31 day blog challenge (Day 3)

Happy Saturday everyone! I am joyous because I am off today and it’s a lovely day outside. Well… by Northern Irish standards anyway.

So today on my blog challenge I have been asked to list my favourite quote. It was tough. I went through all the motivational, inspirational and generally kick-ass quotes from all over the globe – including a few from Gandhi and Nietzsche. In the end, I went with my first instinct. It’s a quote I use often, especially when I refer to my writing. In fact, I believe I have even used it already on this very blog.

No matter what level you reach, getting better never stops – Sachin Tendulkar

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For those of you who don’t know who Tendulkar is, he is arguably the best cricketing batsman to have ever lived. He started playing cricket from an insanely young age and was playing for the Indian national team by the time he was 16. He has broken all records in cricket in terms of runs and matches played, however despite his incredible wealth and godlike status in India, he remains remarkably humble. If you were inclined to watch an interview with him, you would be astounded at how softly spoken he is.

His quote is my favourite because, as a huge star with incredible talent that is already difficult to match, Tendulkar believes you can always be better than you are – even if you are already the best. I think this is so inspirational, and it drives me to improve upon my writing. Even the greatest writers in the world can always be better than they are – and I think you can’t really do anything more in life than strive to be better, to improve upon yourself.

So there you have it! My favourite quote! Come back tomorrow for Day 4 of this awesome little challenge I have undertaken. Don’t forget, if you liked this – “like” it and subscribe! I so love it when you do that! ♥

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Finished at last!

ImageI finished a brand spanking new novella yesterday. I realized, as I wrote the last full-stop and pushed away from my desk, that my heart was beating really fast. It has never occurred to me before that, in finishing something, my endorphins might just go into over-drive. I was excited, relieved and more than a little proud of myself. 

This new novel is another interracial romance – my favourite! Set in India, the story revolves  around two troubled souls, finding their way back to each other after a decade apart. At one point, I found my eyes welling up as I was writing, which I suppose is a good sign! 

I’ve already written the blurb, so today I will tackle the dreaded synopsis. After a little bit of polishing, I hope to have it submitted to my editor this coming week. If she deems it worthy of publication, you might just see another sexy schmexy ebook coming your way!

Fingers crossed!

Setting my mood….

Irish instruments!

I will soon be starting a short story set in Ireland. Details to follow.

 

Whenever I sit down to write, I always select music that best sets my mood. Whilst writing ‘Stolen Nights’ my audio player had a continuous loop of instrumental Indian music (sitars and tablas), and a random collection of Hindi and Tamil pop. Then, if I was writing about New York, I would play jazz and Michael Bublé because those are the songs that most remind me of the time I spent there. I love music, as I have mentioned before. It is remarkable how my mood can be set by it, and how I can be transported from my desk at home to an exotic location just by the beat of a drum or the strum of an Indian sitar.

 

In preparation for writing about Ireland, I already have a whole playlist selected. For example, the whole score to the movie Titanic is filled with interesting hints of Celtic music – the eerie melancholy, the haunting notes. I enjoy being able to vividly imagine places based on the music I am listening to – and I suppose a healthy imagination helps, too! Sometimes I wonder where my writing would be without music because, when I think about it, there is always something playing in the background when I am pottering away at the keyboard. Sometimes I don’t hear it at all, but it’s always there.

 

Right now, I am listening to some classical. Who knows what inspired that notion! I definitely think I have the most random and varied taste in music. Upon looking through my track listing, I discovered I have songs in: English, French, Tamil, Hindi, Spanish, Italian and even one song in the most obscure language Konkani – and those obviously don’t include the instrumental ones! I sense that some Irish ones will be installed shortly!

 

I’m off to plot and plan now, and maybe get some writing done! 🙂

 

Love,

Rea x