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05-27-2012, 06:31 AM
Just a fun survey. List 10 interesting or useful things to be found in or on your writing desk (or other surface).

Here's mine (I have one of those antique cabinet desks with a million cubby holes and drawers):

1. mini container of blue play-doh
2. yellowed paperback dictionary/thesaurus
3. a 1903 edition of "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (that I've never read)
4. 9 mini-notebooks, only one of which is currently in use
5. a set of colored pencils
6. a collection of fortune cookie fortunes (that I liked)
7. a stack of bookmarks that I will use someday
8. 1 pencil and 1 pen
9. a lone paperclip
10. an unopened stack of index cards that I've had for years

05-27-2012, 07:01 AM
Oh, this is a fun survey! I've got a big L shaped desk with a hutch/shelvey thing on top of it

1. Russian nesting dolls (actually made in the USSR)
2. book: Teach Yourself Afrikaans
3. A ship in a bottle
4. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume: Snake Oil
5. A bracelet made out of forks
6. A lamp made out of IBM computer parts, circa 70something
7. A silk scarf from India
8. A latex model of a ricemaker mascot, from Thailand (I think)
9. Some of Elka's puppy teeth
10. Fishbowl full of seashells and beach glass

05-27-2012, 07:25 AM
I don't have a desk. My laptop sits with me on my bed.

On my bed are normal things that go on a bed, plus a shirt wadded up in the corner there that says "Steak 'n' Bitches (eatery/bordello/registered charity)".

05-27-2012, 07:48 AM
Well .... my main computer is on a simple desk. There's just the:

box of kleenex
tiered file holder filled with manilla folders for each client
a desk calendar book

Now, where my laptop is, where I do my writing ... it's on a small square table that used to be the kitchen table. On it is:

The laptop
a file cubby that actually belongs to something else ... and it's filled with internet marketing books, books concerning murder mysteries and police procedurals for writers, 5x7 note cards to help me with my murder mystery novel, and a spiral notebook

05-27-2012, 07:56 AM
Let's see

1. Several volumes of assorted manga (my bookshelf is full)
2. Three separate sketch books (I'm also an avid drawer)
3. A few spirals here and there.
4. Stacks of various school notes.
5. Two unopened packages of pens.
6. Some crumpled up sheets of random garbled mesh that I wrote last month.
7. An (awesome) Scott Pilgrim action figure.
8. A sketch of a Creepy Sniffing Thing (don't ask) that a friend drew for me.
9. A mechanical pencil with no lead.
10. A stack of books for learning Japanese that I have yet to dive into.

I think that about sums it up.

05-27-2012, 08:17 AM
I have a laptop. It sits on my lap because I'm pretty sure desks are scared of my pack rat ways. So..as I sit in my recliner, I have

a pair of headphones
a kindle
a 3-g hotspot

Man I'm boring. My desk had way cooler stuff...until it broke. :(

05-27-2012, 08:49 AM
Good survey question! Let's see...

1. iPhone
2. Kindle Fire
3. A couple of pens from Disneyworld
4. A scratch pad
5. Wrist brace for my carpel tunnel problem
6. Jar of dry-roasted peanuts
7. An extra flashdrive
8. A cold drink
9. A bill I need to pay
10. A Happy Mother's Day card from my son

05-27-2012, 09:03 AM
whoo hoo! :) I love this kinda thing

1. Tiara
2. fountain pen ink
3. Pink post-its
4. hand cream
5. calculator
6. jewelry box
7. journal
8. computer
9. butterfly hair thingies
10. bubbles

Snowball - I want to see the creepy thing....

05-27-2012, 09:41 AM
1. World's Greatest Dad mousepad.
2. A paper penguin that my son made me.
3. Elements of Style.
4. A stack of photography magazines.
5. A pile of software that's installed across our computers.
6. Two Pepsi MLB Edgar Martinez collector cans.
7. A stack of Preacher comics.
8. Pens.
9. A scratchpad.
10. A little promo can for Munch's Odyssey.

05-27-2012, 10:53 AM
1. leather cover for my DS that I can never be bothered putting on it
2.eyeshadow - in orange and electric blue from Avon, that I bought for an 80's night
3.my daughters ipod because she wan't me to add more songs for her
4.lots of nail polish - most of it blue
5.plates. several. from snacks, usually peanut butter on toast
6.knitting pattern for a policeman doll.
7. a trisha ashley book
8.a 'transwrite' floppy disk from my old, old, old comp
9.a pack of buttons
10.plastic tiara (also thanks to daughter)

05-27-2012, 11:12 AM
Oh my gosh, my desk is a nightmare...

There are probably about 30 things on my desk, if not more, but I will stick to ten. ;)

1. Four mini pom-pom cupcakes with felt icing and sprinkles. One of them even has a cherry with a brown pipecleaner for the stem. Made 'em myself. ^_^
2. A stuffed monkey wearing a bandit mask. My husband won it for me at a fair.
3. A small decorative loaf of bread that looks like a turtle. Tiny raisins for the eyes...
3. An eraser the size of my hand that says "For BIG Mistakes"
4. A notepad with an incorrect email address on the current page and...well, notes.
5. My bag of DND dice.
6. Lots of pens and pencils, most of which are contained in a clay cup that was crafted by one of my aunt's fellow art class students.
7. A sadly empty ice cream bowl.
8. Three broken video cards.
9. The Mistborn Trilogy box set.
10. A picture of my senior year tap class.

As you can see, I keep all of my important things close by.

05-27-2012, 12:16 PM
Reading this thread I realize I've been neglecting my desk. In comparison to all of the above, mine is pretty barren. It has:

1. The laptop
2. A hookah (an Arab smoking device)
3. An empty coffee mug
4. And another one
5. And another
6. A fruit milk-shake

Guess you can tell I'm in the middle of a writing spree, huh? :)

05-27-2012, 12:47 PM
Yay :)

Well besides my laptop on occasions...

Logitech lamp
Logitech mouse
hand sanitizer
mini 4 Drawer Storage
mini speakers
cup of pens, pencils, etc.
drawers and cubbies full of stuff like school records, papers, receipts, external drives, notebook

(and yikes i'm the 13th post!)

05-27-2012, 02:15 PM
I mostly write in cafes and libraries, so I rarely have 10 things on my desk. Right now I have my laptop and a cup of coffee. :) Oh, yeah, I am writing... ;) (Soon, I promise, I'll just take a look at this one thread...)

05-27-2012, 02:45 PM
When we bought the house, this old wooden desk had been left by the previous owners in one corner of the garage. It looked like barn siding and took me many hours to sand and stain back to life...and still needs one drawer handle. =)

An enameled pendant my cousin made me when I was 10
pack of sewing needles
blue 'ball' jar half full of marbles
pretty box with my old rings
a Breyer's horse I've had forever

Copies of the DSM II, III, and IV
Digital voice recorder
a dead electronic cigarette
Glow in the dark toy figure of Ghost Rider (joke from a friend)
a dime

05-27-2012, 03:05 PM
1. Bust of William Shakespear
2. Belton Bertie the Greyhound
3. Box of tissues
4. Pink rabbit
5. Computer specs - not on desk 'cos I am wearing them
6. Pencils
7. Pens
8. Large heap of books
9. Pink mouse
10. Post its

05-27-2012, 03:50 PM
(Excluding the obvious - computer, mouse, keyboard, speakers)

1) A blue glitter Holy Virgin Mary statue.
2) A calculator
3) Jason Mraz's new Album, Love Is A Four Letter Word.
4) My Mammy's bank card (no, I'm not sure why either.)
5) A notebook in which I keep track of everything I'm doing/meant to be doing but which I am no longer able to read because a cup of tea was upended over it by somebody who isn't me.
6) A booklet from Sam McCauley outlining all the marvellous things they can do with your photographs (including putting it on a tshirt worn by a small, beige bear, for a mere 14.99).
7) Various cables which accompanied my new modem but which I apparently don't need as they're on my desk, still in their bags.
8) A Very Important Piece of Paper listing the price comparisons of duvets bought from Marks and Spencer dot com vs Marks and Spencer dot ie.
9) A set of Matryoshka featuring Russian leaders from Tsar Nicolas to Boris Yeltsin.
10) Confetti, because people forget I don't thank them for sending me envelopes filled with the stuff, even if they are getting married.

05-27-2012, 04:15 PM
1. a victor 1a leg hold trap
2. an 8" hunting knife
3. 20 arrows laying across two deer antlers
4. driving trophy cup holding pens, pencil
5. wood thing that holds writing stuff (screwdriver, pliers, ruler, etc)
6. head lamp
7. 3 bottles of glue
8. cigar box filled with magnets
9. two duck decoys
10. two filled clips of 7.62x39 ammo

Mr Flibble
05-27-2012, 04:38 PM
Nothing very exciting....

1 - bills :(
2 - A letter from my daughter (<3)
3 - batteries (for my mouse, because it ran out again!)
4 - Ciggies and ashtray
5 - Teacup - full
6 - A small dragon, pressie from daughter
7 - A kobo
8 - A Werther's Original
9 - A head torch. Don;t ask.
10 - a pine cone

05-27-2012, 05:09 PM
I have a small desk, so there isn't much room to accumulate my usual clutter. Aside from what you'd expect to see with a desktop PC (mouse, monitor, speakers, that sort of stuff):

1. Cigs, lighter, ashtray
2. Mountain Dew
3. Digital camera
4. Backup hard drive (external)
5. Wallet
6. Coffee mug
7. Pens and pencils
8. A couple of clean napkins--didn't chuck 'em after dinner last night 'cause they're still good
9. Voter-registration card (early voting in Texas last week)
10. Diamond stone for sharpening my folding knife

05-27-2012, 06:03 PM
1. walnut-sized wooden horse netsuke
2. scarred sandalwood box that holds the perfume of Bareilly in the sunlight
3. small lamp
4-7. three fine-point Sharpies in a lapis lazuli vase
8. battered Olivetti
9. coffee mug
10. lots of empty space

05-27-2012, 06:12 PM
My laptop moves around a lot, since I don't have a real desk, but here's what's hanging around my current writing spot:

1. digital camera
2. a new memory card reader since I lost the cord to the digital camera
3. an in-progress cross-stitch that will eventually say "Bienvenue" (I only have the "ve" and one of the bordering flowers done so far)
4. one of my puppy's squeaky toys
5. a box of Wheaties I still haven't put away from breakfast
6. my boots so the puppy won't eat them
7. a tiger mug full of pens
8. a green dish towel
9. a giant plastic bag full of probably 200 sheet protectors (a gift from another teacher on the last day of school)
10. my cell phone

05-27-2012, 06:20 PM
I live in a little RV, and my desk is my dinette table (and can become a bed, but it never does). There are two cupholders that I use for tiny stuff that I don't want to fly around when I drive, and I'll describe ten things in them because the laptop is the only thing on the desk.

1. A wadded up kleenex. (eww, throwing that out now)
2. My thumb drive that I back up writing onto
3. A role of quarters
4. A metal fold-over pin from John Day Fossil Beds with a saber tooth nimravid skull printed on it
5. A bottle of gel superglue
6. A straightened paperclip for getting my CD/DVD player open when it won't open normally
7. The strike plate for my bathroom door that I really should get around to putting up there a year after I replaced the knob.
8. LED thermometer with time/date readout
9. A rusty mystery screw (will not throw out, just in case)
10. A wall anchor leftover from putting up the hook for my solar shower

Alpha Echo
05-27-2012, 06:33 PM
I'm surprised so many have desks! I don't. Right now, I'm sitting on a screened in porch overlooking the Potomac on all sides. My laptop is on my lap, coffee is on the ledge beside me, and my WIP is open. That's it.

05-27-2012, 07:02 PM
to get to the essence, one must simplify. You out of the box thinker, you.

05-27-2012, 07:16 PM
Oh my gosh, my desk is a nightmare...

I can relate to that!

Ten things, huh?

1. Cell phone
2. 3 pens
3. Box of envelopes
4. Coffee cup with coffee in it
5. keys
6. Losing Powerball ticket (well, I got ONE number right)
7. Old address book (fun to look at now, most people have moved)
8. newspaper
9. bobbi pins
10. old billfold

05-27-2012, 07:41 PM
1. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
2. A huge magnifying glass.
3. lots of my son's origami
4. an old i-pod
5. The case and disk for Civilization V
6. A poem - "The Victor" by C. W. Longenecker
7. A very old pay-slip (why?)
8. First three chapters of my WIP with my wife's proof-reading in neat red ink.
9. Pens, staplers and stuff
10. My elbows

05-27-2012, 08:20 PM
1. MacBook Pro
2. fountain pen
3. Kleenex
4. Fan
5. A sock monkey named The Sock Monkey
6. A stuffed teddy bear with a knit sweater with a "W" for University of Wyoming named Ewe Dub (he and The Sock Monkey are best buds)
7. Hand lotion
8. Gigaware mouse
9. mouse pad with a river rock look
10. Hand-crocheted coffee coaster

05-27-2012, 08:31 PM
I love this game!

1. Crayons (box of 24)
2. Strawberry kitchen timer
3. Totoro phone strap fobbie thingy
4. Pinkie Pie bubble blower
5. Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth MAGIC (multi)colored pencil
6. PINK (OMG is it pink) cloth makeup bag that holds my pens, pencils, erasers, thumbdrives for when I travel
7. PINK (OMG is it pink) 12" ruler
8. PINK (OMG is it pink...beginning to see a trend here...) protractor set
9. Red (ha!) table lamp
10. Plush Luuvies Lamb with a beanie butt

05-27-2012, 08:38 PM
Blue Diamond Almonds, Lightly Salted (in a can)
another almond can filled with pennies
an empty box of bandaids
a ladybug - yes, a real one
a local newspaper
baby aspirin
a bag of books (The Sea Captain's Wife, The Cat's Table, and Chemical Cowboys)
a paper mache catch all container made by my sister
a white box with a watch in it

05-27-2012, 09:27 PM
Hmmm. Ten things that I can see easily amidst the mess:

1. Dog grooming tools (soft brush, slicker brush, mat rake--can you tell I own a Pekingese?)
2. Reference books for the Assassin's Creed video game series (nothing to do with writing, I just sit in the same chair when gaming)
3. Empty water bottle
4. Almost empty coffee cup
5. Reference book for an upcoming project
6. Print-out of a MIP I keep meaning to re-type (no existing file copy) and never get around to
7. Band-aids
8. Bottle of lotion
9. Thumb spica split
10. A sand painting bottle

Maybe I should get around to cleaning that up a bit, eh?

05-27-2012, 09:45 PM
In addition to the 'puter and assorted 'puter paraphernalia, you might find

1. Box of Kleenex
2. Empty coffee cup, which problem should be rectified shortly
3. Several unpaid bills
4. Checkbook
5. Kindle
6. Small troll statue
7. Stuffed raven
8. Crystal ball
9. IPod
10. Small shrine where the ashtray used to sit

05-27-2012, 10:17 PM
Very boring, since it's also my work desk

1. Stapler
2. Two-hole punch
3. Tape dispenser
4. Paper clips, regular & jumbo
5. Adding machine
6. Desk lamp
7. Telephone
8. Paper/folders/envelopes, regular & 8x10
9. Pens/Pencils/Erasers/Highlighters
10. Top of the line surround sound speakers, to combat the drudgery ;)

05-27-2012, 10:24 PM
Water bottle
an apple
half a dozen pens/pencils
3 ring hole punch
desk top
a couple of receipts

05-27-2012, 10:32 PM
10. Small shrine where the ashtray used to sit

lol sooooo cool.

05-27-2012, 11:02 PM
I don't have a desk, per say (I write in bed), but I do have a bedside table.

1. Water bottle
2. Three notebooks, each with a different WIP...
3. Pens
4. Portable book light thing
5. Couple of books (The Te of Piglet and the seventh Harry Potter)
6. Tape
7. Post - its (A must have for any desk type area.)
8. Instructional Yoga DVD
9. Phone
10. Empty coffee mug

05-28-2012, 02:20 AM
1) To-do list. Not a blank notebook, an actual to-do pad. Helps keep me on track.
2) A USB fan that plugs into my laptop.
3) Hand cream
4) Lip balm
5) Empty food wrappers (hmmm)
6) Pens/highlighters/pencils
7) Box of tissues
8) Mug o' coffee/tea
9) Phone, usually charging
10) Bunch of depressing bills