Behind the Scenes from the Day Job

How fascinating does that sound? Yeah, I feel the same way. But here’s what I see for about 10 hours every weekday.


Front and center, we have the medicine. I have a horrible, 40-year-old desk chair with no back support and it causes constant flare-ups with my sciatic pain and arthritis. Thus…drugs.

There’s also a jar of my favorite lotion–a honeysuckle scented cream from Sweet Olive Soap Works in New Orleans.

On the right is a jar of Distress Crayons that I play with some days during my lunch hour (not really time to go out at lunch). I don’t much like them, which is why they are here instead of at home with my other art supplies. In the back, I have a rubber clown duck in a jar. Don’t ask.

img_7146I think you met Boudreaux last week. Boudreaux eats whatever I’m annoyed with at any given time. Today, Boudreaux is eating my asthma inhaler because I’m sick of all the ragweed fouling the air right now (at-choo!) and he’s also chomping on the university mascot because…well, just because.


I’m starting a pile of boxes for packing up my office in when I leave next March–well, technically, April Fool’s Day is my last day here, which seems both ironic and appropriate. There’s also a framed quilted rose that I did several years ago, and–what a surprise–a pile of books.


This bookcase used to hold a lot of personal items and magazines and books, but I’ve already cleared out everything personal except on the top shelf and the very top of the case, where I have various cows and alligators and rubber ducks. Significance of all the ducks? Because while at work, I often feel pecked to death by ducks and loaded down with lots of little “emergency” jobs.


Ah, on a table tucked back into a corner are stacks of MY books, where they sit in a holding patterns, waiting for me to find time to pack them up and mail them off. Also, some postcard sets I’ve purchased for giveaways, and some “Try the World” boxes I can’t bring to throw away because they’re so pretty and sturdy. I’ll find a use for them eventually.


My Mac mini wireless keyboard, earbuds through which I shut out my arguing co-workers, two small sets of watercolors, a jar of coins, and the bottom of my ginormous iMac screen.


Finally, my daily planner with notes from yesterday’s staff meeting and an art journal I keep around for playing with during my lunch hour when I get a chance.

Now, wasn’t that thrilling? I also have a credenza with my personal printer and more piles of books.

What’s on your desk?


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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

10 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes from the Day Job

  1. My desk is homemade, built against a wall in my den, started as a door, is 2 ft deep X 6 ft long.
    4 bookshelves against the wall in front of me hold hardback urban fantasy books.
    TV at far end, printer, laptop, and kindle. Union Pacific Railroad coffee cup full of Micron pens and Sharpie markers for Zentangles. Paperweight from NOLA. Happy Joe’s Pizza mug full of pens, pencils and scissors. Notebook for keeping track of books read. Clipboard and pad for notes.

    • This sounds a lot like my office at home! I have desk envy, though–love desks made from doors :-).

      Yes, all my books have been written on a wooden card table from Wal-Mart, except the first two Sentinels books and Redemption, which were written on a TV tray. The card table was a big step up!

  2. I have a lot of paper. A few awards, some that people like to play with (stop touching my stuff). I have a Con-duck-tor rubber ducky, dressed like a railroad conductor from the Grand Canyon Railroad. I also have a Grand Canyon RR bear that is very orange. A rubber airplane and several varieties of stress balls. Maps, since I’m a travel agent.

    • People stop and play with stuff on my desk too–what’s up with that? I don’t play with things on their desks! (Maybe we have better stuff.) Love that you also have a rubber duckie!

  3. My work desk consists of a computer, phone, and the monitor to view X-rays. I have my iPad next to me so I can seek in a page or two of the book I’m currently reading in between seeing patients. No personal stuff allowed.

  4. My job is pretty fun. I have crayons and paper and back in the corner where small hands can’t reach I have scissors, tape, and a cup holding pens and pencils. I also have a water bottle and some flowers that my students picked for me (okay the last are pretty witheres/crushed by the time I get it but it is still cute). Of course the down side is that my desk is only two feet off the ground with a matching chair. I don’t sit there for long periods of time.

  5. Not much on the actual desk, just the tower, keyboard and monitor, but the bookcase above the desk is full of pens, books, photos in frames & STUFF.