Ahh . . . the desk. Rather than clean it, here it is in all its glory. We’ll start from the big computer screen, front and back, and fully lit. My parents gave me that for Christmas last year, and I love it. To its left you see my laptop that is plugged into it, which is slightly obscuring a polka dot pig lamp. Every one should have a polka dot pig lamp complete with multicolor boa. It makes me smile.
In front of the lamp is where I stack the books I am working with at that moment—the ones there presently are a couple by C.S. Lewis. The pig, by the way, sits on the Chicago Manual of Style. That book doesn’t come out much. . . .
Moving forward you see lots of papers; those are TO DO lists (love those) and tons of notes. I write everything down. And that chaos spreads to the other side of the desk as well.
Over to the back right you’ll see my mug with an elephant on it—favorite animal—some tubes of NUUN (sports hydration tabs that you add to water—I run a lot), an apple for a snack in a few minutes (I eat a lot), and a small statue given to us by World Bicycle Relief (a great organization).
And under the desk, you see stacks of the all the books I am presently trolling through for my current manuscript, Lizzy and Jane. If you crawled under there, you’d find lots of Austen, Hemingway, other novels, cookbooks, and theology and writing books.
I know . . . it looks pretty bad. But at the end of every day, I put it all away as the room doubles for our sitting room in the evenings. That is the big black thing above my computer screen—a TV. Basically, I never leave this room!
About the Author
Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Her works have been published in “Focus on the Family” and the “Upper Room.” Katherine currently lives with her husband and three children in Seattle. “Dear Mr. Knightley” is her first novel.
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