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10-05-2011, 12:38 AM
Okay, I hope the moderators won't kill me.

I just love to talk about writers' daily life.

I have an idea for a fun thread. How about everyone posts a photo of his/her writing desk/space? With necessary pointers and explanations, that is. Cool idea? Puerile loss of time?

10-05-2011, 12:44 AM
I like this idea. I'll post mine when I get home tonight. :)

Mr Flibble
10-05-2011, 01:19 AM
I'm sure I've posted mine before.

Behold The Horror that is the Cubby Under the Stairs!


Yes that is a beer fridge
Yes that is a dragon skull. Yes it's real.
Yes that's a fair bit of paper, but to be fair it's mostly not mine.

I have plans - one day, when I have some money I will not lurk under the stairs to write! And I will hire a cleaner too...

10-05-2011, 02:18 AM
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp73446%3Enu%3D66%3A6%3E%3B77%3E253%3E WSNRCG%3D33%3A%3B345%3B37344nu0mrj

Home sweet home.

10-05-2011, 03:06 AM
I see from the clutter, you guys have WIPs. :)

10-05-2011, 03:11 AM
I see from the clutter, you guys have WIPs. :)

Yup! :D

10-05-2011, 03:45 AM
Hahaha, I love the banana.
And the clutter looks so familiar... truly, a writer's desk is a building site.
I can't show you mine until November when I finally get my own desk. No more cafes!

10-05-2011, 03:56 AM
We had this one from some time ago....


10-05-2011, 05:12 AM
Awe I totally don't know how to upload pictures on to here :( I took them and everything.

Serena Casey
10-05-2011, 05:16 AM
I'd show you my desk...if I could find it.

10-05-2011, 05:22 AM
I don't have a work table, just the kitchen table, and I don't know how to upload photo's either.

10-05-2011, 05:22 AM
Awe I totally don't know how to upload pictures on to here :( I took them and everything.

Upload them to Snapfish or Photobucket or something, then use the little "insert image" button in here.

10-05-2011, 05:23 AM
I could show you my desk but then I would have to eliminate everyone who viewed it. You know, security precautions...

10-05-2011, 05:39 AM
Here's (http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/303011_10150394080122744_564592743_10486243_719483 879_n.jpg) my "workstation"
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/303011_10150394080122744_564592743_10486243_719483 879_n.jpg

Though I typically end up across the room (http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/319630_10150394079792744_564592743_10486242_660537 181_n.jpg)

My stuff isn't super cluttered because I take it pretty much everywhere with me, so it has to be portable... well except my big series chart (http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/313064_10150394080317744_564592743_10486244_551917 111_n.jpg).

10-05-2011, 05:44 AM
I didn't feel like opening a photobucket account, so I just uploaded my pics to facebook and linked :D

10-05-2011, 05:49 AM
Upload them to Snapfish or Photobucket or something, then use the little "insert image" button in here.

Uh... :Shrug: So I just cheated, I wrote a blog post (http://averyolive.blogspot.com/2011/10/why-i-need-to-learn-how-to-clean-or.html)about this problem of mine, then copied and pasted the photo's from my blog. Screw this photobucket and snapfish lol I have no idea what those even are. But will add it on my list of things to figure out :)

So the first picture is where I work. The second picture is my office, that I vow to clean out, like now, because this post made me realize it's rather stupid and silly to have sit in a chair, in my living room when I should just clean my office out and use that!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NO7LNi2Rr5g/TouzZ16UOaI/AAAAAAAAACA/pBsKAjkwHlU/s320/photo.JPG (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NO7LNi2Rr5g/TouzZ16UOaI/AAAAAAAAACA/pBsKAjkwHlU/s1600/photo.JPG)

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-um1C1PUiMuA/TouzpDZLBQI/AAAAAAAAACE/-weWUlQKmXM/s320/photo+1.JPG (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-um1C1PUiMuA/TouzpDZLBQI/AAAAAAAAACE/-weWUlQKmXM/s1600/photo+1.JPG)

10-05-2011, 05:55 AM
The Desk: Slightly cleaned up for a neater pic.

http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/9232/deskgj.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/812/deskgj.jpg/)

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Rhoda Nightingale
10-05-2011, 05:56 AM
Rhoda's desk:


Top shelf: books, books, journals, dreamcatcher, tax stuff I need to file. Main desk: More books, tea, CDs (blank and music CDs), printed manuscripts, Halloween cookie cutters, book marks. Underneath: jumbo sci-fi binder, more printed manuscripts, literary journals, dictionary.

Rhoda's actual writing workspace:


On the bed: PaqMan (my Compaq lappy, now on a plywood puzzle board since I recently found out it's bad for PaqMan to go on the comforter directly). On the floor: composition book, classic horror collection, list-making journal. On the nighttable: library books, more journals, more books. Inside those two drawers: pens, various Writer's Digest books, more composition books, binder clips, and Merriam-Webster's pocket guide to punctuation.

10-05-2011, 06:01 AM
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp73446%3Enu%3D66%3A6%3E%3B77%3E253%3E WSNRCG%3D33%3A%3B345%3B37344nu0mrj

Home sweet home.

I see The Taming of The Shrew. Wasn't too fond of that one. At least it sort of looks like my old copy.

10-05-2011, 06:05 AM
I see The Taming of The Shrew. Wasn't too fond of that one. At least it sort of looks like my old copy.

I've got them all. Most of them are 1904 editions, but I've got some of them from Folger from various courses. The oldies are on my bookshelf along with the rest of my older copies of other novels.

ETA: If you're referring to the orange one on top in the front, that's Hamlet.

Chris P
10-05-2011, 06:15 AM
It's only this orderly because the house is on the market and I want random strangers to walk through and leave piles of money on the dining room table.


And yes, that is a Compaq Presario 2500, ca. 2002. The fan is freakishly loud, the touch pad no longer works, and the built-in modem only supports a download speed about half what AT&T says I should have. But it's been a workhorse for me! I've written two novels on it, about 30 short stories, and edited well over 2.5 million words on it.

10-05-2011, 12:30 PM
Well, mine's pretty clean. The keyboard thing often works as a play area for my bird, so it's a bit messy. Some of your work spaces frighten me. ^.^


10-05-2011, 01:09 PM
Haha, "Adverbs must die horribly." :-)

I love this thread, isn't it like pornography for writers?

It would be great to know if there's any correlation between the messiness of an author's workstation and his/her success.

10-05-2011, 03:09 PM
My desk is boring since I got some book shelves in the study. All the Very Important And Useful Things which used to be on it are now on them. Stuff like the blue glittery Holy Virgin Mary, the bucket of tile grout, and the set of Russian Dolls in the shape of Russian leaders from Tzar Nicolas to Yeltsin. I do still have a biro which lights up AND contains bubble mix. Today, there is also an empty Tropicana carton. If I can manage to consume another 8 thousand litres of orange juice, I'll get some free coffee!

10-05-2011, 03:25 PM

I did this post a while ago.

10-05-2011, 03:30 PM
I have several workplaces. I tend to follow the 'quiet' around the house, ie: anywhere the kid's aren't. I write at the kitchen table, in the living room, the bedroom, outside, in the shed. Have netbook, will travel. I do have a box file with all the bits for the current WIP in it though, and a carry case for the netbook with a few books in it:)

12-04-2011, 11:05 AM
Here's mine.


I cheated and tidied up a bit. I actually do most of my writing at work, but it's nice to have a spot that's designated as mine alone just for my writing.

ETA: The Jameson 12 year is for motivation. It's being saved for my post novel celebration.

The Lonely One
12-04-2011, 11:10 AM
This is a little bit stalkerish coming in here and looking into everyone's houses :D

But I'll possibly play. Need to be not lazy enough to take a picture at some point, is the only problem...

12-04-2011, 11:17 AM
Me, too - what a fun idea!

12-04-2011, 01:16 PM
This is technically my desk but I don't sit here much.


Random ornaments include a picture of my great-great grand-father and family, a drawing by a friend, a card saying "Tequila - because one is not enough" and a guest pass from an old Nine Inch Nails tour. And yes, it's always this tidy.

Mostly, however, I sit here, in an IKEA rocking chair with the computer on my lap.


I live in a studio apartment so I don't have that much space but this is great for both reading, writing and my guilty pleasure, embroidery and hand-sewing. You have to imagine either the History Channel or Queens of the Stone Age blaring in the background.

06-06-2012, 07:21 PM
Sorry for resurrecting the thread!

But I promised to show you mine when I started it, and since the incident with two girls at my preschool in 1979, I keep this kind of promises.


This is a servant's room, very narrow. Used as a pantry by previous inhabitants. Used as the hatchery of high literature now.

Items of interest include: Drum Yellow shag on the table, a portrait of Yukio Mishima. On the window sill - photo of Charles Bukowski.

Outside the window is a railway track, and humming caterpillars of light make the nights interesting.