After a Sunday Hike
Yesterday I had one of those moments. I didn’t realize it was Valentine’s Day. For some reason I thought it was on Monday. So Happy Belated Valentine’s Day to those who did remember. I hope it was a special day of romance.
I have to be honest. I don’t care for romantic novels. My grandmother, bless her heart, loved romances with a little spice. She used to say that at her age (nineties) she could do or say whatever she wanted and get away with it. I should be so lucky.
However, give me a good mystery with a little romance and I’m happy. I still prefer a story that will leave some of the romance to my imagination, but that’s just me. Maybe when I reach my nineties I’ll look for a little more spice in my reading material. After all, I take after my grandmother in so many ways. Thankfully I have a very long time to go before I reach that stage of life. Nah, I think I’ll do or say whatever I want to right now. Why not?
My husband was a romantic, although he wouldn’t admit it. Maybe that’s why I spaced Valentine’s Day. He passed away last May. I’m entering a new chapter in my life, which has both pros and cons. Sometimes, in life, there just aren’t any do-overs. One of his favorite sayings? “Nut up and get on with it.” I hope that doesn’t offend anyone. Maybe I should have rewritten it to “Man up,” but I preferred to quote him – exactly.
I’m working on a time travel mystery right now, and I’m including a little romance along with the mystery. It’s part of life, after all. If all goes as planned, there will be a few little surprises along the path to 1909. I guess I gave away the era when my story takes place. Oh well…
Romantic writing can be tricky, at least in my opinion. Does the author want to be graphic, or are the sweet moments in life his or her choice? Can the author create a conflict that will please the reader? Romance isn’t as easy to write as I used to think, but then, it’s not my shtick, so what do I know?
Yesterday my daughter and I went shopping in Portland, Oregon. I observed several couples out shopping together. Is love about the gifts given on Valentine’s Day? Maybe it is to some people, but if I were to judge by the facial expressions I saw, true love is more about the thought behind the gift, not the present itself.
Maybe that’s one of the keys to romance writing. Let the reader get inside of a character’s head to learn why they do the things they do. The same can be said for a mystery. The reader needs to know why things are happening, or the story can become one-dimensional.
This week’s post is relatively short, but since I’m not a romance writer, I’ll leave the wise thoughts about love to the professionals.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with these two links. There are so many romantic songs out there, but these two, at least to me, are particularly romantic. I hope they inspire you to let Valentine’s Day become a two-day event, or even better, a lifelong event.
That Sunday That Summer – Natalie Cole
You Make Me Feel Brand New – Johnny Mathis
Until next time, have a great week and tell someone how important they are in your life.
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