Messy Rooms and Clear Minds Make a Detective

June 22, 2015

Ollie’s actual room looks something like this:


His brain is more like this:


Ollie is a bit of a slob. He sort of throws things down and leaves them where they lay. His best friend even calls his room a pigpen. It’s not dirty so much as cluttered with things that cease to be important to him. See, Ollie’s brain is cluttered that way too. He’s got so much in his head, always solving a case, worrying about his friends and how to pay the bills that he doesn’t have time for the mundane things in life.

This includes food and sleep. When Kade steps into his life, he’s determined to help Ollie remember the basics even while letting him fly free. I think most of us are like this. Or maybe it’s just us crazy creative types? I find the more in the zone I am with writing, the more I forget things like lunch or that the dishwasher needs to be emptied.

My cats remind me of things. Mostly that they need to eat. But I can gauge my day by when they start bugging me for food. They sort of hold my string and keep me focused. (That and my editor who occasionally pokes me to see if I got something done.)

What sort of things get left on the wayside when you’re focused on a project? Does someone (or something) help remind you that you still live in the real world?





Model Citizen (DSP)


Hidden Gem (DSP)


Evolution (DSPP)


On the Right Track (Harmony Ink) Sam Kadence


Unicorns and Rainbow Poop (Harmony Ink) Sam Kadence


Inheritance (Lissa Kasey)


Reclamation (Lissa Kasey)


6 Responses to “Messy Rooms and Clear Minds Make a Detective”

  1. Su says:

    Hi Lissa, hi there :) I wish I could take my cats to work as I often work alone and I get so involved in what I am doing that I often forget to eat or take a break. When working from home the cats remind me also that its feeding time and one in particular launches a sit in protest on my laptop/keyboard if I try to ignore her. I think my family send in the cats, as they know I am most likely to respond if the cats come and least likely to get agitated at being disturbed :)

    Congratulations on your new publication, Ollie looks like he definitely needs Kade to keep him organised and safe. I am looking forward to reading this book, as I partial to mystery stories (as well as paranormal, fantasy, westerns….) :D

  2. LissaKasey says:

    Thanks, Su! That’s funny that your family sends the cats in. They are annoying little buggers, even though they are super cute!

  3. waxapplelover says:

    I’m definitely more a of organized clutter kind of person. And certainly in a busy time, I think I let things like laundry and dishes slide. I don’t have any pets currently, so TBH, my stomach usually reminds me at least once a day to eat. :)

  4. Antonia says:

    Cleaning the house and doing dishes tend to get left undone. I usually notice myself when the sink begins to overflow. I like a clean if cluttered house.

  5. Angela says:

    When i’m really focused on something i must say that the little Household chores are the things left undone. But unfortunately i’m still the one doing it after ;)

  6. H.B. says:

    When I get busy with stuff, cleaning always becomes more of an afterthought. I have bundles of organized messes in my room..

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