Writing Unmasked

by Anna Blanch on November 23, 2011

Overwhelm comes easy.

I relish my own company at the moment – probably too much.

I have my game face on. But living in community remains a priority, a way of being. But the reality is, it’s a struggle to have rightly ordered priorities right now.

My resolve and my consolation is in the moments of beauty. Quotidian moments.

In the midst of waking of up exhausted yet again (seriously, I thought I was over the summer of sleep), I decided to take a moment on thanksgiving to reflect on where God has me right now and consider what’s next.

There have been piles of books and papers in the loungeroom on pretty much every surface since I moved my my main writing focus back to the cottage. I’ve been talking about the cottage and the space in which i’ve been writing of late. In the spirit of #LifeUnmasked, I thought I’d share some images.

This is the chair i’ve been doing most of my writing in, with my feet on the coffee table some of the time!

with my moleskines at hand, and a beautiful view out that window!

This is truly life unmasked at the cottage-by-the-sea. This is what I’ve been looking at for the good part of last week. It’s actually a little less cluttered right now.

This couch seems to be the study place of choice of those who’ve been coming over to study as I write.

No matter how much utility the cottage-by-the-sea has for me right now, it is first and foremost a place of comfort, creativity, respite and restoration. It is my home…


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I wouldn’t be involved in Life:Unmasked if it wasn’t for Life: Unmaskedthis challenge and invitation  from the lovely, Joy. This post I wrote about “getting real” prompted my involvement with This Life: Unmasked. This is my eleventh post for the challenge. Here is my first: Life: UnMasked, my second, Ready or Not, my third, Is the Heart Home?, my fourth, Like Fireflies in the Night and Swallows in the morning, my fifth, This is a Choice, and my sixth, A little less of a superhero, my seventh, Just another day…, my eighth, In Control? and my ninth, The travails of my single mindedness and my tenth, marking time, marking place.

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  • http://ordinarilyextraordinary.com/ Amy Nabors

    Love seeing the space where you are writing Anna.

    • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

      Thanks, Amy!

  • Steve S.

    I really should have taken pictures of my workspace during my dissertation writing process. I always went for the semi-circle of books and papers piled around the desk. The neat columns and rows of papers looks much more organized than my usual piles. I did do a considerable amount of writing with a baby in my lap, though.

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