In any case, here is the 'after'--after cleaning, purging, ruthlessly tossing or filing:
And my favorite cabinet, with doors that now close:
After a few months away from a manuscript, I'm preparing to return to it, and this is part of the ritual: clear the decks, re-establish order, realign the brain!
And while I'm in the office, here are a few of my favorite things. First, I love these Jill Bliss notebooks:
The larger one is 5 x 7" and the smaller one is 4 x 5-1/2". The pages are smooth and inviting, either unlined or graph-i-cal (block paper, graph paper, you know what I mean?) I use them to jot notes, titles, names, phrases. Sometimes I include favorite cartoons (lots of Harry Bliss ones). When I'm on the phone, I doodle in them or color the images.
And then there are the pens and markers. My weakness. Alas. Here are some:
In another life, I would like to be an illustrator, one with much more talent than I now possess.
But: the office is clean, the desk is clear: bring on the manuscript!