Right at this very moment, the random files sitting on my computer are a near-perfect representation of the things that have been going on in my life for the last month: active projects, miscellaneous pictures, screenshots of things that amused me, a mai tai recipe…. It’s like my own personal time capsule of April, 2018. So if you were to peek at my desktop, what would you find? Here’s a sampling:
Mr. Wiggles: (Yep, that’s his name.) I was in Austin this weekend, and my friend’s cat was my welcome ambassador, making sure I always had ears to scratch. We’re now best friends and I’m considering catnapping him. Look at this face. I think he’d come willingly.
Kellye’s Agatha Award: On Saturday night, our own Kellye Garrett won Best First Mystery Novel at Malice! The Chicks couldn’t all be there, so she shared a pic of her commemorative teapot with us via text. This is really just an excuse for me to say: “CONGRATULATIONS, KELLYE!!!”
Spectacled Bear: One of my work clients (I’m a freelance copywriter by day) is an adventure travel company, and last month I worked on forty trip itineraries for South America. An email conversation ensued in which we discussed the indigenous wildlife, including photos we thought we should include.
Draft of my short story: I’m working on a short story for our Sisters in Crime chapter anthology — which is exciting because it’s my first short story ever. Actually, I take that back. In eighth grade, my family moved and I had to change schools. For an English assignment, I wrote a totally-not-at-all-autobiographical short story titled “The New Girl.” It is somehow still unpublished.
Porpoises: I went online to confirm that the plural of porpoise was “porpoises” and not porpi or porpopluses or something, but then I noticed the “trending now” searches that were listed down below. Um…. wow! I don’t know what was going on in the news that day, but I decided to just stick with the porpoises.
Sisters in Crime stuff: One of my jobs as V.P. of our NorCal Sisters in Crime chapter is planning our spring and fall author showcases. So I have a folder full of our chapter’s book covers for the flyer plus the social media graphic for the event. (Come join us this weekend if you live in the Bay Area!)
Channel Ecosystem chart: I was sitting in a two-hour meeting recently when someone shared this chart. The business-speak was so over the top it almost felt like a parody. Did you know that nuances in messaging and targeting on each channel determine whether a placement drives to the hub or directly to the segment page and that upper-funnel and active-use messaging drive to the hub? You learn something new every day.
Eventually, all this stuff will get filed away or deleted… but I’m not quite ready to part with my spectacled bear or Kellye’s teapot just yet!
Readers, what does your computer desktop (or your actual desktop!) say about you?