My New Office

Okay! For the first time since we moved into this house, four years ago, I feel like my office is someplace that says something about me.

For a long time, I wanted to get rid of the desk I’d been using — it was too big, too heavy, too brown. Plus, I didn’t like where it was in the room… I had no floorspace.

Recently, my wife dragged home a desk that was smaller. This inspired me to do a complete redesign of my office.

Now, all the big bookcases are along one wall. The smaller desk is in the corner next to the window. All my little creatures and whatnots are on display. My books are organized again. And I have room in the middle of the floor. ‘Cause sometimes, you just like to sit on the floor when you work, y’know?

For those of you at all interested, here’s the desk where I’ll be doing most of my work from now on:

The new desk at the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media.
The new desk at the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media.

Yes, that’s a lava lamp. And I’ve put half-inch thick foam core on the wall behind — I need to get four more pieces of that to go all the way to the ceiling. I have two cork boards, but I really like the white of the foam core.

Next to the desk is a small bookcase that used to have all my comics trade paperbacks stuffed into it. Now it just barely holds (most) of my writing books:

Tell Matt Selznick how to write.
Tell Matt Selznick how to write.

The comics themselves have a home in the bookcase:

The comics part of the bookcase at the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media.

 

For a better view of the assorted action figures, daikaiju, and other toys on the bookcase, let’s go from the left:

Matt Selznick's bookcase figures and toys from the left.
Matt Selznick’s bookcase figures and toys from the left.

And then from the right:

Matt Selznick's bookcase figures and toys from the right.
Matt Selznick’s bookcase figures and toys from the right.

Many years ago, when “Ray Bradbury Theatre” was on the air (where’s the DVD boxed set, dammit??), the show would open with Ray in his office, surrounded by toys accumulated from a long lifetime of childhood. I was inspired. This is the first time I’ve really done it. It’s a daring thing, in a house with four cats, but we’ll see!

So there ya go — I haven’t done anything but this for the last three days. Over the next week, I have to slowly start going through a bunch of papers and scraps and build a filing system — something I’m loathe to do, but I really have to get organized. I don’t have the storage space to do otherwise.

Okay. Gotta think about bed now. Early morning tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed the mini tour.

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