Friday, March 2, 2012

Einstein Had A Dirty Desk

They say that the messier your room/workspace is, the smarter you are. If that's true, I am sincerely a genius. I don't know if it's a writer thing or not, but my desk is always piled with books and papers and concert tickets and coffee mugs and flash cards and colored pencils and things I will perpetually "get to later."

I have figurines of owls and a year-old bottle of Tru Blood, a stuffed cow I got when I bought Harvest Moon for wii, the BBC version of Hamlet, pictures, boxes of tea, a Beatles documentary, set lists, expired metrocards, ear buds that don't work anymore, a spoon from Italy, and a box of blank tapes. CD covers without CDs in them, pieces of paper with scrawled phrases that have no meaning anymore, discs of Supernatural in no order whatsoever. Labyrinth mangas that I haven't read, pieces of sea glass from a broken necklace, and empty wooden boxes.

It's chaos on this wooden desk, which my laptop lays in the middle of.

But, for me, it's much easier to work in the middle of inspiration, tickets from places I've been or books I haven't opened that have unknown adventures in them. Maybe my bottle of Advil isn't so inspiring, but it's better for me to write enclosed in paper and ink and perfume bottles than a clean wooden desk.

What about you guys? What's on your desk?


  1. Lol! Wow, that's a lot of stuff! I don't have room for a desk right now, so I can't really post about mine. =( You should post a photo of your desk, I would love to see. I love owl stuff!

    1. You asked for it! If you can find the owl, you win!

  2. "They" also say a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind. Either way, no matter how hard I try my desk spaces are always a mess, both at home and at work. I don't seem to be happy without piles everywhere.

  3. My kitchen table is my desk. On it you'll find my six year old's daily artwork contributions, a book or two, a stack of homework to be graded (my husband's), two laptops, a pack of Orbit Sweet Mint gum, at least one mug, and my ten year old's Lego "work in progress." Oh, and it's always just a bit sticky - I don't mind, it keeps the papers from flying away.

  4. Like Ali B. my kitchen table is my desk, so I have napkins, apples, oranges, and 2 pineapples; a dried branch of eucalyptus in an empty vase; a notepad for my current WIP and scrap paper for my to-do lists; a tax return from last year and a book about building a small business that my dad wrote; and a bar of chocolate for my husband is a crazy chocoholic. LOL - none of it is particularly inspiring unless I plan to write a cookbook!

  5. Yeah if I had a desk I'll probably have it just as or messier than how you have it now.

  6. Ah. I don't really have a desk chair, so my desk is just... storage XD Laptops for the win?

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