The Desk Dare Challenge
Whatever sort of person you are we’ll be able to tell just by looking at your desk. This is your space and it says a lot about you. It’s where authors create their masterpieces, churning out thousands of words from the depths of their imaginations just for you to read, enjoy and escape from reality. In my book, that’s quite an achievement.
If you have a computer at home this could be where jobs are completed, money is earned and friendships are made. And if you are not working but should be, behind all those open windows you’re probably playing games, sending instant messages to your friends or reading eBooks.
Are you are student studying through the night? By your text books we could probably work out what you are studying and how much coffee you are drinking to help stay awake.
If you work in an office are you the one with the private room, sofa bed, expensive rug, drinks cabinet and a hidden button under the desk that opens a trap door in the floor to get rid of those annoying little employees that keep coming to you with their nonstop nagging complaints?
Maybe your desk is in a secret location, an empty warehouse perhaps? You could be planning the next big greatest train robbery and mistakenly left the plans laid out on the table. Or maybe not. We’ll just have to wait and see what you send in.
I love the fact that some desks are personalised, adorned with novelty items that have the underlying message of ‘Keep off’ and ‘Mine!’ Especially in large offices. Your territory is marked with ornaments that have meaning. Photos, stuffed toys, action men, cards, calendars and desktop games all tell us something about your personality. This is where you probably spend most of your time so it’s inevitable your physical space will be crammed with memories of people and places that hold a special place in your heart.
On the walls are good luck charms, inspiring quotations from your heroes, postcards from far away destinations and pictures to aid positive visulisation techniques. Paintings and drawings by you, or your favourite artist. Framed awards are evidence of your determination, intelligence and achievements. All these things scattered on and around your desk make it yours. They are part of you, your lifestyle and represent what you believe in and what sort of person you are, or perhaps aspire to be.
We can see if you are a tea drinker, a webcam fanatic, what sort of pens you like to write with, what you eat, and sometimes even what you are working on.
Are you messy? Is your desk one big jumbled up heap, but move anything and it’s lost forever? Or are you a believer that a tidy paperless desk leaves you more room to be creative and able to get things done and goals achieved?
See what I mean? I could go on forever about the wonders of what a desk holds. Don’t even get me started on what type of desk floats your boat! I could, however, just be a nosy old bird, but to be honest I’m not the only one. Mention an author has sent in a picture of their desk, and just see how many readers flock to check what books stand proudly on their shelves, what their room and computer is like and hopefully if there is any sign of what is install for the next big blockbuster of a novel.
Interested? You don’t have to be rich and famous to send a picture of your own desk in. Although you might be, if not now, one day in the very near future.
So what are you waiting for? Take a picture and send them in to DESKDARE@gmail.com, with a few lines about yourself, and links to your website. Then stay tuned. If successful you could see your desk on the Alternative-Read blog, MySpace and on the AR Flickr Photo site. (All credits are given to the person who sent in the photos, and can currently be found on the Flickr page. Soon to all appear on the blog.
Before you go and start snapping, please see read the information below just so we know we are on the same page.
Please ensure that by sending in your picture you are aware that you are also agreeing for AR to use your photo elsewhere, and that you are allowing us to have permission to do so.