Thursday, January 04, 2007

More words...and my desk

Word Count: 4660

Finished Chapter Two this morning, using the 'late in, early out' technique - basically, coming into a scene as late as you can, and cutting out of it before the action wanes.

I also thought I'd show you my desk, as I am fascinated by other people's workspaces (go on, post yours on your blog and link to it, especially my fellow racers).

I know I am really lucky that I now have a dedicated office - I wrote the first three books on my kitchen table/sitting on the sofa in front of the telly. I fondly imagined that having my own office would make me 10x more efficient, but I failed last year, hence the race really...
So, left to right, a stack of notebooks and notes on current novel; a stripy pen pot (including the letter knife that I now use to stab holes in the Persil washing capsules which are rubbish and stick to our washed clothes like used condoms if I don't stab them: the washing machine is right outside my office door); a lovely set of Laura Ashley glass jewellery drawers that I use for staples, stamps etc; rack with storage for all the back-up CDs I forget to use; drinking glass with Toord Boontje design; my reference library of baby name book, London A-Z, Dictionary, Book of Love quotations (which I fondly imagined would provide inspiration for romantic scenes); boxes with various bits in them; a funny little bird that I attach receipts to; a scented candle (a recent innovation - I am lighting it to show I am WRITING THE NOVEL in the hope it stops me getting diverted by blogs etc.); my laptop; a gorgeous bunch of flowers my friend brought over on New Year; my Mr Benn mousemat. Far right you can make out my printer, plus a noticeboard with a print out of the new jacket for The Self Preservation Society, and various money-off vouchers I forget to use. The view outside is lots of houses - mildly interesting, but not too distracting.
Missing from this pic: the cat. She has become DESPERATELY clingy since we got back from holiday, and sits on my lap as I type, making odd 'chatty' noises. Am getting worried she's suffering from feline dementia. Is there a word for hypochondria on behalf of your cat? But she's probably just missed us!

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Blogger Caroline said...

Today was supposed to be a working day, but instead I decided to revamp my office. I so wish that I hadn't started. I am at the 'no going back' stage. I will post a photo when I've finished ... hopefully by the end of the year.

5:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no! I so should have asked you for an interview since I just finished an article on women writers' workspaces! It's up now at WOW! (

6:45 pm  
Blogger Chaser said...

I bet she just missed you. You were gooooone!!!

Look at you and the words, buzzing right along there.

11:19 pm  
Anonymous Andrew said...

I have just sorted mine out for the new year. I have been ruthless and thrown all my rubbish away and tidied away all the clutter. It seems almost too sanitised now - wont stay that way for too much longer though...

Here is my current setup:-

Desk 07

and here is my dream writing setup:-

Writers Shed

1:46 pm  
Anonymous Dave Hill said...

Kate, am I allowed to join the race? It might be a problem for you that I'd want to take part in a slightly unorthodox way. Tell you what, I'll send you an email!

10:53 pm  
Blogger The Moon Topples said...

Kate: I have posted my desk for you. You'll have to nudge the cat off of the chair if you want to sit down, but you can also just look around if you don't wish to disturb him.

8:05 am  
Anonymous Kitchen Witch said...

I've posted my wretched desk too. Solidarity, or something similar! :)

1:14 pm  
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