My dear builders have left me for the Chelsea Flower Show. Here they be, trundling their specially designed Darmuid shed into the grounds for construction.
I miss 'em but I cheer them on. Go, guys. Show those gardeners a thing or two about shed building!
It took the Rooms Outdoor guys eight working days to build the shed. The whole process was a bit like Genesis (the bible chapter not the band)
It was too wet to move my office out there though we did try.
You can read anywhere, almost, but when it comes to writing … most of us do our best in a place of our own. Until you get one, you'll find your new resolution to write a lot hard to take seriously.But you don't just need a room of your own, says Scary Steve. "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot, write a lot."
He then lists places where you can read — waiting rooms, theatre lobbies before the show, long and boring checkout lines, and "everyone's favourite, the john".
But why read when there are so many other things you can do while sitting on the toilet!
Listen to your ipod
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One location Scary Steve fails to list is Ikea — spiritual home of the flatpack and scene of many a friendly tête-à-tête about family-led design.
And Scary Steve is right. Long, boring queues are perfect for reading! I've finished three books so far (including King's book, On Writing).
As for writing a lot, Scary Steve says a writing room "only needs one thing: a door which you are willing to shut".
The closed door is your way of telling the world and yourself that you mean business; you have made a serious commitment to write and intend to walk the walk as well as talk the talk.How hard could that be?
I mean, Jack Nicholson managed to do it in The Shining.
And look where it got him!