No more marks!

So

I recently picked up an amazing book titled: Keep Going, by Austin Kleon.

It’s an amazing self help book, for writers and various other creatives. One thing that he mentioned in the book, was that of leaving our marks in this world.

You know the common thing that ambitious people say?

“I just wanna leave my mark in this world”

The problem is, the world is already littered with people who have left their marks in this world.

The world doesn’t need any more marks, rather it needs more healers. So, instead of “leaving a mark”, why not try something like: Leave the world in a better state than when you found it?

In all honesty, the meanings are not too different from one another. However, the latter sentence invokes a somewhat more positive and selfless meaning.

Well what do you think?

Whatever your thoughts, just keep creating!

Ricky Baxter

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Why I wrote them

Why do we create the things we create? What goes into certain pieces of work we produce?

Sometimes we create without thinking – relying more on our subconscious. Other times we create with a direct goal in mind, triggered by a feeling due to something particular we have observed. In the case of The Blue Witch and Mother Gaia, I most certainly created them with the latter in mind. So what exactly did I observe about our world that led me to make such profound stories?

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The idea for the Blue Witch was purely based on feeling and not a good one at that. I grew tired of the mundane routine, of working to live and living to work. I then cast my mind back a few years and recollected the moments I struggled so hard to find just one job that would accept me, as a teen. I remember this frustration and anger like it was yesterday. Holding onto these feelings I decided to put pen to paper (Or fingers to keyboard). The result was a spiteful and detestable main character named Ophelia, who hated the world. Although inside, she just wanted some form of justice, much like many of us that have felt wronged.

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Mother Gaia came about after watching the news. The particular coverage showed footage of the ever unfair treatment of Palestinians, especially children that have suffered the brunt of it all. This and a slew of various other disgraceful acts of violence across the world, got me thinking. If the earth itself (as in the very core of our planet) had a mind, what would it think about us humans? I pondered how we would look, from the viewpoint of a god or external being and assumed it wouldn’t be too pleased. This being came to be known as Mother Gaia, a goddess who grew to despise mankind, for their misdeeds. Her pain is one that many of us can relate to. A pain that comes when we have constantly given someone a chance to change their ways – yet time and time again, they disappoint us.

And there you have it, my backgrounds on just two of my treasured tales. I hope you found this post useful for your own work. Do your best!

Thank you

Ricky Baxter

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Our love for the opposite

Have you ever stopped to think about your favourite hero? Just about everybody has or had one, at some point. At the moment, my long standing hero is one piece’s Monkey D Luffy. He’s strong, loud, stubborn, stupid, breaks the rules and is incredibly loyal. However, most importantly, he is nothing like me. So why would I admire a character, who I’d almost certainly never be friends with, if her were a real person?

The same can be said for others like: Naruto, Goku, Spike (cowboy bebop), Vash the stampede (Trigun) and many more. They think with their heart (and stomach at times) and are not afriad of causing a scene, to get what they want.

An interesting answer is: They represent what we want to be… What many of us can’t be.

We can’t all go around breaking the rules like Luffy, however it’s the very fact that he cares not for the consequences, which makes him so amazing! We can’t all dream as big as Naruto, however his dream to be Hokage, filled in a world of geniuses that doubt him, make him so incredible!

Like two sides of the same coin, we need to admire others that are different from us, in order to better understand ourselves.

Thanks for reading!

Oh, and if you’d like to read a new take on being a hero, check out my novella: The Blue Witch. It’s available now, free for a limited time, on Amazon!

Amazon link here!

Ricky Baxter

A Novel for a Season

A funny and interesting thing has pricked my interested, as of late. It is to do with the many ways a self-published author creates. Being self-published gives me complete and utter freedom to express myself, in whatever way I want. This is all good and well, however how much do we actually think outside of the box?

A great idea came to me, which involved creating a novel that is to do with a special occasion (Xmas, Easter, Halloween etc…). Think new spins on a santa claus story or certain other cultural holidays. This doesn’t mean that our style will be comprised or downgraded. On the contrary, it merely is a great way of expressing one’s inner writer, via popular characters of tradition.

Don’t get me wrong, this is by far not an original idea. However, I wonder how useful this could be to attract new readers?

I imagine it could open up a new host of fans.

I think I just may give this a try!

Thanks for reading!

Ricky Baxter

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Have we ‘Made it’?

When I was young, I often imagined what it would feel like to ‘Make it’. You know… that state in ones career or ambition where they can say “I made it!”

The question is, what exactly is ‘it’? Is it recognition, fame, wealth, happiness and respect? How does one measure those things? It was only yesterday that it hit me. “I already made it”. In fact, most of us have!

One of my dreams was to release at least one book in my lifetime. I currently have seven titles available, and yes I don’t have worldwide stardom and a billion pounds, but I made my initial dream come true. “I made it”.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that we should stop going further. However, it’s nice to pause along this journey we call life and appreciate the things we have achieved. Our younger selves would be proud of where we are today.

Ricky Baxter

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What kind of writer are you?

So, my online book tour for my title: Gideon and the Crimson samurai is about to reach its end. The last stop saw my novel being reviewed by Hot Choco and Books. The feedback was great and insightful. One of the interesting things they mentioned, was something others have highlighted. I am referring to the use of profanities.

Yes – underneath this seemingly bubbly and colourful tale of mine lies a slew of curse words. This was intentional of course, and I actually find it helps to bring a greater sense of passion and emotion when certain characters are under stress. Even when reading other books, I tend to lean towards titles that throw in a curse word or two. It makes me feel excited when seeing it – especially in the heat of a fight scene. However, as much as I love this addition to certain novels, it’s also worth understanding that not everyone shares the same welcome to such inclusions.

Through this journey of writing and self-publishing, I am discovering more and more, what kind of writer I am. Thanks to the many honest reviews, I have realised that I am a fiction writer of profanities.

I feel somewhat fulfilled by this realisation – as though I have learned and accepted something about myself that has always been there. Writing truly is a wonderful thing.

So, what kind of writer are you?

R.L.Baxter

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Romantic Interview

The great thing about interviews, is that it gives me the chance to look deep inside and reflect. For the most part, I write without questioning my pupose for doing so. Don’t get me wrong, I know why I am doing this, but it’s not always easy putting it into words.

I hope I got my point across in my recent interview with Romance Reviews!😅

See for yourself here

R.L.Baxter

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