My Writing Space: Peter Clarke

“My Writing Space” is a series about writers and the places in which they write. To contribute, send a photo of your writing space along with a paragraph or two describing it and its influence on your writing to beaver[at] with the subject line “My Writing Space.”


My writing space overlooks the foggy edge of San Francisco with the Pacific Ocean on the horizon. When the fog clears, I can see in the distance a miniature, toy-like structure that is the Golden Gate Bridge.

This million-dollar view is found in a rather humble house in Daly City, California, where I’m renting a bedroom at a comparatively bargain-basement price. When my housemates are gone or asleep, I try to appreciate the ocean view as much as possible. Otherwise I usually lock myself in my bedroom with my books, guitars, succulent plants, and cheap wine.

Everywhere in this house looks and feels like a foreign country. When I write in this place, I sometimes feel like I’m on vacation writing in a mysterious language that I can’t use for any practical purpose. My characters recently have all been vigilantes.

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  1. That pretty much wins the award for best view. Went to a friend’s new office — sixth floor, corner office. I told her I wouldn’t be able to get any work done in an office like that because I’d spend too much time staring out the window. May be the same dynamic for me with your view.

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