My Workspace Blog Hop

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Forgive my disappearance the last couple of days. My internet’s been mostly useless, and then went off entirely. The service providers have apparently been on some sort of strike since the end of August, so I guess I’m lucky to have it back on at all, but it’s still slower than anything, and intermittently going off. Not impressed. Please have patience with me catching up with everyone, and comments, and blogs. In the meantime….

I was tagged by the very talented poet Pamela Beckford in the Work Space Blog Hop, which means I get to reveal my scribbling spot to the world, and then tag others to do the same.

My scribbling corner. It’s a bit of a mishmash furniture-wise, but I love it. When we left Zimbabwe last year, we packed what we could squeeze into the car – mainly the feathered horde, and apart from one thing, that was that. We walked out of the door of a massive house full of antiques and the bits and pieces that build up over years and years, with no looking back and no regrets, to start totally from scratch again here in South Africa. A friend brought that little old writing desk (to the left of the printers) down for me in the boot of his car though. It’s the only piece of furniture I didn’t want to part with, even though it’s not a valuable thing. I’ve always used it to store pens, notebooks, and general writerly bits, as well as all my painting stuff. I’d rather have burnt it than left it behind to be honest. It’s oddly become part of me – part of who I am and what I do.

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I like elbow room when I work, although at the end of most days my desk is piled up with bits of research, editing, and presents from my lovely little assistants. Part of Jelly and Button’s day jobs include ripping up the newspapers under all their food playgrounds and bringing them over to insert in my hair, ear, or nut stash.

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I find it easy to get to work the minute I park my rear in front of my desk, and I’m grateful to have a place all of my own to do all the bits that I do. I think that having a particular spot of your own to write is pretty much essential, and I have a lot of respect for authors who manage to get their work done when they don’t. You should have all the tools of your trade no matter what job you have, and that includes the writerly trade. Having all the files, cabinets, and notebooks that you need (and in my case about a hundred gel pens – love those editing jewels!), is also really helpful.

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I don’t understand why it would be necessary to feel guilt spending money on the tools of your trade, even if you’re only starting out. I find my spot comforting, familiar, and conducive to inspiration. Some scribblers seem reluctant to insist on a space purely for them to do their work in, and reluctant to “waste” cash on anything that they need to put in it to make their workdays easier – and I reckon a lot of this stems from whoever shares their homes seeing what they do as some sort of vain, time wasting frippery, which is not nice, and best ignored if possible. Claim your space I reckon, even if it’s as small as Ursula K Leguin’s.

Ursula K. LeGuin, Children's Books Winner, 1973

Image Credit: ScienceBlogs

And now I’m tagging some wonderful people, cream of the crop authors, every one.

Sally Cronin
Teagan Geneviene
Sherri Matthews
Olga Nunez Miret
Kevin Cooper
Mary Clark

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55 thoughts on “My Workspace Blog Hop

    mihrank said:
    October 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

    great image with successful combination of your story!

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    john flanagan said:
    October 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

    i enjoyed this sharing, Jo, and i like your work space.
    Best wishes
    john

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    Sherri said:
    October 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Wow Jo, I hadn’t realised that you had left behind so much when you moved. But I know that feeling, having left behind the big house, big car, lots of ‘stuff’ when I moved back to the UK from CA. It’s quite freeing in many ways isn’t it, if not easy at the time, once the decision is made to walk away, as you say, with no regrets 🙂 Love, love, love your working space, I can imagine you now, scribbling away with all that space around you. My space is a little smaller – not unlike Ursula’s – but hey, it really is all about claiming our space 🙂 Thanks so much for tagging me Jo, you lovely lady you. As coincidence would have it, I’m working on a writing process blog meme so will add this to that if that’s okay in a couple of weeks? Meanwhile, I hope your internet gets up and running smoothly very soon and you have a great week ahead my lovely, gorgeous friend. Hugs and lots of love… ❤ xoxoxoxoxoxoxox 😀

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    olganm said:
    October 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Thanks Jo for including me in the blog hop! I remember you talked about moving. It’s good to see you feel comfortable in your new home (even with the internet problems) and I love your assistants. At the moment due to family problems I’m staying at my parents, but when I go back home I’ll do a workplace post. I do agree with your need for space. I’m feeling it now although most of the time I’m very lucky…

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:46 am

      I hope you get your space soon Olga – I find it very hard to get any work done without my own, and you’ve just published a book regardless. Muchos Kudos my friend! HUGS! XXXX

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    Nicholas C. Rossis said:
    October 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Lovely work space and I really love the walls, they feel cozy.

    I find your life story fascinating and would love for you to write more posts about your moving from Zimbabwe and your new life in South Africa.

    Thanks for sharing!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Thank you for reading Nicholas! I’ll definitely write more on Zimbabwe to here – life has been a bit hectic in this last year, but it will be really good to share some memories. 🙂

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    […] Just as well we have been de-cluttering and tidying up ready to sell the house otherwise the delightful invitation from friend and collaborator (in the annual bloggers conference to be held in some South Pacific paradise this decade!!) Jo Robinson whose own account of her workspace with secretary birds and cashews made me most envious. https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/my-workspace-blog-hop/ […]

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    teagan geneviene said:
    October 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I like your work-space Jo. Well organized and roomy. I actually don’t have one — just my narrow townhouse so my workplace is my sofa! LOL. And i really would hate anyone to see the state of my rented home (i go around with my eyes half shut and cringe when i accidentally open them). I will have to get creative for your blog hop — and thanks for including me. Hugs. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:42 am

      LOL! I think your workspace is brilliant Teagan, and it’s doing the job because I love reading the things that emanate from it. I’m a bit OCD with not being cluttered – I seriously can’t get a word out if there are to many things jiggling my elbows. HUGS! ❤

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    October 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    All done missus, thanks for including me and lots of sunshine and hugs from here.. XX

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Mrs Speeeeeedy… 😀 I love your workspace Sally – it’s totally warm and comfy and you. HUGS and MWAH! ❤

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    October 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Here is Jo Robinson’s work space with her secretary – Miss Birdie… paid in cashew nuts by the look of it – I wonder if Mavis might be interested…

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Thank you gorgeous Sally! That Jelly gets paid in gold coin though – no flies on weaver birds. 😀 HUGS! XXXXX

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    October 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Very homey workspace. Love the look of the desk. As for that last paragraph, it is so true. Especially not feeling guilty about spending even a little money on writing supplies.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Charles! I wish I could duplicate it and send it all to you – I’m totally in awe of the work you put out there regardless of the challenges. Definitely lose the guilt – you earn a lot more than you get with the work you put in every day. 🙂

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        Charles Yallowitz said:
        October 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

        Thanks. Though I wouldn’t be sure where to put supplies. I have to admit that not having my own space does help in working with minimal equipment. Just the laptop and a shelf full of old notebooks. Okay . . . half a shelf. 🙂

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    Let's CUT the Crap! said:
    October 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I L.o.v.e. gel pens too and tend to buy them whenever I come across some as if I’ll run out of pens. Wacky, but true. Like you cozy cubby as well. ❤

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:35 am

      They are absolutely brilliant! Whacky is cool – I admit to being a terrible stationeryholic – got piles of just about every sort of pen including the glitter ones. HUGS ❤

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        Let's CUT the Crap! said:
        October 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        😀 😀
        Great minds think alike it seems. ❤
        While I was away in China, I panicked when I was down to my last gel pen because they had all run out of ink. The hotels had p.e.n.c.i.l.s. in the rooms!

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    Ronovan said:
    October 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    If you only saw my space. Which you can’t. It really isn’t a space at all. Being still recovering from a fall a year ago my space is pretty much being confined to a bed.
    I love the brick walls and your bird.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Owie Ronovan! I’m amazed at how productive you are being confined like that – I wonder how comfortable that would be – typing like that? Thank you for the loving! My brick walls are mellow – a bit like scribbling away in your own personal cave. 😀 And the bird – that’s Jelly the weaver bird who totally inspired my Fly Birdie, right down to losing his toe. HUGS 🙂

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    danniehill said:
    October 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    That is a very nice work space, Jo. I bet the wall is an eye relaxing part of it.Before we moved back to the States from Thailand my work space was a tiny folding table–big enough for my laptop and a spiral notebook. I love it. I also had a small window to look out at the mango trees and flowers of our tiny farm.

    I too would like to read more of your living and moving from Zimbabwe.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Thank you Dannie! I love the vision of working and having the sights and wafts of mangoes and flowers through your window, and I’d love to see Thailand. I suppose that it’s not the size of the workspace so much that it’s all yours that makes it special. Now that life is settling down, lots of Zimbabwe memories are surfacing again, so I’m sure I’ll be sharing them. 🙂 X

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    sknicholls said:
    October 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    It is good to see you have your own work space. i’m hearing so many are confined to a bed or a spot at the table.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:27 am

      I’ve also heard that – it’s so not fair. It’s hard enough sometimes to concentrate in your own spot, without being uncomfortable or in the middle of all sorts of activities.

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    davidprosser said:
    October 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    A great working space Jo. Big enough to write Epics in.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Thank you David! I’m a clumsy oaf in small places (big spaces too to be truthful) – now for the Epic. HUGS and MWAH! XXXXX

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    John W. Howell said:
    October 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Nice space Jo. I enjoyed your story and having just finished African Me and Satellite TV the story of your move from Zimbabwe to South Africa touched me. (as did the story)

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Thank you so much John! Definitely not a boring couple of years so far, but all good in the end. X

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    Jacqui Murray said:
    October 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Amen! Love your bricks, cashews, and even the bird!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Jacqui! My feathery lot are sweet little guys – I probably wouldn’t get anything done if they weren’t supplying the background music. 🙂

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    Kev said:
    October 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    What a wonderful post, Jo! I love your little work space… now how am I going to match that? 😀 Oh, and thanks for such a great honour of being invited as part of your workspace blog hop… now, better hop to it! 😉

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Thanks Kev! I knew you’d have a scribbling den and a muso den – and I’m NOSY. 😀

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        Kev said:
        October 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

        And now you got the rest of the world peeking… naughty as well! 😀

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    Carol Balawyder said:
    October 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    What a lovely post. I like the idea of starting over clean somewhere else. That’s really cool! 🙂

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    My Workspace Blog Hop! | Kev's Blog said:
    October 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    […] Hello folks! I was invited today on this wonderful workplace blog hop by a very dear friend, Jo Robinson. […]

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    Kev said:
    October 13, 2014 at 10:16 pm
      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

      It’s COOL Kev – love that the muso spot takes centre stage. 🙂

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        Kev said:
        October 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        Cheers Jo! 🙂

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    literaryeyes said:
    October 14, 2014 at 4:40 am

    That’s a comfy looking space, while also functional. A good balance.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:18 am

      I love the functional, but it’s nice and peaceful too, so I’m very happy to have it. 🙂

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    One Gentleman said:
    October 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I think we should hone our craft, whatever that craft might be. I believe it is a good idea to have this work space, if one chooses to write. Thanks for sharing this

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thanks to you. 🙂 I think that it’s really good to have a space especially to work in, so hopefully when you’re there that’s what you’ll do. 🙂

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    theowllady said:
    October 15, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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    nataliescarberry said:
    October 24, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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    siobhandaiko said:
    November 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I love your workspace, Jo. Aren’t we lucky to have our own scribbling corners? 🙂

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    JunkChuck said:
    December 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    So organized! I’m in a 9×12 space filled with shelved and boxed books, stacks of papers, and gods know what else (I see a stuff Toucan doll my kid made back in grade school, and a set of “lord of the rings” checkers but can’t reach either without risk of landslide….

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    yprior1 said:
    February 18, 2015 at 9:16 am

    enjoyed your space – 🙂 (came here from sherri’s blog – and glad I did – best wishes)

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