I had to wait until I had unburied my desk to take this photo. It gets really cluttered—especially when I’m in the middle of a book. On my desk is the only TV in our home. My son watches PBS shows on it, and I watch videos on it for work. I also have the family desktop computer sitting in the middle of my desk, but the computer I use for writing is my laptop.
I live in an apartment in New York, so no space is reserved for one thing only. My office is also my husband’s office and is also my son’s playroom. In fact, the whole apartment seems to be my son’s playroom. In order to get through the living room to the kitchen, I routinely have to step over cars, helicopters and transformers.
I rarely write at my desk. No, I occasionally write at my desk. I do better when I move to the kitchen table or sit on the couch or go to a café. I need a change of scene, and to get away from things like the checkbook (which usually needs balancing) and the piles of other stuff I need to deal with. I wrote Posed for Murder almost entirely in neighborhood cafes, which did help my descriptions enormously.
I have four file drawers filled with old scripts, files from movies I worked on, and ideas for stories. I occasionally try to clean these out, but I find it difficult to throw away stuff I’ve worked on. It’s like admitting that all those months of work were for nothing. I know intellectually that I’ve learned from everything I wrote, but I hate to admit that was all it was. I like to think that those scripts and stories will someday see the light again.
So my desk is really used as an entertainment center and for storage. I wish sometimes I had an office door I could close and a desk that felt inspiring. But for now I’ll just have to deal with the hardship of working at a table in the local café, and reward myself with a cappuccino.
We’re excited to announce the winner of last week’s contest. Meredith couldn’t stand to give just one signed copy of POSED FOR MURDER away, so she grabbed two names out of the hat–Helen K and Rhonda Lane. Please send your address to Eve@thedebutanteball.com so we can send you your books.