Monday, November 24, 2008

Is Your Writing Spot More Famous Than You Are?

Is your writing spot more famous than you are? Well, mine is.
My main writing spot, a college library, has been working hard to fill its 15 minutes-of-fame quota. In the above Geico commercial, the cheeky gecko can be seen hanging out in the very stacks that help me procrastinate away from whatever my work-in-progress is at the moment. (I took the top photo to show an early scene in the commercial sans actors.)
Unfortunately, these 15 minutes haven't come without a cost to my writing time. The college library isn't around much anymore, choosing, instead, to lounge poolside with fellow stars in the Hollywood Hills. When he is around, he's too busy signing autographs to allow me admittance.
Wait, it gets worse. This same library was patronized by President-elect Barack Obama from the fall of 1979 through the spring of 1981. Now, the library's actively lobbying to become a presidential library in D.C. starting January 20, 2009.
With the library's new fame and illusions of grandeur, I risk losing my favorite writing spot forever. This could have dire consequences for my would-be career as a children's book author.
Please, send me word of any deeply quiet and charming (but not too charming) college libraries that I may be able to adopt as a new favorite writing place. I'm just too unfamous now.


Jacqui said...

Sadly, my writing spot is a coffee shop in the middle of campus and I am at the whim of the not quite serious enough to use the library student calendar -- very easy to write there now, but in January when they're all "this semester I'm bucklin' down" it's a nightmare.

Candace Ryan said...

I hear you on that calendar, Jacqui. At finals times with the huge influx of students in the library, I feel more like I'm looking for a seat on a bus during rush hour than entering an inner sanctum of silence and solitude.

Still, I feed off the academic atmosphere. Is it the same for you?

Anonymous said...

I used to write at the local library, because being around all those books gave me a push to finish mine, but I found myself getting too distracted by everyone who walked by. Now I write in the bathtub. Nobody passes by there. My skin gets pretty wrinkled, but I get a lot of writing done.

Candace Ryan said...

Hey Elliah,

I can't write at public libraries, either. Too many people. Fortunately, the college library where I write has many nooks and crannies for me to get lost in.

Glad to hear you've found a worthy writing oasis in the watery confines of your own bathtub:)