I’m writing this on a small table in th

I’m writing this on a small table in the living room. Sometimes I write at the kitchen table, which is much larger, sometimes at the library table I treasure, sometimes in the computer room that was included when we built our house just so I’d have a place to work. But that was before I started using laptops.
Laptops are great because they can be used anywhere. There are lots of ads featuring writers working on laptops while enjoying the sun on a beach in some sunny climate.
Forget the ads. They have it wrong.
That sand can be a problem. Did you ever try writing on a laptop while sitting in sand? Your back will soon ache. Your laptop will soon be covered with sand and probably become useless. The sun is hot and makes you squint. And when you finally stand up, your legs tend not to work well. Not to mention that the water is so inviting that you wonder why you’re sitting in a cramped position instead of enjoying a swim.
Trust me about this, I’ve tried the sandy beach thing but I didn’t try it for long. Same with writing on the deck. That lasted a little longer, but not much.
Any writer who has ever tried the beach thing… or the deck thing… will tell you that the best place to work is in a climate-controlled room sitting in a comfortable office chair that can be adjusted however you want at a large table that will hold a lot of stuff. Research papers. Coffee. Lunch. Cats. Tissues if you have a cold.
So much for those ads. They don’t reflect the real world.

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