Query Response #3: Mickey and More

The shelf above my desk. Good stuff.
The shelf above my desk. As you can see, it has a couple of Mickeys.

In a recent post I asked, “What do you want me to post about?

You responded — and your wish is my command. It might take me a while, but I will get to each and every one of your requests (even Sarah W’s).


This query comes from writer and waffle fan Laurel Leigh who writes: “I’d like to know if you play that banjo in the corner, whether you’ve ever tipped over backwards in your desk chair, if your office is truly always that tidy, and how come you have a Cat in the Hat but not Mickey Mouse?”

Jiminy! OK, let’s take your questions one at a time:

1. I do like to play my banjo, but I rarely play it in a corner. I prefer the center of the room.

2. I have not tipped over backwards in my desk chair. I have, however, repeatedly fallen up stairs. This degree of clumsiness never fails to astound my wife.

3. My office is always tidy. Would you like to know the secret to a truly tidy office space? OCD. You’re welcome.

4. You have jumped to conclusions, Laurel; believe me, my office is duly Mickified.

I even think of Mickey whenever I have to make a call.
I even think of Mickey whenever I have to make a call. Thanks, Aunt Elaine!

So, there you have it!

Sadly, I am going to have to temporarily postpone Query Responses for the next week or two. I have a Susanna Leonard Hill contest entry to post next week, which will be followed by the July installment of Waffles With Writers.

Don’t forget to check back soon for more fun!

46 Replies to “Query Response #3: Mickey and More”

  1. At first I thought your Mickey/Minnie duo were bookends, but then you mentioned thinking about Mickey when you make a call. So, is the duo a phone?

    Love your fish-in-the-teapot, along with your Horton. You truly are Seuss fan, aren’t you? Not that I blame you. I’m a fan of his, too! 🙂

    Good luck with your contest and I’m already drooling at the thought of waffles! lol

    1. Mickey and Minnie are a Rolodex, so whenever I need a phone number that’s where I’m going.

      And, yup, I’m a Seuss fan. My favorite book of his has no iconic characters in it, however. Have you ever read, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew?

      1. Oh, THAT’s why you mentioned about the call! Boy am I slow on the uptake!

        No, I haven’t read I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sallew, although I have heard of it. I think my favorite is Bartholomew and the Ooblek. We had a record of Seuss story narrations when I was a kid. I used to be able to recite each and every one of them. I think The Big Brag is a close 2nd, in my books. 🙂

      2. It’s a short story compiled in the book, Yertle the Turtle. A bear and a rabbit try to outdo each other. The bear says his nose is the best and the rabbit thinks his ears are the best, until an owl (if my memory serves me correctly) puts them both in their places. 🙂

    1. I do NOT approve of Tigger’s destructive, thoughtless, self-absorbed antics, thank you!

      I am a Rabbit fan, through and through.

      (To clarify: I loathe Disney’s Tigger. Milne’s Tigger is rather charming, really.)

      1. Yes, I’m tend toward rabbitness, myself. But my son is a Tigger, so I must love him to pieces while I try to tone down and smooth over the rough edges.

        I do agree with you about Disney. They tend to “Tiggerize” quite a few characters for the easy, destructo mondo laughs.

  2. Congrats on the four in one rapid fire answers – you rock! OK, you’ve given us the tip for keeping a tidy office, Ongoing Cleaning Discipline…(JOKE!)…but falling up stairs?! How DO you do that?!

  3. I so happy that I was able to add to the whimsy of your office with the Mickey & Minnie “Rolodex”. There aren’t many people besides us that would appreciate its uniqueness.

  4. Ahhh, you bring back sweet memories. My dad, the corporate insurance man, wore a Mickey Mouse watch for the last 20+ years of his life. No matter what obstacles he came across, and he came across many (however, he never fell UP the stairs…) he wore that watch. And when he passed away, the watch went into my jewelry box as a forever reminder. Never take ourselves too seriously, and always believe in Mickey. Good going! (But please, watch those stairs…)

    1. Your dad sounds like a fine fellow.

      I have a beautiful Mickey watch, too. After I bought it, however, I discovered that the designers made the wristband too short. Why, I often wonder, would the folks at Disney make such a fine timepiece for only the wrists of children?

      1. Now that’s just too sad. My dad’s watch was as large as his wrist (and he was a large man) with a band to match. Um, maybe you need to check it out on the ‘disneynet’?

      2. I’ve been meaning to replace the band, but the original one has Mickey designs in tooled leather. It’s too nice to remove.

        Hm. Maybe I can lose weight from my right wrist.

  5. That was fun and thanks for the reminder of Susanna’s contest next week. With the kids home from tomorrow I’ll need a reminder for everything 🙂

  6. Your office is so perfect for children’s book writer isn’t it, I never quite made that connection before! (I’m not very quick). My son always rocks back on his chair at his desk, and regularly falls off, but hasn’t learned to stop doing that yet, I guess rather like you haven’t learned to stop going up stairs yet.

  7. I know this is dumb, but I so wish I had the compulsion to have an overly tidy office all of the time… I think I’m gonna go clean it now! thanks for the inspiration Mike!

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