By Martha Reed
As I’ve said before, there’s nothing better than a three-day weekend. That extra day helps me get all my chores done; it’s like having an extra Saturday to do the things I want to do, and mostly what I want to do is to find a comfortable spot and read.
My to-be-read pile is usually stacked about fifteen books high. I get a lot of books passed to me by friends and folks at work who have found something interesting and want to share. It’s a very friendly communal thing and I enjoy the insight into the person who is giving the book to me – after I’ve read what they liked I feel like I know about them a little bit better, too.
I also like the range of topics that get handed to me because normally, when I’m picking out my own good reads, I tend to fall into the same pattern: mystery, biography, archaeology. Getting something unexpected from someone else opens up a whole new world. Free gifting is how I got to explore Dana Stabenow’s Alaska and Julia Spencer-Fleming’s small town Millers Kill. A friend of mine at work just turned me on to Randy Wayne White’s Sanibel series and that’s the one that’s got me in trouble because now I want to move to Florida.
I know I’m in trouble when instead of taking a brisk walk to PCN Park at lunchtime I decide to surf Trulia looking for homes with pools in Ft. Myers. I’m really in trouble when I start to fantasize about working on my latest manuscript from the deck of a houseboat or two-bedroom beachfront condo. But then, when I investigate the lives of other authors, I see that some of them are doing just that: living the dream and I wonder: why not me?
What is your dream location? If you could pick the ‘perfect’ setting for crafting your work, where would you set up your laptop?