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What's on your desk?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Aidan of the tavern, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. SeverinR

    SeverinR Vala

    computer, phone, thermometer, pulse oximeter, bin of bio hazard bags
    I'm at work.
    At home:
    3 dead laptops, 1 dinosaur that won't die.
    stack of paper, MP3 player, several chargers(at least one phone charger) the Answering machine, the router.
  2. soulless

    soulless Troubadour

    Just my laptop, on my lap
  3. Weaver

    Weaver Sage

    That's the only kind of pen I use, too. Weird thing is, my twin hates them. But the cats steal his pens and never mine, so I don't care. :)
  4. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Forum Mom Leadership

    Yay! Pen love! My writing partner thinks my pen fetish is extreme, but she buys them for me anyway, so I don't care. ;) Plus, whenever we sit down to work, where does she, who brags that she will write with anything, go for a pen? You guessed it - the pen jar of doom!
  5. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

    My desk (in, on, and around it):

    1. Advice from Chuck Wendig. One of the best people to get writing advice from in my opinion.

    2. Poster I got from sometimes Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano's art exhibit in Yokohama.

    3. Key chains from Tokyo Disneyland.

    4. GeGeGe no Kitaro hologram folder.

    5. Big DDP Yoga poster.

    6. TV, Xbox, water.

    7. Laptop.

    8. Loads of pens for quick writing.

    I quite like my desk set-up, but I'd like to add more to it. I always worked without a desk, but now I find it quite comfortable.
  6. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

    I don't have anything cool or unusual on my desk, which is against a window in the bedroom.

    1 - HP Desktop, 17" flatscreen monitor, keyboard and mouse in a roll out drawer, speakers, noise-cancelling headphones rolled up to one side.

    2 - Cheap desk lamp from college. It's too bright so we put it behind the monitor to dull it out a bit.

    3 - Desk organizer, with a spot for notes, a spot for bills, and a spot for pens. In the pen spot, I have black, blue, red, green and purple pens, multiple highlighters and a box of crayons.

    4 - Kindle, 3rd generation. Cell phone. Sometimes the laptop. All plugged in to a charger station that runs through a binder clip. The binder clip wouldn't fit on the desk, so I broke off a panel from a toy block and nailed it to the side of the desk, to hook the clip. Below the desk, there's a shredder and a mini-vac, also plugged into the charger station. There's also my wife's Kindle fire, which sits ontop of the sub woofer under the desk because it has charging issues.

    5 - Stickers of Iron Man, Spider Man and the Hulk. I put them there to impress my son, and I'm afraid to try and get them up.

    6 - Picture from my wedding, of me and my wife standing between our brides maids and groomsmen, in a green, hand-made Italian frame, which looks lousy because my desk is in front of window, and it's been dulled by the sun and rained on through an open window, and falls over every time there's a breeze.

    7 - The stump of a dead plant, in a coffee mug I was given by wife's grandmother, which she bought in Belgium. The handle broke almost as soon as we got it, and I found a plant the right size. But the plant didn't come back after we left town for Christmas and I can't find another I like.

    8 - A few sheets of 14 x 10 inch poster board, which I got for a project that was cancelled before I used them. I've been using them to brainstorm.

    9 - Under my desk is a plastic black chest which my brother got in the navy and left with my parents, and now houses my wife's maternity clothes with some old blankets. Ontop of it, there's an HP printer and a stack of paper, printed on one side which we'll reuse. Half the paper is green, yellow or pink, printed with a quiz game from my wife's bridal shower five years ago.

    10 - A six-pocket accordion folder, with notes on old writing projects. And a bigger one for, y'know, life-stuff.

    11 - A knick-knack of a jade bear holding a maple leaf, standing on a stone, from our honeymoon in Niagara falls.

    12 - Two glass coasters. Typically I've got coffee or tea on the right, and water or Crystal Light pink lemonade on the left.

    13 - Glasses case. I only need glasses to drive, read subtitles, or y'know, see what people look like.

    14 - NYU*Stern business card holder, which is what the Dean gave out at the graduation ceremony. No business cards.

    Not sure if that was interesting or not. If that sounds like a lot, my desk is still usually pretty clean and organized.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2013
  7. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver


    ...sounds like a typical teenaged girl...


    Errr...how many?

    A bit odd, but small. I have a compass hanging on a wall downstairs, sort of necklace type deal.

    Don't those belong *under* your bed? Do you use them?

    does it ever fall over when you sit down?

    And it *still* has wine in it?

    normal enough, I guess

    print outs, you mean? Or published?

    I might have to google that.

    Just the controls? Well, the remotes are normal enough, I guess.

    Yeeiouch! No convienient wall peg to hang it from?

    (sorry about this, but until she grew up and moved out, some of this stuff sounded like what my daughter kept on her bed)
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  8. Yep, same here. It gets embarrassing if you walk past people you know and have to explain you can't actually see them further than 6 feet away.

    Anyway, other random misc objects on my desk include:

    Assorted coins: Yet more evidence of no sense of organisation.

    Summary of my last dental appointment: For a filling, now why do I still have this? Lets see, ah its from the 21st of January :).

    Torn bits of card from a chocolate wrapper: If I don't have note paper to hand I just tear some card off a nearby chocolate slab, and scrawl on that. Mostly online I.D.s (great place to leave them) and a vague note regarding an assignment.

    A little wooden chest: Containing probably a mini fortune in copper coins.

    Some more torn notes: One of which has the email address for this cool playwright, and a few diagrams whose identity and purpose are forgotten to me.
  9. Sheilawisz

    Sheilawisz Queen of Titania Moderator

    @ThinkerX: Your impression is correct, I am very much a teenage girl in my heart despite my 31 years of biological age. I have seven favorite DVD's, I have not used my ice skates in a long time and the purple lamp falls over sometimes, so I have to be careful with that =)

    That wine bottle in particular is being reserved for a special occasion, and the Joan of England editions that I mentioned are just print outs, nothing published so far. I still have to finish printing Queen Eternal now that the novel is complete, next month maybe...

    Entre el Hielo y el Cristal (between the ice and the crystal) is a biography style first-person Fantasy novel that is very important for me, and even though I used to have my sword hanging from the wall, now I prefer to keep it closer to me.
  10. Weaver

    Weaver Sage

    On my desk (which isn't really MY desk, but whatever) is... a cat.

    And a mug of tea, half empty.
  11. Guru Coyote

    Guru Coyote Archmage

    Hahahaha... oh man, tell me abut it. But you do get used to it that everyone knows you and you don't. I just assume everyone is a friend, and smile a lot.
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  12. I really like the idea of a biography-style fantasy, I've wanted to try something like that for a while. Entre el Hielo y el Cristal sounds really intriguing :).
  13. I now have a different desk; my university desk! Strangely its not too untidy. Despite two empty cereal bowls, my laptop obviously, a bottle of water, a nearly empty pack of biscuits, two cds - a Dr John and a Fleetwood Mac, random bits of paper and a diary I keep forgetting to write in.
  14. Braveface

    Braveface Scribe

    Portable computation device - for computing etc.

    Corsodyl - cause the Jazz Man testifies

    Colouring pencils - I always like the idea of drawing but rarely do more than the outline. Optimism, I guess.

    The Specials CD - I meant to bring it to play in Oxfam but decided not to. Then forgot to when I changed my mind later.

    Hobgoblin, bottle of - because I am hopefully off out tonight.
  15. Quillstine

    Quillstine Troubadour

    Cool thread idea.....

    My Desk (As opposed to my favorite café table!)

    1. Computer
    If there was ever a time had I desk without a computer on it….there is no memory of it now! My MAC, my chromebook or one of my PC's is usually cluttering up the space with various tabs and documents open!
    2. Ibrik
    Bought it in Turkey on a hiking trip, it’s a kero burning cooker with matching Ibrik. To support my caffeine addiction. I don’t even have to leave my desk, I just whip up Turkish coffee from my seat!
    3. Photo
    Of my wife in Paris… because I love her
    4. Jeremiah the Whale, my trio of hedgehogs, squirrels, hot air balloon & Ship In A Bottle
    Trinkets that I love to look at, I don’t sail but the nautical theme just matches the table!
    To keep my inspired when I am trying to write…..
    (There is lots of other stuff in the space, but i'll keep it to the first five things that jump out at me!)

    But don't take my word for it..... here is were I do most of my writing.
    NOTE: Computer/s removed for aesthetic purposes!

    Last edited: Nov 17, 2013
  16. Ok, I'm kind of struggling just a bit with envy right now. If I had a desk like that I wouldn't need to much encouragement to write.
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  17. Braveface

    Braveface Scribe

    That is ridiculously cool!
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  18. Addison

    Addison Auror

    What's on my desk?

    My lap top, a lot of miles on this thing. I got it as a belated graduation gift.

    A stack of books. Some of the I've read, not read or are reading.

    Old Calendar from 2010. I keep it up because of the cool pictures.

    A souvenir map of Powelll's book store. Although I have it taped up to see the collage on the back, not the map. It has Napoleon, a samurai, tom and Huck, Batman, and one of those evil robots from Doctor Who reading books in a busy book shop.

    Lots of papers. Notes, old homework, story clips and doodles that need sorting.
  19. musycpyrate

    musycpyrate Scribe

    Pipe and tobacco jar stand. Framed picture of my wife. Matches, cigar cutter, Survivor by Palahniuk and a checkbook. And a plush Companion Cube from Portal.
  20. Quillstine

    Quillstine Troubadour

    Thanks guys...It's taken six months to set it up just the way I want it! But you're spot on Aidan, I wait until it is dark, light up those candles and suddenly feel very enthused about being an author.

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