Sunday, November 1, 2020

WED--Write Every Day

So I'm not participating in NaNoWriMo this month. Actually I've never done it. Too much pressure. A book in a 30 days? Produce 50,000 words? Don't do anything for a month excite write? No thanks. But my writer's group, MVRAI, has decided to have our version of NaNoWriMo--Write Every Day (WED). This version asks us to work on our novels. Every day if possible, but no pressure. Maybe working means brainstorming, or writing a sentence, or editing a book. Far more doable and thus more attainable and thus a potential win at the end of the month. And because I have been dragging my feet on my current work in progress, I have volunteered to be the cheerleader for WED. Which means I must keep the online thread going, clap for member success and show up every day and report my own progress. Yikes. But I need this. And if you're a writer who hasn't gotten much done during COVID, you might need this too. So do your own WED, you might just find you've birthed an entire book at the end (see what I did there :)?) Have a great month y'all and happy writing and reading!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

She Loves Me Like a Rock

Do you ever notice that moms are missing from romance novels? Many times dads are left off the page too, but it is the lack of a mother's love I notice most when reading a romance. I think it is because writers know if heroines had moms, their lives wouldn't be so empty, they'd have a home to go to when times are tough and there would be somebody to talk them out of those bad decisions they make. I've always said there's no one who loves you more than your mama. With that kind of love screaming off the page, it could be tough competition for romantic love. And since romance novels are about romantic love, them mamas have to go. So, although we are nowhere close to Mother's Day, kiss your mom for me. By staying out of romances, she's made the lives of all romance writers just a little bit easier!

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Jesus In a Romance Novel

One of the good things about the current pandemic is that I've been getting back in touch with my spiritual side and going to church, virtually of course. And with more religion in my life has come a desire to read about characters who are in touch with their spiritual sides too. Pretty easy you would think since we live in a Judeo-Christian society, except it isn't. Actually, it's hard to find God in between the pages of a romance novel. Yes, I could search the Christian market for reading material or maybe crack open a Harlequin Love Inspired. But I'd have to give up reading about sexual attraction and sex, some of my favorites parts of a romance. For some reason those marketing to Christians think God and sex don't mix. But I think they do and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I haven't done an exhaustive search but I have stumbled across a few boooks that aren't afraid to marry sex and the Lord. If you haven't had a chance, check out Patricia Gaffney's historical To Love and To Cherish, a wonderful romance about two different people who find love with each other. And if you're looking for a contemporary romance, Noelle Adams' Married for Christmas is a great friends to lover story. Both have men of God as their hero, which might be the work around for bringing the love of the Lord and love of the flesh together in romance novels. But, I hope it isn't the only one because I think there could be so many great stories with God and sex. I will continue to search and I pray that I can find more romances that take into account characters' spiritual lives as much as their romantic lives (see what I did there?). If you have any books to recommend, please feel free to leave their names in the comment section. I'm dying to get my God on while I'm getting my love fix.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

I Love Country

I love country music though I don't fit the demographic of a typical country fan. Growing up I was exposed to all kinds of music, though I can confidently say my parents never turned on a country station. Diversity was simply in the air, literally. My love of country music expanded with the help of a college friend who turned me on to artists like Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood. And with the introduction of the Dixie Chicks, it was official, I was a big country fan. And yet, over the last decade I've found myself listening less and less to country radio. Subconsciously when country radio stopped playing women, I found myself less drawn to this art form. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Garth, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and so many other male artists, but without the ladies I find some of the spice gone. Recently I've been missing my country music, and reminiscing. If you'd like to reminisce with me, here are my top ten favorite country songs, with both the guys and the girls. But way way more girls. What can I say, I love the ladies :)

1. Talking In Your Sleep--Crystal Gayle 2. Girl Crush--Little Big Town 3. Strawberry Wine--Deanna Carter 4. Broken Wing--Martina McBride 5. Merry Go Round--Kasey Musgraves 6. Blue Ain't Your Color--Keith Urban 7. She's Got You--Patsy Cline 8. Let Him Fly--Dixie Chicks 9. Three Wooden Crosses--Randy Travis 10. To Make You Feel My Love--Garth Brooks

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

I'm Getting Married Y'all !

After 18 years together, my honey and I are getting married today. I think this joyful Glee performance sums up how I feel today. Oh happy day!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

A Secret Love for My Darling Vivian

Social distancing has been great for watching tv without remorse. What else am I going to do,exercise? I don't think so. And this weekend I had the great pleasure of watching two documentaries that, at their core, explored love. My Darling Vivian is about Johnny Cash's first wife and the seemingly deep love they shared, well at least in the beginning of their marriage. Sadly his love was later transferred to June Carter, while Vivian's love lasted for the rest of her life. A Secret Love focused on love that had lasted for more than 60 years and survived oppression, disapproval and even old age. It warmed my heart to see that love can survive the years and be just as strong even when the object of your affection is wrinkled and grey haired. Both films touched my heart, and are wonderful. Don't sleep on them, they are definitely worth your time.