This week, I’m sharing with you a glimpse of my new home office workspace.
Yesterday, I delved into the maps of two cities in England. Today, I don’t have a lot of time, so let’s look at one small picture.
Whenever I am so fortunate to be planning a trip to England (or anywhere, really), I ask myself, “What do you need to see on this trip so that if you never get back there, you won’t regret it?”
This question is behind why, for example, I’ve never been to Buckingham Palace but I have been to the Tower of London twice. I can live without seeing the changing of the guard, but seeing that magnificent ancient fortress? No question.
So when I went to England in December 2018, I knew that I had to see Stratford-Upon-Avon. Not only am I a huge fan of Shakespeare’s work, but my own novels based on his plays were being published. If I never got back to England, I would never forgive myself for not going. How could I not take the pilgrimage?
The visit was everything I had hoped for and more. Someday, maybe, I’ll write about it but for now, that day remains among the most precious memories of my life.
The picture you see above was taken inside Shakespeare’s birthplace, the home he was born and grew up in, and where his family lived before he became wealthy enough to build another home, the New Place, one of Stratford’s fanciest homes at the time. Inside this beautiful old home, upstairs, I found this little corner, artfully staged.
I wanted to sit down — well, squeeze into it — and write.
I framed this picture and hung it right above my desk, right in my eyeline so I can see it every time I look up. I want it to remind me, every day, of the importance of creating, of living while you can, of remembering.