Patrick Ross

Patrick Ross author photo 2014Committed front coverPatrick Ross is a professional storyteller. He is the author ofย Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road, which tells the story of a cross-country road trip in which he interviewed creatives of all types about their creative process and found himself drawn to returning to a creative life himself, despite a family history of mental illness. He blogs at The Artist’s Road on creativity, writing, and living an art-committed life. He recently was profiled in The New York Times, but his wife and two teenage children still know him as the man who can’t say no to bacon.


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  • What a great space. I am absolutely drooling over that giant whiteboard. And I know my husband will be jealous of those antique maps. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Patrick, and congrats again on the new book!

    • Thanks for hosting me, Annie! And the white board is simply whiteboard wallpaper; it’s four two-foot-wide strips hung vertically. It really helps me to “see” what I’m working on.

      • Wow, what a great tip! I didn’t even know such a product existed.

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  • Congrats to Patrick on his newly published memoir! Photos all have their own story to tell, too. Have a great week, Annie!

  • Ha, love the little strip of bacon next to his computer! It’s a lovely space, very light and airy and for what(I think?) is a basement like area, that’s surprising! Thanks for sharing, Patrick!

  • :Donna Marie

    I absolutely LOVE seeing authors’ and illustrators’ work spaces ๐Ÿ˜€ This is a fantastic space, Patrick! I love everything about it. It seems to have everything you need where you need it ๐Ÿ™‚ And your whiteboard is very similar to something I started creating years ago when I realized I needed timelines for each plot/subplot. I like the way you did this. Thanks so much for sharing, Patrick, and for hosting, Annie ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thanks! Right now the white board has some calendars drawn on it to keep track of various guest posts, etc., but as Annie knows, I forgot to update that board with this publication date! Fortunately she gave me a nudge a few days ago and I took some pics. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It’s my pleasure! I love snooping around in other writers’ spaces. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    Your office space is fabulous, Patrick! I’d been eyeing the whiteboard wallpaper for years (in anticipating of my new office space if/when we ever move into our new house). Can you share where you got it? That will be the first room complete in the house! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And helllooo, Mr. Bacon!

    • Hi Melissa! As I just tweeted you, I don’t recall the online retailer–it was several years ago–but they were a site that sells supplies to schools. I seem to remember multiple brands being offered, and it wasn’t particularly expensive. I think I covered six feet by eight feet for about $20!

      Mr. Bacon is too sullen to say hello back, even though he knows you well. Yes, he’s still a pill!

  • jclementwall

    Before I got to the photo that focused on the family room, I was thinking (envying) how much space Patrick has, and his easy access to a napping spot. I not only like his whiteboard, I’m awed by his notes! I thought you were the most organized writer I knew, Annie, but maybe it’s a tie.

    • Hi J! I write a lot about whole-brain thinking, and I think it’s because I feel I need to defend how important organization is to my creativity. I always felt like I was out of step, that to create you’re just supposed to float free and follow your whims, but the interview subjects in my book made clear that on some level, all creatives are “organized” in some manner or another; for me I need to “see” what I’m doing.

      • jclementwall

        No less than Jon Stewart agrees with you. I do too, but the way, I just don’t have a badass whiteboard. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m not gonna lie; that whiteboard makes me totally jealous! I don’t have an empty wall big enough for something like that, though. “Easy access to a napping spot” cracked me up. Most organized writer is a title I can happily share! If only all were such. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Peggy

    I love your office with the window to the pretty backyard! I like that interesting looking cedar chest/footlocker, the dark furniture & the maps, which all has a masculine tone. And, of course, the white board that fascinates all of us:) Twenty something years ago I bought contact paper that was made to function as a blackboard for my small kids & put it up on the garage wall. I guess it’s the same principal except black.

    • So my wife saw the blog, and although she sees this room every day, she said, “Wow, I didn’t realize how masculine our basement was.” ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’ve seen paint sold at AC Moore that creates the effect of a blackboard; I’m not keen on chalk, however!

  • Woo-hoo! So great to see Patrick’s book coming out!!

  • Traci Kenworth

    I’d LOVE to have all that space!! The maps make me think of adventures to other worlds.

    • I thought of that too, Traci. It’s like every time he goes into his office he’s traveling great distances to get to a magical land. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cynthia Robertson

    What a ginormous, well-lit space, Patrick. And gorgeous view too! Lucky you. Though, like you, I keep my desk facing the wall – too much temptation to sit and gaze, otherwise! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Really? I don’t know how I’d manage without a big window to gaze out of while I work. Some of my best thinking comes when I’m watching squirrel antics, haha. Now actual doors might be a bit too much temptation…

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