The above picture with the oh-so-sad, winter trees is from our yard yesterday. Today the sky is heavy with dark clouds, and it’s raining, a cold, vampiric rain that sucks the warmth right out of your blood. We usually get spring by the end of March, so I expect several more weeks of chilly weather. Sigh.
This is my writing office:
It’s simply a desk in the corner of our spare room. It’s also on the cold side of our house (wonderful in the summer, goose-bumpy in the winter). Dear Husband suggested I take a portable space heater in there, which was sweet of him, but I don’t want to waste electricity.
That corner is my most productive writing area. No phone, no TV, and neither the dog nor the husband will follow me in there. It’s also got my “envision board” (an inspirational vision board with action items). I want to keep writing there without freezing my fingers off.
And my fingers do get cold:
What to do?
I keep touch with my productive writing space by speed typing at my desk for six minutes every day. I can handle typing in a cold room for six minutes, and that still tells my brain, “This is where we get down to work.” I’ll bump up the six minutes to ten then twenty as the weather warms up.
This is where we get down to work.
I’m not the only writer complaining about cold keyboards. Lately I’ve come across others’ toasty typing tactics:
- A USB-connected pair of electric gloves that have no fingertips (you can still type).
- An electric mug warmer to keep your coffee hot.
- Three pairs of socks at once to battle an upper Midwest winter.
- A blanket and a laptop so you can snuggle into the warm sofa. (This is what I do when I’m not at my desk. It’s okaaay, but it sure doesn’t help my posture.)
- Layers of outwear so thick you look like the Michelin Man. Than you can survive in a basement office.
Winter is not that bad, really. It makes me more appreciative when spring rolls around!