My Favorite Writing Spaces by Parker Foye – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Parker Foye who is joining us to celebrate tomorrow’s release of Hart of Winter.

We spend too much time indoors, according to Science. But this makes sense, right? It’s where the chairs are! And the internet! And hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows! All the important things in life.

But, as a writer, sometimes I get the sudden feeling that if I spend one more second in my regular chair, I’ll do something that no amount of tiny marshmallows can ever make right. This particularly strikes during editing season, when I can feel my brain slowly turning to mush from looking at the same scenes over… and over… and over again. So for my post today, I want to introduce you to some of my favourite writing spaces.

5. Coffee Shops

An obvious choice, perhaps, but for good reason i.e. they sell hot beverages there. And cake! And power outlets, though sometimes they’re just elaborate fibs and they don’t work, which is wonderful to discover during a writing flow. The biggest downside here, though, is that other people visit coffee shops, too, and if you’re easily distracted by noise, movement, smells—well. It’s not a forever home.

4. Public Libraries

No coffee or cake served here (usually), and there’s still people, but there’s less noise. A winner, you might think, as you set up your writing station in a cosy corner—but, what’s this? All those books. Everywhere you look! Sweet, precious books, just waiting for someone to come along and sweep them off their shelves into loving arms. Oh no.

3. A Museum

This very much depends on the kind of museum, in my experience. Big and state-run with lots of tourists passing through? Sure, find a bench in a corner somewhere and type away. Small and local? The staff will definitely notice that you’ve been sitting in front of that display for the past three hours, and Questions Will Be Asked. Power outlets are limited in museums, too, but an hour or so with a notebook might rejuvenate you between scenes.

Also, a lot of museums have cafés. Just putting that out there.

2. University Libraries

Okay, I’m biased by geography, here; I live in Oxford, UK, and I have access to the libraries attached to the University of Oxford. Sure, there’s… Quite a few books… oh no… But the best part is having access to study spaces designed for students to park their laptops and their butts down for hours upon hours.

Downside: students definitely have right of way, so don’t be an ass and seat-hog during exam season! However, if that coincides with your deadline, it can be unfortunate.

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If there’s a university in your town, you can often get access to their library for a small fee. I’d recommend investigating.

1. Home Sweet Home

Well, it has to be the top option, doesn’t it? I mean, everywhere else looks at you sideways if you turn up in your pyjamas.

Magic-using winter sports enthusiasts find love on the slopes.

Luc Marling is cursed to transform into a stag from sunset to sunrise, making him vulnerable to black-hearted collectors. Thanks to a family heirloom, Luc can contain the change—but the magic is starting to fade. Luc intends to live fast while he can and doesn’t care who he hurts along the way… until he meets Rob.

Rob Lentowicz accidentally broke the curse on a famous singer and became a magical reality-TV star. Tired of having to lie to protect his bank balance, and unwilling to destroy his family reputation with the truth, Rob runs away to France—and straight into Luc.

They navigate slopes, secrets, and each other. But are the feelings between them real—or just magic?

About the Author: Parker Foye writes speculative-flavoured romance under the QUILTBAG umbrella and believes in happily ever after, although sometimes their characters make achieving this difficult.

An education in Classics nurtured a love of heroes, swords, monsters, and beautiful people doing stupid things while wearing only scraps of leather. You’ll find those things in various guises in Parker’s stories, along with kissing (very important) and explosions (very messy). And more shifters than you can shake a stick at.

Parker lives in the UK but travels regularly via planes, trains, and an ever-growing library.

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