I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.  That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining board, which I have padded with our dog’s blanket and the tea-cosy… I have found that sitting in a place where you have never sat before can be very inspiring – I wrote my very best poem while sitting on the hen-house.

– Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle


José Arcadio Buendía spent the long months of the rainy season shut up in a small room that he had built in the rear of the house so that no one would disturb his experiments.  Having completely abandoned his domestic obligations, he spent entire nights in the courtyard watching the course of the stars and he almost contracted sunstroke from trying to establish an exact method to ascertain noon.  When he became an expert in the use and manipulation of his instruments, he conceived a notion of space which allowed him to navigate across unknown seas, to visit uninhabited territories, and to establish relations with splendid beings without having to leave his study.

– Gabriel Garcia Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude