Maggie Wells | Margaret Ethridge

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Monday Mayhem – Procrastination at its best

Posted on Oct 30, 2017 by Maggie Wells   12 Comments | Posted in Blog

This past week, I did the 7 days of black and white photos challenge on Facebook. The last picture I posted was of my desk. I realized that I keep a lot of crap on my desk. And by crap I mean very necessary stuff.

I thought it might be fun to give you a guided tour, so I converted the picture back to color and added a few guideposts. This is my writing view most every day:

Allow me to show you around:

A) Hand lotion. The rarified air of authordom is dry. Very, very dry.

B) Cup of rarely used writing utensils. Apparently, before the QWERTY keyboard became all the rage, people used things called pens and pencils. I keep some here for nostalgic purposes, but find I have mostly forgotten how to use them. For the record, I never run with those scissors. Heck, I never run at all, so no worries there. I love the mug, though. Fodder bought it for me. It says, “True Love and Romance – In this issue: Being A Bad Cook Is the Smartest Move A Girl Could Ever Make” True. So True.

C) Bunny stickers and index cards. Both very necessary to the the plotting process.

D) Sassy pants sticky notes. Because I wear sassy pants most every day. Used only for special occasions.

E) The sparkly rainbow alligator and flamingo paper clip guard the last of my pretty postage stamps. These are particularly valuable, because they are Forever Stamps, so their street value keeps increasing.

F) Fu*king reading glasses because I am old. But it you look behind the glasses, you see I have an ENTIRE PACK OF ROLOS. So, I may be old, but I am an old broad with Rolos.

G) Mechanical caterpillar. Because.

H) All electronics are propped to ergonomically correct heights courtesy of World Book Encyclopedia (M, (j)K, and 1968 here).

I) More sticky notes. And flags. Because I lurrrrve them.

J) Library card. Kept on hand for at-home book emergencies. I also keep one on my keychain.

K) 28″ television used as monitor because I am old (see F). Also allows me to switch from author to chair potato at the press of a button.

L) Stack of boxed note cards used for book mailings. Includes Jane Austen quote cards, classic Harlequin cover postcards, cute typewriter cards, and an assortment of foil embossed cards with things like, “First of all, you’re really pretty” and “You’re so cool, and I’m not even mad about it.”

M) Dongle. *giggles*

N) Macbook: the brains of the operation. Also supported by World Book Encyclopedias spelling W(xyz), (q)R, I, T, E.

O) I am told the out of doors lies beyond these dusty blinds. I’m going there shortly. Wish me luck.

And there you have it. Welcome to my world.

How have things been in your world this week?

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12 Responses to "Monday Mayhem – Procrastination at its best"

  1. Comment by Kristina Knight
    October 30, 2017 at 7:16 am  

    Love your desk, Maggie…especially your use of the World Books.

    • Comment by Mags
      October 30, 2017 at 8:02 am  

      Thanks, Kristina! I was excited to find a use for them because they remind me of my childhood.

  2. Comment by Julie Evelyn Joyce
    October 30, 2017 at 7:23 am  

    You’re right, this is a silly blog post. No wonder I love it so much! 😀 Mechanical caterpillar for the win! I had to Google the word ‘dongle’….

    Things have been super-busy in my world, so I’m looking forward to a little getaway later this week. I think you might know something about that. Mags, you’re so cool, and I’m not even mad about it.

    • Comment by Mags
      October 30, 2017 at 8:00 am  

      Dongle! Dongle dongle dongle!

  3. Comment by Carol
    October 30, 2017 at 7:47 am  

    This was the best! It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s rainy this morning, and this tour of your fascinating desk was what I needed to bring a smile to my face. Also, we have a dongle here in the library, and I’ve finally gotten to where I can check it out without snickering. (Kinda!) Have a great Monday!

    • Comment by Mags
      October 30, 2017 at 8:00 am  

      I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear it’s one of my favorite words. I use it every chance I get. 🙂 Happy Monday!

  4. Comment by Laurie
    October 30, 2017 at 9:28 am  

    Love it. I have a Coca Cola glass filled with pens, pencils (regular and colored), which I actually do use on my post-its which to me is life. Right now I have a giant pot of soup on the stove simmering because you inspired me yesterday. It chock full of veggies which I will in fact eat, including the carrots on the bottom.

    • Comment by Mags
      October 30, 2017 at 1:39 pm  

      That’ll fix you up!

  5. Comment by Katie McG
    October 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm  

    LOVE it! You have such a fun desk. My favorite part is the bunny stickers/notecards to record plot bunnies! My desk at home is not used for writing anymore. It holds a GIANT pile of teaching crap and some stationary/crafting junk 🙂 I exclusively write in my office in the English Dept. now, and that desk is super boring and unadorned because I share it with a couple other people and don’t want my beloved treasures (read POP vinyl figures) stolen 🙂

    • Comment by Mags
      October 30, 2017 at 1:41 pm  

      It’s important to guard your goodies, that’s for sure. The only toy on my desk at work is my nun finger puppet, Sister Mary Margaret. I figure anyone who fears eternal damnation will not steal a girl’s nun!

  6. Comment by Michelle Kelly
    October 30, 2017 at 4:23 pm  

    Looks like a perfect desk for you. You have everything you ever need. Especially the caterpillar.

    • Comment by Mags
      October 31, 2017 at 9:15 pm  

      Everyone needs a mechanical caterpillar!

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