In many ways, my shed is a lovely place to work. So I shouldn’t be surprised that other beings, smaller than me, choose to work there too.
Recently, for example, I have been joined by:
Wasps, building a nest, and buzzing busily;
Spiders, building cobwebs, and lurking quietly.
This has made writing a bit difficult. I have a genuine fear of spiders (in a running about screaming sort of a way) and though I’ve never had a problem with wasps before, being shut in a small wooden box with a large angry wasp (understandably angry, after I’ve knocked her nest down with a brush) is not relaxing.
The stress and occasional terror of sharing my creative space with small scary beasties has added a certain tension to my writing of battle scenes and character betrayals. It has sometimes felt like writing under siege, listening for every little buzz, flinching at every tiny movement, suspicious of every shadow.
Here is a picture of my cat. I do not have any pictures of the smaller visitors, because I was too busy dealing with them (and my fear of them) to take photos.
So, that’s the wildlife (and tame-life) I’ve been sharing my writing with this month. What wildlife do other writers share their working day with, willingly or unwillingly?
Lari Don is the award-winning author of more than 20 books for all ages, including a teen thriller, fantasy novels for 8 – 12s, picture books, retellings of traditional tales and novellas for reluctant readers.