I was minding my own business, working on revisions to my latest Harlequin, when Mr. Harris called. “You need to update your blog,” he said.
I blinked. I might have nearly choked on the sip of water I'd just taken. “Huh?” I said.
“You haven't said anything in a few days. You need to update it. It's just sitting there.”
Well, I know that. But since when does he care about my blog?
“People want to know what you're up to,” he told me.
I think he has a much higher opinion of me than I do of myself, as I'm not sure anyone really wants to know what I'm up to.
“What should I blog about?” I asked, eyeballing the calendar and the blog posts I have due for other people. And the revisions. Let's not forget those.
“Your new office,” he said. “Or something.”
Something. Yes indeed, something. So here I am.
It's true I got a new office. I finally decided that I may have a career going, so it was time to move off of the old dining room table I'd been using as a desk and get something nicer. Plus I needed new bookshelves as well, so I got an entire matching office suite with a desk, bookshelves, hutches, and all sorts of fun stuff. This entailed moving my desk to another part of the office. Today is my first day sitting at my new desk. And, well, it's taking some getting used to. I used to sit on the other side of the room, desk against the same wall the door was on, but now my desk is floating in the room, unanchored by a wall.
This is a new thing for me. I'm facing the door, which is good, and there's a window beside me — but I have to lean forward to see out of it, which is probably a good thing because now I'm not observing whatever asinine thing the neighbors are doing.
Still, my order has been upset, at least for a little while. And I think it's seeped into other areas of my life. Today, as I was trying to put on mascara, I not only got a big blob between my eyes, I somehow flipped the wand into the air and let go of it. It landed in my hair. :/ That was fun.
But here I sit, hair and skin de-mascaraed, desk floating, writing a blog post because Mr. Harris told me to. Strange times indeed.
Anything new in your life? Anything you're still getting used to? Is it more exciting than a desk in a new place? (Though I AM excited about my new office. Very. I feel all professional now.)
Another exciting thing in my life is the release of my 9th book in North America tomorrow!
Captive But Forbidden features a hunky security tycoon who agrees to bodyguard for my heroine for a little while. Things happen. Sparks fly. It's all very exciting, I promise!
The news that wild socialite Veronica St. Germaine has cleaned up her act and stepped into her father’s shoes as ruler of a Mediterranean principality creates a tabloid frenzy! But it’s not just the paparazzi that are out for blood…
Duty demands that bodyguard Rajesh Vala must protect Veronica—whatever the cost… But Veronica has always rebelled against commands, and she isn’t making Raj’s job easy!
He calls it ‘safeguarding’. She calls it being held captive at his beach house. Both realise that the attraction between them is inconvenient…
Veronica is forbidden, not for bedding!
Mr Harris sounds like a riot! Awesome about your office. New for me will be my drivers license that I get to renew tomorrow. Here in Jefferson county due to a huge amount of mismanagement, ie, greedy/crooked politicians, you can waits hours to get this taken care of. Aren’t I lucky that I get to wait hours and pay for the previlige of doing so? The only good to come out of this is that my drivers info will be up todate – yippee!
@Ginger aka Robertsonreads: Oh Ginger, I have to go get a new license tomorrow. 🙁 Not looking forward to it! Mr. Harris is a scream, btw. Never a dull moment with him!
Congratulations on your new release! Nothing new in Italy besides the fact that it’s hot. After your post I’m starting to think about a new office chair.
@Natalija: A new chair is a good thing! When you have to sit there for long stretches, the kindest thing you can do for yourself is have a good chair. 🙂
I remember when you were first starting out and your office was a small desl cramed into a room full of books a assorted crafts. You’ve certainly come a long way since then! Tell Mr. Harris it’s time to sacrafice his beloved “Man Cave”, now that would be a great office and what a monitor that big screen TV could make!!!! :o)
@Brian C: Hi, Brian! That first office was rather crammed with things, wasn’t it? That’s where it all began, the first place I actually thought I might someday make a living as a writer. 🙂 I had a lot of fun in there!
Poor Mr. Harris. He’s not going to like your suggestion one bit! But really, my office now is probably 2.5 times the size of that original one. Plenty of room!
Mrs. Harris: First and foremost, when I said you needed to update your blog I didn’t mean use our conversation (I would have spoken better and dressed nicer if I knew). Next time just give me a heads up. 🙂
Brian: Dude!!! That’s just crazy talk (sacrificing my “Man Cave”). It’s the only room in the house I can call “my own” (which literally means she’s allowing me to call it mine). 🙂 Besides, she’s already taken up half the real-estate in my cave with books.
BTW, I really love your office! 🙂
@Mr. Harris: You never know what will be used as fodder. You should always be prepared!
And the only reason I’ve taken up half your man cave with books at the moment is because I can’t put them on the shelves until the painter transforms the walls. In a week or two, all will be back to normal. 😉
@Lynn Raye Harris: Define “Normal” 😉
I can only hope that when the painting and bookshelves and stuff are all done Mr Harris will use his spiffy camera to take a glamour shot of the famous Author in her new and fabulous office so we can then visualise you in your natural environment. Hopefully by then it will feel like your natural environment.
@Fiona Marsden: I’m sure I can get Mr. Harris to whip out the camera! 🙂 Today, I am kind of glamorous — if you count getting dressed and putting on makeup as glamorous. Usually, it’s pajamas and bed hair, but today I got dressed because I had an appointment –which then got canceled, boo.
your new office is surely amazing and extremely cosy. The perfect place to work – a sort of mental feng shui. That’s important.
I have to say it – you’re wrong and Mr Harris is right.
We always want to know what you’re up to! 🙂
I can’t wait to read your new book – though military life fills all my spare time (sadly!) – I bet Mr Harris knows something about it.
Tomorrow we’re holding a ceremony here in the barracks – official Feast of the Force and the major authorities will be here (from President of the Republic to ministers and fellow militaries).
There’s lot of ferment!
About exciting things in my life I’d say…my life! Seriously – two years ago I would have never thought to be here and now… at only 27, in six months a warrant officer and future commander.
It’s oddly wonderful and makes you feel like…what you believe and what you fight for is your reason to live.
My life has changed also in the littlest ordinary things and I’ve discovered it day by day.
It’s a life of rules and discipline but you can allow to feel emotions too!
For example, last Sunday we had a concert of the musical band of the Force and it was amazing. Tenors who sang arias from Tosca, Turandot…and “Nessun dorma”… music can fill everything with higher feelings and, for a moment, I felt as I was there – while Puccini was dreaming about his world and creating new masterpieces.
@Michela: Thank you, Michela! I’ll keep it in mind that I should share what I’m up to more often. 🙂
You sound so busy! How exciting a life you lead! You have so much going on, and it sounds like you have a lot of things coming up too. Your description of listening to the music is fabulous. I love opera — don’t get a lot of it where I live, except to listen to recordings.
I love Italy. Hope to visit it again soon. 🙂
You two are soo cute! Thanks Mr. Harris. For the record, I have this website on my Faves list on Yahoo. So all I need to do is click on Lynnrayeharris.com and here I am. I have my fave authors on there: Paula Quinn, Annie West, Deb Harkness and Mrs. Harris. We’re friends on GoodReads but gasp! not on FB?? So I liked the her page.
Mrs. Harris: love the new office, sounds awesome. I’m also looking forward to your new book! 🙂
I think I’d faint from shock if my hubby read my blog – but he never even bothers with a computer, so I’m not surprised!
The new office sounds awesome. Hope you feel settled soon! 🙂