Diversions

Writers are generally nocturnal, introverted creatures, that come in all shapes and sizes. They require very little in the way of physical maintenance, and make excellent house mates if cared for properly.

Habitat

Writers need a desk, or some small dedicated location to write. You should provide at least paper and a pen for amusement in any setting. However, most writers will prefer a computer and keyboard for everyday work. When it comes to the desk chair, invest in the best that you can afford. This will ensure the longevity of your writer, and prevent future back pain.

Grooming

Your writer may prefer to buy books instead of much needed new clothing, and may not put attention into personal grooming when writing. Upon occasion, you may need to provide gentle reminders that pajamas are not appropriate dress for the supermarket.

Food and Exercise

Dietary needs vary, but if you keep your writer’s stomach full, your writer will be happy. Watch out for the excessive intake of caffeinated or sugary beverages including: soda, coffee, tea. Some writers are also overly fond of alcohol.

When in the midst of a story, it may be difficult to get your writer to leave the house or exercise. Force your writer to get out into the sunshine once in a while. You will likely face complaints, but it’s good for the writer’s body and allows the eyes to rest. Many writers are prone to nearsightedness.

Warnings

Writers can be temperamental creatures. If your writer shows signs of being stressed, try complimenting their writing skills, and cook dinner. Self-doubt is a common disease that writers suffer. You must be prepared to deal with occasional bouts of moodiness and insecurity, if you wish to live with a writer.

Writers are also very observant. If you anger a writer, he or she may expose all your worst flaws in prose, or worse yet, create a character after you and give that character the most horrific fictional death.

Thinking of adopting a writer?

Writers are best suited to caretakers who are secure in their independence, and don’t mind long stretches of silence. Each writer has a distinct, sometimes odd, character. If you enjoy cats, you will likely enjoy the company of writers.

Do not rush into the decision of getting a writer. It takes the right mix of personalities to find harmony in the home, but treat your writer well, and he or she can make the most faithful of companions.

Please share your tips for writer care in the comments.

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Diversions

When I travel, I always like to pay a visit to the local library if I can find it.

Seattle’s downtown library is all sharp angles and contemporary. The exterior walls are all glass and metal. Inside the escalators glow neon green, and the floors are bright tangerine. The ceilings are high, and it’s very spacious inside. It was also packed on a Saturday. It reminded me a bit of a mall because of the traffic flow and all the people.

Seattle Downtown Library
Seattle Downtown Library - Interior

The library in the Iowa State Capital is a contribution from E. Check out the four stories of neatly arranged books. I’m guessing the contents of these books are more of a legal nature (the Supreme Court is housed in the same building). I wouldn’t mind spending a lot of time in a room like this, irregardless.

Library in Iowa
Library - Des Moines, Iowa State Capitol

Oddly, I don’t have any photos of my favorite local library. I need to remedy that once it stops raining.

Do you have a favorite library?

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