Clearing the Clutter

I have always been a hoarder.  Not of objects or possessions but of books and paper work.  Much of the paper work has been essential to my teaching and training career; a lot to do with my interests in things as diverse as history and NLP.  A huge amount is made up of my writing; an accumulation of stories, half written novels, plays and notes that go back to childhood.

My books have been accumulated over a life-time.  Each is precious, either because I have enjoyed reading it or was looking forward to enjoying the reading of it.

Now, however, we are in the final stages of our move to the South of France.  We will be leaving our two bedroom, three reception house for a one bedroom apartment with a terrace as big as the living room and a view across the Mediterranean toCorsica.  We are renting this apartment, fully furnished, for we are going on what I delight to call my ‘Gap Year.’

Space, therefore, will be at a premium.  So my wife Janine and I are busy sorting out what is absolutely essential to take, what can be stored and what can be given away to friends or charity.  Many treasured things can go to our friends who will love them or need them most.

It feels a good process, although not an easy one.  Most difficult is giving up my books, some of which have been friends of mine for far longer than any human friends.  Thank goodness for Kindle and Sony Reader because I can at least replace the physical books in this way.  It is hard, nonetheless.

Then I think about our new apartment and the beautiful which will be ours every day and I gird myself to select books to dispose of.


My writing, however, the sheets of half-formed stories and epics, that will prove perhaps more difficult.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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  1. Pingback: Note 182b – Psychology of Writing (after clutter clearing) « My writing challenge

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