Destroying the Blob, I Mean My Office

I’ve started the arduous process of cleaning and organizing my office.

I’ll let that sink in for a minute or two…

Are you still conscious? Maybe I should’ve warned you to sit before I dropped that bombshell. 😀

Anyway, I moved out all my piles of stuff from the stacks that have been growing in the bookshelves in my office. One ginormous pile of papers…

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyThink old horror movie The Blob where the black alien goo ball grows bigger and bigger and eats everything in its path and grows bigger and bigger.

That’s how I stack stuff. That’s how I roll.

Like the Blob.

Until I can’t stand it anymore, and the Blob must be destroyed.


Anyway, I sorted through the kids’ school papers and junk mail and stuff that should’ve been filed somewhere normal. The floor in our living room was covered with all the stuff.

*Hangs head in shame*

Then I made progress and threw a large stack into the recycle bin. (Shhhh…I can’t keep all the school papers). All that was left were assorted notebooks, loose and bundled notes, old manuscripts, and grad school notes. Yeah, lots of notes.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyIn that pile was the short story I wrote that led to my first science fiction novel. Awww. It was like looking at baby pictures—ugly baby pictures with a face only a mother could love.

It was fun to read through my ideas and thought processes and the notes that a critique partner gave me. I even have a print out of our instant message conversation about the story and how twisted it was becoming.

The story was one that I scrapped after writing half the novel. In fact, I scrapped writing completely for several years while in need of healing something that writing couldn’t help.

The seed of that story took root though, and the characters started speaking to me with changed voices and stronger ideas. The story has been reborn as something very different from that science fiction dystopian idea that will never see the light of day. I plan to unleash the new phoenix on the world very soon.

One tiny thought or comment or idea can inspire such an infinite number of other ideas and stories and characters. Even healing, especially healing. I love that, don’t you?

The Blob in the office has almost been destroyed. I’m a slow destroyer of piles, but I will gain a sense of order in my writing space again.

Also, I will cherish the old “baby pictures” and add them to the binders of my other writings that will never be read by anyone else. There may be more seeds in that blob of old ideas.

First, I have many new ideas waiting to eat me alive, grow bigger and bigger, and take over the world.

It’s better if the ideas do that and not my office mess.

What are you up to this week? Are you a piler or a filer? How do you destroy your office Blobs?

12 comments on… “Destroying the Blob, I Mean My Office”

  1. I started decluttering and organizing my studio after the first of the year. It’ s better but still needs work. I got distracted with my guest room’s walk-in closet. It has been the catch all for everything. After my parent’s death, most of their personal items, papers, photos etc ended up there. My son’s baby things are in there as well. Yesterday, I spent all day going through years of accumulated stuff. Many memories. I still have more to sift through – my task for today.

    • Diana Beebe

      Your guest room sounds like my office…everything gets put there. Yours is a treasure trove of memories though. Enjoy the sifting and organizing today, Joy!

  2. It’s funny, my mom just gave me a small box of old stories that I wrote from when I was in school, and I have been going through them. 🙂 Small world. 🙂

  3. A piler or a filer? Love it! I’m definitely the former…I keep waiting for the day when I’ll suddenly be all organized and everything, but it hasn’t happened yet. Good luck with your blob destruction! 🙂

    • Diana Beebe

      Pilers of the world, unite! LOL. I want to be organized. I really do… 😀

  4. These words alone strike fear into my heart: “the kids’ school papers.” I could swear they breed.

    I’m a clutter-gatherer. But at once a week, I comb through my piles and clear my desk. Sometimes I still end up with a few piles, but at least they are neater and I can see my desk. One of these days, I want to get get tall file cabinets and have a whole system for stashing papers I may need someday, even though I haven’t looked at them in months. Ah, someday…

    Best wishes with the blob! I’m sure you’ll conquer.

    • Diana Beebe

      That’s a habit I need to get into, Julie! I should clear my desk once a week, too. I don’t have the space for a tall file cabinet, but that would be ideal. It’s the “haven’t looked at them in months” factor that gets me. How long to keep those beta read and critiqued drafts, the edited copies, the research notes that you have memorized…?

      Here’s to conquering our piles! 😀

  5. I’ve been doing a lot of the same. My husband started it while he was home for the holidays. It began in the kids’ rooms and has spread throughout the whole house. Hey, we’re on a roll, there’s no stopping us now. It can be a bit addicting, can’t it? I’m so glad you’re keeping your original versions of the stories. Someday when your famous they could be worth a small fortune! 😀

    • Diana Beebe

      It can be addicting! I’ve been working on my closet, too. Although, I’m beginning to think I should finish one before I start another. :-/ I am making progress though, so YAY for me.

      Someday you can say that you knew me when… LOL.

  6. I never knew you were a monster hunter. Go Diana! Seriously, tackling the office blob is a tough task. Great job. I recently did that back in December or November and it’s been the best thing for my office. Just a word of advice. You must be vigilant. That blob is a sneaky monster. Just when you think you’ve got it licked (don’t think about licking it), that blob can reappear out of nowhere. In fact, it can even re-spawn in other places in the house to distract you while it tries to retake your office. Just be careful!

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks for the warning! I must stay vigilant and keep watch.

      LOL. That is SO hard for me. The Blog overtakes me and I have to start over. I also tackled my closet. BIG mistake. Sort of. My closet looks a million times better, but the stuff that didn’t fit in there (books, mostly, don’t judge) found their way into my office. And with all kinds of stuff going on, I haven’t had time to write much of anything. Sigh.

      Be vigilant! My new battle cry.

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