Monday, April 15

Posted by Laurel Garver on Monday, April 15, 2013 6 comments
Sometimes a project starts to gel after many months of two steps forward, five steps back. When this happens, the best thing is to head into "the writer's cave."

How did we arrive at "cave" as the best metaphor for focused work?

I guess caves work as a cozy shelter from the storm for hermit-types. But I see a place like this and expect the resurrected Jesus to tap on my shoulder.

He is not here...he is risen. (

Alternately, I imagine something equally tomb-ish. Whatever you do, don't blink.

EEK. A likely inspiration for Dr. Who's "In the Time of Angels" (
I'd prefer my cave to be someplace leading into the heart of adventure and strange beauty.

Paths, handrails and mood lighting. Now we're talking. (
I'd rather not think about squerching through bat guano or braining myself on stalactites while trying to evade a bear or puma whose home I just invaded.

Anyhow, I may be a bit less active on social media for a while, aside from some guest appearances planned well in advance. I'll be, you know, in the strange place we call "the cave."

How do you think of your productive zone? How do you picture your "writing cave"?


  1. I love the slightly beautiful cave. My productive zones are my dining room table or in my sun room depending on the season. Good luck being productive.

    1. Your "caves" sound lovely. Thanks for the well wishes. Write on! :-)

  2. Hello Laurel

    On his recommendation, I've popped over from Michael di Gesu's blog ( and I'm so glad I did.

    Best wishes

    1. Nice to meet you, Felicity! Right, Michael was featuring my debut for letter N. One loses track of time in the cave. LOL.

  3. Hi Laurel
    I think morning sunlight, great coffee and alone!
    I find it difficult since there are a few bats nesting in my cave, right now and this retired Navy eagle. My crow like tendencies are trying to distract him, lol. My husband recently retired-he squawks a lot more than I thought ;D

    1. Hi Ella, thanks for stopping by! Good luck distracting the eagle who insists of roosting in your cave. I say get him busy working on his own roost or perhaps a hunting expedition. :-)