Why Is A Raven Like A Writing Desk (an IWSG Post)


It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group.

For more information and/or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.

This month’s awesome co-hosts are: J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker, Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey.

This month’s (optional) question asks, “What are five objects we’d find on your desk?”

As this question is infinitely more interesting than my current spate of insecurities, let’s take a tour of my desk, shall we? It’ll be slightly less terrifying. Probably, anyway. There are knives involved, so it could really go either way.

The desk:

This is my desk, mess and all. I bought it when I moved here, and it’s been a very good desk. The only problem is there are far too many places for me to shove random crap. I really need to go through and de-clutter the damn thing one day.

But not today.

Here are five objects one will find on my desk on any given day…

1. Toys

I really love those Funko Pop figurines. Wonder Woman, Buffy Summers, and Ygritte live on my desk, as does Baby Groot, Aragorn, Zoe Washburne, and Battle Cat. And, of course, my pewter pegasus is there at Wonder Woman’s side.

2. Books

Is it weird to have copies of your own books on your desk? I feel like it is, but these two are here for reference purposes. Anytime I need to double check what actually ended up in a earlier book, I have them handy. There are some grammar books floating around (such as The Chicago Manual of Style) but they were in the last photo.

3. Notebooks

I may have a slight notebook addiction and, as such, there are roughly 9,000,000 of them in my office. But on my desk one will find my current notebook and the project organization notebook in which I write my weekly To-Do list. That list had spoilers in it (and not just how far behind in everything I am), so it’s covered up.

4. Writing utensils

I may have a slight pen addiction and, as such, there are an endless number of pen cups and pencil boxes all over my office (and possibly the house). The two (fine, there are three of them) on my desk are filled with my current favorites and a few odds and ends. That decorated piece of wood in the bottom righthand corner is actually a stake my niece made for me so I can kill any vampires who come to interrupt my writing time. Because my niece is seriously awesome.

5. Weapons

I like sharp, pointy objects. Throwing knives are my current obsession, so the two sets pictured above currently live on my desk. (In the desk pic, they’re in their cases beneath the monitor.) I may or may not play with them whenever I’m stuck for ideas. (Please note: if the cat is sleeping in my lap, I play with the slinky instead…)

And that will do it for me today. Possibly the whole damn year, too, given that I’ve done very little blogging lately outside of goals and IWSG. Should that be the case, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and end of 2018.

* This article was originally published here


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