Monday, January 9, 2012
Liz's Lair: Welcome Mystery Author Lois Winston
National Clean Off Your Desk Day
by Lois Winston
I want to thank Liz Lipperman for inviting me back to Mysteries & Margaritas today as part of my month-long blog tour in celebration of the release of Death By Killer Mop Doll, the second book in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries.
Did you know that today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day? Really! Would I kid about something as serious as that?
When I learned this, I looked around at my own desk, and began to wonder if maybe my husband wasn’t responsible for creating National Clean Off Your Desk Day. You see, when I’m writing, I become a clutterbug. Piles of loose papers, notepads of varying sizes and shapes, and stacks of books cover every square inch of my desk. Multiple sticky notes are adhered to each sheet of paper and dozens of pages in each book. More sticky notes line the perimeter of my computer monitor and the sides of my keyboard. My notes have notes!
I spread out on all available surfaces, creating more surface space when needed. I’ve even used the open top drawer of my file cabinet as an extension of my desktop. One time, I couldn’t find a specific note I’d written. I searched through every piece of paper in every pile to no avail. I even dumped the recycling bag onto the floor and scoured through all the scraps of junk mail, thinking I might have inadvertently tossed the note. I spent hours searching for that piece of paper before finally giving up.
Two years later, I pulled a file from the filing cabinet, and there was the note I’d been looking for. It had slipped down into the file cabinet. I still use the open file drawer as an additional work surface, but I’ve learned my lesson. I now first cover the top with a large piece of cardboard.
Did I mention my husband is an engineer? They don’t do clutter. At least mine doesn’t. He’s a minimalist. He also has the maddening habit of cleaning up after himself at the end of the day, whether he’s finished his project or not. That’s why I think he might be responsible for National Clean Off Your Desk Day.
Me? I just continue to accumulate all the miscellany involved in writing a manuscript for however long it takes to finish the manuscript. You can imagine what my desk looks like, given that it takes me about eight months to write a book! And even after I’ve finished a manuscript, I hold onto all those notes. I toss them into a folder and file them. Just in case.
Are you a clutterbug like me? Or are you a minimalist like my husband? Let’s hear from you. Post a comment, and you could win one of 5 signed copies of Death By Killer Mop Doll I’m giving away as part of my blog tour this month.
The full tour schedule can be found at my website, and the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, In addition, I’m giving away 3 copies of Death By Killer Mop Doll on Goodreads.
Also, for anyone attending The American Library Association’s Mid-Winter conference January 20-24 in Dallas, Midnight Ink will be raffling off the hand-crafted mop doll shown in the photo during the opening reception Friday evening. Register for the drawing at the Midnight Ink booth #1459.
Lois Winston is the author of the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries published by Midnight Ink. Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, the first book in the series, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The new year brings with it the release of Death By Killer Mop Doll, the second book in the series. Read an excerpt here. Visit Lois at her website and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog. You can also follow Lois and Anastasia on Twitter @anasleuth.
Death By Killer Mop Doll blurb: Overdue bills and constant mother vs. mother-in-law battles at home are bad enough. But crafts editor Anastasia Pollack's stress level is maxed out when she and her fellow American Woman editors get roped into unpaid gigs for a revamped morning TV show. Before the glue is dry on Anastasia's mop dolls, morning TV turns crime drama when the studio is trashed and the producer is murdered. Former co-hosts Vince and Monica—sleazy D-list celebrities—stand out among a lengthy lineup of suspects, all furious over the show's new format. And Anastasia has no clue her snooping has landed her directly in the killer's unforgiving spotlight.