Friday, 9 November 2012

Kicking back….


This week I’ve been kicking back and relaxing after the launch of How Do You Voodoo?


Mr JH and I took ourselves off to the cinema in Glasgow to see Skyfall and both of us remarked how the scene with Bond and M standing beside the Aston Martin in the remote Scottish countryside - looked as though it had been filmed at the Dalveen Pass – an area very close to our cottage. I got quite excited at the thought that Daniel Craig might have popped in for a cup of tea!

 

I also caught the BBC Scotland programme ‘Imagine’ featuring Edinburgh author Ian Rankin. It’s up on the iPlayer just now here and is really worth watching. It follows Ian over the course of writing his new novel ‘Standing in Another Man’s Grave’ and it was fascinating to see how he worked. I also found it reassuring that he gets stuck (in his case usually at page 68) and that he doesn’t plot his stories beforehand. Indeed, with this particular novel, he got almost to the end without knowing himself who the killer was!  The interviews with his editor and his wife were also illuminating from a writerly perspective and I enjoyed seeing how he researched the details in his stories.
This weekend is Mr JH’s birthday and we are having our friends over to celebrate with us. So, this afternoon, I’m not writing or going anywhere near my laptop - I'm making birthday cake!
 
Happy Birthday to my real life hero - Mr JH!
 

So until next week (when I’ll be back to work on my WIP) I’m wondering if you like to take a break and kick back a little after completing a writing project - or are you a writer that gets straight into the next book without a single pause?

Love, Janice xx
 

17 comments:

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday to Mr JH! Skyfall doesn't open here until this weekend. Looking forward to seeing it since there's been so many good things said about it.

I might not have been able to watch the program on BBC iPlayer on Ian Rankin and his novel, Standing in Another Man's Grave but I'm the proud owner of the paperback of the book.

Linn B Halton said...

Happy birthday Mr JH... happy birthday ... doesn't quite trip off the tongue but you get the message! Hope the birthday cake is a great success and you have a fab time celebrating. I have to say with all the advertising for Skyfall, Daniel Craig is looking amazing - in my opinion he's on a par with (well almost) the fabulous Sean Connery. Of course, he doesn't quite have that dreamy accent...

Janice Horton said...

I'll pass on your birday wishes, ladies and I'm sure Mr JH will be thrilled. The birthday cake is now made and just waiting to be decorated with a few candles!

Yes, Skyfall is really worth seeing and I loved the line in it (I'm not giving too much away here, I promise) "welcome to Scotland!"

Have a great weekend!

Janice xx

Jean Bull said...

Happy Birthday MrJH!
What if Daniel Craig had dropped in for a cup of tea?
Now, there's an idea for a story!

Jean Bull said...

Happy Birthday MrJH!
What if Daniel Craig had dropped in for a cup of tea?
Now, there's an idea for a story!

Jean Bull said...

Sorry!

Janice Horton said...

Tea-he! Thanks for popping by, lovely Jean!

Janice x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hope the birthday boy has a great weekend (and you, Janice!). We're off to see Skyfall this afternoon and I've yet to listen to the IR programme, but about to do so!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Janice .. I hope to see SkyFall this week - so I'll keep a look out ..

Have a great birthday weekend with friends and Mr JH ..

Congratulations on getting your How do you Voodo novella out ..

Cheers and don't eat too much cake - or do what I do .. eat the mix before it gets anywhere near the oven!!!! Hilary

Janice Horton said...

Hi Rosemary - thanks for your good wishes - which I will pass on. Enjoy Skyfall!

Thank you Hilary. I only got one slice of the birthday cake actually, as it disappeared as soon as the candles were blown out! Enjoy Skyfall too!

Janice xx

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Belated Happy Birthday to Mr. JH. I hope you both had a great day.

AliB said...

Hi Janice I'm looking forward to seeing Skyfall and will keep an eye open for that scene. I find it difficult to combine writing with promoting a book but will be trying to ease myself back into creative mode this week. Hope the cake went down well!

Talli Roland said...

You deserve a break after your launch! How cool the James was in your hood.

Janice Horton said...

Thank you for the bithday wishes Elizabeth (I'll pass them on). I was so impressed with the beautiful photos on your blog post this week - so very atmospheric!

Hi Ali - yes, multitasking as an author is so hard - as I believe being creative and being logical uses two different sides of the brain at once and that can be quite exausting!

Janice xx

Janice Horton said...

Thanks Talli! Have fun at the Fesival of Romance this coming weekend. I wish I was going. I've promised myself that I'll be there next year. Oh, please do take a camera with you, so I can see the photos!

Janice x

K. Rosenberg said...

Well I certainly hope that Mr. Craig has the decency to stop by for a cup of tea the next time he's in town! ;-)

Janice Horton said...

Absolutely, Kenneth - although he was probably needing something stronger after filming in the cold. And to think, I had the single malt out that day too!

Janice xx