I haven’t given a writing shed update for a while. I’ve been busy with crazy family stuff and work stuff, and the blog has been sidelined. Also, I felt lousy, and I do find I blog a lot more when I’m feeling upbeat. Not a deliberate put-on-a-happy face thing, just when I have the blahs I also don’t have the energy to blog.
I’ve kept working on the Little Yellow Writing Shed, though like any project there have been moments I felt like giving up. It’s now taken at least three times as long as I thought it would take and cost three times as much as I planned to spend!
Still, it’s progressing! The shed no longer leaks. It has guttering. It’s insulated from top to bottom. There’s a tented fabric ceiling. It has new windows. And today I finished the wood panelling and started trimming around the doors and windows. There’s still loads more to do, like trimming, painting, and weatherstripping, but it finally looks like a space someone might put a desk and bookshelves in. Not a crummy Dr Who set from the seventies (when they were made out of exactly what I lined the shed with- polystyrene and tin foil!), trying to look like the interior of a space ship, the way it did a week or two ago.
I’ve also bought a few little bits and pieces for the inside, once it’s done. A cushion for the seat. Fabric, some new some thrifted, for the curtains and more cushions and to cover the pinboard that will go above the desk and for the inside of the door (which will also be a giant pinboard. A pretty coat hook. I can see how it will look when it’s done. Small, but cosy and colourful.
The unexpected bonus has been that I’ve gained a lovely outdoor seating area, too, in what used to be a
junk outdoor storage area under the cherry tree. It still needs some work, but it’s coming together nicely too. I’ve put down gravel, put up some trellis to hide the wheely bins (the only unlovely thing about it), and transplanted some herbs and fruiting plants that will take the semi-shade. I love this old metal table and chairs I bought on eBay. Because it’s already rusty, I won’t feel bad about leaving it outside!
I’ll be glad when I can actually start writing in the shed. I’m doing my morning pages and jotting down ideas and snippets, but not actually working on a story. I miss it.
But I’ve enjoyed getting back into building again. Still want to build my tiny house one day.