What do I need more space for?
This is a trick question, right?
We all know I don't have a dedicated work space. I'm a writing vagabond, going wherever I can with my rolling case carrying my laptop and writing notes. Today I'm at the kitchen table, tomorrow I might be on the couch, next week: we'll see. Maybe using the kitchen counter as a standing desk.
I would love a dedicated office, desk, etc. Right now it's not an option, but when I do have that space, it'll be lovely.
I've mentioned this online before, and someone unhelpfully pointed me toward this cartoon of a Charles Bukowski quote. As if to say, Hey, man, if you were really serious about your art, you wouldn't need a special office space. You'd do just fine without it, because you'd be DRIVEN, man.
Screw that. I mean, yes, I don't need it. I think I've actively demonstrated that point plenty. I can continue to work and do fine with nothing but my rolling-bag-vagabond-office and whatever flat surface I find. I can.
That doesn't mean I don't want more. That doesn't mean I shouldn't strive for having it, like it would make me soft.
Though, on some level, it's a nice metaphor for my writing career. I mean, I'm doing pretty good. But there's still plenty to achieve, and I kind of like that I still have to be hungry and fight for it. That it hasn't gotten too easy.
If you've been following me for a while you're probably aware of my feelings of how this business is supposed to be. I'll let Tom say it one more time.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Need More Space For...
Marshall Ryan Maresca is a Fantasy and Science Fiction Novelist, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels:
The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages , The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue , The Holver Alley Crew, The Imposters of Aventil , Lady Henterman's Wardrobe , The Way of the Shield (October 2018) and A Parliament of Bodies (March 2019).
His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.
Visit his website at mrmaresca.com