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Guest Author Lynda Bailey: Ergonomics for Healthy Writers

Hurray! Today I get to host our guest Lynda Bailey, a 2010 Golden Heart finalist and therefore one of my fellow Unsinkables!

I’ve been having fun in the last few months reading Lynda’s delicious erotic shorts FULFILLED and GLAD TO BE HOME, and I’m cheering her on with the self-publication this month of her super-sexy first full-length book, BATTLE-BORN LOVE!!

Lynda’s got a gift for hot love scenes (woo-hoo, the hot tub scene in this new one!!), and I loved the sassy, smart-mouthed heroine of BATTLE-BORN LOVE who runs her own repo business and complains that panty-hose make her feel like “ten pounds of dirt stuffed in a two-pound bag.”  It’s great watching Rory find love-sweet-love without giving up her backbone of steel.

In addition to generating heat for her readers, Lynda gets folks’ blood pumping another way: she’s a fitness instructor and all-around expert in living a healthy, balanced, high-energy life. (You can find great tips for good living at her website, .)

She’s here today with some great, practical advice for taking care of our bodies even while we write, write, write….

Take it away, Lynda!



Thanks so much to Elisa and the Ruby Sisters for having me here today. The topic I’m discussing is ergonomics.

Uh. Ergo—what—tics?

Ergonomics. (And no, that’s not economics misspelled.) Ergonomics, according to Webster’s Dictionary is “an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely; called also biotechnology, human engineering, human factors.”

Got all that?

In a nutshell, ergonomics is how we relate to our environment—most specifically our work environment.

Allow me to clarify.

As writers, we spend an inordinate amount of time sitting. We can’t really do much writing, either by hand and definitely not on a computer, while walking or running. (Though one of my goal-gals has been known to do her edits while on the treadmill. WTG, Katrina!)  If your day job is working in an office, you can spend between six and eight hours a day in a chair. Add your writing time and you’re sitting almost more than you’re sleeping. And if your “environments” aren’t properly setup, you can experience increased stress on your muscles, joints and ligaments. In other words, if you’re working within ergonomically incorrect environments, you’ll have discomfort, pain, muscle fatigue/tightness, headaches and general irritability—more so than what’s normal.

You need to have your chair at the proper height for your height in relation to the desk so that, when your feet are flat to the floor, your hips and knees are at approximately 90 degrees. The chair should swivel so you’re not twisting your spine and over-reaching what is a normal range. Additional lumbar support, in the form of an ergonomically designed pillow, will also help diminish lower back pain.

A monitor that’s too low can lead to a pain in your neck and upper back as well as to headaches. The best height for your monitor is at your eye level, about 18-24 inches away, with the top of the monitor no higher than the top of your head.

Got problems with shoulder and neck pain? Chances are your keyboard is too high. I have personal experience with this. When I’d write on my laptop—and my laptop was on the kitchen table—I got this horrible, awful burning neck pain. Wasn’t until DH and son bought me a desk, with a lower shelf for an external keyboard, that the pain diminished. Trouble with carpal tunnel in your wrist? Use a pad so your wrist stays in a neutral position while you type. And make sure your mouse is adjacent and at the same level as the keyboard.

Talking on the phone a lot? Use a hands-free phone set to keep yourself from cradling the phone between your ear and shoulder.

But even with the most ergonomically correct environment, not all stress will be alleviated from your body. If you’re deskbound for long stretches of time, set a timer for 30 minutes and get outta that chair. Go get a drink of water or walk to your co-workers office instead of emailing. Our bodies are built for activity, not inactivity. So move people! (If pain/trouble persists, though, make sure you check things out with your health care provider.)

If anyone has a question or comment, shout ‘em out, but make sure to leave your email in your comment. One lucky person will win a PDF copy of my indie release, BATTLE BORN LOVE. Thanks again to the Ruby Sisters for having me here today!

Stay healthy!

And now a few words about Lynda’s new book (woo-hoo!!!)

Spirited repo owner, Rory Dawson, agrees to be what she isn’t—the girlfriend of a handsome banker—in order to save her father from a prison sentence. Now Pop is safe, but is her heart?

Kane Williams has made a deal with a most provocative devil in hopes of securing a coveted promotion. All his life Kane has endeavored to be the best, to erase the failure of his father. Will years of work be forfeited for a woman, albeit the sexiest one he’s ever known?

From opposite sides of the tracks, Rory and Kane forge an unlikely friendship. Soon, that friendship becomes a steamy relationship. Through trial and pain, they battle to have the love of a lifetime.


Remember, leave a comment on the blog today to have a chance at winning a PDF copy! You can also snap it up at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


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