“Hello, my name is Kim, and I’m addicted to house porn.”
Well, at least that’s what my husband calls it. Yes, I may have a wee bit of a problem: I really can’t walk away from a shelter magazine. The darn things are everywhere: right there next to the snickers in the check-out line, at the nails salon, in the airport kiosk. But, hey, take the magazine, leave the snickers, and no one gets fat! So, what’s the harm?
One of my favorite columns is featured each month in House Beautiful: “What’s On Your Vanity?” It’s written as a little peek into the life of a glamorous interior designer. A bit voyeuristic, each month offers short descriptions of best kept secrets such as a can’t-live-without face cream or the latest and greatest make-up brushes.
This got me to thinking: would people be surprised by what they would find on my desk? I’m happy to do a little sharing:
Inspiration. There are several items perched on my desk that provide inspiration for me in both general terms and for promoting writing creativity. I have this wonderful picture of my son, his head cocked to the side, seemingly asking me each day “Whatcha up to today Mom?” He still has this same facial expression, twenty years later.
You can’t look at this guy and not tilt your head sideways too … you just tilted, didn’t you?
I also have displayed a rather unusual picture of me with my gal pals from our fiftieth birthday celebration. It always makes me smile and inspires me to write about our funny, often ridiculous adventures.
Writing Materials. Like any writer, I can get stuck, really stuck. Mind-numbingly blocked. However, I have a secret weapon: a profanity generator! I love this little book of creative cursing – any time I get stuck I thumb through this quick fix and somehow it unlocks the left side of my brain. I’ll give you three that just came up: sissy glob, ho face, and meat monster. I kept those G-rated for you – it wasn’t easy.
I’m also a bit old school when it comes to writing. I like to outline a story, my thoughts, ideas, etc. on a good ‘ol yellow notepad. And no fancy-dancy writing instruments either, just a dependable bic pen – ten to a box. I know it’s boring, even a bit uninspiring, but when the mood strikes I just pick up the pen and start to write, doodle, make lists of ideas, and so on.
Stacks of Folders, Papers, and Various “Stuff.” You would think that, being a Virgo, I would have a tidy, organized desk. Hmm, not so much. My desk does have a storied history in that I inherited it from my Father-In-Law who was a General’s aide as well as a Washington D.C. lobbyist. Some mornings George’s adventures slip into my thoughts as I sit there with my morning coffee, scrolling through the onslaught of emails from the night before. Though it looks to be just a regular old messy desk, I think George would approve of how it’s now being used.
Now it’s your turn to share…
What’s on YOUR desk?
Don’t you think House Beautiful will want to see our pictures?