I tried something completely new over the weekend- I took my computer down to my local library and set up shop. It didn't work out quite the way I had hoped. My motive for the change of scenery was that while my writing space (my husband let me turn our office into a library/ writing lounge and it's awesome) works for writing, it hasn't been working for revisions. I don't know why, but I'm not getting the same inspiration as when I create. So, enter the scene with me at the library. I had three free hours before I was heading to see The Lorax with my husband (more on that later), and thought even with travel and unpacking time, I would have a solid 2.5 hours of working on my novel (the excruciating change to first person on AN UNEXPECTED KINGDOM).
Here's a little sample of how that went:
10:30: Arrive at Stoneham Public Library
10:33: Get caught in weird conversation with circulation desk worker about automatic doors that I can't seem to end
10:40: Finally get to the upstairs carrels and pick one
10:41-10:50: Set up my stuff and get situated- coat off, scarf off, computer and note cards unpacked, phone silenced, note cards arranged on desk, computer plugged in and turned on
10:5:1 Realize outlet has no power and that battery only has half hour of juice left
10:52-11:00: Repeat procedure at new carrel
11:01: Open document
11:02: Woman asks me where the new YA books are- get into a discussion about why the library needs a separate section for new YA books
11:15: Get back to document
12:00: Realize I spent 45 minutes on the prologue, which really didn't need work, and I changed about three words and one comma
Aaaand the experience went downhill from there. I am still adrift on my revisions and would love to know where other people write and if that same space works for revisions or editing.
Oh, and PS- see The Lorax; it's amazing! My husband was embarrassed because I cried. I'm not made out of stone!