Writing Spaces

Smoke by THORMarge scratches her head in the midst of the last remaining place of business where smoking is allowed, “The Everyone and their Mama Meeting Place Bar and Internet Lounge.” The dank odor is already permeating her heavy overcoat, a vital accessory since the owner saves money by not turning on the central air unit. In the summer Marge wears the skimpiest tank top she can find and has to purchase several rounds of water before she’s through with her writing. Gone are the days where she could enjoy the little writing shack she fixed up in her back yard. Once a hot tub outbuilding, it already had water and power when she cleared out the insides and swept away the spiders. A fresh coat of paint, a small desk and ergonomic chair, built-in shelves, a work table, and two dry erase boards later and she’d put together the best writing environment. The man at the computer kiosk next to her lets out a loud burp and jams his fist in the air as his screen emulates a winning slot machine. Her blank screen yawns at her. It’s enough to make her start smoking again.

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2 thoughts on “Writing Spaces

  1. Certainly not to Cedar Point. Wink Wink. This was a writing exercise for an online class I’m in. The purpose was to write about 200 words and include the worst possible writing space you can imagine for yourself, and the best. If I continued this in a story (and there’s kind of a cardinal rule against writers writing about writers as a main character unless you’re Stephen King) I’d take you back and forth in her timeline to get to the plot. The plot would be sort of a quest where she hits rock-bottom and has to make her way back and beyond where she was professionally, financially, and in relationships. I’d use flashback to show how she got to this point in her career, and more humor to show the ugliest parts (like the burping man playing video slots next to her). Marge is really just a character actor, a bit player at this point in my collection. She probably won’t rate her own story, but may make a cameo in another.

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