Monthly Archives: December 2011

Places I’ve Been

Let’s start with the place I’m in right now: purgatory. Yes, my writing mentors told me that querying agents (i.e., contacting them to see if they’re interested in reading your manuscript and then, hopefully, representing you) is harder than actually writing a novel. And they were right. Two weeks in, I’m feeling very obsessed and a bit insane.

My husband says I should distract myself by writing something else. So, I’m resolving to start my next novel (ack) and to blog more.

Here I am blogging more! (Blogging at all!) And here’s a list of many of the spots where I worked on my book. Most are places I visited numerous times.

  1. The Library of Congress
  2. The Library of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  3. Lauinger Library at Georgetown University
  4. The George Camp Keiser Library at DC’s Middle East Institute
  5. Firehook Bakery on Capitol Hill (this and the previous four bullets thanks to the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD)
  6. The Oysterville Guest House, thanks to the Espy Foundation
  7. Caribou Coffee near my house
  8. The Corner Bakery near my kids’ day care
  9. Various Starbuckses in the DC area
  10. The Silver Spring and Rockville, MD, Paneras
  11. A Barnes and Noble
  12. The Whole Foods near my office
  13. The Rockville (MD) Library
  14. Davis Library in Bethesda, MD
  15. Just about every room of my house

As you might guess, I love libraries and coffee shops equally, but when I was pregnant, coffee shops usually won out.

Where do you write?