[quote1][dropcap1]W[/dropcap1]elcome to the latest installment of the Forward Motion Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour! We’ve gathered several writers from amateur to professional, and we discuss one topic for the month. This month’s theme is my favorite writing place.[/quote1]
As you can probably tell from the title, mine is a coffee shop. But not just any coffee shop! On, no! Mine happens to sit inside the biggest new and used bookstore west of the Mississippi! Powell’s City of Books.

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Most of my writing is done in public places. I can escape the distractions of chores and the internet at home, and disappear among a crowd of people sitting around a cafe for a couple of bucks a day. If I absolutely have to have internet access, I can get the daily code from the barrista. It’s rare that I do, however. Most research can wait until I’m home, and no emails are that vital I need to be scouring Thunderbird every few minutes. And if there’s internet…I will.

I suppose I could write at any coffee shop. I have before. Over the years, I find favorite ones that meet my needs. I’m a creature of habit, so I’ll find a place and make it mine until something dire happens. The first one I recall was Coffee People at SW Park and Yamhill. I adore Velvet Hammers, and would have one every day I went there. I didn’t always get the table with the electrical outlet, but the drink more than made up for it. I’d sit by the window and watch the funny people pass while I wrote about rock bands and Lakota Indians.

Then they closed. * Grumble *

The search is on

I had a few interim places at that point — Borders downtown some days, Starbucks if absolutely nowhere else had open tables. (Their coffee is too bitter for me. Prilosec doesn’t touch the gastrointestinal distress after a day writing at Starbucks.) I tried a couple of others, but none were “home”.

Then I found That’s when I “discovered” Powell’s and World Cup Coffee. I mean, it had always been there; I’d been there several times over the years, but not as a writer. When I showed up and had a good look around, I found a lot of great stuff. There are eight seats that have power outlets — four facing south, four facing west. The west side is tough during the day as it gets full sunlight (at least when Portland has sun) but it’s doable. I come in pretty early and almost always get one of them. On the rare days I don’t, there are plenty of other seating arrangements. There are huge picture windows to watch Burnside and 11th traffic and pedestrians. Best of all, the coffee isn’t super-bitter, so I don’t need a constant regiment of Pepto Bismol during my constructive days.

Did I mention the hundreds of thousands of books I have to pass going in and out of the coffee shop? Bliss!

So, a seat with a view, decent hydration, munchies and sandwiches and soups if I want ‘em, and electricity! That’s an excellent office environment for a minimum of two bucks (large coffee with room.) What more can a writer ask for?

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[quote2]Today’s post was inspired by the Merry-go-Round Blog Tour, an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

If you want to get to know twenty-plus other writers, and find out what’s on their nightstands, check out the rest of the tour! On the 11th, the entry was by D. Anthony Brown. Tomorrow, see what David Bridger has to say on the matter! Happy reading![/quote2]