Cassie Rodenberg: Electron-ic Bonds

March 10, 2009, 12:20 am
Filed under: Musings, Science, Writing

Some professions lend themselves to obsessive behavior, writing and science among them. Are the obsessive among us more inclined to success, or merely fond of a life of madness and exactitude? We can toil over new experiment ideas, rethinking lab methods and similarly edit again and again, writing until our fingers and ears know little else than keyboard strokes. But for what?

Our supposed passion keeps us up at night but at the same time provides a detoxification mechanism. After a long day of writing and editing, I find myself cross-legged in bed, typing madly about something or other. Similar to flossing, this little habit readies me for bed, a stuffed animal for the literary. 

Likewise, I understand scientific obsessors. Though I enjoy a science article from time to time, I limit myself for a reason. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of continual research – one article leads to another and another until the sun rises and your eyes ache. Understanding yet another piece of the world helps make sense of, well, everything. 

Luckily, or perhaps unluckily, science writers have both curses – feeling the need to both research and write. Perhaps a lack of sleep comes with the territory: an infatuation of breaking science news and an outlandish tendency to write couple to form a balanced, yet slightly warped science writer.

Supposedly though, life takes a balance. Maybe this balance equates to some prescribed definition of life satisfaction: “fulfillment,” “success.” For now, I’ll have to assume that research and writing decrease the chemical concentration of one another to form an equilibrated state, if only I could sleep in the meantime.


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