Monday, 28 June 2010

My naughty "Ava & Dylan" project

Today I was going to tell you about my love for a good Cornish Veggie Pasty and a chilled bottle of Rattler cider, then I thought I'd take loads of pictures of my new Folksy purchases and show you how I've set them out in the house I've fallen back in love with after our rather disasterous move last week (see previous post), but then I thought damn it...
I going to tell you about what is currently inspiring me to the point of obsession.
My new Project...
nicknamed "Ava & Dylan".

This is the story I've been contemplating starting but was afraid it may distract me from Book 2, well, finally it got the better of me, and so the days I'm not working I have decided to split my day in two and do both. After such inspiring support from your lovely comments last week I realise I can and should do the both, but only if I remain organised.
I'm very excited.
I can't tell you much accept that it is classic 'Karen Roderick'.
I will spill a little more later.

Before I disappear to begin writing, I want to give a big thanks to Love Miss Ali for the inspiration behind the pictures for this post - I am truly buzzed up thanks to as recommended by the lovely lady!

Have a great day, and I will continue to catch up with as many blogs as possible despite being back in the office/car tomorrow!

Friday, 25 June 2010

You gotta laugh...

Sorry for my absence in what has been the week from Hell.
Last Friday we signed the tenancy for our new house...but couldn't move in until Monday because the owners were still working on the snagging list...but they still wanted their rent???
On Sunday my parents came to help us pack up.
On Monday we loaded the van and headed 10 minutes down the road to our new house...guess what?? The owners were still there, hadn't moved their stuff and the house was a total disgusting mess (my mum even found a pair of teenagers underpants in the corner of a room!!)
By 5pm they had almost moved out, and we had moved in, and just as I thought we could forget this horrible and stressful episode, C finds numerous broken plug sockets, loose wires in the kids rooms and there's no washing machine plumbing.
We re-load the van the following morning and move back to our original house with a new 12 month tenancy re-negotiated by C.
Legalities mean nothing as the contract we signed had the wrong rental address on????
We had a lucky escape.
But I am distraught.
I really liked the house.
But it was unliveable.
All this on my first week back at work.
But you gotta laugh.
Haven't you?

ps. Thank you for all the brilliant comments left on the previous post. Before the disasterous move on Monday I did start the new piece of work and have so far completed 4000 words and looking forward to more.
Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Right or wrong...blessing and a curse

I've been asking myself this questions for years.
Is it OK to start a new story while revising the previous one?
Now, logic tells me, yes, after all, I multi-task everyday, but writing is not logical (to me anyway), and so I'm fighting my imagination over whether to begin a new story that is constantly popping into my head, or hold onto it until 'Hope & Jump' is completed.
My fear about holding off is that the moment will pass and I will no longer be inspired. And I am seriously inspired.
Hum, what to do?

Sunday, 13 June 2010

On The Move...again

I want to begin this post by saying a really huge and honest thank you for all the lovely brilliant comments left on the last post.
Your support is really appreciated and despite returning to work pretty soon, I WILL continue to write and blog.
It's in my veins.

Right, well, saying that, most of you will probably know we're moving again. This will be the 3rd move in 12 months. We are hoping this will be the last for a while!
Therefore, I may not be around alot for the next couple of weeks, but I will try my best to read as many blogs as I can, and add a little of my own if I have the chance!
But I will see you again soon, despite moving and starting a new job - I've done it before, so I remain positive (!)
In the meantime, have a wonderful week, and hope to catch you soon.

ps. I will continue to give updates on Hope & Jump as I get them x

Thursday, 10 June 2010


I'm going back to work in 2 weeks.
When I say work - I mean the job I'm trained for. The one that brings in money.
I'm not unhappy about this, it was totally my decision. C's business just about keeps us afloat - most of the time, and I don't kid when I say the sales from 'A Love That Makes Life Drunk' will never make me anything, but it's not about the money.
So, coming to the end of 'Hope & Jump', I think, I've been doing this for almost 15 months without a break - I need to get out there and talk to adults. I need to see people. I need breath fresh air.

But now the date is getting closer I'm not sure I want to leave my desk.
For the past 15 months I've been forcefully telling C that writing IS my job, and that when the boys are at nursery and I have those days to myself, I'm not doing lunch, or shopping, I'm slogging away at a laptop to get a book finished that I hope people will want to read.
But I cannot get it out of my head that I don't get paid for it - I blame my work ethic for this - and Amazon for their hefty selling costs!

But I will always write. I tell myself in comfort that I have already written over 30 "novels" most of which will never surface from our attic. I wrote through school, university, full time work, maternity and part time work, to now.
I write because I cannot help it. It's compulsive. It will never go away, and so I know going back to my "paid" job will not stop a little thing like my imagination.
But even so, it was a dilemma.

Thanks for dropping by,

Thursday, 3 June 2010


I love books.
OK, I absolutely love books.
I have so many I don't know where to put them. Well, I do, but it doesn't fit in with the family home. If I had my way I'd have wall to wall books.
I'm addicted to paperbacks so I bought an eReader.
I'm still buying paperbooks - and downloading.
I was happily browsing the book shelf yesterday when I started picking out books I've read over and over - whether they be novels or reference, I want to share them, I hope you don't mind.

"Catcher in the Rye" by J.D Salinger being one - bought at a flea market in Bath over 15 years ago.

"Jamaica Inn" by Daphne Du Maurier bought in an cute independent book shop in Devon

"Henry and June" by Anais Nin, first borrowed back in the mid 1990's from Bath Library when I was still a Sociology student. My own copy is now a well thumbed paperback with markers in all my favourite pages.

"Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs" by Jeremy Mercer. A brilliant journal by the Canadian writer detailing his experiences in Paris while working at Shakespeare and Company.

Right, OK, I bought this little gem in Coco de Mer in Covent Garden a few years back. The gorgeous girl on the front is Deanna Baker (circa 1972) and she blew me away. Her legacy is "Lily Mills", the main female character in 'A Love That Makes Life Drunk'.

"The Joy of Writing Sex" by Elizabeth Benedict, because I chuckle when I say, 'writing sex is my bread and butter', and despite what critics think, writing a sex scene is the most difficult thing, and so it's crucial to get it right.

"A Literate Passion - Letters of Anais Nin and Henry Miller", I bought this from a very small musty bookshop in Hay on Wye back in the mid 1990's, but only started reading it 4 years ago. It sparked the plot for my debut novel.

"Debrett's Etiquette for Girls" by Fleur Britten. I have to say I bought this because I loved the cover - and inside is even better - it may sound pretty terrible, but actually there's some great advice. Well worth a visit.

Well, I could go on, but the books I've featured are ones I keep going back too, and still love as much today as the day I bought them.
Have a great day,

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

"A LOVE THAT MAKES LIFE DRUNK" - a little book by me.

"I thought about why Lily's parents potentially detest me. It could be the fact I'm 37 and she's just 25, or that I've been sleeping with their daughter knowing she's in a relationship with my brother; I imagine it's both, topped off for good measure with the vulgarity of my novels and my occasionally arrogant and pretentious column."


Deeply handsome, intelligent and successful, he is a man used to getting what he wants, that is, except the one thing he really wants - his brother's beautiful girlfriend Lily.
Through a series of cleverly orchestrated meetings, Jefferson detaches himself from guilt to tempt Lily into his arms. Silently but deliriously, they collide against the backdrop of the love letters of Anais Nin and Henry Miller.

But is blood thicker than love and desire?

With Jefferson's sexy and charming narration, and Lily's intensely emotional and sexually explicit Journal, we witness the honest and raw account of two people falling in love.

*Contains Adult Content*

I wanted to write this as I was inspired by a blog post by L'Aussie over at L'Aussie Writing. I know I don't need to explain why I created Jefferson Howie, and why I write 'scenes of a sexual nature', but when I wrote the first draft of 'A Love That Makes Life Drunk', I was 3 stone over weight after having my first baby, my husband landed the job of his dreams and buggered off for most of the week, I had no job and felt pretty damned rank - the result was a frank, charming and sexually explicit gentleman called Jefferson - and it was totally liberating!

Thanks for dropping by,
ps. the title of the book is actually a re-hash of a famous quote by Anais Nin from Henry and June, part of her diary detailing her affair with writer Henry Miller in the 1930's.
"He's a man whom life makes drunk, I thought. He is like me." - Henry & June (published 1986)

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

My Favourite Painting

         This is "Two in Moonglow" by Lisa Wright.

It's my favourite painting. It's also an image that has inspired part of book 2 'Hope & Jump'.

"Two in Moonglow" - what a wonderful name, and despite how I've used it in the novel, it's actually based on the artist's children. Wright, who won the 2009 National Open Art Competition, now lives in Cornwall and continues to use this beautiful County as a source of inspiration for her work - much like me.
Hope you all had a great Bank Holiday,
ps. Where's the sun gone and is it coming back??

Geek Dress

I don't know why I keep referring to this dress as 'geeky', because as I'm fairly geeky anyway surely it's no surpris...