Just now I read this truly realistic CV of a scientist.
I thought it’d be fun to write my own:
Hi, my name is Sarah Keenihan, and I’m a science writer. I love to read and write about many different kinds of science, and the people involved in it.
In an ideal world, I’d be set up in a sun-lit office with a comfortable chair for thinking and a standing desk for writing. I’d write from 7am to 3pm each day, and then prepare a leisurely and nutritionally-balanced meal.
In reality, I have a small wooden desk to which I dash back and forth over the course of a day. When I have a new idea, I hammer out some thoughts and walk away. Most of my thinking I do on my feet. I return sporadically to my desk to edit and rewrite. I am a caterer, with sandwiches and quick slap-up kid-friendly dinners my speciality. I am a juggler of laundry. I am a runner and a walker, sometimes to set destinations, sometimes just to burn off steam. I am a manager of three personalities in addition to my own – a sensitive and social 10 year-old, a musical and efficient 8 year-old and a temperamental and hilarious 3-year old. I have extraordinary skills in reading, signing and filing school notices. I do reading in classrooms and sometimes I boss other people’s kids around when they irritate me. Between 3-5pm each day, I drive, I watch balls of various sizes, I see kids swim up and down a pool and I load and unload enormous bags from the back of my car.
I finish writing most of my articles once the kitchen is clean and the house is silent from about 9pm.
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[Image thanks to the italian voice on flickr]