November 17, 2013

Lately I’ve been doing a great deal of work on PUSHING WATER, a novel in revision, and getting the final drafts of FISH KICKER ready for its publication that’s coming in March 2014. Most of the day I sit at my desk, in my seven foot long office space, nose glued to the computer screen. Everything I need is close at hand, even windows to look out so that I don’t feel as though I’m in a  prison cell of my own making.

Before we downsized and moved into our one bedroom apartment in Manhattan, I had a huge 12X14 room all to myself. Now I share space with a walk-through galley kitchen on my left and the living room to my back. I’m never far from my comfy red recliner and I often sit here for hours with a printed version of a work in progress, a red pen in hand as I clarify scenes, correct tenses, and cross out extraneous phrases. The light is perfect. On the dark stormy days, when the sky turns black and the rain beats against the windowpane,  I turn on my lamp and I feel like a cat snuggled into a familiar, warm corner.

But a writer cannot live by words alone and I must get out and visit the trees, the land, watch shadows creep across the leaf strewn grassy fields.

There are paths to explore, paths that led to mysterious and compelling locations, paths that I often feel obliged to take.

Then there are the unusual encounters. Just when I thought I’d seen everything along a frequently taken path, I found this tree smiling, the  sun shining on its craggy bark.

The other day while on one of my relaxing walks, I saw a reflection of the sun on the Central Park Reservoir that looked like a splash of diamonds floating across the surface of the water.


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  1. thelma straw on November 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Yes, that tree really does smile! Fantastic! Thelma Straw

    • thelma straw on November 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Yes, that tree really does smile!

    • thelma straw on November 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Yes, that tree really does smile1

  2. Sharon Johnson on November 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    a glimpse into the life of an author. You have such a good eye for capturing the interesting and unique sites along your path of adventure.

  3. Chloe C on November 18, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Love that skyline!

  4. ALAN.PEACOCK11@NTLWORLD.COM on November 18, 2013 at 7:40 am


  5. Deb on November 18, 2013 at 7:41 am

    That smiling tree had me grinning ear to ear!

  6. Susan on November 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Ahh, what a cute tree! I like your space, also. It has that lived in work look to it that makes you want to sit down and do something. The chair, my how good that looks on a cold wintery day with a good book (yours of course). Thanks for the tour.

  7. bob knightly on November 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Made me homesick for Central Park, and even the backs of Manhattan buildings from your abbreviated balcony. All the Best with the novels!

  8. Susan Sermoneta on November 19, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Adding the photographs to your blog makes a real difference – beautiful!

  9. Toddi/Claudia on November 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Again, a wonderful tour of your life. I recognized some of the areas in your pictures. Thanks!

  10. Jeri on November 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    So beautiful – you remind me of all the many dimensions of the city!

  11. Eric Parker on November 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Thanks Marge for the pleasant break from all our busy days

    I LOVE the glint of diamonds on the water


  12. Susan Bernhardt on November 18, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I love your writing space. What a view! I had a similar view…lol…in one of my blogs I wrote about fictional writing spaces and I included NYC. 🙂 Beautiful photos.

    • Pushing Time on November 18, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks Susan. In my other space there was no view. There was only the wall of an other apartment building. Though there was great afternoon like. Now I have tons of like, lots of NYC excitement going on and there is no end to the noise and city music. Please look me up when you come back to the city for a visit. Thanks for stoping by and leaving a delightful comment.