UNDERWAY

WRITERS ANSWER:

What are you working on? What’s on your desk?

NÍNA MARIE MARTINEZ

A new book requires a new desk. The new desk looks kind of like a drafting table my father once had, only it has shelves above the work station proper. On the top shelf is an easel-back promo poster from my first novel, Mexican calendar art and ultra-kitsch. Next to that, a photo of the legendary mariachi José Alfredo Jiménez and two stacker trays–one with eBay paid waiting to be shipped invoices, the other unpaid. Shelf number two holds a jarrito full of my favorite pens, a pair of scissors, a finger nail file, and two combs, one for me, one for my dog. Then there’s the paid stamp, the stapler, and tape holder. Bottom level: a vase with a single orange rose purchased as part of a dozen from the ambulant flower vendor in the parking lot at K-Mart because I believe in the underground economy. My mouse pad features Vladimir Guerrero, right fielder for the Anaheim Angels, and in my opinion, the best example of a five-tool player in the Bigs right now. Since I am an eBay Power Seller, I think what’s on the floor directly below my desk is fair game as well: four pairs of Ferragamos, a vintage Judith Leiber belt somebody already wants to give me $55.47 for even though there’s over two days (an eternity in eBay time) left on the auction, vintage Gucci coin purse with key fob, Famolare Hi Theres from the seventies that I wish fit me, several pairs of new-wave pumps because the eighties are back, Cherokee wedge heel Mary Janes from the seventies, and a few pairs of nondescript Birkenstocks. I am currently working on getting a guy who bid a Yes Tourmato concert T-shirt up to $88.51 to pay me, and a novel about a girl who gets taken on an excursion to the county dump the first day of her life (it was on the way home and the truck was already loaded), who has a horrible childhood, then grows up to be the queen of the flea market.

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