Monday, April 6, 2009

And Now...The WINNERS!!

I’ve had a lot of fun reading email from folks who sent me comments and/or pictures regarding the blog "Neat or Cluttered? Show Me YOUR Workspace!" Before I announce the winners of my book giveaway, I want to thank the following people who didn’t get a full day’s worth of space on Cicero’s Children, yet nevertheless had some entertaining things to say about their workspaces.

First there is this note from my good friend Marilyn Meredith.
"My workplace is usually a mess, though like you I clean it up from time to time, but it never stays that way. By the way, love the picture, makes me wish I could visit with you."

For anyone who doesn’t know Marilyn, you’re missing out on a real treat. Marilyn Meredith is not only a fine writer and teacher, but also one of the most generous and down-to-earth women I’ve ever had the privilege to meet. Spending time with Marilyn is a pleasure; spending time with Marilyn and her husband Hap is a riot! To learn more about Marilyn, please visit any or all of the following sites: or or or The Stiletto Gang:

Lois Hirt, another old friend of mine, wrote this:
I share the computer with my husband, but the L-shaped desk with the printer is mine! As I tell him, it is cluttered in an organized way and will stay that way. I have notes, especially about how to do computer things and computer helpers’ phone numbers. I am a gimmick person so I have different holders holding my notes and notebooks with email and other addresses. I do my dental column, so there are notebooks there with information – dental hygienist info-books to write up – etc., and no, I don't use the lamp on the desk. There are pretty magnets on it though, and of course, notes. There is the note book (in which) I keep track of the books I read, dictionaries and thesaurus, and of course the computer and a box of tissues. And I am happy with it – I think!

And Marsha Campio said:
I'm afraid I would be considered disorganized by anyone seeing my desk/office space ... but, in my mind, I'm very organized. You see, if I put something away, I may forget to do it and it appears I've become a procrastinator. I do a stab at cleaning up the clutter when I am unable to find something. No picture-- if I see it as other people do I may waste a lot of time trying to clean up :-)

And finally, Cheryl wrote:
"My workspace is very organized, or supposed to be. I tend to get too much stuff for the neat little spaces set up for things. Then it becomes a cluttered mess and it takes forever to find things."

Thanks also to all of you who commented directly at the blog site. Caryn, Mary, Lonnie, Kristen, Shirley, Nicole, Margot, Sandy, Jen, and Kiezerfire – I appreciate ALL your remarks!

And now for the WINNERS! I’ll be sending a copy of my latest book, THE RUNE STONE MURDERS, to JANET BEST, PAT TIERNEY, MORGAN MANDEL, SARAH BEWLEY, SHERRY from the CozyArmchair group, and CARYN, whose description of "organized chaos" so mirrored the state of my own workspace. Congratulations to all!


  1. Thank you, Mary.
    I'm looking forward to reading your book.
    I love the yellow contrast and the unusual stones on the cover. Very eye catching.

    Morgan Mandel

  2. Thank you Mary! Hope to see you at Bouchercon or if not Magna 2010.

  3. Thanks for the kind words--we'll be at Mayhem this year but passing on Bouchercon because it lands the same time as our town's annual Apple Festival.

    Yep, we've always had a good time together. Maybe we'll try another Love is Murder.

    Marilyn a.k.a. F.M. Meredith