Sunday, November 27, 2011

Goodbye, Lucky Writing Chair

So, it turns out that I'm rough on furniture--chairs, specifically. Allow me to present Exhibit A, my writing chair for the past year.

It was in perfectly good condition when I took it from the dining room to replace my old desk chair, which looked a lot like the one above, if you can picture it with a leg falling off.

I know, it's not pretty, but this is bound to happen when you log lots of hours at the computer, right? You mean it's just me? Oh.

Anyway, I knew the chair was looking shabby, but it still functioned. It had been with me through a couple of manuscripts, supporting me in good times and bad. It might have even been a little lucky. (Not that I'm superstitious.) We writers can't just toss aside something as important as a chair without giving it serious thought. Right? Just me again? Huh.

Well, today my husband and son surprised me with an early Christmas present:

I was very touched. And very skeptical. I mean, it's so pretty. A chair this perfect is like a heroine without a flaw--lacking character. This is not some fru-fru decoration for a showroom. I need something tough (obviously.)

But seeing as my husband braved the mall on the weekend after Thanksgiving, I figured the least I could do was give the new chair a try, so I did.

I'm happy to report that it's surprisingly comfortable. It doesn't rain little bits of foam on the floor each time I stand. Best of all, it has some decent mojo. I got my daily words done, no problem.

So, I'm saying goodbye to my old lucky writing chair. Here's hoping that the new one is just as lucky.

And a whole lot tougher than it looks.

What do you think? Want to take bets on how long the new chair will last? What's your lucky item?


Joan Swan said...

You know, all you have to do is take off the cushion, stretch some new fabric over the stuffing, staple it down and, wha-la, alternate lucky writing chair.

Just sayin....

Keli Gwyn said...

Wow! You wore out a chair writing! That's proof of your dedication and a testimony to your tenacity. =)

The new chair is lovely. I think it's so sweet that your hubby braved the crowds to get it for you. What a guy!

Anne Barton said...

Hi Joan! Great idea--we're going to try to replace the cushions on the old writing chair and all our dining room chairs. We got the set from an antique store many years ago, and let's just say they're long overdue for a makeover. :)

Thanks, Keli! I know, my hubby is the best, isn't he? He's always doing thoughtful stuff like this *and* he puts up with all my quirks. What more could a girl ask for?

MaryC said...

I think it looks like the perfect chair for a Regency writer to perch on.

Happy sitting and writing!

Lisa Connelly said...

How did you wear out a chair with that tiny butt of yours??

Anne Barton said...

Aw, thank you, Mary! I shall pretend that I'm in my drawing room. Warning, the Regency-esque portion of this comment ends here. ;)

Lisa, you don't know how hard it was to write this post without making a single butt/booty reference. I was tempted but showed incredible restraint. And then you had to go there. I knew I could count on you. :)