Suzanne! I agree! Walking ... or any type of exercise is such a great way to get the mind working and the ideas flowing ... especially when you're doing it outdoors!

Katie! Thank you (blushing)! I'm learning year-by-year ... always something new!