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  • July 1st, 2011 | 5:44 PM
Friday Five - the office edition

1. I've been cleaning my office this week and have succeeded, at last, (probably for the first time in YEARS) in having no miscellaneous paper pile. But I don't think it will last for long unless I can figure out better homes for things I touch a lot in the office area. I tossed a multitude of PR material for books that are no longer in print. That felt odd.

2. Like my current WIP folders. I have, in no particular order, Plant Kid, the sisters book, Max the dog book, the dog essay book, another MG verse novel and a whole bunch of loose poems. I do a lot of my writing by hand and all my editing off the paper so I need to keep lots of papery things around. I have three baskets on a shelf behind my desk but paper has to go in it vertically. That's okay for file folders but I have little snippets of paper or pictures and things that fall out. There's no room on my desk for the folders.

3. I have two empty drawers in the file cabinet in my office so yes, I could put the folders in there but there's something weird about me (okay more than just one something weird about me but here's ONE weird thing) I like to have all my stuff out where I can touch it, see it, not hidden away.

4. I have three drawers of nothing but potential books and articles. Some started and then abandoned. Some just filled with ramblings and research. These go back 15 years at least. I'm thinking I should go through them and if the idea no longer appeals to me, I should toss them. But that feels really weird to do.

5. I also have giant stacks of papers from books that have gone through various versions and have editorial marks on them. I'm not famous enough to think they should be donated somewhere. I'm about ready to toss them but it feels weird to think about doing that too.

*** Okay, this is not office related but LiveJournal related. Why can I no longer choose html formatting??? Also my tags no longer auto fill??? And when I look at this in the preview, it shows no date at all.
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July 2nd, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
Hi Susan,
I just figured out how to get to the Networked Bogs I signed up for. Yay! I'm very unorganized and my office is right near the front door. Anyone can see my messy office. When I clean it, like you said, it doesn't stay that way for long. That's funny that you like to have everything out where you can touch it. I guess you don't forget about them if they're not stuck in a drawer and out of sight, so that kind of makes sense. Nice to meet you. Hope you have a great 4th of July.
July 2nd, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Not sure who you are but nice to meet you too!
July 2nd, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Cork board?
I found a big cork board (for push pins)in one of my closets and it works great for all the things I want to be able to SEE, like little pictures and poems. I highly recommend it. I like paper and being able to see things in print. I like to write long hand and edit on a printout. Every once in a while I have to have a good clear out and a big bonfire. ~ Melora
July 2nd, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Cork board?
I love cork boards and have three of them on the only open wall space in the office. (The room is mostly windows and bookcases.) I suppose I could rethink what I put on them. :) Thanks!
July 3rd, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Not quite sure on the lj stuff, but you can try reading the FAQs in the Troubleshooting category and trying some of the tips there...


[I haven't done LJ support for years, but the FAQs are a great place to start.]
July 3rd, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kate.
July 3rd, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
No miscellaneous paper pile?! Really?! How did you manage that? I always, always end up with at least one pile because I lose momentum before getting to the very end of the cleaning/organizing process.

I'm in serious envy mode right now. :)
July 3rd, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
Well it didn't last very long! I cleaned out file drawers and now I have a giant mess all over again. Wah! I often lose steam just before the end too.
July 3rd, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
Well, now we can be messy together again. :)
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