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My new desk
I got a new desk top.
It sounds like a big ‘whoop’ as I’m writing this but I’m pretty excited about it.
I just got a new top for my desk and it is so cool. I have had a few desks, one that I really liked but left behind when we moved 1500 kilometers a few years ago. So when we arrived on Vancouver Island, I just wanted a desk and hadn’t really cared too much what it was like. So I bought one. It was solid wood, really nice but the top was cheap. It had malmac covering it, which was ugly from the get-go and was starting to fall apart. I had always wanted to replace the top but it was kind of one of those things you leave for one day. Only one day took a long time coming.
Originally, I had wanted to get a slice of a tree. My intent was to then stain and varnish it and then screw it to the top of my existing desk. The more I thought about it though and with seeing all the forest, including some old forest that is being cut down, I decided I didn’t want to add to that destruction. If I had found someone who already had a flat slab of a tree, I might have tried to buy it. But truly, I didn’t try too hard.
Something a bit different
All I knew was that I wanted something a bit different. After all, I wouldn’t really be looking at it as it would soon be buried under all the things I seem to think I need on my desk. But I wanted it to be something that made me feel good to sit down at and write.
I found a coffee table that was the same size as my desk. The coffee table had an extra top screwed to it. I don’t know why but I can tell you the top was ugly. I should have taken a before and after picture but I didn’t. Take my word for it, it was ugly but had potential. I just had to figure out what.
Why not paint it?
Recently I had my daughter paint some TV trays and a stool for me. I loved how they turned out, so I asked her if she’d paint my desk. I thought this would be a good project for her. Thankfully, she said yes. I don’t have her artistic talent. My painting is restricted to painting walls, trim and ceilings.
Here are a couple of her first pieces that she did for me.
I was pretty vague about what I wanted
You know when you want something different but just aren’t sure what that is? Well that was me. I know I wanted different but not what, so I left it to mu daughter as to what to do with the top of my desk. I wanted the five words – Live, Love, Laugh, Dream and Believe – on it but left the rest to her.
I love how it turned out. It’s one of those things that just makes me feel good everytime I look at it.
Do you have something like this that just makes you smile or feel good?
Clean or Messy?
Time to get writing
So now, I guess it is back to work. Time to get writing. Procrastination week is over.
Actually, I am really excited about the new series I am writing – The Twisted Deception Series. Book One, Fostered Identity is already published. Book 2, Shadowed Footsteps is with my ARC team now and will be published Sept. 21, 2021. Book 3 – Exploited Innocence is about 80% written but still needs some work. You can learn more about them here.
“Read for the adventure…”
Multi-Award winning author, Maggie Thom. Author of The Caspian Wine Series – Captured Lies (Book of the Month – LAS Reviews and Reader’s Favorite Finalist), Deceitful Truths and Split Seconds (Award Winning) – and her other published novels, Tainted Waters (2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine) and Deadly Ties.
Her motto: Read to escape… Escape to read…
“Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!” InDtale Magazine