We asked Entropy contributors to talk to us about where they write. Do you have a specific place where you write every day?
Dennis James Sweeney
When I’m generating, I sit cross-legged on my bed. It’s warm and there are no windows in my bedroom and I get to think about only writing. It looks dire, but it feels like home.
I write everywhere, really. On the treadmill, in the car (while I wait for someone or other), in bed (a lot). This is my desk, the prettiest of all the places that I’ve written recently.
I write in my old lazy boy chair by the window in the living room with my cat asleep next to me.
I usually write at the Women’s Center for Creative Work, a work and event space, and a women’s collective in Los Angeles. Depending on my mood, and what I am working on, sometimes I write in the workspace upon the giant vagina table. Sometimes I write in the library. Today I am working on the vagina table. The windows directly look on to the LA River, which is high and raging today, as it has been raining lately. I love it here so much.
Before I had kids, I used to write at a desk with my notes all organized and little inspiring figurines properly placed and a cute coaster for my coffee. Now it’s on the living room couch at 5 AM with my little chromebook. Whatever it takes.
I usually write at my desk in my room. Sometimes I write in bed. More often, I find it hard to write within my daily life and the spaces I habitate normally so often have to leave on mini writing retreats to the woods, desert, motel rooms, the snow.
I write on my laptop always, usually my living room couch with the TV but sometimes in a perfumed blanket fort with headphones in if I need extra coziness. That was Hollywood anyway. Here at my grandma’s in transition in below freezing weather I write on a blankets and pillow in front of a space heater either in my basement bedroom or upstairs in my grandma’s living room while she sleeps or watches TV. Or always that lovely blanket fort. First rule of blanket fort: don’t fart in the blanket fort.