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You Are Where You Write

Where do you write? At a desk? In your favorite chair?
In the closet!

Great thinkers, like Albert Einstein, don’t mind a little clutter. This is where he worked.

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Can you find Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, university professor and author of The Self-Determination of Peoples, in his writing space?

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Would you have imagined Nigella Lawson, chef and cookbook author, surrounded by so many books?

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Or the children’s book author, Eric Carle, in a messy studio?

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Playwright George Bernard Shaw built a  hut that rotated with the sun to catch the best possible light all day. He spent the last 20 years of his life working in the spinning hut, where he produced works like Pygmalion and Androcles and the Lion.

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Lew Wallace, author of Ben Hur, wrote sitting in a chair.

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I have no idea who designed this Cadillac of writing chairs, but isn’t it amazing?

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But not as amazing as this:

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Some not-so-famous writers prefer to write in closets.

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And others, in coffee shops.

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I would love to write here in the woods!

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Where is your favorite place to write?

If you enjoyed this post, you might want to head over to the Writer’s Digest web site and read “13 Quirky Workplaces of Famous Writers.”

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Around the World– “Glamping” Retreats for Writers

“Glamping”, or “glamorous camping”, is a popular retreat option among artists and writers. Glamping isn’t traditional camping, instead it means vacationing in a small space with amenities you wouldn’t find in a campground. What better way to get inspired than by staying in amazing and unusual places in some of the world’s most beautiful and remote areas?

Check it out!

How about a woodland treepod? The inside of this one in Cornwall, United Kingdom doesn’t appear very writer friendly, but look at the surroundings. Who wouldn’t want that!

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If Sci-Fi is your thing, then there’s this UFO in Norrbotten, Sweden. It comes with its own retractable ladder. (But you’ll need to provide the steam to fuel your work-in-progress. “Welcome, Earthlings. Writer on board.”)

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Those with a more eclectic and exotic style can book a stay in this Indian-inspired “folly room” in Rhône, France. All decked out with flamboyant trinkets and curiosities, there’s even an elephant in the room! Windows overlook the Beaujolais hills.

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Maybe you want some tent “glam”? Consider this one, the “Imagination Yurt” in Baixo Alentejo, Portugal. This tent has it all: a private beach, resident peacocks, WiFi, electric lighting, double canopy bed and and an ensuite bathroom. Now, that’s glamping!

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Maybe ice-cold, Arctic nights and the Northern Lights are your thing. There’s a glamping getaway for that, too, Esko’s Cabin On the Lake (literally) in Inari, Finland. This heated pod comes with a private bathroom and Esko, your host, who tows your pod by snowmobile onto the ice-covered lake.

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It’s back to the United Kingdom for the last stop on our glamping tour. I write freelance for Christian publishers, so this would be my choice for the perfect glamping retreat. Angels Tabernacle in Herefordshire, United Kingdom. Isn’t it quaint? I’m inspired. How about you?

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I found the places featured in this post at Canopy & Stars.  Check out their website for more about these and other glamping places.

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A Tour of 12 Famous Authors’ Homes

I’m back after an unexpected blogging hiatus. The holidays and a flurry of writing projects made me put the blog aside for a while. For one of those projects, I’ve been researching where famous authors lived and wrote. Here’s some of what I’ve found.

I love this quaint little house in Austin, Texas, don’t you? This is the place William Sidney Porter (O.Henry) called home. Can you imagine him penning “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Ransom of Red Chief” here? Find out more . . .

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If you traveled from there up to Mansfield, Missouri, you could visit Rocky Ridge Farm where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the “Little House” books. If Laura’s daughter, Rose, hadn’t encouraged Laura to write those beloved stories, we might never have known about her.LauraIngalls

twainHeading over to the East Coast, in Hartford, Connecticut there’s Mark Twain’s estate. Personally, I find the exterior foreboding, but the inside is pure Victorian grandeur. Take a look . . .Mark_Rooms_Conservatory

In Massachusetts, you can tour the homes of Emily Dickinson and Louisa May Alcott.

emily-dickinson-homestead-amherst-massachusettsEmily’s home is in Amherst. She’s often described as being reclusive. Can you imagine her sitting all alone in that turret writing her melancholy poems?

Alcott’s home, in Concord, is where she wrote “Little Women.” The exterior of the house might look familiar. A replica of Orchard House was the setting for all the “Little Women” films. The 1949 film is my favorite. If you’ve never seen the movie, put it on your list. You won’t be disappointed.
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Let’s make one last stop in the states before we head across the pond to Europe. Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe had a cottage in the Bronx, New York? This modest little house is where he wrote his poems “Annabel Lee”and “The Bells” and also the short story “The Cask of Amontillado”.
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Now, on to Scotland.

You can’t think of George Orwell apart from his novel “1984”. Following the death of his wife, Orwell sought solitude. He found it in a farmhouse on the remote Scottish island, Jura. He arrived with only a cot, chairs, a table and a typewriter. This is where he finished “1984”.

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A tour of England wouldn’t be complete without visiting these authors’ homes:

Agatha Christie’s home, Greenway, in Dartmouth, isn’t the sort of home I’d imagined for her. What do you think? The house is set on the banks of the River Dart. Her boathouse inspired the scene of the crime in “Dead Man’s Folly”.

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I love Dylan Thomas’ boathouse in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire. I want to write there!

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Frances Hodgson Burnett was the J.K. Rowling of her time. She lived in Kent in this huge house, Great Maytham Hall. Burnett described it “a charming place with a nicely finished park and a beautiful old walled kitchen garden. The house is excellent, paneled square hall, library, billiard room, morning room, smoking room, drawing and dining rooms, seventeen or eighteen bedrooms, stables, two entrance lodges to the park, and a square tower on the roof from which one can see the English Channel.” The gardens there inspired her classic book, “The Secret Garden”. Read more . . .

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Thomas Hardy wrote “Under the Greenwood Tree” and “Far From the Madding Crowd” in this lovely thatched-roofed cottage in Dorset. It was also his childhood home. Take the tour!

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I wonder how many Easter baskets have held copies of Beatrix Potter’s books. Her Hill Top home , Near Sawrey, Ambleside, has a similar ambiance to Thomas Hardy’s, don’t you agree?

Do you wonder what goes on behind the scenes to maintain houses like hers? Click here.

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If you haven’t already, click on the links in this post to see more and learn about the lives of these amazing writers.

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