Happy Days Are Here Again!

26 Jan

Making a room of one’s own

Virginia Woolf said that every writer needs ‘a room of one’s own.’  Until I got married, I had one.  Then I was too busy being in love, raising babies, living my life to need one. 

In 2003, I started a degree with the Open University and in 2008 I took their Creative Writing course and rediscovered my love of writing.  

I have had, since then, the use of the Hub’s computer, but not his desk i.e. I can sit at it to use the computer but not put anything on it; our bed; and 55 note books.  That is about to change.

Make way for Tilly!

Make way for Tilly!

The Hub fixed me up with a laptop over Christmas.  Tory Boy came home for ten days and, once he was done being ill, he cleared half of the stuff in his room into the loft, the recycling or the bin.  We rearranged the furniture and there is now space for a desk, which Spud is kindly donating because he also got a laptop for Christmas and no longer needs his PC.

Today, I plan to move the desk into what is now the spare room.

I have the best family in the world.  And a writing space of my own!

63 Responses to “Happy Days Are Here Again!”

  1. The Wanderlust Gene January 26, 2013 at 12:12 #

    Fabulous! 🙂


  2. misswhiplash January 26, 2013 at 12:22 #

    That is great..there is nothing better than your own bit of space


  3. vivinfrance January 26, 2013 at 12:43 #

    You deserve it, Tilly and your writing merits it. I hope you’ll take me on a Skype tour soon – that’s how I’ve kept up to date with Sally’s house renovations and also the state of the snow round about her!


  4. Ron. January 26, 2013 at 12:55 #



  5. restlessjo January 26, 2013 at 12:58 #

    Wonderful! Just wait till you get started… No Malteser’s mind, making the place untidy.


  6. McGuffyAnn January 26, 2013 at 13:12 #

    Well you certainly need this! I am so glad they are doing this for you!


  7. Karen Snyder January 26, 2013 at 14:13 #

    Everyone needs a little hidey-hole of their own! http://www.flickr.com/photos/j_benson/7471675062/ 🙂


  8. laurieanichols January 26, 2013 at 14:32 #

    That is fantastic! However if the Hub is anything like my hubby you will need some room for him in your office space. The Hub has been used to seeing you for all this time and if you are suddenly squirreled away in your private room it might be too much for him to bear. Or perhaps not, either way hooray for Tilly!


  9. Wayne January 26, 2013 at 14:36 #

    A writing space is important to productivity.


  10. vastlycurious.com January 26, 2013 at 14:48 #

    You are lucky to have family !!!!


  11. Al January 26, 2013 at 15:18 #

    Now you’re really going to be hard to guard!


  12. Dana January 26, 2013 at 15:23 #

    How wonderful! That’s something I really want as well. Right now I use the house computer, which is situated in our guest room, which has no storage space for my writing stuff. I keep hoping for a laptop and a room…



  13. gigihawaii January 26, 2013 at 15:25 #

    I write at a desk top computer that sits on a computer hutch in the living room. No need for a separate room. I managed to write and publish 3 memoirs and numerous newspaper columns there. Best wishes to you, Tilly.


  14. Rorybore January 26, 2013 at 15:45 #

    you are the luckiest woman ever!! Oh to have a place where I don’t have to share my creative space with half dressed Barbie’s, Lego pieces and half eaten apples. The dream lives on. Enjoy!


  15. mairedubhtx January 26, 2013 at 15:47 #

    Congratulations on getting your very own space! Enjoy!


  16. Judy January 26, 2013 at 16:12 #

    Congratulations on finding your space! Now you have to find your writing mo-jo and you be all set.


  17. sharechair January 26, 2013 at 16:20 #

    Won’t that be fun and inspiring to set up your own space!!! Looking forward to pictures of the finished product!


  18. Tonya January 26, 2013 at 17:33 #

    Congratulations on your own space!


  19. slpmartin January 26, 2013 at 18:01 #

    Congrats on the new space!


  20. Brenda January 26, 2013 at 18:18 #

    Congratulations on your very own space…. good luck with the creativity!


  21. Jess January 26, 2013 at 20:04 #

    Wow!Your own space!!!How brill! And a desk!Oh enjoy 🙂


  22. judithatwood January 26, 2013 at 20:09 #

    Hooray! Nothing quite like it!


  23. Viveka January 26, 2013 at 20:23 #

    Congratulations, I suppose it’s now possible for all great writers to be staying at Knockinamm Lodge in Scotland … while writing their books. *smile – I think the spare room will be perfect for you and it’s included in the “rent” and close to the kettle.


  24. benzeknees January 26, 2013 at 23:21 #

    The reason I was so happy to get a new laptop was so I can sit at a TV table in the living room & watch TV while I’m writing (blog, book) & playing games.


  25. terry1954 January 26, 2013 at 23:34 #

    good for you!!!!!!


  26. bluebee January 26, 2013 at 23:35 #



  27. barb19 January 26, 2013 at 23:50 #

    Good for you, and what a very co-operative family you have! Everyone needs a space to call their own.


  28. adinparadise January 27, 2013 at 00:03 #

    Wonderful, Tilly. We expect great things to emerge from your new den. 🙂


  29. Katharine Trauger January 27, 2013 at 06:46 #

    Mmm! I love the smell of books, and I think I can smell a new one coming on! 😉 Ms Woolf did not fare so well, in the end, though, so I would not copy her too much! 🙂


  30. SchmidleysScribbling January 27, 2013 at 17:57 #

    I have a room of my own, or two or three. Sometimes I share. Good for your boys…so kind to Mum. Dianne


  31. Kay's Musings January 28, 2013 at 07:55 #

    Oh yae!!! I’m so happy for you! It’s always great to have a space where you can write and create.


  32. Pseu January 28, 2013 at 10:57 #

    Looking forward to the finished product…
    are you redecorating, or just reorganising?

    I moved furniture and redecorated the guest room so I could have space, and I’m now using it, though I haven’t finished organising it!
    I managed to get a second hand office chair with arms and a two drawer fining cabinet for a bargain price which was marvellous. But I need the hanging files and a grand sort out of old papers, to keep only what’s necessary. One step at a time.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife January 28, 2013 at 11:41 #

      Baby steps, that’s right.

      I am just taking one corner; it’s all I need. I plan to use the walls as a notice board.

      The desk is not in there yet because there was a hiccup – it is buried under Spud’s stuff. He wanted to clear it himself but he had too much homework on Saturday to get to it. He went out yesterday and I was going to do it but then that thing I told you about happened, so I didn’t.

      I am out today but tomorrow – it’s mine!


  33. Three Well Beings January 28, 2013 at 18:54 #

    Found creative space is just the best! I think your family is truly wanting to support your creative writing. How lovely!


  34. Grannymar January 30, 2013 at 20:57 #

    I hop0e you have a good chair to look after your back. Enjoy your own space.


  35. Perfecting Motherhood January 31, 2013 at 07:40 #

    I can’t wait to see what your home office looks like. With a cow somewhere in there, of course.


  36. Lizze February 1, 2013 at 03:17 #

    Congrats on reclaiming that space of your own! Happy 6WS! 🙂


  37. eof737 February 1, 2013 at 15:14 #

    Well deserved… Enjoy it! 😉


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