Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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.



42 comments:

  1. Hmm, some people play with stress balls, you play with knives.... :o

    Your niece definitely sounds awesome!

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    1. She is a very cool kid. And she just gets me. :)

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  2. I guess that means your husband doesn't bother you when you are at your writing desk?
    It looks really organized to me!

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    1. Oh, he does. He just waits to see if I'm armed before he stays...

      Yeah, the desk may look organized, but please note the lack of close-up photographs from the right side. :)

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  3. I'm suddenly envisioning knife throwing targets in your office, and a family who are very, very careful about interrupting you.

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    1. My husband has walked in a few times only to immediately walk out again and talk to me from the relative safety of the hallway. :)

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  4. You play with knives? Hmmm can't visualize you with one.

    I like your Funko Pop figurines, they are cool :)

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    1. I do, on occasion, play with knives. I don't do it with any real proficiency or anything, but it's still fun.

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  5. Your niece is awesome! I could use a stake. All that's on my desk currently to take on vamps is a Nerf gun, and checking, it has no ammo in it. Your desk is tidy next to mine. I do have my own books on a little shelf above my monitor. So I don't think it weird, and it if is, YAY! My Funko Captain Mal says hi to your Zoe. :)

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    1. You have a Funko Captain Mal?!? I've been looking for one of those for EVER! Which, fine, may be a slight exaggeration, but you know what I mean.

      And now I'm wondering why I don't have a nerf gun on my desk. Or a nerf crossbow. I may have to go shopping later...

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  6. Nice collection in your space. Not weird to have your own books on the shelf at all, for as you said, for reference, and it's a nice reminder of accomplishment. Wishing you a safe and Happy Holidays! :)

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  7. Your desk is awesome! And it's totally not weird to have copies of your own books there. If I had a desk like that, I'd have mine in it too.

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    1. Thank you! And the general consensus seems to be that it's not weird to have one's own books on one's desk. Which is nice. There are just so few instances where I am not weird that it makes for a refreshing change of pace. :)

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  8. I love your desk! I also have a few toys on my "regular" desk, which is too cluttered to write on at the moment (shh). I also have a strong need to collect pens and notebooks. I have to avoid those aisles at stores because it's hard to not pick up another notebook or pen, just in case I run out of the dozens I have on hand. I have my own books on my regular desk (the cluttered one), and I use them both as a reference for another trilogy set in the same world that I'm currently not writing, and as a reminder that I can finish a book.
    I hope you have a wonderful December, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!!!

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    1. I like that 'as a reminder that I can finish a book' thought. I really need to view having them there that way. How motivating is that! Thank you so much!!

      And I try to avoid the pen/notebook aisles in stores, but more often than not, I fail at that. It's like a tractor beam just pulls me in, and I'm powerless to resist.

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  9. Hmm... I don't have weapons at my desk.
    Maybe I need to fix that?
    Is that a requirement these days?

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  10. I like how your area looks. I also have a baby Groot, but he's not by my computer. He's by Loki and Ezio from Assassin's Creed.

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    1. Baby Groot is a newer addition to the desk Funkos. He used to live on the bookshelf with Bob Ross. Sadly, Bob's hair is too tall fit in the space. Which is a weird sentence I never thought I would write. :)

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  11. As long as you're not using the knives on the toys...

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  12. Your desk is so organized. And adorable. Even the knives.

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    1. It's only organized if you don't look/consider the righthand side. :)

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  13. Oh, is that a FUNKO of Ghost? I think it's the same one I have. Only I have Jon Snow with him instead of Ygritte. Now that I know there is a Ygritte I want her too lol.
    Love the stake - so fun. Happy Holidays to you as well!

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    1. That is Ghost. I don't have Jon Snow Funko yet, so that's why he gets to hang out with Buffy and Ygritte.

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  14. Because it's nevar spelled backwards.

    I love that you have knives on your desk. I need some knives.

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  15. Thank you for the pics. I love seeing other writer's work spaces. I want to start throwing knives. Happy Holidays!

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    1. I love throwing knives. I can't claim to be any good at it, but I have fun all the same. :)

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  16. I love your work space. It looks so fun! I keep thinking I want to buy some of the funko pop figurines, but then I never have a place to keep them that the dogs won't use them as chew toys...

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    1. I had to laugh because I immediately thought of all the time/energy I have spent trying to find places to put things where my animals could not get to them. We love our pets. :)

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  17. De cluttering takes away valuable writing time. You've chosen wisely. Besides, those figurine are adorable.

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    1. You're right—I can't take away from my writing time. The clutter will have to stay. :)

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  18. Very cool desk. I have the notebook problem too but I keep them on a shelf off to the side so I didn't count them as on my desk. LOL The knives though, very cool. Happy Holidays and hope to see you blogging more in 2019

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    1. Exactly. I have an insane number of pens/notebooks (hoarder, much?) but as they're not all on my desk, I only included pics of what is there...and not the twenty boxes stashed around the house. :)

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  19. The knives surprised me. To each his/her own. LOL Love your desk. You are so right about having too many places in which to cram things.

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    1. I really should have known better than to buy a desk with that much storage. :)

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  20. Love your pantheon on heroines. Some of my favorites among them. Looks like a great space to work in! https://samanthadunawaybryant.blogspot.com/2018/12/iwsg-five-objects-in-your-writing-space.html

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    1. I think it's a great workspace, but then again, I am probably quite biased. :)

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  21. Happy holidays, M.J.! Those are some gorgeous-looking books you have--you can tell just from the spines alone, which is saying something.

    I love your space, and that stake your niece gave you? Too cool! I'm also loving how many writers have both toys and weapons in their writing spaces.

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