STAND in the place where you work

Oh yeah! I’m cooking at home tonight! Yes! (For the curious, the meal of choice will be Tater Tot Casserole and Carrots. Going folksy, in a big way.)


I have to announce all sorts of writerly stuff. First of all

A big shout out to George Galuschak and Ferret Steinmetz, Fellow VP XIII’ers who made sales today. Woo and hoo.

And I guess instructor-wise, Elizabeth Bear just made a sale, and John Scalzi has a book coming out today.

And as a sort of mythic announcement, Cat Valente’s Fairyland also comes out today.


I’m trying a new experiment at work. I’m standing. I have to say so far I like it. The college has bought me a laptop stand, and even as I type this entry, I’m standing. I have also gone to a hand-less phone system that helps me enter data and talk to students at the same time. Many of you may have wondered about the standing office. Is it for you? The following seem imperative.

1. Only stand at the office if you have good shoes. I have three great pairs of shoes that I wear to work. They offer great support, but still at the end of the day, I have a little plantar action going on.

2. The less stationary you are, the better. I find that moving around is helpful, so I actually don’t stand in front of the keyboard and the phone only, and this gives my feet an appropriate break. And of course, I get out for teaching and meetings.

3. Shift your weight sometimes. Right now, I’m standing on one foot. In general, I don’t do that. I stand firmly planted on two feet, but movement helps.

4. Build up to standing. If you are just doing this, shoot for a certain amount of standing time a day. When I started, I tried an hour. I didn’t have too much trouble with that, so I moved on. But I walk a lot and stand when I teach. If you’re a desk jockey, you’ll need to develop those muscles accordingly.

My whole day is not built around standing. I can’t stand when I have students in the office. That would make me look down on them. I also don’t stand for meetings. And certain writing tasks work a lot better when you’re sitting.

But, on the whole, it seems to be working for me. The work I do while standing seems to take my mind off my standing…

I still sit when I write at home. We aren’t configured for this at home. I figure it’s okay to sit for an hour or so a night. It’s that 8 hour a day thing on my butt that’s probably messing with my body.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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