Remaking my writing/reading space while quarantined.

Dear reader,

Forgive me for my months of silence when we only just got to know each other. I come to you again with another blog post. Given the present circumstances, many of us who are not essential workers must stay indoors to flatten the curve of COVID-19, while staying at home I had the sudden energy to completely change my desk layout. Dust off cobwebs in corners I haven’t reach in awhile, donate the books I will never read and get rid of the random junk. Basically going all Marie-Kondo up in here. Except not quite. While I have yet to change my entire desk I did focus my energy on a particular area of my desk that has been bugging me for some time. The built-in cd shelving/rack. My desk was originally meant for a large desktop computer and was purchased at a time when CDs were a more common thing that you wanted easy access to for work, games, or music. Needless to say, these days I do not have any CDs that need their own shelving, so I was left to figure out what to do with the wooden shelving blocks and two screwed in pieces of metal which stuck behind the rack to prevent CDs from falling to the back of the desk.

My first crazy thought was to convert the small nook of space into a little bookshelf. All I needed to do was to remove the plastic front of the CD rack where I put the CDs in followed by unscrewing the two metal pieces. Once that was done, rather than keep the two wooden blocks for shelves, I removed them to have one large and one small shelf, as supposed to three where no books could fit. Instead of leaving one wooden block as the sole dividing shelf, I instead used a blank notebook of mine with a pretty black spine and ribbon as the substitute shelf. Now looking at the photo below it appears I have a partly floating bookshelf and more space for my books.

This was by no means an incredibly arduous task but I give myself a pat on the back for doing it regardless. What about you, have you done any crafting or remodelling of your work/reading space recently? Let me know in the comments below.

Books on Top shelf: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt; Captain Courageous by Rudyard Kipling; The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler; The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Books on Bottom shelf: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss; My Movie Business by John Irving; Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer by John M. Bowers; Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud; Seal of Approval: the history of the comics code by Amy Kiste Nyberg.

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