I really enjoy books published by Carina and I’m delighted to be bringing you another lovely read – Truth or Date by Portia MacIntosh which was published on 11th April 2016 and is available in e-book here. To celebrate publication, Portia has kindly written a guest post all about making stuff up!
Truth or Date
Ruby Wood is perfectly happy playing the dating game – until she has a red-hot dream about her very attractive flatmate, Nick. He might spend every day saving lives as a junior doctor, but he’s absolutely the last man on earth that fun-loving Ruby would ever date!
The solution? Focus on all of Nick’s bad points. And if that fails, up her dating antics and find herself a man! So what if she manages to make disapproving, goody two-shoes Nick jealous in the process…
Only, after a series of nightmare first dates, there’s still just one man on Ruby’s mind. Maybe it’s time to admit the truth and dare to ask Nick to be her next date?
The Art of Making Stuff Up
A Guest Post by Portia MacIntosh
My name is Portia MacIntosh, and I make stuff up. I know what you’re thinking: you’re a novelist, Portia, it’s your job to make stuff up. But I actually make stuff up in all areas of my life.
Let me start by making one thing clear: I only use my powers for good. No, wait, that’s not exactly true – I’m literally making stuff up right now. OK, let me try that again. I don’t use my powers for bad.
Making stuff up is for getting yourself out of tricky situations. It’s for avoiding hurting the feelings of others. At worst, it’s for getting out of doing things you really don’t want to do.
Sometimes I’ll opt for a stretch of the imagination, like: I know 11am is a little early to start drinking cocktails, and I know that I’m mixing my drinks by having four different ones but, come on, mixing drinks is the very definition of a cocktail, and I’m celebrating, and if I don’t have a few from the menu, how will I know which one I like best?
Sometimes, I want to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, so if I go on a date that I don’t enjoy, and he wants me to go back to his, unless he’s been a spectacularly horrible person, I’ll try and let him down gently. Do I want to come upstairs? Erm… it’s my time of the month/I have to be up early in the morning/I’m actually a lesbian.
I am a late person. I was born late, and I have been late for everything – ever – since. Don’t get me wrong, I do actually feel bad about this, but I was born this way so I’m powerless to stop it. But, like I said, I do feel bad, so I make up stories to excuse my lateness – because I don’t want people thinking I don’t value them enough to turn up on time. So maybe my taxi driver went the long way and I missed my train – and maybe that train was delayed. Maybe I had to wait in for a delivery before I could leave. Maybe I needed to go and visit a relative to help them with something first. All of these reasons sound better than: look, I was really looking forward to seeing you, so I tried on seven different outfits, hated all of them and wound up wearing the first one I tried on – during this time I missed three trains, sorry.
Maybe my version of ‘making stuff up’ is as bad as lying – heck, maybe it is lying – but, hey, I’m doing my best to get better at dealing with the above situations… or am I?
About Portia MacIntosh
Portia MacIntosh has been ‘making stuff up’ for as long as she can remember – or so she says. Whether it was blaming her siblings for that broken vase when she was growing up, blagging her way backstage during her rock chick phase or, most recently, whatever justification she can fabricate to explain away those lunchtime cocktails, Portia just loves telling tales. After years working as a music journalist, Portia decided it was time to use her powers for good and started writing novels. Taking inspiration from her experiences on tour with bands, the real struggle of dating in your twenties and just trying to survive as an adult human female generally, Portia writes about what it’s really like for women who don’t find this life stuff as easy as it seems.