A clean desk is the sign of … 3


… a procrastinating writer.

Gizmo Guy, Curly and Guitar Hero weren’t supposed to be here this morning. They’d reserved a tee-off time at a local golf course, so I got up this morning full of the joys of spring thinking “Hey, I have the house to myself! Think of how much writing I’m going to get done.” (And I really wanted to write because yesterday I couldn’t figure out what the Black Moment in my HQ story would be, but in the middle of the night I had one of those “Aha” moments, and a solution came to me. So I wanted to get it all plotted out. Again.)

Except 45 minutes before their tee off time it started raining.

Rats. That means they’re going to be hanging around all day.

But I figured I’d go into my office anyway and close the door and see what I could get done. As I sat down I saw a pile of books on the floor and thought “I should put them in a bag to take to the used book store for trade-ins.”

Next thing I knew, I was cleaning the wall unit beside Gizmo Guy’s desk. Then Gizmo Guy came in and helped me, and we started a complete office clean up. It needed it – it had probably been a year since we last shoveled through it. We got two boxes filled with paper reduced down to one that has to be put through the shredder. Emptied the blue box – twice. Got rid of two bankers’ boxes full of various phones, computer parts and cables (except they just went down into the crawlspace to be dealt with later – which means we just shuffled junk from pile A to pile B).

But I also got two empty shelves as a result to use for my books. So I now have a shelf just for my reference books, and another for some of my “keeper” books (two deep, and two high.) Then I turned to my desk and sorted through the piles of paper that has been accumulating there. I even went out to the mall and bought a couple of storage drawer/boxes that will fit in a cubbyhole in my desk to store my post-it note pads and calculator and address book and all those various little things that accumulate on top of my desk. I’ve been meaning to do that for a year.

So here it is – 5 p.m. and how much writing have I accomplished so far today? Um. 0. Nada. Zilch. BUT my desk is clean which shouldn’t distract as much. Plus there’s still a few hours left in the day, so hopefully I can add another 1500 words to one of my manuscripts.


3 thoughts on “A clean desk is the sign of …

  • Amy Ruttan

    Hehehe,

    well I thought my nausea this morning was stress over FLE. Turns out, it’s the Flu. I’m sick as a dog.

    So I’ve done nothing. Nothing at all.

    And there’s one minor round coming. ACK!!! Nothing big, my editor assured me. *sigh* 🙂

  • Shelley Munro

    Leah – my writing is going frustratingly slow at the moment as well. It must be something in the air. I have a messy desk. Hubby is always saying I need to clean it…

  • Marley Delarose, Author

    I think I’m superstitious now about my messy office. I’m afraid to clean it up for fear that I’ll get even less done. lol

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