by Lillian Csernica on March 12, 2013
Three months ago my husband and I bought a house and moved in. What did I unpack first? The manuscript, notes, notebooks, and other miscellanea involved in my current novel. Then I went into the garage and began the excavation required to locate the boxes that contained my Japanese reference library (the novel is set in Satsuma, Japan, 1867). Next came my favorite fiction, one whole shelf devoted to Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld books and another to Janet Evanovich‘s Stephanie Plum series and another to Jim Butcher‘s Dresden Files. I find these series to be inspirational. Not only is the quality of the writing great for recharging my word batteries, seeing the commitment those authors have made to producing novel after novel after novel gives me concrete motivation to do the same. I’m still looking for the boxes that hold my collection of ghost story anthologies. I love a good ghost story, especially from turn of the century authors such as A.M. Burrage and Marjorie Bowen. I’ll find them.
The point here is simple. Underwear and a toothbrush and caffeine and those other daily necessities can be acquired easily enough. The exterior space you live in affects your interior life. I now own the space I live in, both outside and in. I must take care to avoid unnecessary clutter. I must surround myself with all that is positive, nourishing, and uplifting, sights and sounds and smells and textures that will support me as I labor through each day, writing the fireworks and sword fights and love scenes as well as helping John with his homework and listening to Michael struggle to tell me about his day.
Beware unwanted clutter. Beware even more so unloved clutter that stirs up bad memories. Feng shui says such clutter gets between you and what you really want, slowing you down and sucking away your energy and sabotaging your dreams. I still have boxes to unpack and tchotchkes to deal with, but I shall be ruthless in the defense of the spaces where I dream, both in my office and in my heart.