“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

The Perfect Writing Space ... for a special-needs author
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I recently was invited to participate in a literary event at Norris Furniture in Fort Myers, Florida, my old stomping grounds. It was called Writer's Domain -- and they asked me ahead of time to fill out  a questionnaire detailing my vision of the perfect, most inspiring writing spot, which a team of talented decorators then tried to create.

 Two items at the top of my list: Gin. And birds. And I was very pleased at how well my appointed decorators -- Joyce Froney, Jean Allen and Cyndy Hintze -- exceeded my expectations.

Yes, that is a flute of champagne on the desk, which was kept full most of the evening by Tyler, the young man who'd been assigned as my go-fer. (Good luck after graduation this spring, Tyler. I'm sure you'll do well in Dallas or wherever you land.)

And, yep, there's the full bottle of gin. They even said I could take it as a party favor, although I had to decline because it exceeded the TSA size requirement. "I can make you a martini," Tyler offered more than once. "I can open it right here and now for you." I declined, however, knowing my visitors were expecting knife-sharp wit.

Yep ... a real parakeet! He was chatty as can be. He was released into the wilds of southwest Florida after the event, last seen landing on the snout of a 'gator out by the airport.

They knew I wore boots and hat and used these to decorate my spot, although they were ladies boots that looked more Michael Jackson than Ad Hudler. And note the apron and kitchen utensils, a nod to protagonist Linc Menner, from Househusband.

I would like to offer a  sincere thank-you to my hosts, Paula Robertson and her folks, and to Rene Norris and her folks. Writer's Domain was a clever, fresh idea for a literacy fundraiser. Plus, free food and free champagne, and I managed to sell some books with help from the girls from the local Barnes & Noble.

And Rene: One of your sales guys had his eye on that bottle of Bombay Sapphire. Can you please put it in your desk until I return in a few months?


Blogger Dani said...

Terrific idea!

February 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Man Martin said...

Ad, I knew you were a man after my own heart. Next time you're in Atlanta, I'll fix you up a Martin Martini. You don't have to worry about razor-sharp wit around me.

February 28, 2013 at 8:47 PM  

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