Sunday, April 20, 2008

Desks and books

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!

Amanda Grange


Gillian Layne said...

How funny!

I was just balancing my cereal bowl on top of a pile of research books to comment on this post. Had to pause and move it as it proved too tempting for the cat. :)

Anonymous said...

Jane said...

Mandy, it's so heartening to learn I'm not alone. That description of your desk is identical to mine. Untidy? I prefer to call it the chaos of creativity. (Well, I would, wouldn't I?!)

Jane Odiwe said...

I like to work in several different places depending on my mood, which means lots of untidy rooms, spaces, desks, tables etc. It's lovely to hear I'm not the only one who works in a mess!

Jan Jones said...

But that's what three-dimensional air space is for, surely?

Unknown said...

I'll have to use this story the next time my husband asks me to clean up my desk