With two young children in the home, finding time to write is difficult. While I’d love to say that I get up at 4am every day without a problem to get a few hours in, I can’t. That would be lying. But, what I can say is some days I get a few hours while the kids are playing by themselves and some days I get, well, not even a second. *sigh* Ah, the life of a writer with small kids in the house.
So with this little problem, I’ve had to come up with a, grab the bull by the horns, plan to combat it. Every other Saturday, I take the whole day away from the house. I leave in the morning, go to a little nook corner of one of my favorite writing spots, and I don’t come home until late in the afternoon. It’s a grand day. I love it, and usually, I get a few thousand words in, which makes up for the days at home when I get 250-500 in a day.
While most authors get away to small coffee shops or quiet book stores, I have a few off-the-wall places. One of them is my local movie theater. A movie theater? Yes. A movie theater.
In Moore, Oklahoma, we have the Warren Theater. Above the in-house diner, the arcade, the ticket counter, and the popcorn/candy stand is another restaurant and bar—a second level, where you have to be 21 to get into.
It’s called “The Balcony”.
There are two theaters attached to the balcony—the grand auditorium, and the Directors Suite. Both theaters offer oversized chairs that heat up (the chairs in the director’s suite also recline), and servers to bring you food and drinks while you watch a movie. It’s a running joke amongst people who frequent the theater that once you go balcony or directors suite, you never go back to general seating unless forced.
The balcony also offers two lounges, one with full eating tables, and another with just chairs. Both areas are never busy and are very dark and quiet. Not to mention, they have a turkey sandwich on the menu that I crave, daily. I will admit that I do feel weird walking into a movie theater with my computer bag, and I’ve gotten a few strange looks from people and servers when I sit down in a booth and pull out said computer.
But, do I care? Nope.
One time a friend and I even caught the attention of the manager, who was so taken back by the fact we chose the Warren as a place to come and write without seeing a movie, he made sure we got extra attention. Another time the assistant manager noticed me, and after her curiosity brought her over to my table, she offered to put my business cards in the employee lounge.
My other place is a pizza joint a few miles from my house in a neighboring small town. During the winter months, on any given Saturday, the pizza place probably sees about ten customers…in the whole day…and nine of which pick up their pizza and leave—leaving me, the one other customer, the whole restaurant to myself…all day long.
While I don’t really have the normal writing spots, they are still my spots and I wouldn’t trade them for any coffee shop or book…okay, I might have to rethink the book store, that might actually be cool. However, the nearest book store is quite a drive from my house, so with gas prices and time spent in the car instead of writing, I think I’ll continue to pass on the idea.
Anyway, I love my writing bizarre writing spots, and I can’t wait for my next Saturday off!