The following article is a part of our Deskscape Series. Many of us spend up to eight or nine hours at our desks per day, making our “deskscapes” a creative reflection of the book publicity work we do for our clients every day.
Associate Publicist Emily Labes shares some of her favorite parts of her deskscape:
“I’ve been a part of our team’s Take Your Children to Work Day activity for the last two years. Since we’re the book division, we printed out black and white images of our favorite children’s book covers and had the kids color them in while we played Mad Libs. Even though Take Your Children to Work Day comes but once a year, I keep the crayons in a prominent spot on my desk year-round for a few reasons. First, and most importantly, they remind me how lucky I am to work at a company that allows me the freedom to exercise my creativity. Looking at them also helps quell my massive Peter Pan complex; as clichéd as it may be, I like knowing that while I may not be able to stay young forever, I can always be young at heart.
Lastly, although I have not once taken a break from my work day to color, it’s nice to know that I have the option. I quit smoking 108 days ago, and was horrified to find that my nasty little habit had been my sole coping mechanism for the entirety of my adult life. Although I feel better and better every day, I’m still in the process of finding constructive ways to manage the normal stresses of day-to-day life, and coloring seems as cathartic and relaxing as anything else!”
“One of the most frequent criticisms that I get from my friends and family is that I can be a bit too sentimental at times (read: I am a crazy hoarder). Just last week, I wore a skirt that I’ve had since the 8th grade. My desk might look like a haphazard mess, but I know exactly where everything is. I’ve gotten better about it over the course of the past few years, but I will never stop saving even the most mundane handwritten note that comes my way – they just feel more personal than emails, text messages, or even typed letters. It seems that so much of our lives exist in the digital world. I like having a constant reminder that no matter how much technology progresses, some classic modes of communication will never be obsolete, and the need for contact with other humans will always win out. The selection shown here is just from the left side of my cubicle!”