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A Literal Hole In The Wall. . .MY Hole In The Wall

August 16, 2019

It took me a long time to admit that I was a writer. I’m not sure why I resisted the urge for so long. I’ve written books, magazine articles, technical documentation, training materials, stories, these scribblings, and hundreds of other bits and pieces.

And every time I’ve done it from some closet, or cordened off corner. Each time we’ve moved over the course of our marriage, each new house, we’ve found some small area to make for me an office.

Seven years ago, or so, we bought our current house. At the time, the basement was only partially finished. The state of the housing market meant that the sellers enticed us with a $10,000 bonus to allow us to finish the basement and make bedrooms for the eight kids we had at the time.

My wife did a wonderful job of designing a layout that included six bedrooms, two storerooms, an unfinished bathroom, a modest family room, and a broom closet.

It measures seven feet by four feet. That makes it quite large for a broom closet, but quite small for an office. In fact there wasn’t room for much more than a desk. Not even a chair. My kids fashioned me a (very uncomfortable) padded seat for a bucket.

Eventually, I came into possesion of a beautiful rolltop desk. Fortunately, a rolltop desk is not one solid piece. They come apart. In pieces it was small enough to fit into my cubby hole.

And finally, I got a true chair. The chair also come in pieces. I built it literally in place between the desk and the wall. I’m not even sure if it comes back apart. I know it’s not coming out in one piece.

So, each night after my lovely wife has gone to bed and my kids have settled in for the night, I retire to my hole-in-the-wall and write.

After all, writing is what writers do. We don’t need much space. A broom closet will do.

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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