Don’t call it an “office”–call it a couch…Melisse Aires’s writing space #AuthorsInSpace #SFR

By Melisse Aires

I don’t actually have an office. I do have a small space in the corner of my bedroom I suppose I could call an office, but I only use it if I am on a video-cast(maybe twice a year!). I hate being stuck in a quiet, out of the way place. A dead quiet place makes me antsy. I can’t concentrate or sit still at all! I have been that way since childhood, always had to have music blaring while I studied.

I write on my couch, in the corner near our wood stove. I am perpetually cold, and Wyoming winters are fierce! I have a laptop desk with laptop and also have a Chromebook. They often are on at the same time. At my day job I use two monitors, and I find it handy to keep a couple pages up.

I like white noise when I write. Luckily for my marriage, I consider football, basketball and baseball white noise. Also reruns of black and white film noir or sixties TV shows are easy to ignore. Monk and Longmire are tougher, but if I am being really dedicated, I listen to music. I like Celtic New Age, instrumental movie scores,  and I also have a ‘hot love scenes’ playlist.

I like to be where the action is, where my two small dogs run around. Hubby likes to read or play computer games, so he isn’t noisy. My daughters are all grown so they are not disruptive in any way.  A warm blanket, my tablet in case I want to read, the phone, a place to put a drink, and a crochet project nearby, chargers at hand. My writing needs are met.

Melisse Aires bio

Take a shy, chubby, bookworm from Montana. Hand her a stack of her much older brother’s sci-fi and fantasy novels, James Bond books and horror comics. Later, introduce Barbara Cartland and the world of romance fiction.

Get her a teaching job or two in authentic, one room Montana schools, ala Laura Ingels Wilder.

Marry her off to a great guy, move her to a big city in Tornado Alley, then pop three daughters out of her in twenty two months (one set of identical twins).

Then, make her a jinx–every great genre TV show she loves gets the ax– Beauty and the Beast, Dark Angel–and Buffy and Spike never have a happy ending! She gets upset about no romance in the world, and fires up to write her own stories with happy endings.

Throw this all together into a small house in Wyoming, along with a small bouncy dog named Baxter and too many cats, shake constantly and pour it out onto a computer keyboard.

There! You have me,

Melisse Aires.

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6 Responses to Don’t call it an “office”–call it a couch…Melisse Aires’s writing space #AuthorsInSpace #SFR

  1. Melisse your workspace sounds charming. I love your definition of football as white noise. I totally get that!

  2. Lol, I see so many gorgeous offices other writers have, but I know I would never use one. I’d be back out on the couch!

    Thanks for hosting me, Cara!

  3. It looks like such a cozy place to write!

    Isn’t it fascinating how the creative switch can refuse to turn on in some locations? And how easily it is coaxed on in others?

    We are new empty-nesters, so I’m currently exploring other areas of the house where I might ‘finally’ put a writing office. I move around with my laptop to give each a try. The funny thing is, my current–and for the last decade–high traffic corner of the livingroom feels better. Go figure.

  4. Diane Burton says:

    Love your “office”, Melisse. That’s mine, too. Your definition of white noise–football–is right on. Basketball, for me too. Your office seems to work well for you. Hurray!

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