Showing posts from May, 2021

Working in hospo

If you've read Falling for Jack , you might remember that Robyn worked at a stadium in the hospitality industry.  The inspiration for that actually came from when, many a few years ago, I worked in hospo at events centres. The kind that held Rugby World Cup finals, and All Black rugby tests and classy fundraisers. To be honest, I was long gone by the time the World Cup final was held there but I sure worked a few big games and, man, were they exciting. All the hype and the tangible buzz, not to mention we got the fabulous dinners after the punters had been fed.  There were one-day cricket matches, and I even worked at a five-day cricket test between New Zealand and Australia, and got assigned to the Lounge where all the players hung out during the match. That was fascinating on so many levels. Some of the most famous Aussie players in the cricket world were on the team at the time and I remember the Aussie players were friendlier than the Kiwis. Probably because the Aussies were s

Note to self: Interruptions are like Christmas

One thing I have noticed with interruptions to writing is they can go on and on and on. It's a bit like feasting at Christmas. In theory its only one day, but it darn well isn't. Christmas (only 7 or so months to go, yay!!) lasts for weeks, and interruptions are like that. You don't do anything with your manuscript for a few days and the days can become a week, can become a habit, and the last thing you want to do is go back to the wretched book. Yet when you do, you breathe a sigh of relief because you're back in that world, and that world is pretty good because you invented it. It also reminds me of a saying I heard on a romance writing talk years ago. It was Stephanie Bond and she said something like, "Writing begets writing." The more you write, the more you write. I agree 100% with that. The more I write, the more I want to write, but a few days off is breaking the streak and that's bad.  Of course, of course everyone is different with their creative

New reading discovery Agatha Raisin

I've been reading outside of the beloved romance genre lately, and combining it with audio books, downloaded through my library. My latest find are the Agatha Raisin mysteries, by MC Beaton , light mysteries that are solved by former PR superstar, Agatha, and set in a village in the Cotswolds in England. What I really love about the audio versions in particular are that they are actually plays that were made for radio in the UK, so it isn't a story being narrated, but acted. Like back in the olden days when they used to have serials on the radio.  With the Agatha Raisins, I downloaded them, free of charge, via Overdrive from the library, so I can listen to them offline, while walking or riding on the bus.  I can't recommend it enough. Even more, the fabulous Penelope Keith plays Agatha Raisin and is just divine in that role. What a cantankerous character she is.  Even better, there are dozens of Agatha mysteries to get through. What a treat!