Where I Write: with Meg Mitchell Moore

Where I Write: with Meg Mitchell Moore

Today Meg Mitchell Moore is joining us on Ladies Who Critique to talk about where she writes. I love getting an insiders peek into where the magic happens!

Author of The Arrivals, Meg has a new book out TODAY: So Far Away. Scroll down to find out more about the book and where you can get a copy! 

Meg lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband, their three children and a beloved border collie. Follow her on TwitterBecome a fan on Facebook.

Enjoy the post, and happy Tuesday!
– Laura
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There are two different spots in my house where I typically write. The first is an office on the second floor which I am not going to photograph because we are in the middle of organizing a big move and I’m staging a lot of the clothes sorting from there. 

The other place I write is at a desk in our basement, which I like to call The Bunker. (It’s not a walk-out basement.) That desk is pictured here. The only reason the desk is in The Bunker is because we bought it for my daughter’s room, it didn’t fit there and I was too cheap to pay the restocking fee to return it. Plus it’s a nice desk. I work here only when my kids are at school and I have the house to myself, or sometimes at night when everyone else is sleeping. There’s a desktop computer on the desk, which we set up for the kids to use. When I work in The Bunker I push the desktop to the back and squeeze my laptop in front of it. The only adornment is a Miscela Leone coffee poster, nothing fancy, I’m not sure where I got it but recent research shows that anyone who wants one can have one from buymeposters.com for $19.99.

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Behind me, as I sit at my desk in The Bunker, is the only sofa in the house the kids are officially allowed to use as a jungle gym. To my left is a small, high window that looks out on the back yard, and sometimes I can see my dog walking by during one of her yard explorations. She’s a border collie, a decade old, but still fit and game, and occasionally she’ll rouse herself and do a couple of laps around the yard at full speed: a canine track workout. To my right, on the floor, not pictured here, is a sheet of Masonite, 8 feet by 4 feet, which my daughters are supposed to use to practice their Irish dancing; the board helps them hear if her feet are hitting the ground correctly on each step. The closet to the right is full of toys, though not as full as it used to be, because the pre-move purging is going really well. 

I have always envisioned writing in a light, airy, well-furnished, kid-free, dedicated office, uncluttered, maybe a vase of fresh flowers, a fruit bowl with some grapes and apples. Our new house in California doesn’t have a dedicated office, so we are finishing off an attached garage that I can use. It won’t be underground, but I think I’ll still call it The Bunker. 

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Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gallagher is trying to escape: from her parents’ ugly divorce, and from the vicious cyber-bullying of her former best friend. She discovers a dusty old diary in her family’s basement and is inspired to unlock its secrets. 

 
Kathleen Lynch, an archivist at the Massachusetts State Archives, has her own painful secrets: she’s a widow estranged from her only daughter. Natalie’s research brings her to Kathleen, who in Natalie sees traces of the daughter she has lost. 
 
What could the life of an Irish immigrant domestic servant from the 1920s teach them both? In the pages of the diary, they will learn that their fears and frustrations are timeless.
 
Available May 29, 2012, from Reagan Arthur Books / Little, Brown and Company.
 
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