By Kyndra Hatch
There is one constant in my life, and that is moving. In the 15 years I’ve been married, we’ve moved 10 times. And, wouldn’t you guess it, we’re about to embark on our 11th. So, when Cara asked if I’d like to write a post about my writing space, I wasn’t sure how I’d do that. My writing space is all over the place! And changes yearly in some cases. My current writing space in New York is so temporary that I’m not even sure it counts. Why do we move so much? My husband is in the military. This moving thing isn’t slowing down in the foreseeable future.
So, where do I write? Typically wherever my chair ends up. I have a brown La-Z-Boy rocker that I studied in as a child. My parents gave it to me when I went to college and it has been with me ever since. It’s old, somewhat ratty, and creeks and squeaks louder than a railcar, but I can’t sit anywhere else when I’m writing. When I first started writing in 2007, I did try out my husband’s computer desk. That did not last long. I needed a laptop so I could sit in my chair.
How about a tour of my writing spaces over the years? It was fun going through tons of photos to find these. So many memories!
These first two photos are my writing space when we were stationed in Florida. Oh, right, did I mention my husband and I are avid toy collectors? Any time we are in some place for more than a couple years, we unpack the collection. So, that’s the Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Voltron collection in my first ‘office’ space. We called it ‘The Reagan Room.’ Not because we lean any certain way politically, but because Ronald Reagan was president in the 1980s and there was some weird but amazing toylines that came out during that period.
Then we moved on to DC. I could never figure out the best spot to be in that house. We unpacked the Star Wars collection there and I wrote in “The Star Wars Room” often, but found it too distracting. I was too busy looking at the toys and finding that some were missing, which led my mind wondering where they are, which storage unit they might be in, and that just wasn’t helping me stay on track. So, I moved downstairs in front of the TV.
We also couldn’t seem to get organized, so lots of things ended up in my chair all the time. Kitty couldn’t resist and I didn’t always have the heart to kick the old soul off. There are so many pictures of her sitting in my chair that I think that’s really all I did while we lived in DC, take pictures of the cat.
Then we moved down to Alabama. We kept all the toys packed up. In fact, we haven’t unpacked them since DC and that was three moves ago. My chair ended up by the fireplace and it was a real nice place to write.
After only eleven months in Alabama, we moved to Nevada. Holy goodness, it was so hot there I just wanted my chair to be in the coolest place I could find in the house. Kitty ‘helped’ me often.
On to Upstate New York! The joke is that they felt like we needed a wardrobe change, so they moved us from the hottest place to the coldest place. Upstate New York is a complete 180 from Nevada. After a couple of long summers of simmering heat, I am enjoying the cold. And one of my favorite things in the world is snow. There is a giant patio window, the perfect place to park my chair and watch the snow come down. The perfect place to write!
Kyndra Hatch bio:
Kyndra Hatch grew up with a fascination for science fiction and a deep interest in ancient civilizations, a combination which fuels her active imagination. After twelve exciting years as an archaeologist, Kyndra has decided to take a break from her career to have more time with her husband of fifteen years. She pursues a passion for writing and has discovered her works have a decidedly science fiction romantic flair. She is an active member of the SFR Brigade and her debut story, “The Stranger,” won the 2014 SFR Galaxy Award for Outstanding Debut Story.
Kyndra also writes science fiction, horror, and dark humor short stories as L.K. Hatchett.
Aliens in the Barn
Bazin and three other Beryllians crashed landed on Earth years ago. Stranded due to a rookie mistake, it is a sore issue among them. Finding solitude in a human’s abandoned construct, he hopes against hope to be reunited with his bond-mate one day.
Miaxa has traveled thousands of light-years to find her missing mate, only to find he has befriended an organic and is even living in some organic structure. Even more disturbing is how flammable everything is on this strange planet. And Bazin has the audacity to toy with her? She should just kill him and be done with it.
Alexander Maddox has a special job with the government involving aliens from another world. The ones living in his barn were unexpected. Misunderstandings a daily occurrence, he is sure his resident aliens will be the death of him. A life in pieces collection of the Maddox family’s everyday life with their alien residents.
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