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.
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.
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
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.