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Writing Trash


Some days I think that my wavering dedication to the written word is jeopardized not so much by attention-deficit disorder but by the garbage on my desk and my cat’s ass on my keyboard.

Author: Jacqui Barrineau

Jacqui Barrineau is a writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with husband Trey, a Shetland Sheepdog, and two unhelpful-but-funny cats. Her work has appeared in "So to Speak" and "Calliope," and she's a regular contributor to the flash-fiction sites Paragraph Planet and Doorknobs & Bodypaint. Once upon a time, she was the audience engagement editor at USA Today. Now she does other fun things that involve advertising, marketing and social media. The views expressed here and in other outlets are hers, not her employers'. Outside of work, she's proud to serve on the Northern Virginia Community College Marketing Advisory Committee. As a committee member, she joins industry leaders in lending their knowledge and expertise to ensure the college's Marketing curriculum is relevant and responsive to the needs of the students and the surrounding business communities.

4 thoughts on “Writing Trash

  1. my desk 30july2010

    Not sure if you can see this or not, but this is my desk today. On it is a dirty t-shirt, there two weeks. Two new bras. An in-box (using the ever-effective “Getting Things Done” system) that hasn’t been cleaned out since April, 2009. In the in-box you may notice the box that my heart-rate monitor arrived in, the one you recommended when you were here visiting. You will also see on my computer screen your blog, the only thing on my desk that has been there fewer than 24 hours. Well, except that paper-towel. That’s from lunch and will likely end up in the trash before the day is over. I’m bad, but I am not disgusting.

    • Love it! That desk looks EXACTLY like mine. Just add cat.

      • Just so you know: I was so embarrassed that I had had a dirty shirt on my desk for two weeks that I did finally get rid of it. AND I put away the bras and cleaned at least SOME of the papers off my desk. So thanks–you inspired me. Now I can see the dust on my desk much more clearly.

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