A desk of one's own

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Your office desk is an extension of yourself, claimed one ad for a writing desk, while another claimed theirs would increase a writer’s level of creativity. Unfortunately, the ones discussed above had price tags between $500 and 1,200, not exactly the price range for a part-time teacher and writer.

I’ve written in the past about the desks of famous writers, and have had a few great desks in my corporate life. My favorite was a big oak desk that had three drawers on each side, and enough space to spread out my work. But now I am pleased to say that after years of searching, I’ve found the right desk for my home office.

Earlier this month I wrote about all the “interesting” things you can find on Craigslist, which is where I found my desk. I had a few requirements, and this one met them all: solid wood; one slim drawer under the desktop (mine has two); and open space beneath, (like a table). It also came with two wooden office chairs that swivel and rock.

The desk is not new, and has a few flaws just like me. The finish is worn along the front edge, and discolored in one spot on the top right. My office is still not quite finished, but this office desk is the perfect extension of me, and I can feel my creativity increasing!

Mary Horner earned the writing certificate from UM-St. Louis, and teaches communications at St. Louis and St. Charles Community Colleges.


Sioux Roslawski said...

Mary--It's all in our heads. If we believe our desk is made of creative mojo, it is...

It sounds like you have a great desk. Get your rear end in your swivel-y and rocky chair, and write. ;)

Renee Roberson said...


I'm glad you love your new desk and hope it brings you lots of writing mojo!

It's funny, about 10 years ago, I thought a solid wood, gorgeous cherry desk with three drawers on each side was what I HAD to have to be a serious writer. Now I wish I hadn't gone into hock to get it because it is so heavy it can't be moved at all and shows dust very quickly. I still like sitting at it and writing, but more often than not I find myself taking my laptop to the kitchen island, because there is so much more light and energy in that part of the house!

Mary Horner said...

Thanks, Sioux, you are right about the desk, it's not the desk, but my ability to sit there and write, which is not as perfect as my desk! And Renee, I spend a lot of time at the kitchen counter with my laptop, too. I hadn't thought about the light, but it is better there! Plus, it's closer to food!

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