This writer’s desk… (plus a contest!)

I thought it might be fun to share my view of my desk. So, I snapped pictures while sitting in my chair, left to right, of the top of my corner desk. Now, I’m taking a deep breath. Sharing this is a lot like gettin’ nekkid in front of a crowd, because now you’ll see how messy I am and how random are the things that populate my space. Most are items I’ve acquired because they make me smile. Some are things the children get in Happy Meals or from those gum-style machines at restaurants. They are always on the lookout from something weird for Nina, because they know my oohs and ahs are genuine. Yes, the view is cluttered, but it’s only a reflection of my mind. 🙂


To my left, I have a spreadsheet that shows me the work I have to accomplish this week. The rusty iron mermaid holding my business cards is a junk store treasure. King Kong’s head peeks over the top of the crystal ball–he’s just begun his climb up the Empire State Building. The mini-bust on a stand in front of the fairy curled up on a toadstool is a 2500-year-old fragment of a ushabti (I had to have it to oversee the writing of Crescent Moon!). See the alien babies next to the agate skull in front? Those are gifts from the 4-year-old, because Nina LOVES aliens. But what’s with the four snails in front of the mermaid? My family keeps gifting me with them because I can tell only one joke (I can’t remember jokes, mess up punch lines, etc.). It’s the worst joke in the world, but they laugh and laugh because of course I make the funniest facial expressions while I tell it. It goes like this:

What does the snail say as it rides the turtle’s back?

Let’s scan to the center of my desk…


It’s not as interesting. It’s where the work happens. See the tray just below the monitor that holds a clutter of notes? It was handmade by my dad. He thought I could use it as a “story board” that index cards could stand in. Now it’s just a jumble of notes, post cards, telephone numbers…

And here’s the view on the right…


There’s a carnelian “tree” behind my lamp—it’s for creativity. In the catchall basket (I need one right?), I have Pez dispensers—my Belle-Iron Man-Cinderella ménage. The kids heard I was working on a fireman story, so they gave me the fireman action figure. I didn’t realize it until looking at the photo that I have a small mountain of Altoid tins. Huh. The pop-eye toys are from the kids as well. The iron frog prince is a paperweight for when I start stacking documents in the center of my desk (usually happens when I’m working on bills or culling through anthology short stories). The hand? Doesn’t everyone have a fortune-teller’s hand? The ferocious, big-toothed monster in the back was a gift from a friend. She knew when she saw it that it belonged to me. Yup, someone sees the fuggliest bottle in the world and I immediately come to mind….

TMI, folks? Did you prefer thinking I wrote on an elegant chaise while some handsome cowboy fed me bonbons while I wrote his story?

Would you like to see other author’s desks for a glimpse inside their minds and habits? When you look around your desk, what do you see?

Post a comment and you’ll be entered to win a free download of one my Lone Star Lovers books. Book 7, Reined In, releases in February 2014!

About Delilah Devlin

Delilah Devlin is an award-winning author with a rapidly expanding reputation for writing deliciously edgy stories with complex characters. Whether creating dark, erotically-charged paranormal worlds or richly descriptive westerns that ring with authenticity, Delilah Devlin “pens in uncharted territory that will leave the readers breathless and hungering for more…”
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49 Responses to This writer’s desk… (plus a contest!)

  1. Don’t be fooled by the telephone in this picture. She does not answer it! LOL

  2. Clare O'Beara says:

    Thanks for the snapshots into your busy life!
    My desk is much less cluttered because I just could not work with all that around me. There are pigeonholes but at least once a year they all get cleaned out, dusted and sorted, and I dump or refile as much as possible to give myself space to breathe and head space.
    The less distraction the better. Though windows are good, nice and restful with natural light.

  3. Marina Buff says:

    A beautiful Christmas cactus my coworker just bought for me! (Hopefully it last to Christmas) (:

  4. venetia Marshall says:

    lol its as cluttered as my office and desk, i need to clean it again but it just gets junked back under,

  5. Dawn Staniszeski says:

    For the longest time, I have had PlayDoh on my desk. Why? And Where did it come from? I still have no idea..LOL

  6. Your desk is certainly more exciting than mine! Mine’s way too small to have more than the PC monitor, the keyboard & mouse, a box of fig newtons to keep my carbs up, a separate hard drive and a small basket where my bills and receipts sit, ignored. Need to get a new corkboard to put my inspiration back up on but do have my sexy cowboy calendar on the wall. A girl needs man candy for keeping her mind in the gutter. 🙂

    • Ha! Should have taken a pic of my corkboard. It’s covered in crap too. But there is a pic of the kiss between Gerard Butler and the girl from Pushing Daisies from the movie Timeline. Best kiss ever.

  7. Oh I think I need a bamboo tree now! I wonder if I would kill it though. Greenery is not my thing. I loved seeing your work space.

  8. Raeline Peterson says:

    I dont think its messy ,it looks cozy and well lived in i like it .

  9. Toni Whitmire says:

    You win my desk is twice as bad and I am still finding stuff that I had as a teen and I am almost 50 when I clean up.

  10. Kerry P says:

    Nice to know I am not the only one with crazy items on my desk…although the wall behind my desk is also covered….with sticky notes! They are everywhere…my lists of fav authors, books, series I am reading, dates books are to be released!

  11. Laurie P says:

    Wow, and I thought my desk was bad…okay, it’s not as neatly arranged, but I can find a few spots of the desk itself.

  12. erica says:

    I thought my desk was bad but it does look very organized

  13. Molly Ann Wishlade says:

    OOh! I Love having a nose at other authors’ desks. Lol! I write on my lap or kitchen table so I am not as sophisticated! We don’t have the space for a desk. Poor me! I suspect that if I had one I would just cover it with clutter and be unable to use it anyway! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • My first desk was planted in a crowded corner of my bedroom, and my stacks of crap encroached all around the keyboard. I’ve had friends who cleared out a closet and used it as an “office.” If you need a dedicated space, you will find a way. You’re probably a gypsy-writer, happy to plunk your laptop down wherever!

  14. Jana Leah says:

    Thanks for sharing your desk & the giveaway. My desk is a big cluttered mess.

  15. Anne says:

    That’s a lot of knick knacks! I don’t have much in the way of personal stuff on mine except for some hand lotion. Right now my desk is a mess with overflowing in and out boxes and stuff to both sides of me. Last week I cleaned it off…it doesn’t take long to descend into madness.

  16. ajenkins979 says:

    My desk is horrible. I have the tv remotes folders, and all kinds of stuff. My desk became the catch all. My daughter puts her toys and things on the one side of my desk so she doesn’t have to take things to her room. I have a pile of magazines here somewhere too. Way too much going on here.
    I didn’t think any writer, (or blogger) can actually keep their desk clean for long. We need our notes and papers but somehow they do manage to spread!
    Thanks for sharing

  17. Stacy says:

    Well, looking around…I’ve got some pictures, autograph pic of LoCash Cowboys one of my patients dropped off last week. The High School Sports scheule, a huge box of Tylenol Extra Strenth, a Green M&M (complete w/ santa hat, and red heels) several bottles of hand sanitizer, and, orange legos that were given at a funeral for a pediatric patient…I also have sticky’s and a miniature Coca Cola (fountain) taped to my computer! Can you tell that I work with kids? They bring the best gifts…ever 🙂

  18. rblerner2013 says:

    My computer desk is my desk. So I have my laptop, pens, books, paid bills and magazines on it at the moment. The shelf holds remote controls and a list of the free and paid e-books I get.

  19. Donna _A says:

    I’m not a writer I am a reader as evidenced by the stacks of books surrounding my desk.

  20. Jeanne Shaw says:

    My desk is sort of tidy. Unless you look real closely in the pigeon holes. I have no clue what most of that junk is which is probably why I can’t find things I know I put in the desk somewhere.

  21. Ashley says:

    I have pictures of my family, books, a plant (not sure what kind), a little bull (like a stress ball), a devil rubber duck, notebook, desk organizer thingy, and a vase full of pens/highlighters.

  22. Tiss says:

    I think you can learn something about a person from their desk, so don’t come and look at mine, Oh, which one? LOL. I’ve moved my stuff onto the kitchen table. Can’t find either desk in the other two offices.

  23. Cindy Hamilton says:

    Your desk looks just like mine. I just can’t keep it from being cluttered!!

  24. Terri says:

    I wish my desk was as clean as yours! You can actually see the wood on your desk. My desk at work is covered in different papers representing different issues that I’m suppose to work on. Doesn’t always happen. Also my water, kindle, keys, employee leave slips, stapler and other assorted work things. At home, I don’t have a desk but the dining room table which is covered in books, paper, boxes, printer, another computer and all kinds of mess which will have to get cleaned up this week so we have some place to eat Thanksgiving dinner.

  25. mathlady68 says:

    My desk is a total disaster! There are so many piles I can’t even put my computer on it. So sad 😦

  26. Mary Preston says:

    I share my desk with my children, so it stays uncluttered – mostly.

  27. Inga says:

    Aside from my computer there is a telephone, greeting cards, a speaker, notepads, lip gloss, mail, pens, and a bag.

  28. Tracie says:

    Look at all your treasures!
    I am pretty obsessive about my desk. I have a notepad/to-do list on it, a pen, a picture of my children and whatever I am currently working on. Everything else goes (gets hidden) in my top drawer.

  29. Annie says:

    At work, I move from desk to desk so nothing really personal with the exception of the beat up folders with my to-do list that goes everywhere with me. And my insulated glass…kinda like a sippy cup for adults. Usually full of iced green tea. At home, most of my computer time is in bed-my queen size chaise lounge. If only the kitties and dog wouldn’t try to type at the same time.

  30. Jaime A. Geraldi says:

    Sweet chaos. That’s how I roll, too 😉

  31. Those pics make me feel better about mine. I love the little stand your dad made for you — I’ve recently asked my hubby to find something similar to put beneath my monitor to help keep all my clutter organized but he can’t find anything like what I’m looking for.

  32. shauntih says:

    I work at home almost exclusively, so I’m about 90% electronic – no big messes around me. I do have a turntable (yes, I still have records from the 70s and 80s!) that connects to a computer, a tree made of pottery with a face in it (reminds me of a Tangle Tree from Piers Anthony), a fountain to relieve stress, and a water bowl for the cats. One wall of my office is a window with a cat tower in front of it so they can play with the birds at the feeders right outside the windows. Next to me is a huge computer rack with two printers, another monitor, and five more computers. Behind me against the wall on shelves are the aforementioned records, a lot of CD/DVDs and cassettes (anyone remember those?) and a bunch of genealogy information. I also keep my old VHS movies in here (I’m trying to record them to digital format). No. I am NOT a pack rat – I’m a Database Administrator working in the Healthcare industry who knows data should never be destroyed.

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