The Desk Job

by Tana Velen

The secretary sat at her desk in the front office watching the employees converge for brief moments to get their mail, and then disband into their separate departments on separate sides of the building. At lunch time she would walk past the poorly stitched grey fabric of the cubicles that enclaved every desk. Inside of them she saw the employees using the required instant messaging program on their computers to communicate throughout the office. Today she was told to alphabetize the mail bins and for the first time ever, Marcus Shelling from Recruitment was next to Mallory Sullinsky from Compensation. When she finished she sat back at her desk and looked at the final product. Though in perfect order, she had never seen so many people so misplaced.


Tana Velen is currently attending the University of Central Florida and plans on graduating next year with a Bachelor's in Creative Writing. In the future she plans on getting her MFA, thus improving her skills so she can write all day while living in the guest house of one of her rich lawyer friends.


tibs said...

wooohoooo Tana

Beth said...

OMG, my daughter is famous! Well done. This is only the beginning. I love you......


Shaindel said...

Congrats, Tana! I love the "for the first time ever, so and so from Recruiting was next to so and so from Compensation"... It says a lot about the disconnectedness of our society in such a short space. Great work!

(One of my 6 sentences is up tomorrow :-)

simmons said...

Excellent piece.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Tana! Wonderful piece...it's always impossible for me to fit so much meaning in so few sentences but you do it so well! :D

Love ya,

Elizabeth Joyner said...

The first sentence reminded me of my job. I sit in a coffee shop, and watch people go to their offices. hah.

I liked it!


Anonymous said...

Hey, Tana!

It's Rista, we were in the Advanced creative writing class!! Well done, my friend!


(mine comes out the 12 called "Veronica" check it out!!)

austere said...

The words underscore the mindlessness and pathos of cubicledom.

Back to work!

Madam Z said...

Yes. Like robotic bees, we buzz and hum through our mindlessly disciplined days. You have portrayed it well, Tana.

Robin said...

Hey Tana,
I like this piece-- keep up the writing, I look forward to hearing more. Stop by my page on here if you get a chance. cheers

Alana said...


From one of Shaindel's students to another -- I loved your 6S!! You packed so much depth in such a limited space -- very thought provoking!