Jane's post about untidy desks struck a chord with me as my desk is always in a terrible state. There are piles of reference books, which topple over occasionally; piles of print outs of my current work in progress; assorted pens, pencils, markers, paper clips and other similar items; as well as a cup of tea and biscuits.
When the Manchester Evening News were writing an article about me I knew they were going to send a photographer round and so I tidied my desk ruthlessly, leaving only my computer on the desk. When the photographer arrived and saw my desk he was dismayed.
'It's too tidy,' he said.
It turned out they like to photograph authors at their desks because they like the mess and chaos, so I had to litter my lovely tidy desk with anything I could get my hands on - which wasn't too difficult, as I'd run out of time when tidying up and so I'd simply lifted the last few piles of clutter into a handy cupboard!
Out it came, the photographer got his shots, and I learned an important lesson: never tidy your desk for the press!