In which we sort ourselves out


Writing space: the final frontier

When you move into a new house, you unpack about 90% of your belongings in the first months. And then, of course, there’s that lingering tail that seems to get put off indefinitely.

This asymptote of neglect can be indicative: if you haven’t opened a box for a few years, it’s likely you never will. I’ve shed a lot of junk along my life’s journey from one country to the next, over many dozens of temporary dwellings, but I still carry along with me a few dusty, taped up boxes containing goodness-knows-what: old photos, letters, memorabilia, experimental data. One day I might be tempted to break the seal. For now, they’re stashed in the loft, their contents wrapped in yellowing newspaper, each wad of it a time capsule in itself.

We moved into our current house a bit more than two years ago and, as per the formula, most of the rooms were sorted out in short order. The spare room and the study, however, become dumping grounds for things we thought we could organize later, bookshelves crammed willy-nilly, literature mingling sadly with storage containers and extinct media formats like VCR tapes and CDs.

Over the Christmas break, we’d had enough. Both Richard and I can’t write well if our designated spaces aren’t tidy, and something needed to be done. Ruthlessness was required. Many things were “lofted”: sealed boxes, seldom-used things, and a heartbreaking series of baby items that are no longer required but might one day be useful for grand-children. Best of all, we finally sorted out our respective desks, and the many bookshelves. We drew the line at any sort of organization aside from spine height – except for my long-anticipated “Wall of Lab Lit“.

In short, there’s no excuse now not to get writing seriously again!

Wall of LabLit

About Jennifer Rohn

Scientist, novelist, rock chick
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8 Responses to In which we sort ourselves out

  1. rpg says:

    Thanks sweetheart. #nopressure.

    Actually, that reminds me that I was going to comment on (one of) your previous posts about printers and proofing but the moment is gone (thanks to the rather communist commenting policy somebody set up here) so maybe I’ll have to do a post myself.

  2. MrsR says:

    This is so lovely, especially the corner unit and orchid. That chair looks like numb-bum, though. We’re moving next month, and I am enjoying the decluttering and looking forward to hanging my office art.

  3. It’s certainly the chair of someone who doesn’t get much time to write these days! I’ll be happy if I can achieve total numb-bum sometime in the near future.

  4. Grant Jacobs says:

    Great to see you’re all set up to write again – looking forward to reading! (No pressure!!)

  5. I like that karyotype you have hanging there. 🙂

    Now… about this third novel of yours… *impatient noises*

  6. Steve Caplan says:

    If you just squint and and turn your head sideways, yes, maybe using a small magnifying glass–you can just catch it–a glimpse of “Welcome Home, Sir” on the bookshelf. Just noting, for the record…

    Nice work-space!

  7. Winty and Grant, the third novel is…possibly closer than it has been.

    Steve, glad you noticed. 😉

  8. Laurie Aldridge says:

    Great to hear that the third book is a coming.

    Being alive and strongly disagreeing when Snow talked about two cultures its great to read good descriptions of science.

    No pressure but please finish the book.