Sunday, December 2, 2018
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Two weeks ago I took an oath with my writing buddy Shay to edit my book every week day until I had completed editing The Sheikh and the Shake. Fast forward to yesterday, and I had done that only once. Oops. To say that I am an oath breaker is an understatement. Meanwhile, I had learned that another writing friend had committed to writing everyday this year and for the most part, she has kept that promise to herself. I both admire and feel jealous of her discipline.
And that’s where NaNoWriMo comes in. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. In the old days, to participate in NaNoWriMo, you would commit to writing 50,000 words in one month. For the month of November you were supposed to give up cooking, cleaning, TV, anything that would prevent you from completing the rough draft of a novel. You weren’t supposed to edit your work or rewrite things; forward progression was the only way to tackle NaNoWriMo. And of course to write Every Single Day, something I’ve never done.
So when Shay floated the idea of NaNoWriMo yesterday I was a hard no. But then I got to thinking about Lauren’s commitment to her writing and I’ve decided, if she can do it, then I can do it too. Well, not every day for a year, but every day for the rest of November. I won’t be joining the official challenge online, and I’ll be editing, not writing, and I certainly won’t have 50,000 words at the end. My version of NaNoWriMo won’t be perfect and neither am I. But it will definitely help me tell Tariq and Katiya’s story. And that’s what really counts--pun intended :).
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Every September my romance friends and I get together to write and brainstorm romances. We also discuss and analyze a romantic movie. This year I suggested The Age of Adeline, because well, Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman have great chemistry (to be fair, she probably has great chemistry with everyone). I also suggested it because lately there just aren’t a lot of Hollywood romances, and the ones they release are usually romcoms, which makes me sad. And it also makes me think about my top ten favorite romantic movies. So here they are, in no particular order. And yes, some are romantic comedies, and boy, are they all good!
Romeo + Juliet—As a kid West Side Story was my favorite and I officially fell in love with Romeo and Juliet with Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 version. But in 1996, Leonardo DiCaprio + Claire Daines + that soundtrack blew me away and this became THE Romeo and Juliet.
Dirty Dancing—One phrase says it all “No one puts Baby in a corner”. If you didn’t quote it with me, go and watch this movie!
Somewhere in Time—How far will you go for love? Well if you’re Christopher Reeve in this movie, it would be several decades. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen SIT in a while; I might just have to watch it again soon.
The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love—There is nothing like teen love, and these two girls remind you what it’s like to find love for the first time. Le Sigh.
The Enchanted Cottage—Two lonely people plus one cottage equals all kinds of romance. Every time this is on, I have to watch it. Get your handkerchiefs out; this one will make you cry. If it doesn’t, you might be a sociopath.
Titanic—I saw this movie at least 7 times in the movie theater. I mean, Leonardo, Kate, that boat, Leonardo, Leonardo, Leonardo.
Gigi—This is the dream of every mistress everywhere. Go see it for the music, the pageantry, the forbidden chemistry between Gigi (Leslie Caron) and Gaston (Louis Jordan). Hell, go see if for that white and black gown Gigi wears at the end of the movie. If you think Julia Roberts kills in her red dress in Pretty Woman, do yourself a favor and get firsthand knowledge of how it’s really done in Gigi.
Pretty Woman—Speaking of Pretty Woman, this is like Gigi’s non-singing cousin. And so, so good. Richard Gere makes salt and pepper hair hot in this flick.
Imagine Me and You—What happens when you meet the love of your life at your wedding? Well, that’s the question Imagine Me and You poses. This one is so very very romantic. Shout out to Matthew Goode for almost stealing the show.
Chasing Amy—I said these aren’t in any order, and they aren’t, but this is my favorite movie (along with It’s a Wonderful Life), so technically it is my favorite on this list. But I digress. Is she a lesbian or isn’t she? This is Gen X’s dream come true. It’s got Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (don’t blink), comic book subculture, gays and more. Oh and Silent Bob and Jay, my personal faves in the whole damn film.
So that’s it, that’s my list. Do yourself a favor, don’t wait until February to catch one (or all) of these great movies.
Monday, September 3, 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending an academic conference titled Researching the Romance at Bowling Green State University. There were many interesting presentations, but one of my favorites was called Wherefore Art Thou Fabio: 50 Years of Romance Cover Design. It should surprise no one that I’m a sucker for a good clinch cover (aka man clutching woman, both usually half naked). I should also mention that Fabio was my absolute favorite romance cover model. Keep in mind that this was before Fabio had become a caricature of himself. This was back in the 80’s/early 90’s when he was a nameless godlike man (I’m not kidding). So to say I was super pumped for the presentation is an understatement. While Fabio did feature in some of the covers shown, the presenter, Andrea J. Briggs from McDaniel University, didn’t focus on him. Instead her talk discussed how romance covers evolved and changed throughout the years. It was very interesting, even though I didn’t get a lot of Fabio. So with that in mind, I thought I’d share with you my absolute favorite romance cover. It’s from the book The Conqueror by Brenda Joyce, which is also one of my favorite romance novels. Do yourself a favor and pick up this incredibly non-feminist, non pc piece of work and revel in all of its glory. Extra points if you get the paperback with this cover.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018
"I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung." Rabindranath Tagore
I have a friend who always reminds the folks in our writers' group that we mustn't die with our music inside. I need to take what she says to heart. My writer friend A. has lost her battle with cancer and to be honest it shocked me. A. was revved up about getting back to writing and taking control of her career. I hadn't seen her in forever but she came to a meeting in January and was welcomed with open arms. I was so happy to see her. Three weeks later, she was dead. Surely with some music inside. I can't control how much time I have on the planet, but I can do my best to sing my song while I have the chance.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
No lie, I’m super pumped about seeing Fifty Shades Freed. The first time I saw the commercial, my heart sped up and I felt such elation. How could I forget that it was Christian Grey time? Last year I couldn’t wait for my honey to get in the mood to see pic number two, so I went by myself. This time I’ve already declared that Saturday was dedicated to Fifty. I’ve already prepped her by renting Fifty Shades Darker last week (which I loved seeing for the second time). I’ll be a little sad once there are no more movies to experience, but like any good masochist, I’ll enjoy the sweet pain .