What's on your desk?

One of the first jobs I do when I've sent a book to my editor is clean my desk. You would not believe … no really, you wouldn't. I am such a slob.

On my desk right now:

  • Computer. Obviously
  • Ayrton Senna mousemat plus mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Blue pen
  • Compact camera (amazingly) in case
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Yellow Post-it notes
  • Reading glasses
  • Photographic paper
  • Letter (remember those?) from a friend
  • iPhone (charging)
  • USB lead for camera
  • Case for reading glasses (empty)
  • Battery charger (empty)
  • Three coasters: One 'Over the Hill', one 'Happy Mother's Day' and one 'World's Greatest Sister'
  • Pen top belonging to a long-lost red pen
  • Coffee mug with an inch of cold coffee lurking in the bottom
  • Tweezers
  • Phone
  • USB lead that belongs to… ?
  • Half eaten apple
  • Remote control for iPod docking station
  • Cheque book
  • Biscuit crumbs
  • Layer of dust...

I bet you're thinking "Wow, I wish I had a desk that big…". So do I. My desk is, um, desk-sized - i.e. not big enough for holding all this crap. As my old teacher used to say: "Tidy desk, tidy mind." 

What's on your desk? Are you a neat freak?

© Shirley Wells 2016