I have a major case of “want disease”. It’s usually something that I suppress pretty well, since the things I want are usually impractical or out of my reach, either financially or logistically. For instance, I doubt the homeowner’s association would appreciate a horse grazing away in my back yard.
Since getting this new writing gig, though, I’ve been thinking about all the things that I want, in order to facilitate my writing and photography. My immediate longing is for a space of my own – an office or room with a large desk where I can spread out. I was planning on turning Marie’s room into a home office, that could double as a guest room if the need arose (Michael’s old room is now used for storage). But since she moved back in (her lease was up, her boyfriend joined the military, none of her friends are in the position to share a place with her), that plan is going to be on hold for the foreseeable future.
In the meantime, I’m stuck with writing on my laptop while perched on the couch or the bed. The kitchen table is uncomfortable, and the tiny computer workstation in our bedroom is cluttered and cramped. I want a place where I can have an external monitor and keyboard, where I can put my legs fully under the desk, where I can spread out with books and gear and papers and trade publications. I want a space that is mine, where I can shut the door if I need to (more to keep the cats out than any particular human). A place that’s quiet and away from the mechanics of the household, that is dedicated (key point) as my working space.
I also want my own personal laptop. I primarily use the one that’s been provided by AcronymCo, and it is SLOW with a capital SLOW when I’m editing pictures. Calvin uses the one that we own for his personal, ah, “interests”, and I don’t want us bickering over who “gets to” use the computer when I have work to do. I want a permanent setup with a big ol’ monitor, external keyboard, and mouse, from which I can dock and un-dock. It would also need to be hooked up to a massive external drive to store all of my documents and pictures. I’d also love to have a top-of-the-line photo printer… you know, while I’m wishing.
I want, I want, I want. None of it is going to come any time soon, so I have to reconcile myself to a writing/working setup that is “good enough for now”. I have no idea on what that might entail. Any suggestions?