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26 AALL Spectrum 36 (Sept.-Oct. 2021)


I have a love-hate relationship with writing. Ever since I wrote my first term paper, I have relished researching a thesis topic and exploring my findings. I love assembling the seemingly remote pieces of the puzzle and watching the image take form. (It is perhaps no small wonder that I pursued a career in librarianship, where research is front and center.) Like so many of my fellow English majors, I also love the romantic notion of the writing life—nestling in at a cozy coffee shop to write for hours on end, the shop’s buzz in the background, saturated in the aroma of fresh ground coffee; or taking a page out of Thoreau’s book, spending my days hidden away in a quiet cabin, immersed in the sounds and smells of nature, alone with my thoughts. Distraction-free. Reality, sadly, is far less idyllic. Even over the past year, when we have all been more isolated than usual, when we have spent most of our days, weeks, and months at home rather than in the office, the hustle and bustle of the workplace still found us.