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Peace and quiet are as essential to the writer as a computer or a pen and paper. While you can buy the latter at a store, getting your hands on the former isn’t always so easy. TRIAS, an architecture studio based in Sydney, has a solution for those in Wales. The Slate Cabin is a single room structure that boasts an exterior made predominantly of slate, which is found throughout the mountains around the escape hut. The slabs of slate are arranged like shingles, giving the cabin a roof-like look, and the interior is composed of light birch plywood, contrasting the exterior in an eye-pleasing way. The interior is sparse and clean, offering the person trying to write a bit of calm in their life. It sure beats a noisy office or a chatty coffee shop.

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[Shop]  You don’t need to be an international man of mystery for there to be value in the ability to pick a lock. Whether you have a penchant for forgetting your keys or just want to be there for friends and neighbors, learning to pick locks is a worthwhile skill. But that doesn’t mean you should go practicing on your front door; officers might not like that. Instead, get yourself this Lock Pick Training Kit, which includes a set of tools and a see-through padlock so you can watch what’s happening while you practice. Not only will you come to understand the inner workings of a lock, but you’ll gain the skills necessary to pick one with ease. And don’t worry, there are keys included in case you get frustrated.