Writing at Home With My Parents, Who I’m Definitely Not Fictionalizing in My Novel
It doesn’t really matter at all where I write—as long as, at some point, I have the option and availability to transition to my bed.
The Four Humors
This past year, I lived in a subletted room in Los Angeles, where I had fled near the end of 2020. The reasons were many: My day job was remote, I had never lived anywhere but New York City, I had close friends in Los Angeles, and yeah, I had been living at home with my parents for three years at that point, even before the pandemic.
nothing at all.
It’s not too late! Your epigenetics! Your eggs!
I’d bought a cheap desk for my room in Los Angeles. Probably I spent a total of fifty hours working on this desk in the span of a year. Again, mostly I wrote in bed. My bedroom in Los Angeles resembled a tree house. Once, while I was writing in bed, an owl sat in the big tree and watched me from outside for hours. It was a period of time so sublime I didn’t even think to take pics.
Mina Seçkin is a writer and editor from Brooklyn. She completed her MFA at Columbia University, where she also received her bachelor degree. Her work has been published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She serves as managing editor of Apogee Journal, and her debut novel, The Four Humors, will be published by Catapult in November 2021.
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