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Hanging out at Ted’s Place. A Lot.

Welcome to the internet.  You know the place. Full of mysteries, both frightening and beautiful.  A world of information at your fingertips, new friends to meet, stalkers to fend off, political arguments to be had. Frustrating, boring, overwhelming, fun and always, always, engaging.  The topic of the next two weeks–our biggest internet time suck.

First, I’ll waive off the obvious.  Like many others out there, I’d be lying if I didn’t say social media, predominantly in the form of Facebook, remains my single biggest time suck on the internet.

Also, as a writer, research can draw me on, chasing facts and stories from site to site to get that one piece of information that will my own story fall together.  Or maybe, the research is just so interesting I get drawn into it, that I know now everything I could possibly know about Amazon lore when all I really needed to know was a list of Amazon queens.  But given that I am prone to lose myself in research, I tend to keep that tightly under wraps and only embark when I really can’t move forward with out.  Wherever possible,  I often purposely leave the research until the end for that very reason.

Now that I’ve gotten the easy answers out of the way, I will introduce you to my real weakness and reveal my true geek DNA.  If I want to get lost, I just pop on over to Ted Talks and watch those videos.  Speakers are chosen for their ability to communicate well, their topics are challenging and fascinating and some are just so cool and they can be a real motivational voice in the dark when I’m feeling blue and need to hear someone say things I need to hear.

Take a visit. Here’s the link to the playlist on how to tell a story, with videos by writers and thinkers on story telling. Here a couple links to how to tell a story videos.

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

JJ Abrams: The mystery box

But you remember, once you enter….

Bwhahaha!

When you eventually drag yourself back to the world, tell me how you like it.


Sabrina Garie is on a journey to create the most kick-ass heroine in romance fiction. Meet Jocelyn, a single mom who gets a second chance at love in her newest book Next Move available from Ellora’s Cave and Amazon

In praise of Martha Jones #DrWho

It was coming. One day I would  get to do a Dr. Who post.  The theme for the next two weeks is favorite sidekick and when it comes to Dr. Who  my favorite is Martha Jones.

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I know a lot of Dr. Who fans and  she does not always rise to the top. But let me make my case.  I admit, I hated Rose. Not because I had anything against her personally, but I prefer my Dr. Who as a character apart, isolated, alone–a character who encapsulated the true cost of being a hero, of having to stand apart.   Someone who eventually leaves, because he must.  Even though I write romance novels, he is the one hero who I identified with because of his aloneness.   When he and Rose fall in love, that fundamental Dr. Whoness seemed ripped out by the seams. I didn’t like it.  He’s the one hero who I need to remain attached

Enter stage left:  Martha Jones.   Her love for the Doctor is unrequited and painful, something she wears on her sleeve for all to see.  I ached every time I watched them together.  That process makes her stronger. It builds her to be something and someone who not only saves the world when the Doctor is captured by the Master, but like other Dr. Who sidekicks, think Sarah Jane, she becomes a Dr. Who protegy, doing his work on earth after the Doctor leaves.  Martha nailed it, and because of her, I learned to love Dr. Who again after the whole Rose romance had me lose faith.  When Martha finally chose to leave him, sadder, wiser, stronger.   It seemed like she left him because the Doctor  love another.  She knew, deep down inside. its because the Doctor belongs to all of us.

And while I’m here, I’ve got a new book out. Just wanted to share. It’s contemporary, but its second chance romance for a single mother and divorced sports coach.  Like Martha, Jocelyn and Jared deserved a second chance to find someone to love.

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I so love my cover. Here’s the blurb.

Chamber of Commerce CEO and single mother Jocelyn Wade plays to win—in the boardroom, at local politics and for her daughter. With an overloaded life and a heart scarred shut, she doesn’t do relationships. Ever. Until Jared Wyatt, the hot out-of-town fling she can’t seem to forget swaggers into her life with a different agenda—making Jocelyn his own.

Surviving a shattered marriage, Jared swore off women until a night of unparalleled passion with Jocelyn reawakens needs he thought long gone. When a new job as high school athletic director lands him in Jocelyn’s town, where sports and business rule, he must stay one move ahead of her in the game to win her body and heart.

After rancorous local politics upend their game board, they both must learn to trust again or lose a second chance at love.

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

 

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My non-writing space: I write where I am

I’ve never had a writing space. I probably never will. Here’s my bold statement (not meant to offend those who do) just to explain a perspective.  To me, the idea of arranging that perfect writing space is a luxury I personally cannot afford.

I plan and plot to maintain a regular writing time in my life.  I work full time at a demanding job, am raising a daughter by myself, have social and other professional obligations that require time, should exercise more than I do, have to cart my kid around.  I wake up every morning and write and then sneak it in when I can.  My house is small so I don’t have any personal space to do this so just plop myself on the couch in the living room and go. If I spent time getting the space perfect, I would lose even more writing time.  So I’ve learned to write wherever I can–on the couch, at a desk, on a plane, in the metro, on an iphone, in a dance waiting room.  For me, finding time is more important than getting the “write” space.

If you have a different structure, and you have to keep yourself on track,  I understand that ritual and artifacts hold great value for getting writing done.  And that’s what this is about–what you need to do to get your writing done.   So for me, I just write where I am.  Have computer, can write.


Sabrina Garie is on a journey to create the most kick-ass heroine in romance fiction. Her new book Next Move releases  on July 5 at Ellora’s Cave.

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