Thursday Thirteen #22 — Mitchell’s Desk


While I’ve been busy putting together some Buy a Friend a Book Week fun for next week, I realized that I can’t find the surface of my desk. It’s actually been this way for some time now and I swear, everything there can’t find another home somewhere else.

That made me think. What sorts of things do other people keep on their desks?

Here’s one take on it, with an outtake to finish up the desk fun over the weekend. Stay tuned for that, and for the BAFAB contest.

Thirteen Things on the desk of Mitchell Voss, rock star:

1. Guitar picks

2. remote control to the sound system, empty CD cases, and some newish, trendy stuff that keeps getting overlooked in favor of the old favorites.

3. papers JR‘s been waiting on for weeks

4. papers Daniel‘s been waiting on for weeks

5. love drawings, instead of love notes, from Kerri and a sketch of hers that he stole and framed. Conveniently, she’s never noticed it.

6. scraps of paper with random, so-far unused song lyrics scribbled on them

7. the first guitar string he broke onstage

8. bulk quantities of black Sharpies

9. three desk lamps to act as spotlights on strategic piles of papers

10. new lightbulbs for the lamps

11. two years’ worth of music industry trade magazines he intends to read — next time he gets the chance

12. a hairbrush that hasn’t been cleaned since it arrived on the desk even though it gets semi-frequent use

13. an origami dragon folded by one of the crew during ShapeShifter‘s last tour

Anything interesting on your desk?

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  1. Amy Ruttan

    March 28, 2007 9:22 pm

    My desk is the couch, so right now an empty bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs and little head bean bag Dr. Evil that when you slam him he says “Five Million Dollars.”BR/BR/Happy TT, great list!

  2. Jill

    March 28, 2007 9:42 pm

    There is not hope for me, since even your characters have messy desk!!BR/And, I could have win this week too, but I’m being lazy!!!!BR/But, yé!! I might be the inspiration for a character!!!

  3. ChupieandJ'smama

    March 28, 2007 9:56 pm

    Intersting things on Mitchell’s desk. Nothing interesting on mine, especially since I just cleaned it. Best thing is the new printer. Yea, it works! Other than that, I have an empty water bottle, my sons Leapster L-Max and the roster for my younger sons Mom and Tot class. Happy Thursday 🙂

  4. JennyMcB

    March 28, 2007 9:58 pm

    Woe is me, my desk is boring! The closest thing to exciting is the small set of speakers that I hook up to my ipod each day. Without music, I would go crazy!BR/Maybe that should be a list for me some time- the 13 boring things on my desk…LOLBR/I like your character’s desk better!

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 28, 2007 10:02 pm

    Without music, I’d go nuts, too, Jenny. Happy TT!

  6. Lisa

    March 28, 2007 10:03 pm

    On my desk at work there is a rubber Dimetrodon from my son’s collection. It makes me smile every time I see it. Other than that, it’s pretty standard desk fare.

  7. Thomma Lyn

    March 28, 2007 10:19 pm

    Hee! I enjoyed your list. Your character has a nicely cluttered desk that’s nonetheless quite revealing of who and what he is. :)BR/BR/My desk? Well, it’s a hell of a lot cleaner than it used to be. It used to be unspeakable. Now? Not bad. I finally couldn’t stand the clutter and went cleaner-berserker. :)BR/BR/Happy TT to you!

  8. Janet

    March 28, 2007 10:20 pm

    um…#12: YUCK!!!

  9. bunnygirl

    March 28, 2007 10:25 pm

    On my desk is a creature I made at camp some 30 years ago.BR/BR/I still remember being given a chance to pick two rocks from a bucket, and I saw an odd one, almost triangle-shaped, with a long protruding end like a beak. Naturally I grabbed it.BR/BR/I glued it to an oval shaped rock, added a pair of googly eyes above the “beak” and made a cap out of a fuzzy blue pipe cleaner. A wispy tail went onto the back of the oval-shaped rock, and voila!BR/BR/The amazing thing isn’t so much that my mom kept it all these years and finally gave it to me, but that it held up so well! The cap is faded, but other than that, it looks like it might’ve been made yesterday! 🙂

  10. kelli

    March 28, 2007 10:55 pm

    My desk…haven’t seen the surface in a while. My paperwork is done for while…so over spring break I should be able to find the top of it!!!! lol Happy TT!

  11. Raggedy

    March 28, 2007 10:58 pm

    Interesting desk things.BR/Terrific Thursday Thirteen!BR/My TT is posted.BR/Have a wonderful day!BR/Happy TT’ing!BR/ *^_^BR/(=’:’=) BR/(“)_ (“)Å  BR/Raggedy

  12. Lauren

    March 28, 2007 11:12 pm

    Hold the phone. Mitchell actually has a desk!?!?

  13. Joely Sue Burkhart

    March 28, 2007 11:38 pm

    If God is in the details, then you’ve got one hell of a story, here. Happy TT!

  14. Wylie Kinson

    March 28, 2007 11:43 pm

    Do you really want to know?BR/My brown satin bra has been sitting on my hutch for almost 6 months. I took it off while writing one day because the lacy parts were scratch and it somehow has never been put away (or worn!)BR/Hey,… you asked! 🙂

  15. Cheryl

    March 29, 2007 12:03 am

    His desk sounds nice and tidy compared to mine. Everything seems to make its way here and the piles are alive.

  16. Denise Patrick

    March 29, 2007 12:08 am

    I have so much stuff on my desk that I’m lucky there’s room for the computer!

  17. Amelia Elias

    March 29, 2007 12:14 am

    My desk is a random mess of everything you can imagine. I used to have a sign that read, “A clean desk is the sign of a disturbed mind,” but I lost it under the clutter.

  18. Lazy Daisy

    March 29, 2007 12:16 am

    Oh my, that’s quite a list. My desk is covered with things….hmm, maybe I should clean it off!

  19. L^2

    March 29, 2007 12:21 am

    Mitchell has more interesting things on his desk than I do. There’s not much room for anything more on my tiny desk than the computer and the all-important camera. BR/It is also highly possible (because I seem to live with two yellow fur factories) that there are a few stray pieces dog fur settled somewhere on the desk surface that I missed the last time I dusted. BR/Happy TT. 🙂

  20. Barbara

    March 29, 2007 12:56 am

    Sounds like my desk. I’m now using my laptop, sitting in a seat in the Den. :)BR/BR/Check out my A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow” TT/A

  21. littlebirdblue

    March 29, 2007 12:56 am

    Bizzarely, my desk is the same as Amy Ruttan’s, except my Cadbury Eggs are the full-sized deal, yo.

  22. Nancy J. Bond

    March 29, 2007 12:58 am

    A very intriguing list! I actually cleaned off my desk earlier this week so it’s pretty boring at the moment (unless that tube of Calgon Hawaiian Ginger lotion counts). 🙂 Thx for your visit and Happy TT!

  23. Tilly Greene

    March 29, 2007 1:00 am

    #5 sounds very romantic, go Mitchell.BR/BR/As for my desk [an erotic romance author’s desk] there’s a clock with three time zones – one for us and one for each side of the family, loads of sticky notes with nonesense scribbles on them, Continental vouchers for booze and the new Take That CD 🙂

  24. Stephanie

    March 29, 2007 3:01 am

    Just had to smile – I did things on my desk too! Stopped to see other Thursday Thirteens and there you were!

  25. Robin

    March 29, 2007 3:10 am

    I work at home, with my desk being either my kitchen island or my dining room table. At any given moment it’s got my laptop, assorted cords, various books, mail, small toys, kids’ art projects, cd’s, dishes and goodness knows what else.BR/BR/I love your list, you really brought the scene to life. Happy TT :).

  26. DS Writer

    March 29, 2007 3:27 am

    glad to know my last tt posting brings me to a writer!BR/BR/I am adopting the minimalist approach. I hate keeping too many things on my desk, but it is inevitable. so far, I’ve managed to have a few papers, a watch, a coffee cup (large size) and a pen. Sounds crowded. It is for the little computer desk I’m typing on!

  27. gabriella hewitt

    March 29, 2007 3:54 am

    What desk??? We have one desk in the house. Technically it’s hubby’s. The computer sits on it, which means I spend a lot of time there with mountains of papers and bits and knick knacks around me. Every so often he yells because he can’t find a bill and I swear I never touched it. LOL! I soooo want my own space.BR/BR/Happy TT Day. I’m up with Thirteen Reasons Spring is in the Air.

  28. Darla

    March 29, 2007 5:09 am

    Oh, this is very cool! BR/BR/My desk has books, and books and printed-out chapters of books, and a new mouse that I really need to install, and books, and a bottle of San Benedetto Frizzante, a pile of Dresden Files buttons, books, a roll of packing tape, and a package of notecards from A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Will Paint for Food/A. And books.

  29. Uisce

    March 29, 2007 5:57 am

    just one sharpie on my desk. happy tt, thanks for stopping by!

  30. Tink

    March 29, 2007 6:42 am

    My desk is always full of things: books, notes, date book, magazines, and lots more. I want to add another desk, so I have one for my computer and one for other stuff like crafting or writing.BR/My TT is about posts without comments.

  31. Jamie

    March 29, 2007 7:27 am

    My History Book Club calendar – On this date during the War of the Roses, Edward of York defeats Queen Margaret to become Edward IV of England. BR/BR/Now wasn’t that useful? 🙂

  32. Joy Renee

    March 29, 2007 7:51 am

    i don’t have a desk. unless that’s what you would call the 20x12x2 inch cardboard box that my laptop sits on. there is room for a short stack of books on one end if the laptop is flush with the other. there is a tray under the laptop tho and it is two inches wider than the computer and a quarter of an inch deep. in that space i currently find: the watch that stopped working yesterday, ear buds for using with the laptop when my husband is sleeping, earplugs for using when I am reading or writing when my husband is watching TV or snoring, the ear piece to my reading glasses, twist-ties that i was using to try to keep that ear peice attaghed, paperclips, fingernail clippers, coughdrop, coughdrop wrappers, a wadded up paper cover for a drinking straw from a drink my husbrand brought me two weeks ago, a hair clip, some pennies, a spare eraser for a ‘clicker’ pencil, and an assortment of bookmarks…hmmm maybe its better i don’t have a desk.BR/BR/meanwhile i’m still obsessing on the library closure:BR/my #26 is 13 of the items vying for my attention in the last nine days before our library’s doors close indefinitly. 4 NF books, 4 novels and 4 DVDS plus #13 which is a bit of a cheat. I can only hope to complete two novels, help me decide which one to commit toBR/BR/

  33. Red

    March 29, 2007 9:07 am

    My desk is the one everyone dumps their un wanted print outs on….

  34. Emma Wayne Porter

    March 29, 2007 9:21 am

    The only semi-interesting thing on my desk today is the roll of paper towels I saved from the shredder, aka the cat.BR/BR/I really ought to bring it upstairs but y’all and your TTs are being WAY too entertaining today.

  35. Mercy's Maid

    March 29, 2007 10:21 am

    My desk…well, nothing too strange except for a ceramic snail which I’m pretty sure is supposed to be a toothbrush holder. :)BR/BR/But I was cleaning off my kitchen table yesterday (I never sit there to eat!) and at one point it had a can of odorless paint thinner, a can of linseed oil, a hanger, and a sweater on it. BR/BR/Thanks for stopping by my 13!

  36. Cory

    March 29, 2007 10:27 am

    That’s awesome! I’ll have remember this meme for some week.

  37. crowwoman / rhian

    March 29, 2007 10:33 am

    i need an archeological team to find anything identifiable on my desk – everything is buried so deep. Sticky note hell, i tell you. And pile management most glorious.

  38. Vicky

    March 29, 2007 10:42 am

    The question should be what ISN’T on my desk! 🙂 BR/BR/Happy TT!

  39. scooper

    March 29, 2007 11:01 am

    sharpies, gotta love ’em.

  40. Kristin

    March 29, 2007 11:24 am

    I wish I had a bulk supply of black Sharpies! BR/BR/Very interesting TT, nothing real special on my desk at the moment…just a lot of junk that needs going through and pitched.

  41. Ash

    March 29, 2007 11:31 am

    I haven’t seen the surface of my desk in months. and don’t even ask me about the floor of my car. BR/Great list!

  42. karen!

    March 29, 2007 12:04 pm

    Another great TT!BR/BR/I have three desks, two at work, one at home. The only one that has much of any available surface space is the one at home and that’s only because hubby cleaned recently.

  43. Tempest Knight

    March 29, 2007 1:01 pm

    Oooh… guitar picks! I used to collect them since I played electric guitar.

  44. Claire

    March 29, 2007 1:02 pm

    Looking at my desk in shame at the moment! I have an old light bulb on my desk.BR/I bet my hair brush is a lot worse, i normally have to cut the hair out of it, then there is enough to make a few dozen merkins!lol!

  45. karen!

    March 29, 2007 1:03 pm

    Some random things on my desks:BR/- a picture of my best friend and I age 4 in Halloween costumes (work #2)BR/- a pile of books I need to do something with (home)BR/- the Nancy Pearl A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Deluxe Action Figure/A (work #1)BR/- a Joan of Arc statue (home)BR/- A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”my Sigg water bottle/A (work #2 at the moment)BR/- boxes of A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”Plastiklips/A (work #1, work #2)

  46. JAM

    March 29, 2007 1:09 pm

    I have a little leather, snap-shut pouch on my keychain that is shaped like and made for keeping guitar picks in. I always have guitar picks with me. Never know when I’ll encounter a guitar, ya know?BR/BR/I’m at work so my desk has a couple of Hotwheels on it. Boys never really grow up.BR/BR/I think Mitchell is someone I could get along great with.

  47. Starla

    March 29, 2007 1:26 pm

    I’ve been trying so hard to keep my desk organized as of late because I just got all new desk top accessories (and they’re fancy). BR/BR/Currently I have a stack of papers that need to be filed, my radio (walkie talkie style), my iPod in its dock w/remote, water bottle and starbuck’s coffee (mmmm… cinnamon dolce latte).

  48. Chelle

    March 29, 2007 1:36 pm

    The most interesting thing on my desk is my digital picture frame. People are forever commenting on how much they like it and asking me where they can get one.

  49. Rene

    March 29, 2007 2:08 pm

    My desk is dominated by Girl Scout cookie paperwork. Oh, I do have a box from A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/A with a couple of scents in it I haven’t put away yet.

  50. Michelle Pillow

    March 29, 2007 2:12 pm

    My desk is a well organized mess. 🙂 LOLBR/BR/MichelleBR/

  51. impworks

    March 29, 2007 2:33 pm

    Rock star and owner of a very big desk to keep all that stuff on it and have space to do anything else.

  52. Sanni

    March 29, 2007 2:39 pm

    Well, there´s my notebook on the desk and me in front of it… not too interesting. All the more I enjoy having a look at Mitchell´s desk =)

  53. Kate Willoughby

    March 29, 2007 2:42 pm

    Right now the most interesting thing on my desk is my lunch! I’m so hungry. Otherwise, I think my Siamese fighting fish are unusual desk accoutrements. :DBR/BR/Happy TT!

  54. Christie

    March 29, 2007 3:15 pm

    ooh time to clean out that brush!!! i have long hair and that’s one of the things that grosses me out the most! haha! oh, and i actually can’t see the surface of my desk. it holds junk mail. happy tt!

  55. Rhonda Stapleton

    March 29, 2007 3:33 pm

    Oh man…my desk is just cluttered with papers. haha. Though I do have a coupon for 50 cents off Hot Pockets brand Croissants. yum. 😀

  56. Arlene

    March 29, 2007 3:47 pm

    My entire cube is like a greenhouse, so that’s kinda interesting :-)BR/I played too 🙂

  57. Lady G~

    March 29, 2007 4:02 pm

    Hmmm, your desk collection is more eclectic than mine.BR/BR/Lets see, I three pictures of my brother. I scanned them a couple fo weeks ago and haven’t put them back in their frames. A baseball Christmas tree ornament. I’ve been meaning to print out a picture to put in it. Some cd’s I need my girls to burn for me, cause I don’t know how. A celtic petwer candle holder with a lavender, vanilla scented candle. Yep, it’s burning. a clock pencil holder. Nope, the clock no longer works. Well, that does it.BR/BR/Guess I need to clean mine up.BR/Hope you have a blessed Thursday!

  58. Angela Giles Klocke

    March 29, 2007 4:58 pm

    The most interesting thing on my desk is probably…a giant Christmas tree lollipop 🙂

  59. Heather

    March 29, 2007 5:14 pm

    Interesting assortment of…things. Nothing too out of the ordinary on mine: books and magazines, pens, stationary, box of Kleenex, desk calendar, glass paper weight, bottle of water… Hmmm, okay maybe the three cemetery books would be considered unusual by some, but they prove such rich resources at times. ;)BR/BR/

  60. Sparky Duck

    March 29, 2007 6:01 pm

    yeaaa!! its not just me with tons and tons of scraps, though I would have thought there would be empty cigarette packs

  61. palmtreefanatic

    March 29, 2007 9:21 pm

    Happy TT!

  62. Daisy Dexter Dobbs

    March 30, 2007 12:30 am

    Chocolate is a staple on top of the desk as well as tucked away in a drawer. Aside from that, tons of paper scraps with exceedingly important notes about vitally crucial stuff that I’m supposed to remember that I end up forgetting about anyway because I can’t find the papers in all the mess! LOLBR/BR/Great TT, Susan!

  63. Sophisticated Writer

    March 30, 2007 8:39 am

    Hey, where have you been? I always found a comment from you on my TT post :(BR/BR/Didn’t think Mitchell had a desk :)BR/BR/Anyway, you don’t want to see my desk now. I loved # 7.

  64. Twisted Cinderella

    March 30, 2007 9:54 am

    On my desk is a pencil with the eraser end chewed by Prince Charming, a lamp, a set of headphones, some Canadian Tire money and scraps of paper belonging to Prince Charming.

  65. Nancy

    March 30, 2007 10:40 am

    He will never read those magazines. Time to throw them out! He needs to spring clean 😉

  66. Rashenbo

    March 30, 2007 2:23 pm

    So… what does he do with all those Sharpies? BR/BR/:) How you doing Susan? Looks like you had a great turn out this Thursday. It was the first Thursday I missed since I started… at least I think it was the first.

  67. Write From Karen

    March 30, 2007 5:27 pm

    Hi Susan! *wave!*BR/BR/My desk is actually in pretty decent shape right now. I got tired of using a snowshovel to move all of the crap that WAS there. lol BR/BR/I’m looking forward to your BAFAB activities!!

  68. Vader's Mom

    March 30, 2007 8:07 pm

    Well, you can NEVER have too many Sharpies!

  69. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 30, 2007 8:30 pm

    Ain’t THAT the truth!

  70. littlebirdblue

    March 31, 2007 12:05 am

    Holy mamoly; you guys got some serious thirteenage going on around here this week.

  71. TopChamp

    March 31, 2007 5:10 am

    hmm…. on my desk I have a candle and some matches… some sugar snap peas to plant… cd’s… an empty beer glass…scissors.

  72. Yaeli

    March 31, 2007 9:47 am

    That sounds like a pretty interesting desk…BR/My desk is a bit like yours, can’t find the top of it amongst all the papers.BR/Michele sent me tonight.

  73. cheesygiraffe

    March 31, 2007 8:36 pm

    I have a orgami giraffe that some BCer sent me a few years ago. It’s pretty darn cool. They even used this pretty yellow paper with orange dots.

  74. Marcia

    April 2, 2007 2:44 pm

    Three lamps to act as spotlights for strategic. . . . gotta love that he is calling attention to it rather than hiding it… or is it that he is merely diverting attention from other items?BR/BR/I have no desk, therefore have made every surface my desk, today, the bed suffices, phones and remote controls, and soon lunch will decorate it.

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