bits and pieces

When I began working from home in March, it was to be a temporary thing, probably no longer than a couple of weeks. I am still at home, though I moved my workspace from my cold and mildewy basement (the dehumidifier runs almost constantly) to some bonus space in our master bedroom. It’s much better here, especially considering that I am making the work-from-home move permanent. Here are some things I have learned in my ~8 weeks of the experience:

  • I didn’t know mildew could make me physically ill.
  • Houses, and especially their plumbing, make a lot of noise.
  • Lawn mowing in the neighborhood makes a lot of noise.
  • Barking dogs in the neighborhood make a lot of noise.
  • My wife had been watching soap operas during the day when I was at the office and continues now.


With nowhere else to go (and I pretty much intend to stay isolated through the summer), we’ve visited the cabin nearly every weekend. And if ever we get a break in the rain, I plan to get on my bike.

I hired a man to deliver a load of gravel to the cabin, so that’s given me a new, long-term chore to work on when I’m out there. (Now, if I could just get the other crew to finish work on the spillway . . .)


The image above is apropos of the age, I think. It’s actually the side of a tissue box, but it illustrates the spread of contagium, don’t you think?


Work on Omphalos continues. As of this writing I have more than 17,000 words down, and I think I’m about a third of the way through the story I have to tell. So it will be about as long as Ouroboros. It’s a sequel, and because it builds off of Ouroboros, I’m finding little things I need to plant there, which means another rewrite of the earlier work. Omphalos has also been writing itself. I’ve found myself spending whole days writing it, which is not my usual way.

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2 Comments on “bits and pieces”

  1. Thank you for the update. Im not sure how much longer im working from home at least until the end of the month.

  2. markparis Says:

    I’m also working at home, the same work I have been doing for several years since I retired. It’s about six hours of work a few times a year, which is about all I really want.

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