Today I'm delighted to welcome a guest post by Rhoda Baxter.
Rhoda Baxter always wanted to be a writer, but her parents told her she needed to get a ‘real’ job and write in her spare time. So she became
a scientist and now works in technology transfer. She now writes contemporary romantic comedies in whatever spare time she can find around her day job and her family. Which means her parents were right all along. How irritating
Her first novel Patently
in Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon award 2012. Her third novel Dr January will be published by Choc Lit in 2014.
She can be found wittering on about science, comedy and cake on her website www.rhodabaxter.com, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rhoda.baxter.5), Google+ or on Twitter (@rhodabaxter).
Patently in Love (Book 1 of the Email and Ice Cream series)
The girl who ran away from fame to become a lawyer.
After her popstar boyfriend publicly humiliates her, Jane wants
to start a new life away from media scrutiny. Maybe even find a new man.
Marshall wants a partnership in his patent law firm. He just has to prove he’s totally focussed on his work. No distractions. No office romance. Unless, of course, no one
knows about it.
The last thing Jane needs is to have her picture splashed on the front page of a gossip magazine. To makes matters worse, the only person who could have told the paparazzi where Jane was… is Marshall.
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Patently-Love-E-Mail-Cream-Series-ebook/dp/B007L88DM6/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1/275-1882459-0165503
All other formats (including non-DRM PDF) from the publisher’s site: https://www.uncialpress.com/Rhoda-Baxter
: (first chapter is available on the Uncial website (http://www.uncialpress.com/patently-ch1.html )
New Year's Resolutions
I’m not very good with New Year’s
Resolutions. I’m a bit of a ditherer, you see. Which makes me rather irresolute. What I am very good at, though, is making lists. So here’s a list of the New Years Resolutions I SHOULD be making:
- Be more productive in my writing time.
I write a book a year. I have two kids and a job, so I can only write at night, when the kids are in bed. I do spend a lot of time chatting to people on Twitter and Facebook in this time. If I didn’t do that, I’d be able to write more…
- Blog regularly. I blog at random intervals, which isn’t the done thing, I’m told. Thankfully, I usually have a post from a guest on Inheritance Books each week, which gives me something to post most weeks, but I should try and do more of my
own blog posts in between.
- Try and persuade someone famous to do an Inheritance Books post.
- Plot properly. I love the idea of plot tools and colour coded index cards, and I do try. Honestly, I do. But I always end up writing off into the
mists of confusion towards the end. I usually have to rewrite the ending a couple of times. Better plotting would make things quicker. Which would also help with point 1.
- Write some short stories. One of my short stories is in the Truly, Madly, Deeply
anthology that’s coming out next month. I should do more of those. It’s fun to write something different.
- Learn to meditate. It’s good to let your mind stop and do nothing every so often. I have a the sort of mind that, left to itself,
would wander off and start playing with the mental Lego. IT needs a bit of taming.
- Do some exercise. The flabby middle and disappointing end aren’t just limited to stories, the can affect the writers too. So exercise would be a good thing. I
wonder if you can combine it with point 5 and achieve a zen-like exercise state.
- Invent a time machine so that I have time to do all the things I intend to do in all these resolutions. I’m not great with quantum physics, so maybe I’ll
need to ask someone else to make it for me. I wonder if Brian Cox has a time machine.
So that’s what I should do. I should make a nice chart of those, really. With colour coding and highlighting and stuff. I feel a trip to Staples
Here’s what I’ll really do (probably):
- Waste my writing time wittering on about science and Dr Who on Facebook. Then do some writing when the guilt becomes too much.
- Have a burst of blogging around February
(when Truly, Madly, Deeply comes out) and September-ish (when Dr January comes out from Choc-Lit), but otherwise continue to post only when I have something to share.
- Do the usual half-plot, half-seat of pants method of writing my book and spend most
of the November tearing my hair out trying to edit the latest book into shape.
As for all the other resolutions, I’ll probably have a go, stare into space for a bit, then wander off and eat some chocolate. Chocolate is mental health food,
right? It’s good for you.
How about you? Have you made a list of resolutions? Which ones are you likely to keep? (If you’re Prof. Brian Cox – DO you have a time machine? Go on, you can tell me.)