I’m a new author. Its the truth. I’ve been writing for a long time and even won an award in college – 25 bucks – but that was that. I haven’t ever published before and this is a difficult experience to navigate… to say the least.

Recently I completed an “interview” on my smashwords profile. It was fun but one question specifically had me thinking that maybe I had better explain more. It was about my desk. This thing has three different colors of paint stains (grey, white, and tan), Candy Land cards on it for the kids (remember that old game?), old letters, old mail, junk mail, nails, a hammer, a flower vase, a lamp with no bulb, a random domino piece, a CAC card reader for work, a clay horse from Kentucky, a brass pineapple from Hawaii, and a mirror so that I can see myself holding our third little son (he’s a real cutie) as I brain storm ideas and write this very post.

So I got to thinking – I need an office! The fact is, I already have an office, but that desk is covered with other things (such as a tank round and hundreds of pages of manuals (boring right?). I’d like to hope that most writers are as desperate as I am when it comes to their space… vagabonds in their own homes looking for the time to put their ideas onto paper – holding down real jobs and juggling real responsibilities that result in real joy – such as raising a family and being with the people you love. And you know what… that little domino piece is a good reminder that these three little boys have an equal right to plant their flag and start telling stories of their own.

What about you? Is your desk as bad as mine?

Written by Thane Keller

Thane is a native of Northern Virginia that has been traveling the world with his wife and four children. Thane researches and writes about technology, innovation, leadership, decision-making, and organizational change.